Most funeral homes build in a quote to the family of $100 to handle the officiants’ fee. Sadly, that price generally tells clergy to use a ‘memorial template,’ which is read from a pre-packaged service, inserting the deceased person’s name and obituary, then they ‘take their leave.’ In many ways, this is just fine for the family and allows effective closure...and sometimes not.
Since no one else’s life is the same as another, I treat it as such.
Over the years, I've discovered how my ministerial style is quite unique to this particular industry. Since no one else’s life is the same as another, I treat it as such. This requires far more time on my part, while encouraging family and friends to reminisce, ultimately beginning the greater healing process.
Additionally, every family has specific requests, grief counseling needs, not to mention gathering extensive details/stories about their loved one--such as chronological events/accomplishments, personality attributes, family history, etc. I go to great lengths to represent the person accurately and thoroughly, which is why my fee starts at $325.00. Know that I invest 20-30 hours (on average) to learn, create and officiate a Celebration of Life worthy of your loved one. Travel expenses are not indicated, however this price does include the actual ceremonial time.