Whether you have recently lost a loved one and have been tasked with the organization and planning of their funeral and burial, or you are thinking ahead regarding your own arrangements to take the future burden off of your family, the cost of a funeral and burial is one of the most crucial aspects to consider. There are various factors that determine the cost of a funeral and burial in New Jersey, all of which can influence the decisions you make during the planning process. When you work with Memorial Properties, there are also ways for you to save your family costs in the future – we are dedicated to helping families in New Jersey plan burials that truly celebrate the lives of those who have passed away. We want to make the entire process easier for you, which is why we are always transparent about the cost of burials in New Jersey and what contributes to those costs. Learn more about funeral and burial pricing in New Jersey, along with Memorial Properties’ pre-planning service, to help you determine which burial options are best for you and your family.
Mausoleum Costs in New Jersey
Above-ground burial is a desirable option for many families and individuals in New Jersey because it allows you to avoid many of the additional costs associated with in-ground burial. Above-ground burial is possible for cremated and intact remains, which are put to rest in a mausoleum. Those who choose above-ground burial have the option of being put to rest individually or side-by-side with a loved one. Memorial Properties has both community mausoleums and private mausoleums available – community mausoleums hold the remains of those from various families, while the only remains in a private mausoleum are the ones you choose. These may be used by one individual or an entire family or specified group. Mausoleum costs in NJ can vary depending on the specific options you choose, but in general, mausoleum space for two at Memorial Properties costs $1,760. When you choose above-ground burial, you can save on several costs associated with in-ground burial, including:
- Cemetery graves
- Digging graves
- Family monuments
- Lot maintenance
In-Ground Burial Cost in New Jersey
In-ground burial is a more traditional burial option that is often chosen by those who are interested in an outdoor memorial for themselves or a loved one. Those who have lost a loved one have several options when it comes to marking the place where their loved one is buried, including a headstone, plaque, monument, statue, or memorial bench. Memorial Properties is proud to provide pristine cemeteries across NJ along with our mausoleums, so you can choose the burial option best suited to you. Ground space for one at Memorial Properties costs $690, but other costs need to be kept in mind. Additional costs for this type of burial include:
- Casket – $2,000 – $10,000
- Burial vaults or grave liners – Cost varies
- Additional costs, including the staff, hearse, transportation, etc.
Cremation Cost in New Jersey
Another burial option that many people in NJ choose is cremation. There are many options when it comes to cremation, which can cause the cost to vary significantly. In general, though, cremation is a much more cost-effective option than in-ground burial. Cremation cost will be higher if there is a viewing of the deceased loved one because, in this case, embalming services will be needed. Those willing to spend more often choose cremation with a traditional funeral service. A memorial service can also be held at a lower cost. We would be happy to walk you through the specific costs of the options you are interested in so you can make the right choice for your family. Our mausoleums in NJ have spaces available for cremated remains, so if you choose cremation with above-ground burial, you will be able to gain the financial benefits of above-ground burial while avoiding the additional in-ground burial costs.
What Other Costs are Involved in a Funeral and Burial?
Although most people think first of the cost of the type of burial they have chosen for themselves of a loved one, several other considerations need to be made during this time. Understanding the different elements of burial and parts of the burial process will help you further understand the overall cost and any adjustments you may want to make when pre-planning your own arrangements for the future or planning for a loved one.
Embalming in New Jersey
Embalming is the process of preserving the body to be viewed by loved ones before being cremated or put to rest. The body is prepared to prevent deterioration, and hairstyling, makeup application, and setting of the facial features are included. Those planning to bury the deceased right away may be able to eliminate this step and save hundreds of dollars. However, embalming is necessary for those who want viewings and visitations as part of the memorial service.
Casket Costs in NJ
The cost of a casket is another expense that is often included as part of funeral planning. It is also often the most expensive item needed for a traditional funeral. The cost of a casket depends on the material it is made from – metal, wood, fiberglass, fiberboard, or plastic are some of the more common materials used. Caskets made with premium materials can cost up to $10,000. It is important to remember that you do not need to purchase the casket directly from the funeral home. The funeral home cannot charge you an additional fee for using a casket purchased elsewhere. Those who choose cremation may opt to rent a casket rather than purchasing one.
Costs of Burial Vaults and Grave Liners
Burial vaults and grave liners are costs associated with in-ground burials. These items are placed in the ground before the burial of the casket or urn and are meant to help preserve the body. They also keep the grave from sinking over time. Like caskets, grave liners and vaults can vary extensively in price – from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. In general, vault and liner costs are lower for urns than for caskets.
Additional Funeral Costs in NJ
Funerals often go hand-in-hand with burials, so when planning a burial, you should also keep in mind additional funeral costs. These costs can include staff costs for visitations and viewings, the memorial service or funeral, and the graveside service. The hearse will have its own cost, along with the cost of transporting the deceased. You should also consider perpetual care costs and the cost of a marker or monument and its setup.
How to Reduce the Cost of a Burial in NJ
At Memorial Properties, we want to make sure you and your family have access to comprehensive and compassionate burial services at an affordable cost. This is accomplished through several services we provide, including our pre-planning service and group program options. We encourage everyone in NJ to pre-plan their arrangements to save their family stress and costs in the future. Pre-planning with Memorial Properties will also give your family access to several unique benefits.
Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Arrangements in NJ
Since death is an inevitable part of life, planning your arrangements ahead of time can only benefit your family in the long run. Pre-planning allows you to choose the burial options and details you are most interested in, which ensures that your loved ones will not have to make these difficult decisions in the future. Along with the emotional burden, pre-planning also relieves the financial burden from your family, since funeral costs rise every year. When you meet with a member of our team to pre-plan your arrangements, you will receive a certificate of credit up to $1495 to put towards an above-ground space, in-ground interment space, or community bible niche at one of our cemeteries or mausoleums in NJ. We will also provide you with a free Family Records Portfolio, which is an invaluable resource that is not sold in stores at any price. The portfolio gives you a place to record all of the information your family will need at the time of death to ensure that they receive everything that is rightfully theirs. We provide these benefits so that families in NJ can have access to the burial and memorial services they deserve at an affordable price.
Group Programs at Memorial Properties
Along with the pre-planning benefits we provide, Memorial Properties also offers group sales of graves, niches, and mausoleums that substantially lower the cost. This option is often used by organizations that want to provide burial spaces at a lower cost to their members. Those within your organization will have all of our burial options available to them, including in-ground burial, above-ground burial, and cremation. We have experience working with a wide variety of religions and will ensure that members of your organization have peace of mind knowing that our cemeteries meet all religious requirements.
Pre-Plan Your Burial with Memorial Properties in NJ
Although burial costs can add up, working with Memorial Properties to pre-plan your arrangements can save your family significant costs in the future. We have designed our pre-planning service and group programs to ensure that you can make the right choices for yourself and your loved ones at an affordable cost. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about funeral and burial prices in NJ and what you should consider when planning for the future. We offer you access to our ten cemetery and mausoleum locations in NJ, which are kept in pristine condition all year long. We believe that today’s wisdom is tomorrow’s peace of mind, and we want to help you properly prepare for the future by making decisions that keep your budget in mind. To learn more about burial costs in NJ and to get started with pre-planning your arrangements, please contact us by calling 732-820-0211 today.