Selecting Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services in Bensalem Township, PA

Direct Cremation in BensalemThe cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral.  Although the cremation rate in Pennsylvania has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many families today approach death care today.

Cremation offers a more affordable, and flexible, alternative to a burial.  A full-service cremation service can be conducted for between $2,500 – $3,900, which saves considerably on the full cost of a traditional burial at around $7,400.

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether 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 and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted on how we are changing our approach to 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 funeral cost in Bensalem Township?

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.  You can expect to pay upwards of $4,900 for a basic traditional burial service, and this does not include the cemetery fees.

How much does a cremation cost in Bensalem?

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.  A simple cremation can be performed for as little as $1,095 and a cremation memorial will cost in the region of $3,000.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Bensalem 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.

How much is a direct cremation in Bensalem, PA?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Bensalem for as little as $1,095 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 (215) 310-0777 to arrange a low cost cremation for $1,095

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 Bensalem, PA

As mentioned 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 Pennsylvania

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 hours after death in Pennsylvania 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.

Preplanning 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.

Cremation planningThe 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 Bucks County Human Services Department at:

Bucks County Administration Building 55 E. Court St., 4th Floor Doylestown, PA 18901 Phone: (215) 348-6201

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 Bucks County coroner’s office: 850 Eagle Blvd, Warminster, PA 18974 Phone: (267) 880-5040

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 Bensalem.  If you need to research more information on funeral-planning, please visit the Library section on US Funerals Online.

 

 

 

Guide to Affordable Cremation Services in Lancaster, PA

Direct Cremation in Lancaster, PADo you need to save money on funeral costs?  Looking for a simple and inexpensive alternative to a traditional funeral service?

Consider arranging a simple cremation service for $1,195.  More families are opting to conduct a simple, no-fuss direct cremation and then perform their own memorial service at a venue of their choosing. This all saves thousands of dollars on funeral expenses!

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether 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 and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted on how we are changing our approach to 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 funeral cost in Lancaster?

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 Lancaster is $7,378*.

Cremation Service Lancaster PAHow much does a cremation cost in Lancaster?

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 Lancaster 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 $4,293*, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Lancaster.

How much is a direct cremation in Lancaster, PA?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Lancaster for as little as $1,195 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 (717) 282-1833 to arrange a low cost cremation for $1,195

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.

Cremation Service Lancaster, PAHow to compare cremation costs in Lancaster, PA

As mentioned 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 Lancaster

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 Pennsylvania 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.

Preplanning 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?

Cremation Laws in PennsylvaniaIt 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 Lancaster County Human Services Department at: 832 Manor Street Lancaster, PA 17604 Phone: (717) 299-7411

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 county coroner’s office:  150 North Queen Street Lancaster PA 17603 Phone: (717) 735-2123

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 Lancaster, PA.  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 does cremation cost in Upper Darby, PA? $1,095 direct cremation

Direct Cremation in Upper DarbyCremation is now becoming the preferred death care option for families.  Not only can cremation offer a much more affordable alternative to a burial, but it is also offering families a more flexible option for arranging death care.

This article should help you understand funeral and cremation costs in Upper Darby, and how you can save money arranging a simple cremation service.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Upper Darby?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people are now realizing they can price-shop for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The Internet offers a great tool to research funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes have websites, or put their prices online, so we have put this guide together to outline average funeral and cremation costs in Upper Darby for you.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Upper Darby is $7,567*.

So how do cremation costs compare in Upper Darby?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Upper Darby is $4,267*.

Saving on cremation costsDirect cremation services in Upper Darby, PA

Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  Only the cremation service is provided by the funeral home.  No ceremony or funeral services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected, cremated and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.

Direct cremation offers families lower cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with, or without, the cremation urn present, and can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony or interment in a cremation niche or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Upper Darby for $1,095, although the average price for a direct cremation is $2,657.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $1,095.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $1,095

Call now on (215) 310-0777 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there are additional fees to the $1,095 cremation package?

In order for a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county, and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $20 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional copy issued.

How do I know that I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must 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) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

cremation servicesWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members, or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

Yes.  You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In Pennsylvania there is a mandatory 24 hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints, and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Delaware county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.

Delaware County DFCS, 20 South 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone: (610) 713-2115

There is also a $255 lump sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $1,095 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area?

The $1,095 direct cremation package is available throughout Upper Darby Township and Delaware county.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (215) 310-0777 and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2018

How to arrange a low-cost direct cremation in Honolulu, HI

If you need to arrange a simple and affordable cremation service in Honolulu, this guide can help you understand what cremation options you have, what cremation costs to expect and how to save money by arranging a direct cremation for just $985.

We have outlined below some more information about funeral and cremation costs.

How much can I expect to pay for a funeral service in Honolulu?

Cremation Services in Honolulu HIThe cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.  If you do any research with local funeral homes you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $7,181, it is possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Honolulu is $6,848* with the lowest price coming in at $4,025.

How much does a cremation cost in Honolulu?

Cremation service prices in Honolulu range from $985 to $3,686*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  A simple, direct cremation package price of $985 is offered by DFS Memorials.

We have included in a direct cremation cost comparison below to give you an idea of comparable costs from several cremation service providers in Honolulu.

How do I select a funeral services provider?

If you have no prior experience with a funeral services provider this can seem an overwhelming task. Consult with friends and associates and seek recommendations.  If you are using the Internet to research funeral services and prices in Honolulu, be sure to check the ownership of who you are dealing with.  Some funeral companies have set up online budget cremation businesses, and some corporate groups also trade as low-cost cremation companies.  If you are in doubt, ask if they are independently-owned.  DFS Memorials only work with a reputable, licensed and independently-owned funeral home.

average cremation cost honolulu hawaiiHow can I save money when arranging a funeral or cremation?

These days many of us are concerned about having the necessary funds to conduct funeral services for a loved one if no provision was made.  Let’s face it…not many folks can just produce thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat!  There are ways that you can ensure you keep your funeral expenses to a minimum.

Generally a cremation will work out less expensive than a burial, namely as no immediate cemetery fees are required for a cremation.  However, a dignified burial can be achieved at a very affordable cost.  Contact DFS Memorials on (808) 213-6018 for more information on our affordable burial packages.

Opting for cremation means that there is no need for a casket, burial vault or cemetery plot.  And eliminating these costs alone can save you several thousand dollars.

Comparing cremation prices in Honolulu

We have compared some pricing information for basic direct cremation services from a select number of affordable cremation service providers in the area in order to be able to offer an affordable cremation price through DFS Memorials.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated but no services or ceremony is held.  Minimal services are offered by the funeral director to collect the deceased, prepare the body for cremation, and process all the required paperwork.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and the remains are made available for the family to collect or have delivered to them.  No funeral home visit is required for a direct cremation service.  In many cases the funeral director will visit you at home to sign the paperwork and consult with you about arrangements.

Direct cremation is becoming very popular as a way in which the funeral home can assist in the immediate disposition of the deceased for an affordable fee, but leaves the family with the opportunity to conduct their own memorial ceremony once they have the cremated remains back.

direct cremation Honolulu HIHow do I know I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one question that a lot of families ask.  There are strict laws governing how human cremation is conducted.  Operatives are trained in the processes and only one body can be cremated in a retort at any one time.  The retort chamber is then fully cleared before another cremation proceeds.  A body is tagged the minute it is logged into the funeral home or crematory and ID checks are done at each step of the process.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

You can inter cremated remains into a grave plot or niche at a cemetery, keep a cremation urn at home, or scatter the remains in a place of your choosing.  Today there are many options for how we can memorialize a lost loved one and there are now a range of cremation artifacts that can be created to help us immortalize the memory of a loved one, from bird baths made with concrete infused with cremation ashes to memorial diamonds!  Other folks are choosing to scatter ashes in a memorable place for a loved one’s last resting place.  Read this section on Ash Scattering for more ideas.

Can I arrange to have the cremated remains transported back to the Continental United States?

If a loved one passed in Hawaii and you wish to arrange a simple low-cost cremation in Hawaii and then ship the cremated remains directly back to your home state, this can be arranged easily by shipping via USPS.  Everything can be arranged remotely by email and fax and a small fee is charged to ship the remains.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you need to appoint a funeral director to arrange the release of the body into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.

Honolulu Medical Examiner Department

835 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, HI 96817    Phone: (808) 768-3090

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

More often these days family members are passing and we find out that they had no life insurance or funeral plan.  This can mean surviving family are burdened with a funeral bill that they cannot afford to pay.  There is very little financial support to assist families in this situation, and it varies significantly by state and county.  We would suggest you contact Hawaii Department of Human Services at:

1390 Miller Street, Room 209, Honolulu, HI 96813     Phone: (855) 643-1643

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment for those that qualify.  Your funeral director will assist you in claiming this.

We hope this short guide has answered some of your questions about how to save on funeral costs and will help you arrange a simple cremation at an affordable price.  If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Honolulu, please call your DFS Memorials provider on (808) 213-6018.

Simple and affordable cremation services in Scranton, PA

Funerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,181 in 2014, and this is without any cemetery fees included.  Adding in cemetery plot fees brings the average cost to $8,508.

For many families today spending close to $9,000 on funeral expenses is not always affordable.  Therefore, if you need to arrange a more affordable cremation service in Scranton, this guide should help you understand how to save on your funeral expenses.

simple cremation scranton paHow much can I expect to pay for a funeral service in Scranton?

The cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.

If you do any research with local funeral homes you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $7,181, it is possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Scranton is $6,306* with the lowest price coming in at $5,510.

How much does it cost to be cremated in Scranton?

Cremation service prices in Scranton range from $1,295 to $3,316*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  A simple, direct cremation package price of $1,295 is offered by DFS Memorials.

We have included in a direct cremation cost comparison below to give you an idea of comparable costs from several cremation service providers in Scranton.

How do I select a funeral services provider?

If you have no prior experience with a funeral services provider this can seem an overwhelming task. Consult with friends and associates and seek recommendations.  If you are using the Internet to research funeral services and prices in Scranton, be sure to check the ownership of who you are dealing with.  Some funeral companies have set up online budget cremation businesses, and some corporate groups also trade as low-cost cremation companies.  If you are in doubt, ask if they are independently-owned.  DFS Memorials only work with a reputable, licensed and independently-owned funeral home.

How can I save money when arranging a funeral or cremation?

Cremation costs in Scranton PAThese days many of us are concerned about having the necessary funds to conduct funeral services for a loved one if no provision was made.  Let’s face it…not many folks can just produce thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat!  There are ways that you can ensure you keep your funeral expenses to a minimum.

Generally a cremation will work out less expensive than a burial, namely as no immediate cemetery fees are required for a cremation.  However, a dignified burial can be achieved at a very affordable cost.  DFS Memorials traditional burial packages start at $3,995.

Opting for cremation means that there is no need for a casket, burial vault or cemetery plot.  And eliminating these costs alone can save you several thousand dollars.

Comparing cremation prices in Scranton

We have compiled some pricing information for basic direct cremation services from a select number of affordable cremation service providers in the area.  This hopefully can give you some idea of how direct cremation costs compare.

How much to be cremated in scranton Pennsylvania

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in August 2017. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated but no services or ceremony is held.  Minimal services are offered by the funeral director to collect the deceased, prepare the body for cremation, and process all the required paperwork.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and the remains are made available for the family to collect or have delivered to them.  No funeral home visit is required for a direct cremation service.  In many cases the funeral director will visit you at home to sign the paperwork and consult with you about arrangements.

Direct cremation is becoming very popular as a way in which the funeral home can assist in the immediate disposition of the deceased for an affordable fee, but leaves the family with the opportunity to conduct their own memorial ceremony once they have the cremated remains back.

How do I know I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

direct cremation scranton paThis is one question that a lot of families ask.  There are strict laws governing how human cremation is conducted.  Operatives are trained in the processes and only one body can be cremated in a retort at any one time.  The retort chamber is then fully cleared before another cremation proceeds.  A body is tagged the minute it is logged into the funeral home or crematory and ID checks are done at each step of the process.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

You can inter cremated remains into a grave plot or niche at a cemetery, keep a cremation urn at home, or scatter the remains in a place of your choosing.  Today there are many options for how we can memorialize a lost loved one and there are now a range of cremation artifacts that can be created to help us immortalize the memory of a loved one, from bird baths made with concrete infused with cremation ashes to memorial diamonds!  Other folks are choosing to scatter ashes in a memorable place for a loved one’s last resting place.  Read this section on Ash Scattering for more ideas.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you need to appoint a funeral director to arrange the release of the body into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

More often these days family members are passing and we find out that they had no life insurance or funeral plan.  This can mean surviving family are burdened with a funeral bill that they cannot afford to pay.  There is very little financial support to assist families in this situation, and it varies significantly by state and county.  We would suggest you contact Lackawanna County Assistance Program at:

200 Scranton State Office Building
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503  Phone: (570) 963-4525

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment for those that qualify.  Your funeral director will assist you in claiming this.

We hope this short guide has answered some of your questions about how to save on funeral costs and will help you arrange a simple cremation at an affordable price.  If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Scranton, please call your DFS Memorials provider on (570) 225-9080.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2017 [Parting]

Guide to cremation and cremation costs in Reading, PA

Simple cremation Reading PAOver 50% of families are now choosing cremation for their funeral needs.   A major reason for this is that cremation is way cheaper than a traditional burial.  It is also a lot more flexible and can facilitate an immediate disposition of the deceased without the immediate need for a funeral service.

This short guide aims to give you an overview of cremation and cremation costs in Reading.  If you are looking for a more affordable funeral option, then we can help you understand how to arrange a dignified cremation service for just $1,295.

How much does a funeral cost in Reading, PA?

A traditional funeral can amount to thousands of dollars, depending on how expensive a casket is chosen and cemetery plot fees.  The average cost of a funeral in Reading is $7,788*, with the lowest cost offered at $3,995.

How much does a cremation cost in Reading, PA?

Cremation costs less than a traditional burial as it is not always necessary to have a casket.  A cremation can legally be conducted using a cremation container (a reinforced cardboard box).  This saves a large expense ($1,000 – $3,000 for a casket).  If you do wish to hold a service before the cremation, a casket may be required, although some funeral service providers will offer rental caskets for this purpose.

average cremation cost reading paThe average cost of a cremation service in Reading is $4,685*, although it is possible to arrange a cremation memorial for around $1,595 with an affordable cremation provider.

If you are looking for the most affordable cremation option, this would be a ‘direct cremation.  We often refer to this as a simple cremation.  This is where no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  They simply collect the deceased, shelter him/her whilst the legal paperwork is completed, conduct the cremation and return the cremated remains directly to the family.

Of course, the family can then choose to conduct their own memorial service as and when desired.  This can be carried out at a place of worship, home, community location or just a special place to the deceased and their family.  This can save significantly on funeral costs.

The cost of a direct cremation in Reading is $1,295.

Why choose cremation?

Cremation has been around for centuries in some cultures.  In some countries, and indeed in some states in the US, cremation has been the preferred disposition choice for families for some years now.  Now it is becoming the preferred choice for the majority of Americans, even in once-traditional areas.

Cremation is convenient, affordable and more environmentally-friendly.  It costs approximately half, or even less, than a traditional burial.  For those families who just want simplicity and ‘no-fuss’ it is proving the disposition preference.  For families where money is a concern and they lack the funds to pay for a full funeral, it offers a much more affordable alternative.

How can I compare the cost of a cremation in Reading, PA?

It can be an overwhelming trying to call around and compare cremation prices, especially if the death has already occurred or is imminent.   You can often find that not all funeral homes will answer questions about cremation prices simply!

This is why we conducted funeral price comparison for DFS Memorials to locate a best-value funeral service provider.  We have included below a sample of cremation prices in Reading to give you some idea of how cremation costs compare.

Cremation prices in Reading PA

All prices were accurate from funeral home GPL at time of publishing (August 2017).  However, prices can and do change, so please check directly with a funeral service provider to verify current price.

What do I need to understand about cremation?

As cremation is a very final disposition of the body, there are strict laws and codes governing the cremation of human remains.  Licensed funeral homes and crematories must abide by these laws.  Legally the next of kin must sign to authorize a cremation before it can proceed.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by ALL legal next of kin.

If you are considering preplanning a cremation, you can pre-sign and authorize to relieve your family of this decision, and prevent disagreements between family members.

There is generally a legal wait period after death before a cremation can proceed.  In Pennsylvania, the mandatory period is a minimum of 24-hours.

That being said it usually takes longer than this to complete arrangements and have legal documentation certified.  The funeral director has to submit to Berks County for the death certificate and obtain a permit to cremate.

All human cremations are handled in a very dignified manner, and many ID checks are made along the way.  Only one human body can ever be cremated in a retort at one time.

The DFS Memorials provider for Reading operates his own crematory on-site, which is another assurance that your loved one never leaves the care, or shelter, of the funeral home.

Is there any financial assistance for funerals in Berks County, PA?

“The deceased had no life insurance.  What do we do?”  We are asked this question so often these days.  Unfortunately, there is very little financial assistance available to just help a family struggling financially to pay for a cremation.  Berks County has a program to assist with indigent funerals but this is only for indigents they become responsible for.

What other financial assistance may be offered by a county can vary considerably, so we would recommend you contact Berks County Assistance Office on the address below:
Reading State Office Building
625 Cherry Street
Reading, PA 19602  Phone: (610) 736-4211

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.  As they will be dealing directly with the county coroner it does expedite the process for the legal documentation.

Hopefully you now know how to arrange a simple cremation for an affordable price with a reputable, local funeral home in Reading.  You understand the importance of comparing cremation costs, as not all cremation providers charge the same for a cremation service.

If you have any further questions, please call your local DFS Memorials provider on (610) 273-8022 and they will be happy to assist you.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2017 [Parting]

Cremation now the most popular disposition choice for Americans

2016 marked the year that more cremations were conducted than burials.  Last year 50.2% of dispositions were cremations.  This is a huge shift in the funeral industry and a significant change in tradition.

Why are more Americans choosing cremation?  There are several reasons cited, but by far the most common reason is COST.  Economical conditions for the majority of Americans mean that the days of elaborate and costly traditional burials are over.

Cremation costs A traditional burial would cost anywhere in the region of $10,000 – $20,000 depending upon the cost of the casket and cemetery plot.  If the deceased had not made any pre-need funeral plan, and surviving family are left to fork out for the funeral, then spending tens of thousands of dollars is just NOT an option.

CNN reported in 2015 that 76% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck.  And these are the folks that cannot afford the sudden ‘disruption’ to their finances of an unexpected expenditure such as a funeral.

And let’s face the harsh reality which is that there really is NO financing for a funeral. Seriously who is going to lend money based upon having no means to ‘re-possess’ the goods?!!

Affordable cremationSo for many Americans cremation has just entered the scene as the ONLY viable affordable alternative to conduct a funeral.

A cremation service will cost you within the region of $3,000 – $4000.

This is a full service funeral but with a cremation conducted after the service.

A cremation memorial where the deceased is first cremated and then a memorial service held with the cremated remains costs less than a full-service cremation.

A cremation memorial is likely to cost in the region of $1,500 – $2,500.

For those families that can only afford the bare minimum, or for those families that do not desire any services whatsoever, then a direct cremation is the solution.  A direct cremation is where the funeral home and/or crematory simply handle conducting the cremation of the deceased and returning the remains to the family.

A direct cremation costs anywhere in the region of $425 – $1,595 depending on the city, location and provider.  The cost for a direct cremation does vary geographically.  For example, Las Vegas NV is probably the cheapest place to purchase a direct cremation and Lafayette LA is one of the most expensive for a direct cremation.

It is always wise to check cremation prices from more than one funeral home or cremation service provider.  You will quickly discover that the cost for a cremation service can vary, even for the exact same service.

If cost is king for you and you want to arrange a low-cost direct cremation and keep your funeral costs to a minimum, then DFS Memorials can help you.  DFS Memorials is a network of local, independent funeral homes all offering an affordable direct cremation package.  We conducted extensive price comparison research to recruit a local cremation provider that represented best value in quality and price for a simple direct cremation.

Use the state links on the right-hand side to find your nearest DFS Memorials provider and discover the affordable cost for a direct cremation in your area.

How Seniors Can Better Handle the Final Arrangements Following the Loss of a Spouse

making final arrangementsThe death of your spouse is an incredibly painful and trying time, and it can be made even more complicated and stressful by the many final arrangements you must make immediately following their death. It’s important to do everything you can to separate your grief from the responsibilities you face, in order to avoid family conflict and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips.

Know how to execute the will/estate

If your spouse named a professional to execute their last will and testament, you should contact them as soon as you possibly can following their passing. There are many steps that must get underway in order for this last will process to run smoothly. If your spouse named you, your children, or both of you as a committee, it’s important to know what to do first.

Here is a very useful article on the responsibilities of the executor. If you think that there may be any sort of familial dispute regarding the will, it’s vital that you seek the advice of legal counsel as soon as possible.

If you are involved in executing the estate, you should gather the following documents: death certificate; will or trust; marriage certificate; life insurance policy; credit card statements; investment accounts; bank statements; recent tax returns.

Immediately obtain multiple copies of the death certificate

How many? Some advise at least a dozen copies.

“A dizzying number of financial institutions, government agencies, creditors, unions, membership groups and other organizations won’t even talk to you about a loved one’s financial affairs — let alone take action, like closing an account — until you produce a death certificate,” says AOL Finance.

Check here for a useful financial checklist for surviving spouses.

Prepare yourself for making funeral arrangements

It’s a difficult time, but you must begin the process of preparing funeral arrangements as soon as you possibly can. These can be a source of extreme stress for your family, and as the surviving spouse you should begin to assert your wishes (and advocate for your spouse’s wishes) very soon after their passing.

You will need to make a first call to transport your spouse from the place of death to a funeral service facility. You’ll need to arrange funeral services, cemetery or cremation services, etc. Here is a good starting guide for dealing with this.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself

Among all of the responsibilities that come with making final arrangements, it’s easy to lose sight of your own health and wellbeing. It’s more important than ever to be overly attentive to your own needs, however. When dealing with grief this severe, especially as a senior, the chances of having that grief develop into more serious feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and hopelessness increase dramatically.

making-funeral-plansLean on somebody. This can be a friend, your children, a sibling, a church congregation member, a religious leader, or a grief support group. Many in the early stages of grief feel like their sadness is a burden to others, but this is not true. It’s absolutely vital not to isolate yourself during this sensitive time.

Try to schedule at least one activity every day. Whether it’s simply taking a walk with your dog, learning a new hobby, attending a prayer meeting, or getting some exercise – getting up and doing something every day will at least kickstart you on your healing path.

When it comes to losing a spouse, it’s important that you know that grief is ok, and you should never try to rush the process. Making final arrangements for your loved one is stressful, but if you focus on doing the best you can as soon as possible, you can make sure that you have time to focus on your own health and help avoid family conflicts that may arise along the way.

Guest Author: Jackie Waters

What is a direct cremation service? A simple and affordable alternative

direct-cremation-servicesIt is common knowledge that we are experiencing a cremation trend in the United States but maybe not as readily acknowledged that there has also been a growing demand for direct cremation services.

A direct cremation is a simple cremation without any ceremony or additional services being offered by the funeral services provider.

Some funeral service providers refer to it as a “direct cremation with no ceremonial services”.  The deceased is collected from the place of death, transferred to a crematory and/or funeral home, all the legal documentation is completed and then the deceased is cremated and the cremated remains returned directly to the family.

The growing demand for this type of cremation service is largely due to the need for more affordable and simple disposition services.  More families either cannot afford an expensive funeral service, or simply do not want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs.  Aside from the cost factor, more families do not want fussy traditional funeral rituals and more families are dispersed than living together in a state or city, so a simple cremation can provide an effective and efficient means to take care of the remains of a loved one.

Which funeral service providers offer direct cremation services?

I believe it is fair to say that nearly all funeral service locations offer a “direct cremation” service on their General Price List.  It is often towards the bottom of the price list.  It can be the lowest cost cremation service on a price list as it involves the most minimal services from the funeral location.  Historically it has not been promoted as a service offering as many funeral directors feel it does not reflect the level of service they would prefer to offer a family.  And, of course, there is not the same level of profit in a direct cremation!

The funeral profession, in the main, still feel that we need the ritual of a funeral service in order to have closure on a death.  Although I can acknowledge that this is very important to some individuals, some families today do not feel that an immediate ritual is necessary.

Some funeral providers have opted to focus on cremation, and sometimes indeed direct cremation, as the core of their funeral businesses.  These providers will clearly promote their direct cremation packages and prices.

Independent Cremation Societies have emerged offering a variety of cremation services, including direct cremation.  Service Corporation International has its cremation brands with National Cremation and Neptune Society.  A number of online cremation networks or portals have emerged that help you arrange a direct cremation online at a lower cost.  These vary between networks of independent funeral homes such as DFS Memorials, Parting.com and Cremation.com who all openly disclose the funeral homes that participate in their network and direct you immediately to the local funeral home.

In difference to these networks there are also online portals trying to capitalize on the opportunity to resell cremation services into funeral businesses at a cost and not disclosing which funeral company you would be dealing with.  Heritage Cremation Provider, Legacy Cremation Services and Simple Cremation Online are examples of such portals.

Direct cremation is going to provide the simplest and most economical disposition method for those who either do not want any services, or cannot afford services.   As this market grows there will be more and more competition between funeral service providers, and it will be imperative to ensure you compare prices and inclusive services and check exactly WHO you are dealing with.

How is our aging population going to be able to afford to die?

According to a new study from Feeding America millions of aging Americans can little afford to eat, never mind afford to cover their end of life expenses.  The study reports that a significant number of Baby Boomers (defined as those now between the ages of 50 and 64) are not the affluent generation we once believed, and are actually facing numerous economic and health issues.

A report by Feeding America and AARP found that approximately 8 million boomers are struggling to afford to eat and are turning to charity for food!  10,000 people turn 65 every day and this growing aging population, overwhelmed with financial issues, is going to have a knock-on effect on the billion dollar death care industry.

How are seniors changing their funeral plans?

affordable-funeralsWhat we are witnessing right now in the US is a huge shift towards cremation as a funeral alternative. Why? Mainly because it presents a much lower-cost option for those families who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a funeral.

In fact, what we are observing through the DFS Memorials network is that the real shift is towards ‘direct cremation’.  This is the lowest cost disposition option available and means that the funeral services provider just delivers the service to cremate the deceased without any ceremony and returns the ashes to the family.  In most metro areas in America a direct cremation costs between $695 and $995…so as you can see this makes for a much more affordable death care option.

With a more mobile retiring population and the less traditional sentiment of the boomers, direct cremation provides an inexpensive and more versatile disposition choice.

The sad reality is that not only is there a generation of boomers struggling financially, their children are also struggling under the weight of the poor economy.  CNN reports that 76% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck which really demonstrates the real financial situation.  If Mom or Pop have not put funds aside in a funeral plan or life insurance….who really has the funds to pay for a funeral?

How will this affect the death care industry?

Profits are down across the nation as we shift from that traditional $10,000 – $15,000 funeral to a simpler cremation alternative that can cost anywhere between $995 and $3,500.  This means many funeral homes are themselves struggling financially.  Many have already closed or amalgamated and the largest corporate death company has bought out its two nearest competitors over the last few years!

The industry is still largely embracing cremation as an opportunity to sell creative ‘personalized’ services under the notion that boomers want something different and are prepared to spend on unique life celebrations.  Whilst there will always be those individuals who can afford to spend on an extravagant send-off, there will be far more who want the simple and least expensive cremation option.

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,”

~Pope John Paul II