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ITEMIZED PRICES OF EVERY MAJOR CHICAGO JEWISH FUNERAL FIRM PER THEIR GENERAL PRICE LISTS
|Name of Funeral Establishment||Mitzvah Memorial Funerals||
Chicago Jewish Funerals & Goldman Funeral Group
LakeShore aka Westlawn
|Weinstein & Piser||Shalom Funeral Home|
|Date of General Price List (GPL)||01/01/2016||10/01/2016||01/01/2016||11/09/2016||01/06/2016|
|Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff||$895||$1995||$1595||$1345||$2195|
|Preparation of Deceased|
|Bathing, Handling, Dressing & Casketing||$150||$475||$325||$620||$560|
|or use of facility for tahara||$350||$475||$550||$420||$560|
|Equipment & Staff for Funeral Service|
|Synagogue or Other Indoor Service||$550||$695||$695||$545||$895|
|Transfer of Remains to Funeral Home||$550||$575||$575||$695||$645|
|Reduced hearse fee by Shalom at Shalom||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$575|
|Graveside Transfer Vehicle instead of Hearse||$400||$575||$475||N/A||N/A|
|Total Graveside Service-Hearse-No Tahara-No Embalming-No Limo||$2695||$4620||$4010||$4195||$4935 or $5155|
|Minimum casket on GPL-Only Mitzvah offers a woodgrain finish. Others use a blue cloth. Shalom unfinished pine box.||$500||$722||$695||$995||$2395|
|Dan (aka Kidron or 041) Pine or Poplar flat top with handles and interior. Only Mitzvah's Dan is finished||$1300||$2100||$1295||$1895||$2495|
|Red Finished Adom-(aka Simeon,Karmiel or 043 red)||$1600||$2895||$2395||$3695||$3095|
|Outer Burial Container-OBC|
|Minimum on GPL||$750||$825||$895||$995||$925|
|Graveside Service-Graveside Transfer Vehicle (if available)-no tahara-Minimum casket and minimum OBC||$3745||$6067||$5400||$6195||$8255 or $8475|
|More than Mitzvah Memorial Funerals by||N/A||$2322||$1655||$2450||$4510 or $4730|
|Graveside Service-Hearse-no tahara-Dan and minimum OBC||$4745||$7545||$6200||$7085||$8355 or $8575|
|More than Mitzvah by||N/A||$2800||$1455||$2340||$3610 or $3830|
|Graveside Service-Hearse-no tahara-finished Adom and minimum OBC||$5045||$8340||$7300||$8885||$8955 or $9175|
|More than Mitzvah by||N/A||$3295||$2255||$3840||$3910 or $4130|
Most people don't realize that when you prepay for a funeral with a funeral home, you aren't required to use the funeral home. In most cases, the funds are deposited into an insurance policy in the person's name for who they are intended,.
In October of 2015 a daughter whose father had passed away called Mitzvah Memorial Funerals accidently. She had already prepaid her father's funeral through Chicago Jewish Funerals the previous May.
By assigning the insurance policy over to Mitzvah, the family saved over $2600 without sacrificing anything. These excess funds were sent by the insurance company directly to the daughter the same week as the funeral. You can read the ad the daughter of the deceased ran with us by going to this > Testimonial Ad 1
In December of 2016, another daughter who had transferred her father's pre-arranged funeral with Piser to Mitzvah months before lost her 106 year old father. Mitzvah performed the same funeral service at Beth Hillel in Wilmette renting their beautiful sanctuary for $500. Even with this rental expense, Mitzvah provided the same services, and similar casket and vault and refunded the daughter $4155 from her father's insurance policy.
Mitzvah has done this for dozens of families who have switched to Mitzvah as this is the savings Mitzvah provides families.
So how do we do this?
We are independently owned and we don't operate from a multi-million dollar funeral home with chapels with high overhead costs. We are therefore able to provide our services and merchandise at a substantial savings versus what Chicago Jewish funeral homes with chapels charge. Usually the saving is between $2000-$5000 on a full funeral service and casket depending on which funeral home you are comparing us to, what casket your family would be selecting, where the service will be held, and if it is to be held at a Synagouge if your family belongs to a Synagouge, or chooses to rent one of the 6 that are available (Skokie, Wilmette, Highland Park, Northbrook and Wheeling, or a former Synagouge facility in Buffalo Grove).
Our normal price for a graveside funeral service is now $2695. We charge $300 if the service is held from a Synagogue, and $200 more if a tahara-ritual washing-is requested (group that does the tahara may have an additional fee as well as the cost of the shroud). If the family doesn't belong to a synagogue, we have several available for rent, most charging $500.
Weinstein & Piser recently lowered their $5700 charge for this down to $4195, but raised their caskets substantially. We offer all of the caskets Weinstein & Piser have (Batesville caskets) at a guaranteed savings of over 25%. These caskets, or other lines that we offer for even greater savings can be purchased from us and will deliver them free of charge to Weinstein & Piser. They must accept this without additional charge to the family.
Chicago Jewish Funerals and Goldman Funeral Group charge the same prices. Their General Price Lists show a graveside funeral service with a hearse totallying $4620 versus our $2695. Shalom's general price list shows a graveside service as being $5155.
Chicago Jewish Funerals, Goldman and Shalom offer Matthews caskets. We carry all of the caskets they offer at savings usually greater than 25%. We also offer a similar line (Lake Forest) at even greater savings. We are the only Chicago Jewish Funeral business that shows all of our caskets and vaults on our website with their prices. Families that choose to use one of our competitors to handle the funeral services can purhcase the casket and vault from us and we will deliver to the fuenral home and cemetery chosen without additional charge. Families can save well over $1000 doing this. By law, fuenral homes can NOT refuse to accept the casket, or charge any additional fee if you the casket isn't purchased from them.
Examples of savings on our caskets:
The minimum traditional wood casket that we carry with a finish and an interior is called the Dan. It is also known as the Kidron, or the 041M). Chicago Jewish Funerals and Goldman only offer this in an unfinished raw wood. They charge $2100 for this. Although we offer the unfinished version for $1550, the finished version we get from Lake Forest Casket is $1300.
Another example would be the Haggai or the Adom, also known as the Tamar, or the 043 at Weinstein & Piser. Typically Chicago Jewish Funerals charges $2695 for this, Shalom charges $2995, Weinstein and Piser charge $2695 in brown, or $3695 in red, which is ridiculous as the wholesale price on both caskets is the same, so why charge $1000 more for the red? The Haggai Chicago Jewish Funerals and Goldmam offer has a smaller shell and a rough finish. The Adom they sell is a bright red. Many families find these finishes and color unappealing and therefore spend more.
The Haggai and Adom that we sell most frequently our normal size, have a nice smooth, and the color is nice. We sell either of these for $1600.
We have compiled a chart that will enable you to compare our prices versus those of our competitors.
Although we can clearly show the savings on our service charges versus our competitors, it is harder to show the savings on caskets. Our competitors don't show their casket prices on their websites (we do---> MITZVAH CASKETS ) and most of our competitors don't provide their merchandise price lists for retention.
EXAMPLES OF CASKET SAVINGS
Their Kidron-Dan-Aaron-041M Their Haggai or Tamar
Our price for these exact units is $1550 for the Dan and $1850 for the Haggai
We also offer what we believe to be more acceptable versions of the Dan and Haggai for $1300 and $1600 respectively (that's a $800 savings on the Dan and $1095-$1395 savings on the Haggai). This Dan has a light finish and the Haggai is a regular sized casket with a nice finish and Star of David (not shown in picture) (their Haggai is smaller and has a rough finish).
(star of David included but not shown)
Most of our caskets are offered at substantial savings versus what our competitor charges. Our imported line provides the largest savings. This includes the Obadiah which is $1195 less and the Tohar which is $1695 less than what our competitor charges for their domestic version of these caskets. We also carry the full line of the same domestic caskets that all of our competitor offers, most of which are at least 25%-40% less.
We also have unfinished pine units from $850, metal caskets with nice finishes from $950 and a minimum casket for $500.
Any of our caskets can be purchased for delivery to our competitors should your family choose to have the funeral at a Chicago Jewish funeral home's chapel. The funeral home will accept the casket without any additional fee as they are required by law to do.
Although savings is important, receiving compassionate professional service is paramount. The funeral directors with Mitzvah Memorial Funerals have over 175 years of combine funeral experience. You can learn more about our directors and their experience by
clicking on ---> OUR EXPERIENCED STAFF .
*Note: This comparison chart was compiled using the published General Price Lists of each firm. Most of our competitors do not make their casket price list available for retention so we are limited in being able provide their prices for all of their caskets. If you would like a copy of a General Price Lists (ours, and/or the most recent version of our competitors price list that we have in our possession) or have any questions, please call us. Our competitors price list are subject to change without our knowledge.
Mitzvah Memorial Funerals 630-MITZVAH (630-648-9824)