Understanding Service Costs

Cochrane Country Funeral Home is pleased to provide you with a full disclosure of our service charges. 

Our policy is to ensure you have all the information you need to make any decision and not to pressure you in any way.

There are basically three sections that make up the total funeral account: Professional Service Charges, Merchandise, and Cash Disbursements.

1) Professional Service Charges

A portion of the cost of any funeral, regardless of how simple or elaborate, is the basic service fee. This fee goes to pay for the many fixed overhead costs associated with running the funeral home. Our overhead includes our physical costs, but more importantly our experienced staff and the time they spend with you.

Professional Service Charges include items such as: staff to provide 24 hour on-call service, transfer of the deceased from place of death to funeral home, basic preparation and sanitization of the deceased, staff assistance in the initial request for service and arrangement conference; coordination of details with respect to the cemetery, crematorium and other parties responsible for final disposition arrangements; record keeping and clerical assistance, including preparation and filing of permits required by the government, Funeral Director’s Statement of Death certificates, and other required documents; preparation and delivery of obituary notices; provision of benefit information and other helpful information; obtaining a signed medical certificate; associated vehicle costs; general building use (arrangement offices, visitation areas, business offices, preparation area, etc.); use of facilities for service and/or use of staff and equipment for services taking place outside the funeral home; and the production of memorial stationery and photo tributes.

2) Merchandise Selections

The following is a summary of the funeral merchandise we provide: Caskets, Outer Burial Containers,Urns, Urn Vaults, Keepsake Jewelry

3) Cash Disbursements

Cash Disbursements are fees outside of the funeral home that we will take care of on your behalf. Some of these fees may include obituary notices, floral arrangements, minister’s honorariums, organists, soloist and reception costs.