Funeral Services in Darien & Stamford CT

Funeral Goods and Services Contract

We are pleased to provide you with a full disclosure of how our Funeral goods and services contract is presented.

To help you understand Funeral Costs we have prepared an outline of the categories that make up a funeral account. There are basically four sections that make up the total funeral account: Casket & Merchandise Selections, Professional Service Charges, Cash Disbursements and unfortunately the government imposed taxes on applicable items in the merchandise section.

To aid consumers, legislation provides that all funeral homes must provide an itemized price list of all of their related Professional Service Charges as well as casket and merchandise charges. This list must be available at consumers’ request without cost or obligation.

We Offer the Highest Standards for Funeral Services

We pride ourselves on always being one of the most reasonably priced funeral homes in the area, although many expect our charges to be much higher given the level of professionalism, quality of facilities and ethical standards. Consumers and families finally can learn first hand that there is a difference and families needn’t fall into the trap of traditional loyalty many funeral homes attempt to count on. Today, being good is not good enough. We trust that this service will give you one more reason to give the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory serious consideration when seeking a funeral home that is pro-actively working towards providing you the highest standards of services and facilities while offering sensible and affordable solutions.

Be wary in comparing our prices to other funeral homes, whether by comparing general price lists or via telephone, especially Direct Cremation. The prices stated on our general price list are complete, with absolutely NO hidden charges, including cash advanced items. Ensure that everything is being disclosed to you, in order to make a properly informed decision.


Professional services, facilities and automotive equipment

This section is divided into three subsections:

  • Professional services
  • Additional services & facilities
  • Automotive Equipment.

This section includes both non-declinable and declinable charges. Some included items are embalming, cosmetology, calling hours, cremation fee, all vehicles, and transfer of remains to funeral home. This is all discussed in detail at the time arrangements are made and tailored to each families specific needs and desires.


Casket & merchandise selections

This section is specific to the casket and merchandise that a family selects. All of our caskets and merchandise are priced separately – meaning the price you see for the casket is for the casket itself with no other items included, that can often become confusing to families. Some of the other types of merchandise you might find in this section of the funeral account are: Burial Vaults, Cremation Urns, Flowers and upgraded Stationary packages. Again, each is itemized based on your selection and a total is itemized under the “Merchandise Selected” column.


Cash Advances

Cash advances are as they imply. To aid the families we serve, we will cover third party expenses and place them on our account as a convenience.

Strict legislation ensures that these items are not marked up and only the exact cost is included on the funeral account. Typical cash advance items might include:

  • Newspaper Notices
  • Church and Clergy Offerings
  • Cemetery Charges
  • Certified Copies of Death Certificates
  • Required Permits