The average cost of a funeral in 2011 is in the range of $9,000 to $10,000. The expenses may vary, depending on a variety of factors such as transportation, interment site, size of headstone and the type of funeral. Pre-paid insurance plans are now available for `End of Life’ expenses. There are several ways to lower the cost of a funeral. For instance, under the funeral law, one has the right to forgo embalming, which may help to save about $600 to $800. So a closed casket, where the body can’t be viewed, can serve to bring down the funeral costs.