Funeral Pre-Arrangement

By planning your service in advance you can design and specify the exact type of service you’d like, so that your friends and family celebrate you as you wish. And by letting your family know how you’d like your funeral or memorial service to be, they’ll have less difficult and complicated decisions to make during a difficult emotional time.

Pre-Plan Guide

To learn more about how and why to plan your funeral or memorial service in advance, download this guide.

Advantages of pre-planning

  • Pre-paying freezes the charges at today’s costs for the services and merchandise provided by the funeral home. Charges are guaranteed to never go up.
  • You can leave your wishes known in writing alleviating your family of trying to guess the type of service you would like.
  • Pre-paying funeral expenses removes the financial burden from your family.
  • Many decisions can be made after having time to discuss options with your family, rather than having to make on-the-spot decisions at the time of death.
  • By planning now, you will enjoy peace of mind knowing your funeral plans are complete.
  • Prepaying for your funeral will also help to protect your assets for Medicaid purposes.

What costs are involved?

The cost of a funeral varies with the type of services desired. Funeral expenses are typically broken down in the following categories (prices shown are those of Carnes Funeral Home, effective January 1 2007 and are subject to change for 2008):

  • Professional Service — Includes personnel, facilities, embalming, and automotive. These charges vary depending on the type of service you select. Please Contact Us for current price information for traditional funeral services and cremation.
  • Merchandise — Caskets range from $795.00 to $5900.00, outer burial containers for caskets range from $550.00 to $4000.00 Other merchandise such as Video Memorials, burial garments, urns, and prayer cards are also available.
  • Cash advance items — Are services or merchandise provided by sources outside of the funeral home, but arranged for you by our staff. Following are examples of cash advance items; certified copies of the death certificate, honorariums for minister, musicians, soloists, obituary charges, flowers, cemetery charges such as the grave space, opening and closing of the grave. Essentially these cash dispersments eliminate the need for the family to write numerous checks at the time of need.
  • Cemetery Charges — The charges for each cemetery vary, however, you may contact us or your local cemetery to find exact charges for specific property.

More information on prepaid funeral contracts:

Section 154.132 of the Texas Finance Code directed the Texas Department of Banking to establish and maintain an internet website that provides information to enable consumers to make informed decisions relating to the purchase of prepaid funeral contracts.  The link is www.prepaidfunerals.texas.gov

Pre-Plan Guide

To learn more about how and why to plan your funeral or memorial service in advance, download this guide.