As more families opt for cremation over a traditional burial, we find families are seeking out information to help them better understand their options. This article gives a brief overview of cremation in Cedar Rapids, how you can save money by arranging cremation services and helps you to compare cremation costs between funeral service providers in Cedar Rapids.
How can you save money by arranging a cremation?
A cremation is likely to cost you about half the cost of a traditional burial funeral. Why? Because you can eliminate some of the largest outlays associated with a funeral. With cremation there is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, cemetery plot or full-size grave marker.
Eliminating these funeral items and services will save a few thousand dollars! Opting for a cremation can also help save money as it is possible to hold a memorial service (with the cremated remains present) without having to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately. This can allow families time to make decisions. Often this can mean that money-savings options can be more thoroughly explored. Some families even choose to conduct their own memorial service, which can save on venue and staff costs, plus it also makes a service so much more personalized.
What is the average cost of a cremation in Cedar Rapids?
Cremation prices do differ between different funeral homes in Cedar Rapids. This means that quoting an ‘average’ does not always reflect what cheaper cremation prices are available. The average cost of a cremation funeral in the U.S. is $3,745 for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn. Average cremation costs in Cedar Rapids are on par with this price. We have identified below how to arrange a low cost cremation in Cedar Rapids for just $1,405
A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service. In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price. Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.
A basic cremation: Direct cremation in Cedar Rapids
Direct cremation, or immediate cremation, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for funeral consumers. A direct cremation is the simplest, and least expensive, cremation option. It involves the funeral home collecting the deceased, transferring him/her into their care, completing all the necessary paperwork and conducting the cremation. A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary urn. A direct cremation in Cedar Rapids can cost anywhere between $1,405 and $3,000.
How do I choose a cremation provider in Cedar Rapids?
Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of cremation services you require. If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony and that is in a good location for your family.
If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost. The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held. And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.
The DFS Memorials provider for Cedar Rapids is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies, yet covers a wide service area throughout Central Iowa.
DFS Memorials CEDAR RAPIDS (319) 208-6119 – Call with any questions
Direct Cremation $1,405
How do cremation providers compare in Cedar Rapids
It is always wide to shop around and compare services and costs. We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end of life services? However, it can be quite a task trying to efficiently compare local funeral homes, especially when you are feeling emotionally fraught. This is why at DFS Memorials we find the best cremation price – so you don’t have to! We do the research and then select a local funeral home that offers the most affordable cremation package.
What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs in Cedar Rapids?
Sadly more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral costs. Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are. You need to contact your local county human services or social services to inquire if anything is available in your area. There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand a little more about your options to be cremated, how you can arrange a basic cremation and save on funeral costs!
DFS Memorials Cedar Rapids serves families throughout all of Greater Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Hiawatha, Bertram, Vernon View, and the counties of Benton, Black Hawk, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn.