Funeral Service Alternatives for Consumers
A growing number of alternative funeral service providers have diversified the funeral industry, resulting in even more choices for the consumer. These organizations offer the services of funeral directors but they may specialize or sell packaged plans. These plans are often simplified, or "no frills" approaches. For example, providers may specialize in cremation or offer only graveside services. Some claim to be a low-cost alternative because they operate without the overhead of a traditional funeral home.
Memorial Societies are alternative resources that provide information and services for consumers. The term "society" implies that they are not-for-profit, but that may not be the case. Many memorial societies have relationships with other providers that enable them to offer discount services to anyone who pays a membership fee.