Funeral services in St. Petersburg, Florida
When planning end of life services, many people don’t know where to start. You may have questions about what a funeral service is, where to begin, and how much you should expect to spend in Florida. You are not alone. Funeral planning is taboo and most people are lost before beginning their arrangements. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or confused. At Anderson McQueen we are here to walk you through the process and help you plan funeral services that are perfectly designed for you and your family. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions about funerals in St. Petersburg. If you have any additional questions that we didn’t answer below, call us. We are available 24/7 at (727) 822-2059.
What are Funeral Services?
Funeral services refer to the services funeral homes offer to families, from body disposal to memorial services. Usually when people talk about a funeral service, they are referring to the memorial or celebration of life service that is hosted after someone passes away, but it refers to the every service offered to you from start to finish, including burial and cremation services too. At Anderson McQueen, we have various options in St. Petersburg to meet the needs of every family that walks through our doors.
What is included in a funeral service?
Every funeral home offers different funeral service packages, and the options will vary from place to place. Most funeral establishments have various burial services and cremation services for you to choose from. A burial package should include a casket option, embalming when necessary, an option to plan a memorial service, and the services of a professional funeral director. At Anderson McQueen, we offer our St. Petersburg community a variety of burial and cremation options for you to choose from. We offer traditional burial services, in-casket services, veteran services, pre-planning services, life celebration services, cremation services, and much more.
How to plan a funeral service?
The first step in planning a funeral service is choosing your funeral provider. Once you have chosen a funeral home to take care of the services, they will walk you through the rest. A funeral director will meet with you, either in person or over the phone to discuss your options and begin making arrangements. If your loved one has already passed, then they will arrange transportation from their place of passing to the funeral home and advise you on how to have the death pronounced officially. Once the immediate items are tended to, the funeral director or arrangement professional will explain the options available to you and help you choose the best funeral service for you and your family. Various questions will come up, and you will have to make decisions quickly. Below are some questions you may want to consider:
- Would you prefer burial or cremation?
- Where will you choose to host the memorial service? At the funeral home? A place of worship?
- What kind of memorial or celebration of life service would you like to host? Are you more traditional or more modern?
- When would you like the memorial service to take place? Will family or friends need time to travel to be present?
- If choosing burial, where would you like your loved one’s body laid to rest?
- If choosing cremation, would you also like to consider permanent memorialization options?
- Think about what you would like to do with your loved one’s ashes.
If you are planning in advance, the process is a bit different, and you have ample time to explore your options and make decisions without rushing.
How much do funeral services cost?
Funeral services vary greatly in cost throughout Florida. When choosing a funeral provider, fewer than 20% of families price shop, and usually end up paying more for services than they would have liked. When exploring your options, remember that funeral homes will price their items differently based on the level of service and the quality of options available to you.
Funeral services in St. Petersburg can cost anything from $800 to thousands of dollars, depending on the services you choose. Typically, cremation is a more affordable option than burial. Ask your provider for a General Price List to see what services they offer and what they charge for each package. At Anderson McQueen, we welcome our St. Petersburg community to come in and chat with a funeral director to learn about our options and pricing, so there are never any surprises and we can choose funeral services that perfectly meet your needs and your budget.