Cremation costs in Queens, NY – just $475 + crematory fee

Are you concerned about funeral costs?  This brief guide to funeral and cremation costs in Queens, NY can help you understand the differences in price for a funeral, and more importantly, how you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for as little as $475.00.

Cremation cost Queens NYCWhat is the average cost of a funeral in Queens?

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 Queens for you.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Queens is $6,841*, although the lowest price is $3,660.

So how do cremation costs compare in Queens?

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 Queens is $3,915*.

Queens NYManhattan NYDirect cremation services in Queens, NY

Direct cremation is the funeral 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 Queens for $475, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,969.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a direct cremation for just $475.

Please note that as New York laws prohibit a funeral home owning a crematory, all crematories are separately operated.  This means that the funeral home must charge the crematory fee as a “third party” fee.  It is not part of their GPL pricing, it is an additional fee that the funeral director pays to the crematory.

The crematory fee is $180.00 and the NYC cremation permit fee is $40.  This means that the total package price for a direct cremation in Queens is $695.00.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $695 complete!

Call now on (718) 395-3142 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there are additional fees to the $475 cremation?

For a cremation to be conducted a NYC cremation permit must be issued by the county. Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county, and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $15 for the first certificate and $10 for each additional copy issued.  As mentioned above the standard crematory fee is $180.  If an expedited cremation is required, this fee may increase.

direct cremation Queens NYHow 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.

What 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 New York 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.  In NYC there is some funding available to support low-income families with funeral costs.  As up to $900 can be paid, this can enable a family struggling financially to cover the cost of a simple cremation.  Check out NYC Burial Assistance Program.

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 $475 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (718) 395-3142 and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website September 2017

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.

5 tips to best compare cremation costs?

average cremation costMost other major purchases we make in our lives, we are always cost-conscious, and will shop around for the best price.  A funeral can be a huge expense, but a purchase that until more recent times, a family would not ask upfront about the total cost.  It was almost deemed to be undignified to be asking a funeral director ‘how much’?

Now folks are very mindful consumers, and the Internet has provided a wonderful tool with which we can price-shop with some anonymity.  What is happening without a shadow of doubt is that families now want to ask ‘how much’ and to compare costs.

Cremation is the new buzz in the death care sector right now, as more and more families decide that cremation is a preferable alternative to an expensive traditional funeral.

So, we have put 5 tips together here to help you understand how best to compare cremation costs between cremation service providers.

#1  Compare like-for-like cremation packages

Ensure you are comparing the same type of cremation service package between different providers.  Whether you opt for a cremation memorial or a direct cremation, check that what is included from each provider is exactly the same.  Some providers bundle together services and include things like the cremation container, a cremation urn and even death certificates.  Whereas other providers may appear to be offering a discount cremation price, but they have not included basic items/services that you will require.  Unless you happen to have a cremation container at home, you WILL require the cardboard container for cremating the body, yet some providers charge an additional $50-$100 for this!

#2  Not all funeral service providers are created equal

Understand that different funeral service locations have a different pricing structure.  A large traditional funeral home with a fleet of vehicles, a large staff and premises will have a larger overhead that they need to maintain.  Corporate funeral locations such as Dignity Memorial and the Neptune Society also tend to have a higher pricing structure for cremation services as they have profit margins and share-holders to appease.  You will often find that the small local independent funeral home will be able to offer you more affordable cremation prices and have more flexibility on flexing their prices.

cremation prices#3  Seek out cremation specialists

As cremation has become more popular in the last few years, some funeral service providers have opted to specialize in the field of cremations.  This means they have set up separate cremation businesses focusing solely on cremation, and therefore in many cases, offering more competitive cremation prices.   In several states established independent funeral firms have set up a state-wide cremation society to meet the demand for simple and affordable cremation services.  Many of these ask a small membership fee to join and access reduced cost cremation packages.

#4  Know the ‘Funeral Rule’ and your right to be given cremation prices

Until quite recently funeral homes really did not like disclosing prices, especially on their websites.  On many occasion, I have even phoned a funeral home who have still been reluctant to disclose a price for a cremation.  According to federal regulation a funeral home MUST disclose prices from their General Price List (GPL) when you make an inquiry.  Whether in person, by phone or by email.  If they fail to do so, they are in breach of the Federal Trade Commission’s ‘Funeral Rule’ and you can report them to the FTC.  The FTC conducts surveys annually to test compliance and nearly every year they are a number of funeral homes who are fined for non-compliance.

If you do some research and compare cremation prices between 5 funeral homes in an area you may be surprised by what different responses you receive, and how much the cost can vary.

As this is a purchase that is generally made under duress at a difficult time, and often with no prior experience of this type of purchase, we make very vulnerable consumers of death care services.

#5  Use a cremation cost comparison service

There are a few ways that you can do a cremation cost comparison in an area.  You can use a service such as Everest Funeral Planning & Concierge Service.  However, there is a fee for this service.    You can use a service like the DFS Memorials network.  At DFS Memorials we researched and compared direct cremation prices in an area to select an affordable cremation provider to represent the network in an area.  This means we can quickly connect you with your local, independent funeral home that offers a low-cost cremation service.  You will also find today that some independent funeral homes have conducted research in their own area and published a local cremation price comparison chart on their website.

Hopefully these 5 tips will help you understand how best to compare cremation costs whether you are preplanning and considering purchasing a cremation plan, or you have an immediate need for an affordable cremation service.

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, and 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.

Why do people choose cremation?

Cremation is taking the death care industry in the USA by storm!  From a nation once entrenched in the tradition of burial, within a decade our nation has shifted to prefer cremation, with the cremation rate overtaking the burial rate this year.

So why are families now opting for cremation instead of burial?

The most popular reason is driven by the consumer demand for more affordable funeral services.  Since the economic downturn of 2008 more and more families simply cannot afford the cost of a full-service funeral.

According the NFDA a typical burial costs $7,045 (and this is without the cemetery costs).  Many families today living paycheck to paycheck cannot afford this cost, especially if no provision or life insurance was in place.

Thus the demand for cheaper alternatives has grown, and cremation can save thousands on the cost of a funeral.

Direct cremation costs even less than a memorial cremation service, and in most metro areas in the US a direct cremation can be arranged for between $600 and $1000 complete.

Check out this infographic gives a useful overview of why people are choosing cremation.


Affordable Cremation in Central Florida $795

low-cost-cremationCremation is a popular choice in Central Florida.  Florida has a retirement population, many of which opt for cremation as an inexpensive and convenient means to make final arrangements.

The cost of cremation services can play a significant part in this decision, as a direct cremation can be arranged in central Florida for just $795 complete.  The cremated remains can be transported (if required) to anywhere in the U.S., or overseas, if there is a need to return remains to family outside of Florida.

The DFS Memorials provider for Orlando and Central Florida can be reached on (407) 710-8865.

If 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 $795*.  Families’ attitudes to funerals are changing and cremation offers families greater flexibility in arranging end of life services.   We understand that many families 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 $795*, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $795* 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
  • 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 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 Florida are $10 per copy at present.

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.

Our lowest cost cremation is available throughout the Greater Orlando area and the counties of Flagler, Lake, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia.

*There is an additional $100 processing fee

Affordable Cremation Services in El Paso $925

low-cost-cremationThe DFS Memorials member serving El Paso will ensure that you can arrange a dignified funeral for an affordable cost.  Covering funeral costs can be a worry, and there is no need to be paying out thousands of dollars just to bury or cremate your loved one.  Our family-owned & operated funeral home in El Paso offers a compassionate and professional service at an inexpensive price.

Working with our provider in El Paso, we can help your family conduct a low cost cremation or burial.   They have 4 locations serving the Greater El Paso area, plus a cemetery and can therefore offer you these  affordable funeral packages:

Complete Direct Cremation Service :  $925

Complete Traditional Funeral Service (Incl. Casket & burial plot) : $3,995

Call (915) 201-2446 for immediate assistance, to preplan a funeral,                            or with any questions you have.  Se Habla Español

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$750 cremation available to residents of Sunset Heights, East El Paso, Ysleta, Mission Valley El Paso, West El Paso or Upper Valley, Northeast El Paso,West Central El Paso and Anthony, Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, Homestead Meadows North, Homestead Meadows South, Horizon City, Montana Vista, San Elizario, Socorro, Sparks, Vinton, Tornillo, & Westway.


National Cremation

affordable cremationNational Cremation is owned by Service Corporation International (SCI).  It operates as a low cost cremation brand for SCI offering families simple and affordable cremation services.  National Cremation operates out of 28 locations in 15 states.

I think it is fair to say that National Cremation is the most ‘budget’ brand that SCI operates, and their direct cremation prices can be fairly comparable to the local market price for a low cost direct cremation.

They also offer prepayment options where the cost for a direct cremation can be prepaid over a given period.  There may be incremental costs for this.

Need to find an inexpensive cremation option in NW Arkansas?

basic-cremation-costDFS Memorials offers the best value direct cremation package to residents of Northwestern Arkansas.  A simple direct cremation package covers everything to immediately take care of the disposition of the deceased.  Collection from the place of death, transportation to the funeral facility, completion of all required documentation (death certificate, cremation authorizations and cremation permits), a basic cremation container, the cremation and returning the cremated remains to the family in a temporary urn.  A wider service area can be served although an additional mileage fee may apply depending on location.

Simple, direct cremation for $790

  Call now on  (479) 259-2812 for immediate assistance and to ask any questions you may have

If you have limited resources and need to find the lowest cost funeral option available to you, then your local DFS Memorials member can offer you ‘quality service at a low price’, ensuring you can arrange dignified yet inexpensive funeral services.

Serving residents in the areas of Benton, Conway, Fayetteville, Forrest City, Ft. Smith, Hot Springs Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Russellville & Searcy, and in Craighead, Faulkner, Garland, Lonoke, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, St. Francis, and Washington counties.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Connecticut

funeral-pricesDFS Memorials now has an affordable cremation provider serving Connecticut.  All State Cremation & Funeral Care can help you arrange the lowest cost cremation services in the state of Connecticut.  A complete direct cremation is available for $1,400.

Peter and his team are available to assist you at your time of need.  Call (203) 864-6010 with any questions you may have.  They cover the whole state of Connecticut offering a low cost cremation.

Serving: Bridgeport – Hartford- New Haven – Stamford – Waterbury