when my mom died in july 2015, In my family, I alone was the one that could afford to pay for the funeral. My dad and mom hadn’t saved for it. My 3 siblings couldn’t pay-no money. I shopped around at all of our local funeral homes. Most had a LOW price of $6900. Only 2 were @ $4000. I chose the cheapest burial package at 3995 + tax “Quoted.” It still came out to be 5900 when the total bill arrived. I took the flower vehicle out of the package and i chose the cheapest casket they had. (Sarcasm) “i didn’t know that tax on funerals were 27-30% i thought they were more around 7-12 percent for sales/services.” I felt like I was nickeled and dimed to pay for more services than I asked. My dad is 81, and when the time comes, I’m now looking at covering his funeral by DIY. Building a casket, picking him up @ the hospital, dressing him out myself, skipping embalment, doing all services at the church and putting him in the ground myself. I’m getting a contractor to open and close and place the vault for $450. My siblings want this or that, but unless they share the cost it’s my way. I learned from the last funeral that family members have no idea what the costs are, and no problem spending my money to give our dead parent a send-off they think befits them. I agree with some prior posts. Spending a lot of money on a dead person when you wouldn’t do it when they were alive is a waste. I loved my mom and I love my dad, but why waste money on them when they aren’t there to enjoy it?