2020 Price Comparison

Every two years we request General Price Lists (GPLs) from all the funeral homes in Western Massachusetts. In February 2020 we mailed letters to 85 funeral home locations. By April 24, we had obtained 38 GPLs. Because of the coronavirus crisis, we worked quickly to release this early data. We also wrote Tips for consumers about funeral options during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Collection of price data continued in summer 2020. Despite the challenges of coronavirus, our dedicated committee called, emailed, and in some cases visited funeral homes to obtain the price lists. We succeeded in obtaining price lists from 55 funeral homes (out of 85), a 64.7% response rate as of September 15, 2020.

2020 Price Comparison Chart (a spreadsheet on Google Drive).  

The funeral homes* are listed alphabetically. We report prices for these services:

  • Immediate Burial
  • Direct Cremation
  • Basic Services Fee
  • Embalming
  • Least Expensive Casket
  • Least Expensive Vault


Click here for Definitions of what is included in these categories. You can also find the Definitions on Sheet 3 of the spreadsheet (scroll to bottom of the chart, and click on the tab marked Definitions). These definitions will help you interpret the data presented in the chart

In October 2020 we produced a PRINTED copy of this report and chart. If you would like a paper copy, please let us know.

*All 85 are listed; empty rows reveal which ones did not (yet) provide price lists. Note:  If YOU obtain a price list that would help us fill in the missing data, please let us know. Thanks!