Why Come to Us?
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Our concept is simple. Eliminate the cost of opening and owning a funeral home with chapels and pass the savings on to the public.
We provide graveside services, or we can do the service indoors at your Synagogue, one of serveral Synagogues that rent their facilities at reasonable fees (located in Skokie, Wilmette, Highland Park, Northbrook and Wheeling), or from cemetery chapels including Westlawn, New Light and Sunset Memorial Lawns.
Usually we save families $2000-$4500 on the same or similar services and mechandise versus what the charges would be from a Chicago Jewish funeral home with chapels. As an example, in December of 2016 we took an assignment on a funeral contract that a family had prepaid through Piser providing the same services and similar casket and vault and switching the service from the funeral homes chapel to a much nicer sanctuary at a synagogue in Wilmette that we rented. After collecting from the insurance company we refunded the family over $4150 in excess insurance proceeds.
Since opening in 2010 we have directed over 1450 funeral services. We provide the utmost in compassionate professional service. Our Jewish funeral directors have over 175 years of combined Illinois licensure. No other Chicago Jewish funeral business has more Jewish funeral directors with this amount of experience! Our policy is to treat every family as if they were our own.
Our typical charge for our services is $2695-$2995. Chicago Jewish funeral homes with chapels charge $4395-$5200 for the same services. You can see how we compare by going to our Compare Mitzvah tab, or going to www.comparemitzvah.com .
We carry the same and/or similar caskets to all of our competitors. Our caskets are priced substantially less than Chicago Jewish funeral homes with chapels charge. Our caskets start at $500 (one of our competitors shows their least expensive casket on their General Price List as being $2295). Our most often selected casket of $1600 (least expensive round top tradtional poplar wood) is $2695-$2995 for a similar casket from our competitors, and our reddish traditional poplar with round top for $1800 is $3695 for a similar unit with one of our competitors.
We are the only Chicago Jewish funeral business that shows our caskets with their prices on our website (go to the Funeral Merchandise tab, or www.mitzvahcaskets.com ). We believe our competitors don't want you to know their casket prices until after they already have the family members arranging the funeral at their facility as most families will feel they are trapped. THIS IS NOT TRUE! You can go onto our funeral merchandise tab , or go to www.mitzvahcaskets.com , even while making funeral arrangment at a Chicago Jewish funeral home to compare the prices we offer. We carry the same lines that our competitors do, and you will save substantilly buying the identical casket from the same manufacturer through us, or even more on similar caskets from another company we use that our competitors don't buy from. You are free to purchase the casket from us and the funeral home can NOT charge you an extra fee for doing this and we won't charge you extra for the delivery.
Of course the best way for us to save your family the most is if you don't use one a Chicago Jewish funeral home with chapels for the service and allow us to provide the services and the merchandise.
***EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD ANOTHER FUNERAL HOME PICK UP YOUR FAMILY MEMBER, YOU CAN SWITCH TO US!***
Families that belong to a synagogue that has a discounted funeral plan with one of our competitors can still use us. We guarantee a minimum 25% savings versus the discounted funeral plan price.*
We pre-arranging funeral services. Once paid, our charges are guaranteed not to exceed what is available at the time of need. Funds are placed into an insurance policy for the person who the funeral service is for and remains in the persons name until the time of death.
We also pre-arrange for persons whose funds are being depleted by long term care facilities. This allows a family to shelter funds for the funeral prior to these funds being depleted, allowing for earlier qualification for public aid.
Families that have set up a pre-paid funeral insurance policy through one of our competitors should be aware that they are not required to use the funeral home that set up this policy, even if the policy was set up "irrevocable". We accept these and in most cases refund the family thousands of dollars.
Orthodox and traditional families can be assured that everything required can and will be provided including tahara, tachrichim, and shomer.
Please feel free to call us at 630-MITZVAH (630-648-9824) at any time of day or night if you should need our services, or have questions.
(no longer with Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals)
*based on plan price for services and casket
We provide our families with an open door policy. Please feel free to contact us 24 hours a day.
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