The cremation trend is sweeping across the United States and changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Virginia was recorded at just over 34% in 2011 – it is increasingly becoming a preferred option for many families and the cremation rate in Richmond is exponentially increasing.
Traditionalism and economic reasons for choosing cremation
Deciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral. On average a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial, sometimes you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.
The economy has certainly impacted on how we manage death care today. Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs. A cremation provides a simple, efficient and economical means to conduct a disposition.
How much does a cremation cost in Richmond?
Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Richmond DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending what type of cremation service you opt for. Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory. A cremation costs in Richmond are still fairly expensive compared to many other cities and a simple cremation in Richmond can cost anywhere between $1,550 and $4,000 for the exact same service.
A basic cremation can be conducted in Richmond for $1,550 complete*. This is what is known as a “direct cremation”. No services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation and the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn. If desired the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.
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What type of cremation services are available?
You can select from a range of cremation services and packages. These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package. You can have a full service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are. If you have any special requirements, these will always be met if possible, and feel free to call us on (804) 213-2899 to discuss your cremation requirements.
How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s remains?
This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked. Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks have to be made along the way. The cremation retort has to be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation can be performed at a time. The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.
Understand the legal requirements for cremation in Richmond
As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Virginia of 24 hours before a cremation can go ahead.
It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.
What can we do with the cremated remains?
Cremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them returned. You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche. However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains. There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths and paintings.
Preplanning an affordable cremation service
If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price of $1,495. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or make difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.
Veteran Funerals in Richmond
There are certain discounts and benefits that are available to Veterans. A Veteran is entitled to a free cemetery plot and grave marker and a US Flag. There are also sometimes reductions on the cost of a death certificate for a Veteran.
Overweight body cremation in Richmond
A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $1,550 is for a person who weighed up to 300 pounds. Over this weight there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container and extra gas usage. The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased. The crematory in Richmond can cremate a body up to 800 pounds.
No life insurance – what help is there with cremation costs?
It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security pay out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify) and your funeral director can assist you with this.
The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. To find out what may be available you should contact Leon County or your local County Human Services Departments.
DFS Memorials low cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Byrd Park, Carver, Carytown/Museum District, Church Hill, East End, Fairmount, Forest Hill, Fulton Hill, Manchester, Near West and West End, Newtowne, North Side, Oregon Hill, Randolph, Shockoe Bottom, Southside, The Fan District, Three Corners District, Tobacco Row, Union Hill, Westover Hills, Windsor Farms, & Woodland Heights
*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package