Clergy and Celebrant Costs
A member of the clergy or celebrant officiates memorial services ceremonies. A funeral is not a legally sanctioned ceremony and does not require any special qualifications for the person directing the service.
Clergy are ordained by a religious denomination whereas a celebrant might not have any religious affiliation but may have training on funeral services and how to give a funeral eulogy.
In order to plan for the service, clergy/celebrants usually will meet with the family a day or two before the ceremony. Sometimes the clergy/celebrant will present a eulogy or a family member or friend will have the honor.
Some funeral homes have clergy/celebrants on contract or on staff. If you purchase a funeral package, make sure and clarify whether or not the clergy/celebrant fee is in included in your package. If it is, there is no need to tip the clergy/celebrant; they are already being compensated for their work.
The fess for clergy/celebrants range from $50 to $500.
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- Costs of Burial Vaults and Grave Liners
- Costs of Caskets and Burial Shrouds
- Cost of an Urn
- Funeral Flower Expenses
- Funeral Music Costs
- Funeral Programs and Printing Costs
- Headstone Costs
Funeral Service Fees:
- Embalming Expenses
- Fees for Preparing the Body
- Funeral Home Expenses
- Funeral Viewing, Visitation and Ceremony Fees
- Storage and Refrigeration Fees
- Transportation and Removal Costs
- Miscellaneous Funeral Expenses
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