2020 Price Comparison - Prelim.

Every two years we request General Price Lists (GPLs) from all the funeral homes in Western Massachusetts. In February 2020 we mailed letters to 85 funeral home locations. By April 24, we had obtained 38 GPLs. Because of the coronavirus crisis, we have worked quickly to release this early data. We have also written a document that focuses on viable choices at this difficult time; see Tips for consumers about funeral options during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can read a full report of our methods, with definitions of these services which we selected to include in our chart:  

  • Immediate Burial
  • Direct Cremation
  • Basic Services Fee
  • Embalming
  • Least Expensive Casket
  • Least Expensive Vault

That full report will help you interpret the data presented in a
 chart of the results:

2020 Price Comparison Chart (a spreadsheet on Google Drive).  

The funeral homes are listed alphabetically. All are listed, but we lack data from many. (Efforts to collect more price lists will continue.) You could consult our previous survey results (2018) for earlier data.

For some entries, you will see codes indicating notes about variations. Explanations of those codes are given on sheet 2 (titled *Notes) on that Google spreadsheet. A copy of the Definitions & Methods is on sheet 3.