The owner of a newly opened Stafford County funeral home is helping make funerals more affordable.
Shaun Reid said it bothers him to hear families say they would like to give a loved one a nice funeral, but they can’t afford to spend $9,000. Instead, they might opt for cremation because it is significantly cheaper.
“The major thing we’re specializing in is customizing funeral services to fit every budget,” he said. “Everybody deserves a decent, dignified burial.”
To that end, Reid & Burke Funeral Home at 2108 Jefferson Davis Highway offers a “simplicity package,” which includes a steel casket, casket spray of flowers, limousine, hearse, church or chapel service, reception room and programs for $4,595.
More expensive packages are also available.
Reid & Burke is Reid’s second funeral home. He also owns Shaun A. Reid Funeral Services & Memorial Chapel in Washington, D.C.
“I’m from Northern Virginia and knew there was a need for another funeral home with competitive prices and more offerings” in the Stafford area, he said. “Not all families have funeral insurance. We’ll work with families that have it and those that don’t to give their loved one a decent burial.”
Reid hopes to fill a niche in the region by providing services for the county’s African-American community. But he said Reid & Burke will serve all races and religions.
“We’re more concerned about helping every family celebrate their loved one’s life than your ethnicity or what you can pay,” he said.
Reid said that he especially likes to help families customize a funeral. He’ll ask about the deceased’s life story and special interests, and can offer such personal touches as using flowers for the casket spray in a favorite sports team’s colors.
The Stafford funeral home also has a space for receptions after a service and burial, and will partner with a caterer to provide refreshments beginning this week. Families can also arrange for their own caterer or provide food and drink themselves.
Grief counseling is available through funeralOne, which manages the websites for both of Reid’s funeral homes. Its licensed professionals can do a live webcast that people can watch at home, he said.
“I really want to tap into Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Prince William,” Reid said. “I grew up in that area.”