The cost of a funeral depends on various readily apparent factors.
The costs for organising a funeral depend on costs relating to the kind of casket chosen and casket accessories; the difference in cost between a casket in precious wood and a simpler casket can be significant. The basic services provided by the funeral parlour can also make a big difference to the overall cost, such as collection and transport to the mortuary, care services, supervision, organisation of the funeral service, and so on. The different types of burial (interment, entombment or cremation) also incur different costs: entombment is usually more expensive than interment or cremation.
There are additional costs relating to the provision of other services that are often part of the rituals and customs of a funeral service, such as floral arrangements, setting up the chapel of rest, cosmetology services, dressing the deceased, obituaries, memorials and death notices.
In the case of cremation the total cost will also depend on the location where the cremation takes place, the type of storage chosen (entrusted to family members, scattered, held in a niche in the cemetery), and also the type of container for the ashes.
It is important to underline that, generally, costs quoted by funeral parlours do not include municipal fees, such as burial site (cell, range or niche) fees, official documentation fees, and registration fees. These types of costs can vary widely, and depend on the municipal authorities in question, on the cemetery where the burial will take place, and on the type of burial decided upon for your loved one. For example, in Milan the costs for concession of a space at the Monumentale cemetery are very different to the costs at the Maggiore or Lambrate cemeteries. Within the same cemetery there can also be a wide range of costs depending on the location of the burial site: for example, the price of a space in the lower rows is higher than the price of a space that is only reachable with a ladder. Nebulonghi, in accordance with its principles of transparency, invoices families for these types of expenditure at cost price (that is to say, at the same price paid to the municipal authorities, with no mark up). We present the invoice presented to us by the municipality to the family for the sake of transparency.
A funeral parlour, in our opinion, should be obliged to clearly specify the cost of the funeral, and the sum total of additional costs that the parlour has had to sustain on their client's account, providing the relevant documents to justify such additional costs. This latter category includes all the aforementioned costs including municipal fees, cemetery fees (tomb or grave purchase, tomb or grave opening, and so on), costs covering cremation, and so on.
The funeral parlour should also provide their clients with a written and detailed estimate, including all costs involved in organising the funeral, specifying which services are included in the price and which are not. Be wary of vague estimates that may be unclear, or may even neglect to specify which services are included in the price and which are excluded.
Upon completion of the service, the funeral parlour is obliged to issue a fiscal receipt or invoice for the cost of the service provided. Costs and expenses related to a funeral service are exempt from VAT, and may be deducted from your tax return, up to a maximum stipulated by law.
It's always a good idea to be wary of agencies and funeral companies that advertise their services at excessively attractive prices and, above all, that do not offer their customers the necessary transparency; a lack of transparency and an apparently low price may hide poor services or subsequent unexpected additional costs.
Nebulonghi prides itself on its reputation for excellence, and consistently operates in accordance with its founding principles of transparency, honesty, and respect for diversity: we believe that these three principles are the pillars on which we build relationships of trust with families. Our funeral service proposals are therefore transparent and clear, and the service itself is efficient and sensitive. Our staff are ready to respond to our clients' needs, and available to constantly change and adapt in order to improve the service offered and to meet the needs of your family.