Every two years we request General Price Lists (GPLs) from all the funeral homes in Western Massachusetts. In January 2016 we mailed letters to funeral homes at the 86 addresses then in our directory. We learned that two funeral homes had closed and some had consolidated locations. Eventually, after some followup, we obtained 61 GPLs. We have analysed the data and prepared a report and a chart comparing prices.
You can read a full report of our methods (a document posted on Google Drive), with definitions of the categories of services included in our comparison:
- Immediate Burial
- Direct Cremation
- Basic Services Fee
- Least Expensive Casket
- Least Expensive Vault
That report will help you interpret the data presented in a chart of the results:
2016 Price Comparison chart (a spreadsheet on Google Drive).
The funeral homes are listed alphabetically. You will see the note "no reply" by the ones that failed to provide their GPLs. On other entries you may see codes indicating notes about specific variations. Explanations of those codes are given on sheet 2 (titled *Notes) of that spreadsheet, and also in our full report.
A condensed version of our 2016 report, with the entire price chart, has been prepared as a handout for our 2016 annual meeting. You may view the file here (pdf format). (It was designed for 11x17" paper; you may print it on regular 8.5 x11" paper, but the font size will be quite small.)