The average cost of a traditional funeral is between $8,000 and $10,000 as of 2015. The price includes the funeral service, burial and installation of the headstone. Traditional funerals are the most common method of putting the deceased to rest, although cremation is popular alternative.
Funeral costs also include caskets, embalming and body preparation, ceremony and viewing, and the basic fees of funeral directors. There may also be expenses for hearses, death certificates, obituaries and other services.
Funeral ceremonies vary depending on the culture of the deceased person. Funeral services sometimes involve complex religious beliefs and practices to remember and honor the departed.