The advantage of choosing a traditional funeral is that it's easiest to arrange, as it follows a pattern so families know what to expect.

A traditional funeral makes many of your choices easier because there's established etiquette for the different stages of the ceremony.

However, a traditional funeral is generally one of the most expensive kinds of funeral arrangements.

Some of the costs of a traditional funeral will include:

-Embalming and dressing of the body

-Rental of the funeral home for visitations and the funeral service

-Rental of hearse and other funeral vehicles

-The costs of a casket, a cemetery plot and other goods

Many people find a traditional funeral comforting and reliable. There are other choices though, and it's possible to have a meaningful ceremony for less money - even if you're following the tenets of the traditional funeral.