Are you are looking to arrange a cremation in Greater Philadelphia on a budget and do not want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs? This brief guide to arranging affordable cremation services looks at the different types of cremation options available and compares cremation costs. Our aim is save families the hassle of shopping around and researching to find an affordable cremation service, especially at a time of great distress.
Cremation is becoming a popular alternative now in Pennsylvania as more families choose cremation as a more affordable funeral option. Still many families are unsure about what cremation options there are, and how they can save money by opting for a cremation. Below we have outlined the four main cremation disposition options.
What cremation options are offered by funeral homes in Philadelphia?
A cremation is the disposition process and replaces an earth burial of the body in a casket. The cremated remains can still be interred in a grave plot if this is what the family wishes. However, the process of cremation generally eliminates the need for a casket, embalming, a full cemetery plot and a grave liner. This can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Cremation funeral service
A cremation funeral can proceed just the same as a traditional funeral, with the deceased present during a funeral service, and the cremation is conducted afterwards. There are other options whereby a cremation can be conducted but no services held with the deceased in attendance.
Cremation memorial service
A cremation memorial service can be held with the cremation remains present. The funeral home will conduct the cremation and then a service can be held with the cremation urn. The difference is that you do not necessarily have to have the service at the funeral home. A service, or life celebration, can be conducted just about anywhere as a cremation urn is easily transportable.
Cremation with a private viewing
There are also options where the cremation proceeds immediately (after the legal 24-hour waiting period) but a private family viewing can be conducted before the cremation. This is suitable for families who want a no-fuss cremation but would like to say a final goodbye.
A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated, with no services or viewing, and the cremated remains are returned directly to the family. It is the least expensive cremation option – sometimes referred to as a basic or simple cremation.
How much does a cremation cost in Philadelphia?
As I have outlined above, because there are so many different options for cremation, it is not that easy to quote an average cost for cremation in Philadelphia. It is fair to say a cremation can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,500 depending upon the type of services and the provider you select. It is possible to arrange a simple direct cremation for $999, yet a cremation with a service is likely to cost at least $2,000.
How can I compare cremation costs in Philadelphia?
Comparing cremation costs is an important aspect of ensuring you are getting value for money in your funeral purchase. It is not the easiest thing to do as many funeral homes do not put prices on their websites, and even calling for prices does not always deliver a simple outline of costs. To compare cremation costs, it is important to make sure you are comparing like-for-like services. Some providers offer cremation packages, so just check what IS included.
Finding an affordable cremation provider in Philadelphia
The chart above outlines some of the cremation companies and funeral homes in Philadelphia that specifically offer more affordable cremation services. Your DFS Memorials provider, a local family-owned business, offers a very competitive direct cremation package.
DFS Memorials – Philadelphia (215) 310-0777 – Call with any questions you may have
Direct Cremation $1,095 – Traditional Funeral $4,450 (inc. casket)
Can I preplan a cremation?
Yes, cremation plans are available and can be arranged through a funeral home. Do note that the low cost prices are generally an ‘at need’ price and that preplanning even a basic cremation is likely to cost more than this. You need to speak with a funeral services provider as the cost of a cremation plan can depend upon your age at the time of starting the plan, and how the plan is funded.
Is there any financial assistance with cremation costs in Philadelphia?
In these tough times more families are running into difficulties covering funeral expenses. Each state and county has its own legislation and budget for financial assistance and indigent burials. There is the $255 Social Security death benefit (if you qualify) and veterans are entitled to some benefits. You need to check with your county Social or Human Services Department to inquire what assistance may be available to you. A low cost direct cremation is your best option if you need a funeral on a budget.
Hopefully this information can assist you make an informed decision about which cremation service providers offer the best value cremation service in Philadelphia.
DFS Memorials Philadelphia serves all of Philadelphia county, Delaware County and Center City, South Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, Lower North Philadelphia, Upper North Philadelphia, Bridesburg-Kensington-Richmond, Roxborough-Manayunk, Germantown-Chestnut Hill, Olney-Oak Lane, Near Northeast Philadelphia, & Far Northeast Philadelphia.