How should I pay for the funeral expenses?

First, be sure to carefully review the deceased’s important papers and records to determine if pre-need funeral planning has already been undertaken or if he or she owns any burial plots. 

If there is not a pre-paid funeral in place, then there will be an issue with how to pay the funeral expenses.  Most of the funeral directors will want to see payment of the funeral expenses at the time services are rendered. 

Frequently, a family member or other loved one will pay the costs of the funeral  and later be reimbursed from the deceased’s estate for any out of pocket expenses they incurred.

Also, if the deceased was a veteran, he or she may be entitled to certain memorial benefits, such as a U.S. flag.  In very limited circumstances, the veteran’s benefits may also include monetary benefits.