Pennsylvania Burial Estimate

Burial Cost Estimate

Burial:

Good $6,500

Better $8,000

Best $10,500

Casket: 20-gauge steel —
or pine.
18-gauge steel —
or oak.
16-gauge steel, stainless steel or copper — or oak, cherry, maple or walnut.
Outer Container: Grave liner —
concrete box with drain holes (no sealing features).
Burial vault — concrete top seal with plastic liner or 18-gauge steel air seal. Burial vault —
concrete top seal with stainless steel liner or 7-gauge steel air seal.
Transportation: Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach, clergy coach, limousine and flower car.
Flowers: Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.

Each option above also includes:

  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Basic services of funeral director and staff; including embalming and sanitation of the deceased; cosmetology and casketing the deceased.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Printing package, including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Outer burial container, tent and cemetery equipment set-up charge.
  • Church or clergy stipend.
  • Cemetery opening and closing charge.

Cremation Cost Estimate

Cremation:

Good $1,500

Better $3,500

Best $7,000

Direct cremation; no memorial visitation or services beforehand. Direct cremation, but with memorial visitation and funeral services without the body present. Cremation after memorial visitation and funeral services with body present.
Flowers: None. Floral spray. Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.

Included in the Best Option:

  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Basic services of funeral director and staff.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Printing package, including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Use of casket for memorial visitation and funeral ceremony.
  • Church or clergy stipend.
  • Cemetery opening and closing charge.

Advance Directive Form

Download the Advance Directive form for Pennsylvania. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Advance Directive forms.

 

Order Death Certificates

Death Certificate instructions for Pennsylvania. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death Certificate ordering information.

 

Digital Estate Planning Laws

Proposed Law: SB 518 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Amending Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries)
Description: On August 23, 2012 HB 2580 [Full text of proposed Bill] was introduced amending Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes providing personal representatives power over decedent account on social networking website, micro-blogging or short message service website or e-mail service website. This appears to not have passed, making SB 518 a more recent attempt for executors and trustees to access digital assets after death [Full text of proposed Bill].
Date introduced: February 20, 2015
Status: This passed the House on November 18, 2015 and was referred to the Judiciary on November 18, 2015. The current status is unknown.

For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Digital Estate Planning Laws.

 

Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)

  • Senate Bill 1032  titled “Death with Dignity Act” was introduced to the Judiciary Committee in June 2013. It is currently still open for consideration.

For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death With Dignity Legislation.

 

Organ Donation Registries

Pennsylvania Organ Donation registry official link. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Organ Donation registries.

 

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form

Download the POLST form for Pennsylvania residents. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state POLST forms.

 

Probate Laws

Title 20: Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries

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Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate

  • Pennsylvania has a 0%-15% inheritance tax rate