Cremation is now the preferred disposition choice for families in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Not only is cremation the preferred choice, but also direct cremation is very popular in Tampa, making cremation options very affordable. A direct cremation service is the lowest cost cremation option for a family. In Tampa a direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $795.
Direct Cremation Providers in Tampa
Florida is one of only 2 states in the U.S. that licenses what are known as ‘Direct Disposers’. This means that a company can deliver direct cremations in Tampa without being a licensed funeral home with a large facility. Direct disposal companies are often viewed as ‘discount’ cremation providers and can appear to offer very cheap direct cremation services.
I would advise that you carefully check the inclusive terms of any cremation package. It has been known for direct disposers to offer a budget direct cremation package that does NOT include some services that a licensed funeral director will offer at a lower rate. For example, if you required an out of hours collection or extended refrigeration storage.
What does a direct cremation package in Tampa generally include?
A direct cremation package typically includes the following (although this can vary by cremation services provider) :
- Collecting the deceased from the place of death & transportation to the crematory
- Minimum basic preparation of the deceased for the cremation
- The cremation process/crematory fee
- Refrigerated storage if necessary
- Filing all the required state permits, medical documents and the death certificate
- An alternative basic cremation container
- A basic plastic urn or suitable receptacle for cremated remains
- Making available the cremated remains for collection by the family
Note: the death certificate and cremation permit fee are sometimes at an additional cost to a direct cremation package.
What does a cremation cost in Tampa?
This is a question many families get online to find out today. There is no simple or straight-forward answer as cremation costs can vary considerably, depending upon the type of cremation service you select and which cremation services provider you choose!
What IS important is to be aware that costs can vary and be sure to check around. A basic direct cremation can cost anywhere between $795 and $3,000 for the exact same service. You will typically find that full-service funeral homes may charge a higher fee for a direct cremation service.
How to locate an affordable cremation service provider in Tampa
Cremation services providers, cremation societies, funeral homes and direct disposers will all offer basic cremation services. With over 30+ funeral service providers in Tampa, a simple, low-cost cremation can often be packaged under different names, such as an immediate cremation, a simple cremation, a basic cremation and a direct cremation. Locating an affordable cremation services provider can be the challenge, as not all providers who claim to be affordable are truly offering the lowest cost cremation services.
Comparing cremation services, prices & packages in Tampa
As I have mentioned above, it is imperative that you do consider comparing cremation services, prices and packages before making a decision. With over 30 funeral homes in Tampa, there are plenty of offerings of full-service and more affordable cremation alternatives. Our DFS Memorials provider for the Tampa area is a local, family-owned funeral home serving the whole Tampa Bay area. Contact (813) 540-2344 to speak with them now.
Prepaid cremation plans in Tampa
You can prearrange a cremation plan in Tampa. Most funeral homes and cremation providers will offer preneed cremation plans that can be funded through a trust fund or insurance policy. If you wish to preplan low cost cremation services, you have to be prepared that the ‘at need’ low cost cremation price can not be held for a preneed plan. Although there ARE lower cost cremation plans, you can expect to pay over $1,000 for the equivalent low cost services on prearrangement.
The other alternative is to specify your wishes and put aside the appropriate funds in a Payable on Death (POD) account, so that your family can access the funds at the time of death and use the money to pay for a cremation. This is considered by many a safe and easy means to preplan a funeral or cremation.
Low cost cremation services are available throughout the Tampa Bay area and Collier, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.