Planning & Costs

Why Preplan?

Thinking about your own funeral leaves most people feeling a little uneasy. However, more adults are finding that planning their own service offers great emotional and even financial security for themselves and their loved ones. With preplanning, people find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. It also gives them peace of mind by not having to make important decisions at a stressful time.

The process for pre-planning is simple. We can meet at one of our two locations or in your home, whichever is more convenient.

We collect information required and recorded on legal documents. For a copy of the information gathered, click on the Funeral Planning & Costs tab.

We talk with you, about how you want to be remembered and share information about the service options available to you. Based on the information you provide us, we use our General Price List to provide you with a complete cost estimate of not only the Funeral Home expenses but other expenses like cemetery charges, flowers, newspaper notices, and any other expenses that can be anticipated. We can also explain the funding options are available and the benefits of those options.

Pre-planning and funding gives you the peace of mind in knowing that your wishes are recorded and funds have been set aside.

  • This makes many decisions easier for your survivors.
  • It can cost guarantee the funeral home costs.
  • Pre-funded plans are transferable so if you do move they can follow you.
  • In the event Title 19 assistance is ever required, pre-funded plans are fully recognized and accepted.
  • There is no cost to meet, nor is there an obligation to use the funeral home.

Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step and plan their arrangements. The documents available for download at the bottom of this page are designed to provide information necessary to help you begin this process. There are many combinations of goods and services that you are able to select. If you have additional questions about pre-planning or would like a copy of our General Price List please call us at (414) 276-5122 or email us at info@suminskifuneralhome.com. We are here to help.

Service Types

Traditional Funeral Service

A funeral that includes a visitation and service with the remains present is commonly referred to as a traditional funeral. The traditional funeral gives loved and friends a chance to pay their respects to the deceased and surviving family and friends. Visitation is followed by a funeral service, the deceased is then taken to his/her final resting place. The entire funeral may take place at the funeral home, a church, a cemetery or a combination of choices.

Memorial Service

A memorial service is a funeral service to memorialize the deceased without the remains present. Burial, entombment or cremation normally has already taken place. If surviving family members desire, the deceased's cremated remains may be present The memorial service may take place at the funeral home, a church, a cemetery or a combination of choices.

Direct Cremation / Immediate Burial

A Direct Cremation/ Immediate Burial means no formal viewing or services of any kind. When direct cremation or immediate burial is selected, the funeral home staff transfers the deceased from the place of death into their care until necessary documentation is completed and appropriate state permits / authorizations are obtained. The deceased is then transferred to the cemetery for burial, or cremated, and the cremated remains returned to the family unless other arrangements are made.

Caskets And Urns

Metal caskets - Includes those made from bronze, copper, stainless steel and steel - are known for their unique finishes. Bronze and copper are among the most durable and beautiful of metals; both are naturally non-rusting. Stainless and carbon steel caskets come in a variety of grades, gauges, styles and finishes.

Hardwood caskets - Includes a variety of species: mahogany, walnut, cherry, maple, oak, pecan, poplar and pine. These caskets are the choice of families who appreciate and cherish the qualities of natural wood. The warmth, beauty and personality it brings to fine furniture ideally suits it for the construction of quality caskets.

Cloth Covered Caskets - Cloth covered caskets are made from corrugated fiberboard, pressed wood or softwoods, which are then covered with cloth and contain finished interiors. As a result of the construction methods and materials used in their manufacturing process, cloth covered caskets are modestly priced and offer an economical choice for families.

Cremation Caskets - Cremation caskets are available in a wide variety of styles and prices and are suitable for services with a visitation, viewing or gathering held prior to the cremation. These caskets are designed to be cremated in an ecology minded environment.

Cremation Containers - Cremation containers are made from both composite and solid wood components and are fully combustible. These are appropriate when a private viewing has been scheduled.

Cast Bronze Urns - These urns are made of solid bronze, offering strength, durability and beauty. Some have a traditional vase shape, while others are crafted works of art featuring contemporary designs.

Wood Urns - Wood urns are crafted from a wide range of wood species. Each urn is hand finished to enhance the wood's natural luster. No other material can duplicate the warmth and beauty of wood.

Marble Urns - These urns are fashioned from solid blocks of marble. Natural marble offers distinct and unique veining patterns and is available in various shapes and colors.

Sheet Bronze Urns - These urns are constructed of solid bronze sheets and are available in cube or chest shapes. Many feature a beautiful brushed or painted finish which can be enhanced with ornamentation and other personal touches.

Funeral Planning Documents

Planning a Burial

Planning a Cremation

Funeral Cost Documents

Burial Costs

Cremation Costs