Cremation costs in Richmond, VA – $1,550

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.

Call DFS Memorials now on (804) 213-2899 to arrange a low cost cremation

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?

cremation-richmondThis 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

funeral-costs-richmond-vaIf 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

Guide to affordable Cremation Services in Waukegan, IL

Simple cremation waukegan ILDo you need to save money on funeral costs?  Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive alternative to a traditional funeral service?  

Consider arranging a simple cremation service for $995.  If you opt for a simple, no-fuss direct cremation and you hold your own memorial service, you can save thousands of dollars on funeral expenses!

Deciding on cremation vs. burial

Making the decision to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral and a cremation service will cost 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 choosing cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead a cremation can be performed to handle the immediate disposition of the body dealt.  Then a memorial service held at a later date convenient to the family.

How much does a funeral cost in Waukegan?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected, and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Waukegan is $6,915.

How much does a cremation cost in Waukegan?

Firstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars.  Generally embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Waukegan 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.  The average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,970*, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Waukegan.

Cremation Memorial ServiceHow much is a direct cremation in Waukegan, IL?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Waukegan for as little as $995 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.

Call DFS Memorials now on (815) 216-4601 to arrange a low cost cremation for $995

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.  Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have, and when and where any services can be held.

How to compare cremation costs in Waukegan, IL

The cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers.   Ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

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.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Waukegan

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.  There is a mandatory wait period of 24 after death in Illinois before the cremation can proceed.

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.

low cost cremationPreplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price. 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 making 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.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help 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. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available you should contact Lake County Human Services Department at:  Phone: (708) 338-7600

The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.  You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director. Many funeral homes are familiar with the process to liaise with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible.  You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly and the process to transfer the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of Lake county coroner’s office: 26 N Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085

We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions, and provided some help to understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Waukegan, IL.  If you need to research more information on funeral-planning, please visit the Library section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2018

What is a direct burial? Your most inexpensive burial option

There is a lot of talk around the death-care industry about direct cremation.  More families are seeking out direct cremation services when they want a simple and affordable funeral alternative.  But what about the option for a direct burial?  A direct burial is similarly a simple and affordable burial alternative.

A direct cremation service offering is on every funeral home’s General Price List (GPL), but usually towards the end of their listing of services.  It is the most minimal cremation offering available, and therefore also their least expensive funeral service option.  It is possible (in most metro areas) to be able to arrange a direct cremation for around $1,000. [The price range varies between $695 to $1,395].

However, although some families are searching for affordability and simplicity, cremation is not the choice for everyone.  There are still around 46% of Americans choosing burial services.  A funeral home also has, as standard, a direct burial service package offering.  This is also often located at the bottom of their GPL.

What if you want something, simple and inexpensive but still want a burial service?

Then a direct burial might be the solution.

What does a direct burial entail?

Direct burial serviceA direct burial is a similar direct disposition to a direct cremation.  There is no formal funeral service conducted at the funeral home, and many of the traditional products and services associated with the cost of a traditional burial are eliminated.

The deceased is taken directly to the cemetery for burial in the days following the death, once the legal paperwork has been completed.  Often a simple wooden casket is used to help to keep the costs down and keep the whole service simple and affordable.

As there is no viewing, visitation or funeral ceremony, the deceased does not need to be embalmed.

There is the option to hold a simple graveside interment service, if so wished, for an additional cost. Or a memorial service can be conducted at a later date. But we should be clear that a direct burial service is generally different to a graveside burial service on a GPL.

How is a direct burial service different to a green burial service?

In many cases a direct burial can be the same as a green burial.  If there is no embalming and a simple eco-friendly casket, such as wood, reinforced cardboard or wicker, this is a natural or green burial.  It will then depend upon the cemetery, whether a green burial plot is chosen.

How much does a direct burial cost?

A direct burial is the funeral director’s least expensive burial option.  The cost will range depending on the funeral home, but it is fair to say that a direct burial can be arranged for in the region of $1,200 to $1,600.  The cost of the casket can make a difference to the final cost of the funeral.  This does not include the cemetery fees either.

A direct burial can be an inexpensive funeral option, and suitable if the deceased already has a cemetery plot purchased or a family plot for burial.

Low cost funeral and cremation services in Fayetteville, AR

The cost of a funeral service has become debilitating to many families in Arkansas, and the days of just entrusting a local Fayetteville funeral home to do a service without setting a budget for the cost of the funeral are coming to an end.

More families are struggling financially, and many are just deciding that overpaying for a funeral is not dignified and is not a measure of how much you loved someone.  There are much lower cost funeral alternatives if you seek them out.  Traditionally because people did not compare funeral prices in the same way, funeral homes were not pitched against each other in a ‘price comparison’ manner.

Typically funeral homes focused on their features of long-standing tradition and impeccable community service.  Today this can mean the difference between paying $2,000 or $8,000 for a funeral service and this is a BIG difference just for a heritage!

How can I save on funeral costs?

Firstly, make sure you DO compare prices between funeral homes.  I can assure you that you will be quite surprised by how much the same items from a funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) will vary.  All funeral homes must have a GPL according to Federal Law.

A funeral home that happily discloses prices, be it on their web site, or when you phone understands the need for transparency in today’s funeral market.  If they seem unwilling to openly disclose prices this should raise alarm bells.

Consider lower cost cremation services

low-cost-cremationOpting for a cremation service will save you thousands of dollars.  You remove the need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault and cemetery plot – some of the most expensive purchases of a funeral service.

In Fayetteville you can arrange a simple cremation without any ceremony for $695.  This is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  A simple traditional funeral can be arranged for around $2,800.

If you are concerned about the expense of a funeral and wish to arrange a low cost cremation service  – call (479) 259-2818 now and let our provider help you.

Preplanning a basic cremation service

You can preplan a basic cremation with our low cost cremation provider.  This is funded using an insurance policy.  The full cost for a preneed cremation plan will vary depending upon your age at the time of taking out the policy, but it typically averages at around $795.

Call today to get a quote for a basic cremation plan – (479) 259-2818

Serving families throughout Benton, Carroll, Madison & Washington Counties.

Lowering the cost of a funeral: How much should you pay for a funeral in 2018?

Funerals today are expensive.  The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) recently reported that the average price for a funeral in 2017 was $8,755.  This included a burial vault but no cemetery fees.  So, it is fair to say that the total cost of the average funeral service, when adding a cemetery plot is likely to cost in excess of $10,000.

Now, not many folks have $10,000 available to pay for a funeral these days, especially if the deceased had not made a funeral plan or had no life insurance.

So, what options do you have to lower funeral costs?

Find a lower-priced funeral services provider

low cost cremationFuneral prices can vary tremendously, depending on the funeral home, and the type of funeral service selected.  It is important to compare funeral prices from a funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) or Funeral Service Packages, before deciding.  You will find that even the same funeral package service can range in price between different funeral service locations.

Typically, corporate funeral companies and full-service funeral locations with high overhead have higher funeral pricing.  If they have share-holders, expansive premises to up-keep and a large fleet of vehicles, they need to charge funeral fees commensurate with maintaining a certain revenue.

Often smaller, family owned and operated funeral homes can afford to offer funeral service packages at a lower cost.  There are independent funeral locations that are very focused on their role in their community, and in offering affordable funeral packages.

All funeral service providers are required by FTC legislation to disclose pricing from their GPL when a consumer makes an inquiry about funeral costs either online, by phone or in person.  This is known as the ‘funeral rule’ but despite this legislation being in place to protect funeral consumers, many funeral locations still will not openly disclose prices.  Some funeral home websites will include pricing information or have a copy of their GPL for you to download.  However, there are still far too many funeral home websites that disclose nothing about their prices.  And many funeral homes seem unable to openly disclose funeral prices by phone either, especially when their objective is to get you in person into their funeral establishment to better complete a ‘sale’.

So, choose a few funeral homes and call around and compare funeral prices. If they will not openly discuss pricing, then that is probably an alarm bell.

If you locate a lower-priced funeral services provider, he or she will generally be very happy to discuss pricing with you.

Eliminate some of the more expensive funeral services and products

Everything adds up for a traditional funeral service.  The funeral director’s basic service fee may not seem too expensive, but then everything becomes itemized.  A few funeral products can really hike up your overall bill.  It can seem overwhelming when you have to make so many decisions about the funeral, choosing a casket, memorial pamphlets, whether to hold a visitation, for how long, what type of funeral service to hold, how many funeral vehicles are required.  This is also how your overall funeral bill can expand, and having to make all these decisions when you are feeling distressed can mean you do not make the best decisions!

Consider choosing cremation instead of burial

Cremation now accounts for almost 54% of dispositions in the U.S.  It has overtaken burial as the preferred funeral option for Americans.  One of the main reasons why Americans are now choosing cremation is cost.  Choosing a cremation service can provide a much lower-priced funeral alternative to burial.

As I have mentioned, eliminating some of the main costs associated with a burial can have a big impact on the funeral price.   Opting for a cremation means that these services and products are not required anyway.

Cremation can eliminate the need for embalming, a casket, a burial vault and a cemetery plot.  On the whole, a cremation service can cost at least half the cost of a burial service.

Lowest-price funeral option: Choose direct cremation

How to save money on a funeralIf you need to trim the cost of a funeral down as much as possible due to very limited resources, then a direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.

A direct cremation is where the funeral home or crematory only handle the cremation of the deceased and then return the remains to the family.  It is also called a cremation without ceremony, or a simple cremation.

A direct cremation can take care of the immediate need to conduct a dignified disposition of the body at an affordable cost.  The price of a direct cremation varies between funeral service providers, but it is possible (in most metro areas) to arrange a direct cremation for between $795 and $1,495 with a funeral home that offers affordable options.  However, do be mindful that some funeral homes still charge in the region of $2,000 to $3,000 for a direct cremation.  Again, it is important to check the cremation pricing from more than one provider.

If you need immediate assistance, and do not want to make numerous phone calls to cremation providers, DFS Memorials has undertaken this task.  Our aim was to be able to connect you with an independent affordable direct cremation provider near you.  Use the state links to on this page to find your state and city and locate a provider near you and their price for a direct cremation service.

Finding an affordable direct cremation service in Metairie, LA

Cremation Services Metairie, LACremation is now offering families a simple and affordable alternative to the costs associated with a traditional funeral.  This short guide should help you understand what options you have for a cremation service, how choosing cremation can save you on funeral costs, and answer some other questions about cremation.

If you have the immediate need of a low-cost cremation service, call your local DFS Memorials provider on (504) 215-8264.  Direct cremation service packages start at $1,550.

Why choose a cremation service?

The key reason more families are choosing a cremation service is cost.  A cremation service costs significantly less than a traditional burial.  There is no requirement for embalming, and a casket, burial vault and cemetery plot are not needed.  All of which reduce your overall cost for a funeral by at least half, if not two-thirds.

In addition to this, a cremation service offers greater flexibility as a service does not have to be held immediately, or remains can be transported back to a different state if necessary.

Can you still have a funeral service if you choose cremation?

Questions about cremationYes, a cremation funeral is just the same as a traditional funeral, only the deceased is cremated following the service instead of interred.

If you opt to have a cremation conducted immediately, you can have a service after the cremation with the cremation urn present.  This is known as a Cremation Memorial.

If you opt for a direct cremation, you can choose to arrange your own memorial service, after the cremated remains are returned to the family.  A direct cremation service is a cremation without a ceremony.  The funeral services provider simply conducts everything to take care of the cremation disposition, and then returns your loved one’s ashes directly to you.

What does a cremation cost?

This is the ‘million-dollar’ question, and what many people are using the Internet to establish right now.  The first thing to say is that the cost for a cremation will vary.  It will vary by cremation provider, by what type of cremation service option you select, and prices even vary by area.

To give you an idea of cremation costs, I can tell you that the average cost for a cremation memorial in Metairie is $5,546*, and the average cost for a direct cremation is $2,728*.

Cremation costs in Metairie, LAThe chart below gives some examples of direct cremation costs from a selection of funeral homes in Metairie.

Funeral Home or Cremation Services Provider Direct cremation Price
DFS Memorials LLC $1,550
Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home $2,595
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home $2,745
Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Crematory $2,845

 

What legally do you need to know about cremation?

For a cremation to be legally conducted it must be authorized by the immediate next of kin.  The funeral director will ask the next of kin to sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

There is generally a 24-72 hour wait period after the death occurred before the cremation can go Cremation Lawsahead, although this is mandated differently in different states.  The funeral director will need to obtain permission to cremate from the Jefferson Parish coroner, and obtain a cremation permit.

Once the wait period has expired, the cremation authorization form is correctly signed and notarized by the next of kin, and the coroner has issued the cremation permit, the cremation can be scheduled.

It will usually take 7-10 days to arrange a cremation, and the deceased will be sheltered in the funeral home in refrigerated storage.  If there are delays completing all the legal paperwork, it can take a little longer.  If the immediate next of kin are siblings (and there is more than one sibling), then all siblings need to sign the authorization form for a cremation to proceed.  This tends to be one of the main reasons that a cremation gets delayed, as there is disagreement between siblings on authorizing the cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

There is a whole realm of options for how to memorialize with cremated remains.  You can, of course, inter the remains in a cemetery plot or cremation niche…. similar to a burial interment. Other options include: keeping the cremation urn at home, performing an ash-scattering or having a cremation tribute made from some of the remains.

A benefit of cremation, is that you do not need to make an immediate decision about the final disposition.  Sometimes it can be easier to hold onto the urn for a while whilst you have time to reflect and consider what is the most befitting disposition.

Is there any financial help for families who cannot afford a funeral?

Sadly, there is little financial support for those families who find themselves in the unfortunate position of losing a loved one and having no funds for a funeral.  What may be available varies so much by area.  You would need to consult with Jefferson Parish Social Services department.  Therefore, a direct cremation can offer a simple and affordable solution to handling the unexpected disposition of a family member if finances are an issue.

A dignified direct cremation can be conducted for $1,550 and then the family can arrange to hold their own memorial service.

There is the $255 lump-sum Social Services death benefit payment, if the deceased qualified, which can help towards the cremation cost.

For more information on cremation and what to do with cremated remains, check out the sections in our blog.

*Prices from Parting Funeral Survey 2018

$650 Simple cremation service in Modesto, CA

Simple cremation Modesto CAIf you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $650.

Call us NOW if you need immediate assistance with arranging an affordable and dignified cremation service.  We are here to help!

Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing and many families are finding that cremation offers a more simple and affordable option.   More families are deciding they just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low cost funeral.  The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.

When you can take care of everything for $650, and are dealing with a local independent funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $650 Simple Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility*
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of death certificate and cremation permit
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area

 Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in California are $21 for each certified copy.

Can we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation?

Yes, of course.  You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned.  A memorial service is the type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present.  You can hold a memorial service with, or without, the cremation urn present.  A memorial funeral service can also take the shape of an ash scattering ceremony, or a candlelit vigil or tribute.  We have some useful resources to help you plan and make your own memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.

Comparing cremation costs in Modesto, CA

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Modesto, there are several cremation service providers serving Stanislaus County.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Modesto is $2,748, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,119.*  It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs.  The average cost of a funeral in Modesto is $5,581.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Modesto, a direct cremation can be conducted for $650 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Modesto, CA.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What do I need to know about arranging a cremation?  What are the legal requirements?

A cremation authorization form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed.  If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out.  There is a 24-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.

What help is there with cremation costs?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255.  The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security.  Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Stanislaus County Community Services Agency. Phone:  (209) 558-5142

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder, 1021 I Street, Suite 101, Modesto CA, 95354  Phone: (209) 525-5250

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner. Stanislaus County Medical Examiner & Coroner office is at: 250 Hackett Road Modesto CA 95358, (209) 525-7216

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (209) 208-6434 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.

*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2018

A guide to arranging a direct cremation in San Diego, CA

Simple cremation San Diego CAWant to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $650!

We have teamed with a local affordable cremation provider in San Diego to offer families simple and affordable cremation options.  A direct cremation for just $650.

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved from their home state, or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.  Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options with a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

average cremation costWhat different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are 3 main types of cremation service options.  A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present and a cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation memorial – where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held.  This can be with, or without, the cremated remains present and can often take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony.  Or there is a direct cremation – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains given back to the family.  There are some variances around these 3 main options, such as a private viewing before cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

How much does a cremation cost in San Diego?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  The average cost of a cremation with a memorial service will cost is $3,216*.  The true cost will depend upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.

Direct cremation services in San Diego, CA

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).

A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in San Diego on (619) 268-1962 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $650.

The average cost for a direct cremation in San Diego is $1,382*.

cremation plan san diegoHow do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be a daunting task when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  This is why we conducted cremation comparison surveys to select an affordable provider to represent DFS Memorials in San Diego.

Comparing cremation costs in San Diego, CA

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL) and this should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?. What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  Death certificates cost $21.00 each.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if he is required to sign the death certificate.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in San Diego?

There are a few legal requirements that you need to be aware of if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

In California there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed, and the county health department must issue a permit to cremate.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs, and can save surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier there is a versatility on what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath or memorial reef ball to name but a few!  Check out this section on Memorialization to learn more.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  You would need to make inquiries with San Diego County Social Services Department to find out if any assistance is available to you.  In these cases often the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $695.

San Diego Health & Human Services Agency.  Contact: (858) 694-3900

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in California.  This is referring to whole body donation whereby after the donation is complete the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization, plus they sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at:
HHSA Office of Vital Records
3851 Rosecrans Street. Suite 802
San Diego, CA 92110

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the death was unnatural, suspicious or the result of a crime, the deceased may be taken to the Coroners.  The coroner will need to determine the cause of death to issue the death certificate.  Once this occurs the body can be released to a licensed funeral director.  You will need to employ the services of a licensed funeral director immediately as he/she can liaise with the coroner to arrange for the release of the deceased as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions about arranging a funeral or cremation in San Diego, please call your local DFS Memorials provider on (619) 268-1962.

Arranging an affordable funeral service in Atlanta

Can you afford to die?

The cost of dying in Georgia today is causing many families to have to explore different alternatives to the traditional funeral service.  A full traditional funeral service in Atlanta can cost as much as $10,000, when you add in all the costs for funeral merchandise and cemetery costs.

This can simply be more than many families can afford.  CNN Money reported this week that 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.  Frightening isn’t it – to think that every day families in Atlanta are faced with the death of a loved one and NO resources to pay for funeral expenses!

A traditional funeral service in decline?

Burial is still a deep-seated tradition in Georgia but this is changing.  Cultural attitudes to death rituals and the significance of religious tradition is a part of this change.  But also, cost is now playing a big factor in why people are changing their attitude towards funerals in Atlanta.

There are now more affordable funeral options for families, and funeral homes in Atlanta who are catering to the demand for cheap funerals.  The price of caskets has come down since more online casket sellers emerged and especially since Walmart and CostCo starting selling them for under $1,000.

Our DFS Memorials provider for Atlanta offers families a complete affordable funeral service for $3,635, which includes a casket and all the basics of a arranging a funeral service, with the exception of any cemetery costs.  This is dignified death care at a price you can afford.

Low cost cremation in Atlanta

Georgia is still one of the 10 states with a lower cremation rate in the US, but the cremation trend is affecting Georgia too now.  A cremation works out much cheaper than a burial.  There are no costs for embalming, a casket, a vault or a cemetery plot – much reducing the overall spend on a funeral.

A basic, direct cremation can be arranged for $895 complete.  This does not involve any service, but a family can arrange their own service at their chapel or location of choice, once the cremated remains are returned to the family.

A direct cremation in Atlanta is by far the lowest cost funeral.  Even a cremation with a service will cost about a third of the cost of a traditional funeral.

If you need to save  money on your funeral expenses, then you need to look at what options are available in Atlanta that can help you arrange a funeral at an affordable cost.

Low cost funerals in Athens, Atlanta Metro, Columbus, Dalton & Gainesville and the counties of Fulton, Clayton, Fayette, Carroll, Paulding, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnet, Rockdale, De Kalb, Walton, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Barrow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Harris, Talbot,  and Dawson.

How to arrange an affordable cremation service in Lee’s Summit, MO – $695

This brief post should help you understand your cremation options and costs in Lee’s Summit.  We understand that many families today are seeking more affordable alternatives when it comes to death care.  The internet has provided a great way to research pricing and services for many sectors, yet still many funeral homes do not disclose their prices online.  Here, we inform you of what average costs are, and how to find the most affordable cremation option.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Lee’s Summit?

Funeral prices can vary considerably, for the exact same service package, from different cremation service providers.  For this reason, it is always advisable to compare prices from more than one funeral service provider.  To help you save time, we have compiled a brief overview of cremation pricing in Lee’s Summit.

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Lee’s Summit, compiled from a list of local funeral homes indicates that the average price for a full-service funeral is $5,998*.  This does not include any cemetery fees.  The average cost of a simple, direct burial is $2,011*.

What are cremation costs in Lee’s Summit, MO?

The average cost of a Cremation Memorial service is $2,926*, with the lowest price available at around $2,000.  A Cremation Memorial service is where the deceased is first cremated and then a service held with the cremated remains present.

What is the cheapest cremation service?

The most affordable cremation option is a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, prepared and cremated with no services conducted by the funeral home.  The deceased is simple ‘directly’ cremated, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family.

The family, is they wish, can then hold their own memorial service at a place and time that suits them.  This can also save further costs on the overall cost of a funeral.

The average cost of a direct cremation in Lee’s Summit is $1,445*, although it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for as little as $695.  Therefore, a low-cost, no-fuss, direct cremation is the most affordable and simple disposition option for families with limited funds, or where no funeral services are required.

We have included below a small selection of more affordable direct cremation providers and their direct cremation cost.

Direct Cremation Service Providers:

Arrange a cremation onlineDFS Memorials LLC $695

Heartland Cremation & Burial $1,045

Assurance Cremation Society $1,170

Charter Funerals $1,195

Watkins Heritage Chapel $1,270

Chapel of Memories $1,695

Neptune Society $1,997

Newcomer $2,495

*Prices obtained from Parting online price comparison

If you would like to know more about arranging a low-cost direct cremation in Lee’s Summit, MO please call us on (816) 336-8889.  We are here to serve your family.