Different Funeral Services and Their Costs
Currently, death is still somewhat viewed as taboo; it must not be spoken of at all costs. It becomes an eerie and uncomfortable topic when it is brought up. In response to this, people would either laugh it off or simply voice out their discomfort and ask for the conversation to end.
For something guaranteed to happen, people’s discomfort is borne from death’s uncertainty. No one knows what happens after mortal life. In addition to this, life is so precious that anyone would want to keep it for as long as they can. Any threat to that life, even something as simple as a conversation on it, would cause unease.
While it is perfectly understandable for one to feel that way, treating the death as taboo will lead to unfavorable consequences. One, it adds to the anxiety. The inability or inhibition to talk about something almost always adds to one’s uneasiness. Therefore, instead of avoiding the topic, talking about it more will help reduce one’s anxiety about something, particularly death in this context. Two, it will lead to eventual emotional and financial costs. For emotional costs, imagine having to make funeral arrangements while mourning a loved one’s death. On top of this, the financial costs, deathcare products, and funeral services costs are not cheap. It may be difficult to find the money to pay for these services all at once. Being unprepared due to failing to accept death as normal just becomes a hassle for everyone involved.
That being stated, one must be able to accept death as no longer taboo. Once one achieves this, different discourses on death will become the norm. One example is planning a funeral early.
Planning a funeral early has its benefits. First, planning beforehand can ensure that the day itself flows smoothly. Conversely, procrastinating a funeral plan may lead to confusion, which just becomes added unnecessary stress when mourning could have been the only thing left to do had plans been arranged earlier. Second, planning early will help one come up with enough remuneration.
Making the decision to plan early starts with being informed. Aside from looking for a potential location, it is best to be informed about the prices. This is because as said above, prices can be overwhelming. Here are the different funeral services offered by Golden Haven.
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The first service provided is viewing with cremation. In this ceremony, people are allowed to visit the body before being cremated. The next service is regular viewing. Here, just like common Catholic practices, a family holds wakes before the body is buried in a funeral. After this is cremation with urn viewing. Unlike the first service mentioned in this paragraph, the body is privately cremated. After cremation, the remains are put in an urn and given access to visitors for viewing. The last and cheapest package is Direct Cremation. This involves cremating the body immediately with no viewing or visitation service. There is also no funeral.
The following prices reflect funeral services costs per chapel size.
The first package is Abraham/Terraza. This is only a small chapel with the lowest viewing capacity. For viewing with cremation, the regular price is listed at P 170,500.00 while the discounted price for seniors is listed at P 121,785.71. Without cremation, the Regular Price stands at P 165,000.00 and the Senior Price is P 117,857.14. For urn viewing and cremation, P 110,000.00 is the regular price. P 78,571.43 is the discounted price for seniors.
The second package is Abraham/Galleria. This is a medium-sized chapel. For viewing with cremation, the regular price is listed at P 268,500.00 while the discounted price for seniors is listed at P 191,785.71. Without cremation, the Regular Price stands at P 241,000.00 and the Senior Price is P 172,142.86. For urn viewing and cremation, P 158,000.00 is the regular price. P 112,857.14 is the discounted price for seniors.
The third package is Imported/Conservatorio. This is the largest chapel — the highest capacity perfect for accommodating a massive number of potential visitors. For viewing
with cremation, the regular price is listed at P 446,500.00 while the discounted price for seniors is listed at P 318,928.57. Without cremation, the Regular Price stands at P 417,000.00 and the Senior Price is P 297,857.14. For urn viewing and cremation, P 251,500.00 is the regular price. P 179,642.86 is the discounted price for seniors.
For Direct Cremation, Ezekiel 3 — which comes with Retrieval — the regular price is P 65,000.00. The senior price is P 46,428.57. Next is Ezekiel 4, with no retrieval, which is P 50,000.00 for the regular price while the senior price isP 35,714.29. Lastly, for Bone Cremation, Ezekiel 5 costs P 16,000.00 only.
Funeral Service Packages and its costs
While prices are high on its own, the packages included make the service worth buying and convenient for the customer. Packages vary per service availed.
For those who availed of viewing with cremation, the inclusions are as follows.
The package begins with corpse retrieval for as long as it is within 25 kilometers of the Golden Haven memorial park. Preparations and cosmetics are included. It also comes with 4 Day Viewing, Metal Casket, Basic Flower Set Up, Portrait, Guest book and pen, 5-gallon water per day, Pillows and Bedsheet for the people or persons staying overnight, the actual Cremation ceremony, and lastly, a Marble Urn.
Regular viewing, with no cremation, has a similar package.
Included are the usual. Retrieval within 25 kilometers of the memorial park, Preparation & Cosmetics, 4 Days Viewing, Metal Casket, Basic Flower Set Up, Portrait, Guest book and pen, 5-gallon water per day, and Pillows and Bedsheet.
Since there is no cremation, the marble urn is replaced with a free-to-rent hearse.
Lastly, for cremation with urn viewing, the package includes Retrieval within 25 kilometers of the preferred Golden Haven branch, 4 Days Viewing, Standing Flower, Portrait, Guest book and pen, 5-gallon water per day, Pillows and Bedsheet, Cremation, and Marble Urn.
This article displayed information on the different chapel services and its respective prices, all offered by Golden Haven. The lofty funeral services costs should not discourage one from planning early. Consequently, the time and financial struggles related to procrastinating should push one to plan early. The best way to begin is by being informed about the prices and services.
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