50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

2012-2013 Funeral Home Price Survey

Over 50 funeral homes listed! The results are fascinating, showing the enormous range of fees charged by different funeral homes for the same services. This price information is invaluable for choosing a funeral home and making funeral plans .

  Funeral Home Shopping Guide - Introduction and Definition
  Funeral Homes Price Survey
  Funeral Homes sorted by price of Direct Cremation
  Funeral Homes sorted by price of Immediate Burial

Web Sites of Funeral Homes:

   Not all funeral homes have Web sites. Those that do vary in the amount of information they disclose. Some are easy to view and may help you decide whether they will  meet your needs. Some funeral homes have posted their General Price List, the disclosure mandated by the Federal Trade Commission. It is the most reliable way to compare the charges you will encounter when choosing a funeral home. This list with active links to each is a very convenient way to learn what is available and often to help determine the cost of the services you choose.

  Cemetery Survey 2012

Cemeteries are not regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. At this time there is no way to anticipate the charges or services of cemeteries except by visiting them individually. This represents our first inquiry into the area's cemeteries.




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What Is FCAP

Funeral Advice You Can Trust

Most people know more about how to buy a car or a major appliance than a funeral, and unlike those purchases, few people research their options or shop around ahead of time. In addition, most people purchase funeral goods and services when they are in the throes of grief after a loved one has died, making them uniquely vulnerable consumers. To compound the problem, the only place most people know to go for advice is the funeral home. And, while most funeral directors are compassionate, caring people, they are all salespeople running for profit businesses.

We Can Help

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton (FCAP) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that is not associated with the funeral industry. We provide objective support, education and advocacy. We offer tools to empower you to make informed, thoughtful decisions about funeral and memorial arrangements before they are needed.

Did You Know?

  • The average cost of a funeral is $7,323 and that doesnít include the price of the plot, cemetery fees, headstone, obituaries, etc.

  • There are more than 600 funeral homes in NJ, but fewer than 300 are needed to support the death rate.

  • Since few people comparison shop, most donít know that funeral home prices vary greatly, even in the same town. In central NJ, funeral home charges for direct cremation range from $750ó$4,060.

  • If you go to a funeral home the funeral director is required by law to give you a general price list (GPL) that itemizes the costs of all goods and services.

  • If you donít want a viewing or a service in a funeral home, you donít have to use one thatís nearby. This can mean big savings.

  • Embalming is not required by NJ law. 

  • You can keep a body at home for up to 48 hours, giving family a chance to say goodbye in a comfortable, personal place.

  • If you buy a casket at a store or online, funeral homes cannot charge you a handling or other fee. 

  • A safe deposit box is not a good place to store your funeral wishes as they wonít be seen until other arrangements have been made.

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