$850 Simple cremation in Columbus, GA

If you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple cremation service at a low cost then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $850.  Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing and many families are finding that cremation offers a more simple and affordable option.   More families are deciding they just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

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

When you can take care of everything for $850, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $850 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 only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in Georgia are $25 for the 1st certificate and $5 for each additional 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.

Comparing cremation costs in Columbus, GA

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Columbus, there are several cremation service providers serving Muscogee County.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package.

It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Columbus a direct cremation can be conducted for $850 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Columbus, GA.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What help is there with cremation costs?

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

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Muscogee County Assistance Programs.

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Columbus Health Department, P.O. Box 2299, Columbus, GA 31902   Phone: (706) 321-6130

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

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

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner.

Arranging a direct cremation in San Bernardino, CA

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $845!

Why choose cremation services?

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

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

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

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

How much does a cremation cost in San Bernardino?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.

A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.

A direct cremation will cost between $845 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in San Bernardino, CA

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in San Bernardino on (760) 203-5212 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $845.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

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

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in San Bernardino, CA

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

According to funeral price research surveys in san Bernardino, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,253, although a direct cremation can be arranged for less than this with some cremation providers.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $845.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  Cremation permits generally run at $25.00. What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  Death certificates cost $21.00 each.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if he is required to sign the death certificate.

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

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

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

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

Can I preplan a cremation?

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

What can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier there is a versatility on what you can do with cremated remains.

You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath or memorial reef ball to name but a few!

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

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  You would need to make inquiries with San Bernardino County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available to you.  In these cases often the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $845.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

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

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: 340 N. Mt. View Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415

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

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

Arranging a simple, low cost cremation in Sacramento, CA

More families today are choosing cremation as their preferred funeral choice.  It can be much more affordable than a burial service, and can offer much more flexibility.  Changing attitudes to religion and the environment in the US have also led to a shift towards cremation.  California has a higher cremation rate than most states, with some counties running at 80% cremation rate.

What do I need to consider if choosing a cremation?

You need to consider what kind of cremation service you want, and what type of cremation provider you wish to select.  There are various cremation service options from a simple direct cremation to a full traditional funeral service followed by cremation.

You need to consider if you wish to employ the services of a funeral home, or deal directly with a crematory and cremation company or a cremation society.  As cremation is so popular in Sacramento, there are several cremation companies that specialize in cremation only.

How do I select a cremation service provider in Sacramento?

It is always wise to check around before committing to a cremation services provider.  Ask family and friends of their experiences, or do some research online or by phone.  As with any other sector, there is the ‘good, the bad and the ugly’.

What you get included in a cremation services package and what level of service you are given can vary by who you deal with.  Costs for a cremation service can also differ significantly, even for the exact same service.

What type of cremation service should I opt for?

This is entirely a personal choice.  Direct cremation is becoming more popular as many families want simplicity and affordability these days and a simple, direct cremation offers this.  It can allow families to take care of the immediate disposition, enabling them to prepare their own memorial service at a later date.

How much does a cremation service cost in Sacramento?

This is a question that is often asked, and the only true answer is that it can vary.  It is dictated by what kind of cremation service you select.  As I mentioned direct cremation is the least expensive option, costing just $698 in Sacramento.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $2,500 and a full funeral with cremation afterwards will cost around $3,000 – $5,000, depending on services and products selected.

How much does a direct cremation cost in Sacramento?

A direct cremation can be conducted for $698.  Call (916) 229-6142 for more information.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Sacramento

Before a cremation can go ahead there are certain legal requirements.  Firstly, there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can be performed.  And the legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

What do I do if I cannot afford a cremation?

Sadly, there is little state or county assistance that helps a family pay for a cremation.  The county may be obligated to pay for indigent cremations, but in these cases, they are often unclaimed remains where there are no family.  You may wish to contact Sacramento Human Services to inquire as to what assistance may be available, but I reality it may require family to raise the basic funds to conduct a direct cremation.

Releasing a body from the Medical Examiner’s Office and arranging a low-cost cremation

If the deceased was transferred to the Medical Examiner and you are seeking a simple cremation once the body is released, you can arrange a direct cremation, often at a lower cost than a direct cremation with collection from an institution or residential address.

Local funeral homes & crematories have relationships with the Medical Examiner to obtain cremation permits and have the body released, so they can manage this process, and arrange for a cremation.  The ME’s office has staff to assist with the transfer of the body to the funeral director so the cost for collection can prove less.

Sacramento County Coroner is located at: 4800 Broadway, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95820

Serving residents of Ben Ali, Boulevard Park, Colonial Heights, Curtis Park, Del Paso Heights, East Sacramento, Elmhurst, Gardenland, Land Park, Lavender Heights, Meadowview, Midtown, Natomas, New Era Park, North Sacramento, Oak Park, Pocket-Greenhaven, Robla, Southeast Village, Southside Park, Swanston Estates, Tahoe Park, Upper Land Park & Valley View Acres.

Arranging a simple cremation in Albany, GA for $850

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $850.

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and versatile alternative to a burial service.  Opting for cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  No casket is required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these products and services saves thousands of dollars.

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

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

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

How much does a cremation cost in Albany?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  A direct cremation will cost between $850 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in Albany, GA

direct-cremation-albany-gaIf you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in Albany on (478) 331-6216 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $850 complete.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

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

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Albany, GA

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

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $25.00 for the first and $5.00 for each additional copy.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Albany, GA?

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

In Georgia there is no specified mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed, however, before a cremation can proceed the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county health department must issue a permit to cremate.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Can I preplan a cremation?

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

cremation-costs-albany-gaWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  You would need to make inquiries with Dougherty County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available to you.  In these cases often

The body is at the Medical Examiners Office

If the deceased is at Dougherty Medical Examiners and you are trying to arrange collection and affordable cremation services, please call your local DFS Memorials provider who is familiar with all the procedures for authorizing a release of the body to a licensed funeral director.

Dougherty Medical Examiner: 225 Pine Ave, Albany, GA 31701 Phone: (229) 438-3974

Simple and affordable cremation services in Macon, GA

Funerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  Although the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,045 in 2012, without any cemetery fees included; in reality a simple funeral service can be arranged for half this amount, or even less.  If you want to arrange an affordable cremation service in Macon, this guide should help you understand how to save on your funeral expenses.

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

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 $7,045, it is absolutely possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

How much does a cremation cost in Macon?

Cremation services in Macon range from $850 to $2,895, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  The lowest cost option is a direct cremation which costs $850 and includes:

  • Professional services of our highly trained funeral directors and staff
  • Transportation of your loved one from location of death (additional fee if over 40 miles)
  • Alternative cremation container and temporary box
  • Preparation of all required documents and authorizations
  • Coordination with cemetery for burial, if desired.

How do I select a funeral services provider?

cremation-services-macon-gaIf 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 Macon, 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 homes.

How 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.  An immediate burial with no services costs far less than a traditional burial. This is where the deceased is transferred immediately to the cemetery for burial.

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.

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?

cremation-costs-maconThis 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 had no life insurance & I do not have the money to pay for a funeral?

Sadly more folks are passing today without life insurance or having put in place the provision or plans for their funeral care.  If this happens the responsibility falls to the next of kin to make funeral arrangements and pay for funeral expenses.

You should avoid incurring debt to cover funeral costs, so it is essential to minimize whatever expense your family has to pay out.  A simple direct cremation is the lowest cost option, and once you have the cremated remains back you can always conduct your own memorial service (or ash scattering) which saves you the cost of paying a funeral services provider for their services and chapel.

There is the $255 lump sum death benefit from Social Security if you qualify to claim this and the funeral director will generally assist you with this.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is held in the custody of the County Coroner at Bibb county Medical Examiners office, you will need the services of a licensed funeral director.  The Medical Examiner can only release the body to a licensed funeral director.  The funeral home will ask you to sign an authorization to release form stating that said funeral home is authorized by the legal next of kin to collect the body.  Most funeral homes are familiar with the process (and the staff) at Bibb county coroners office and can arrange a prompt release of your loved one.

Guide to arranging an affordable funeral or cremation in Kenosha, WI

Do you need to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $1,195 or a simple burial for $2,995

Why choose cremation services?

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

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

How much does a cremation cost in Kenosha?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  A direct cremation will cost between $1,195 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Wisconsin has some of the most expensive cremation permit costs in the country, and this is an additional expense that the family must cover.  The cost of a cremation permit in Kenosha is $275.

Direct cremation services in Kenosha, WI

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the most economical cremation service option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in Kenosha on (262) 235-3033 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,195.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

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

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Kenosha, WI

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

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  Cremation permits generally run at $275 in Kenosha. What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $20.00 for the first and $3.00 for each additional copy. The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

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

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

In Wisconsin there is a mandatory wait period after death of 48 hours before the cremation can proceed, however, before a cremation can proceed the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county must issue a permit to cremate.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

If the deceased is held at the Medical Examiners, you will need to appoint a funeral director who will liaise with the Medical Examiner’s office to arrange the release of the body to a funeral home for the funeral.  The legal next of kin must sign a release form with the funeral home who can then collect the deceased and transfer he or she into their care.

Can I preplan a cremation?

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

What can we do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Wisconsin state does provide some financial funeral assistance for those eligible (Title 19) and further information about eligibility can be found here.  Up to $4,500 can be paid for funeral costs and $1,000 for cemetery costs.  This means that a simple cremation can be conducted within the bounds of what the state will pay, although the family still have to pay the cost of the cremation permit ($275).

What is “no-cost cremation”?

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

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.

Arranging a Direct Cremation in Houston, TX – $675

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Texas has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many Texans approach death care.

This guide aims to help you understand how to arrange a cremation and save on funeral costs.

Declining traditionalism and economic reasons for choosing cremation

low-cost-cremation-houston-txDeciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral. On average a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial, sometimes you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has certainly impacted on how we manage death care today. Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs. A cremation provides a simple, efficient and economical means to conduct a disposition.

What is the cost of a direct cremation in Houston?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Houston 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. Houston has become very competitive for affordable cremation services and you will find a number of cremation providers offering direct cremation packages in Houston for between $675 – $3,000.

direct-cremationA basic cremation can be conducted in Houston for $675. 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 (713) 309-6059 to arrange a direct cremation in Houston for $675

What type of cremation services are available?

You can select from a range of cremation services and packages. These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package. You can have a full service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s remains?

cremation-service-houstonThis 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 Houston

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Texas of 48 hours after death before a cremation can go ahead.

It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

ash-scattering-texasCremation 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 direct cremation service in Houston

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price of $675. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or make difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

Can an overweight body be cremated?

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $675 is for a person who weighed up to 300 pounds. Over this weight there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container and extra gas usage. The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased.

The 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. To find out what may be available you should contact Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery County Human Services Departments.

DFS Memorials low cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto counties. Large cities we service include Houston, Pearland, Conroe, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galveston, Lake Jackson, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Texas City, and The Woodlands. Surrounding cities included in our service area include: Alvin, Angleton, Bellaire, Clute, Dickinson, Freeport, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Marque, Richmond, Rosenberg, South Houston, Stafford, and West University Place.

 *death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

This package at $675 is for available when the deceased is held in morgue facilities, either at the Medical Examiners or at a hospital morgue.  Additional fees may apply for a residential or nursing home collection.

How to arrange an affordable funeral in the New Orleans area

Many families today are seeking out more affordable funeral alternatives.  Whether money is tight or you simply do not want to overspend on funeral expenses – this guide has been put together to help you understand what options are available to you to save money on the cost of a funeral in New Orleans.

How much does the average funeral cost in New Orleans?

A funeral is one of the largest expenses we will pay for in our lifetime – whether you preplan and pre-pay your own funeral or pay for the funeral of a loved one.  A funeral will cost you thousands of dollars, even if you keep it a simple affair.

Estimating the average cost of a funeral is no easy task as each service is unique.  The National Association of Funeral Directors (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,045 in 2012, and this is without any cemetery costs included.  It is generally accepted that funeral costs are above average in Louisiana, which seems quite unjust considering that there are a good percentage of families living below the poverty line.  It is fair to say that a burial funeral service is likely to cost in the region of $10,000.

Affordable funeral options are available in New Orleans starting from $3,495.  This includes the transfer of the deceased to the funeral home, embalming and preparation of remains, use of equipment and directing of the funeral at a church or location of your choice, use of hearse and utility vehicle, 2 day Visitation and a casket.

funeral-costsPurchasing a casket from a third-party seller in Louisiana

One of the main ways that families have managed to reduce the price of a funeral in recent years has been to purchase a casket from elsewhere than a funeral home.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ‘funeral rule’ was introduced to protect families.  The FTC rule that stipulates that a family can purchase a casket from a third party seller and that their chosen funeral home MUST accept it without any surcharge.  This rule was brought about to prevent funeral homes from marking up caskets excessively.  The rule is contentious in Louisiana as Louisiana State Funeral and Cemetery licensing laws historically required that to sell caskets in Louisiana, a business had to be a licensed funeral establishment.

The FTC rule made national news with the case in Louisiana of the St. Joseph monks. The monks began selling their handmade wooden coffins to supplement income to their monastery and were taken to court.  The Louisiana State Funeral Board lost their case in 2013 to prevent the monks selling their caskets.  Aside from handmade wooden coffins, Walmart and CostCo now sell steel caskets online with casket prices starting from $1,226 [February 2014].

Cemetery costs in New Orleans

One of the reasons burial has become even more expensive is the limited land space for burial in metro areas.  There is very little land for burial within the New Orleans city limits and traditionally the cemeteries require above ground burial in mausoleums or crypts.

cremation-funeral-orleans-parishDeciding whether to cremate or not

Cremation is now being considered by more families as an alternative option over traditional burial.  We are often asked questions about cremation, and once families realize how much money they can save by opting for cremation (which is now fully accepted by the Church) – the cost alone can be a deciding factor.  A cremation is likely to save you at least 40% of the cost of a burial.

There are several different options with cremation services in New Orleans.  A full service cremation is almost the same as a traditional burial but the deceased is cremated once the funeral has taken place.  A cremation memorial service is where the deceased is cremated first and then a service held afterwards, or a basic cremation (known as a direct cremation) is where the deceased is cremated with no services.

There is strict protocol that dictates how a human cremation can be performed.  Only one body is cremated at once and the cremation chamber has to be fully cleared of the cremated remains before the next cremation can proceed.  Identity checks are made along each step of the process to ensure the cremated remains returned to the family ARE the remains of their loved one.

How can a cremation service save you money?

Opting for a cremation saves you on some significant funeral costs.  There is no need to be purchasing a burial vault or plot. A casket is not required for a cremation, and it is possible to rent a casket for the purpose of a service.  In some cases embalming is not required.  It is possible to arrange a cremation disposition with a funeral home in New Orleans and then conduct your own memorial services, as another way that you can save money.  A direct cremation can be arranged in New Orleans for as little as around $1,500.

Conducting your own memorial services

Once a cremation is performed you can arrange a memorial service, with or without the ashes present.  You can employ the services of your church or minister to lead a memorial service, or the family can hold their own service.

Preplanning a funeral service in New Orleans

Preplanning a funeral is a great way to save your surviving family the burden of making decisions.  You can preplan without prepaying, or you can take out a prepaid funeral contract.  You are able to make rational decisions if you preplan your own end of life requirements, and save your family making emotional decisions which might end up costing them more.

All funds prepaid for a funeral or cremation go into a trust until such times as the funds are required.  A funeral plan can also be funded by an insurance policy.  Another way to preplan is to document your wishes and set up a POD Payable on Death account with the required funds deposited.  The funds can be withdrawn by your named beneficiaries when the time comes, and any interest accrued is added to your account.

cremation-services-new-orleansPersonalize and make your own memorial tributes

‘Personalization’ is a large part of the memorialization process today.  Making your own memorial tributes can save you on the costs a funeral home may charge for tributes.  Guest books, prayer cards and memory boards can all be quite easily crafted with little expertise.  Read more about making your own memorial tributes.

A funeral does not have to cost a fortune.  There are more affordable funeral options available in New Orleans now.

Low cost cremation services available throughout all neighborhoods, and districts of New Orleans.

What does a cremation cost in Denver, CO?

Do you need to arrange an immediate cremation, or wish to preplan a simple, low cost cremation – but want to find out what Denver cremation costs to expect?  The price for a cremation can vary depending upon which cremation services provider you select in Denver, and what type of cremation service you opt for.

Cremation prices: what average costs to expect

It will probably come as no surprise when I state that the cost of a cremation can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.  Every funeral home in Denver should have a general price list (GPL) and be prepared to disclose this with you when you make an inquiry.  Their GPL should provide an itemized breakdown of their service charges and merchandise prices.  Many funeral homes will also offer special cremation packages, where they offer an inclusive package of services from their GPL.  This can sometimes make it easier to arrange cremation services without running up a large funeral bill!

Funeral expenses are generally made up of components from the GPL.  There is a professional service fee (for the services of the funeral director and which generally includes a proportion of their overhead), fees for using the facilities, preparation of the body (cosmetology/embalming), transportation, memorial items (guest book/prayer items) and then additional ‘cash advance’ items which are payable to a third party and include such as permits, death certificates, obituaries and flowers.

Different types of cremation packages and costs in Denver

Because there are so many variations of cremation services and packages, it can be quite difficult to quote general costs.  There are typically 3 main types of cremation services:

  • A basic cremation with no services – often referred to as a simple cremation
  • A full service cremation – with a traditional funeral ceremony
  • A cremation memorial service – the cremation is performed and a service held later with or without the cremated remains present

A basic cremation can start at around $995 complete, whereas a full service cremation may cost in the region of $3,000.  According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) the average cost of a cremation is $2,250.

funeral-costs-denverWhat is the lowest cost cremation in Denver?

The lowest cost cremation option is a direct cremation, sometimes called an immediate cremation.   A direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with minimal services.  Our provider in Denver offers a complete direct cremation for $995.

Understanding cremation laws in Denver

Funeral homes that operate a crematory have to adhere to strict protocol that governs the cremation of human remains.  Before a cremation can proceed, the next of kin must sign the cremation authorization form, and the deceased must be identified.  Throughout all steps of the cremation procedure checks are in place to ensure the remains are identified.  A casket is not required for a cremation, the law requires that just a rigid cremation container is required, and this can generally be a rigid cardboard container. There is usually a mandatory waiting period of between 24-48 hours before a cremation can be performed.

Comparing cremation prices in Denver

Because the cost of cremation services can differ so much, it is recommended that you do shop around and compare prices. However, it is important to ensure that you do compare like for like cremation services.  If a provider has a cremation package – check exactly what is included.  In some cases a simple cremation package may appear cheap, but may have some hidden costs.  Check that the cremation container is included and not an additional cost.  Also be aware that cash advances, such as the death certificate and cremation permit, may be added to a package price, although some providers do include them.