How do direct cremation prices vary in an area?

The price for a direct cremation service can vary considerably in a geographical area from different funeral service providers.  Why is this? When presumably if it is the service package from a funeral home’s General Price List, it is a standard itemized service from all funeral homes.

A direct cremation service usually includes:

  • Local transfer of remains to the funeral home or crematory
  • Basic services of funeral director & staff for completion of all legal requirements, paperwork & obtaining permits
  • Shelter of remains (additional storage fees may be added if shelter of remains exceeds a defined number of days)
  • Temporary cremation urn

The following are included in the majority of direct cremation packages, however, there are funeral homes who charge these as additional fees.

  • Basic cremation container
  • Crematory fee

cremation costsThe Funeral Consumers Alliance have argued that there should be no difference in pricing as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that direct cremation service packages be identical from all funeral and cremation providers.

Yet funeral homes will argue that the price they charge for a direct cremation reflects the standard of service and quality their establishment offers.

I understand a difference in pricing for a direct cremation when services are delivered without staff time to conduct in-person arrangements at the funeral home.  For example, there are a growing number of cremation service providers offering ‘online only’ discounted pricing.

When a family submits the required forms online and makes payment, this can save a funeral home considerable staff time.  The funeral business can then off-set this saving to the family.

However, when comparing direct cremation prices in a given area, one will still see a distinct disparity in the range of prices for the same service.  In many metro areas, the range of price for a direct cremation can vary from $795 to $3,300.

It is important to ensure like-for-like comparison, and check if there are any ‘hidden’ fees that are added to a lower price direct cremation package.

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ – $455

Arizona has one of the highest cremation rates in the U.S., with over 65% of families now choosing cremation for their final disposition.  This has made cremation much more competitive in the Tucson, and helped to bring the cost of a cremation down. This article runs through how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs, how arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution and compares some Tucson funeral homes direct cremation prices.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Direct cremation Tucson AZThe traditional funeral is dying, to be replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, one of the biggest factors is COST.  A traditional funeral can cost in the region of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2012 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at $7,045 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000.  It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!

Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene.  Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put the control of memorialization back in the realm of the family.  A direct cremation simply ensures the disposition element is taken care of by a professional.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when and if they see fit.  For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option.  For other families it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost!

Low cost cremation in Tucson

Low cost cremation is available in Tucson for between $455 and $995.  Cremation prices do vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low cost cremation equitably compares.  Check exactly what is included.  Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’, but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low cost price advertised.  Too often we have found what appeared to be a low cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!

Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00

What does a cremation cost?How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?

Choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, so this can give a family an assurance about their loved ones care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind, or because you need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area – then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families the stress and time, we ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.

DFS Memorials – TUCSON  (520) 200-7742 – Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation from $455

Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Tucson in zip code order.

How do cremation providers compare in Tucson?

The cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected, and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always wise to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Tucson can be conducted from around $585 with a local, family-owned funeral home.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?

Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days!  With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses.  If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment, and there are benefits for veterans.  Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years.  You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally.  This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some of the other ways that you can gain support towards funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Tucson serves families in Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties and Armory Park, Avondale, Barrio Viejo, Central, Civano, Congress Street, Convention, Cragin-Keeling, Downtown, Eastside, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fairgrounds, Fourth Avenue, Menlo Park, Northwest, Old Fort Lowell, Old Pascua, Pullman, Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz Southwest, South Tucson, Sunnyside, Western Hills, & Winter-haven

Arranging a simple, low cost cremation in Sacramento, CA – $795

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 an 80% cremation rate.

Cremation services Sacramento CAWhat 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 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.  A 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 $795 in Sacramento.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $2,500 and a full funeral with cremation afterward 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 $795.

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 is no family.  You may wish to contact Sacramento Human Services to inquire as to what assistance may be available, but in reality, it may require the 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 a 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.

Cremation costs in 2019: How much should you pay for a direct cremation service?

Over 55% of Americans now choose cremation as their ‘preferred’ disposition and death care option.  This shift from traditional burial to cremation is having a huge impact on the funeral industry.  Because, while cremation means that funerals are becoming more affordable for families, it means that funeral homes’ revenue is declining.  What we are starting to witness in 2019 is the impact of cremation in terms of pricing.

Cremation saves on funeral costs

Often families think of cremation as a way to save costs.  And, although there are different reasons why a family chooses cremation, the lower cost of a cremation funeral is by far the primary reason.  A cremation service is generally at least half the cost of a burial service, if not more.  But, direct cremation is what is revolutionizing the funeral industry at present.  A direct cremation is the most economical cremation option.  And, what the industry is not telling us, is that direct cremation is now accounting for around 70% of all cremations performed.

What does a cremation cost?What is a direct cremation?  And why is this challenging the funeral industry?

A direct cremation, is where a simple cremation is conducted, without any ceremony or services.  This means the funeral establishment (or crematory) simply handle the collection of the deceased, complete the required legal administration, and perform the cremation.  The cremated remains are then returned directly to the family.  What this means is that it can be delivered at a much-reduced cost.  The demand for direct cremation is challenging an industry that once did not even feel a need to provide up-front funeral pricing.  Now, cremation consumers are shopping around to compare cremation prices, and seeking out the most affordable direct cremation service they can find.  As within other consumer sectors, why would you opt to pay hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars more, for the exact same product or service?

How much should you expect to pay for a direct cremation?

A direct cremation ranges in cost in any one area.  If you conduct a simple comparison between 5 funeral homes and cremation providers, asking for the cost of a direct cremation from their General Price List, you will see a difference in price.  Especially if you select a range of different providers from small funeral home to large corporate funeral home.  In most major cities, a direct cremation can be conducted for between $595 to $995.  Rural areas tend to be more expensive, as there is less competition for the cremation market.

Comparing cremation prices

The chart below highlights the comparison between a DFS Memorials independent low-cost cremation provider and the average cost for a direct cremation in a city.

AREA DFS Provider direct cremation price Average direct cremation price*
New York City NY $485 $1,969
Los Angeles CA $625 $1,524
Houston TX $675 $2,173
Chicago IL $995 $1,949
Philadelphia PA $1,095 $1,798
Phoenix AZ $639 $1,337
San Antonio TX $595 $1,856
San Diego CA $600 $1,358
Jacksonville FL $695 $1,648
Dallas-Fort Worth TX $755 $1,944
Indianapolis IN $650 $2,261
Seattle WA $600 $1,519
Detroit MI $845 $1,199
Boston MA $1,310 $2,332
Memphis TN $995 $2,060
Oklahoma City OK $895 $1,914
Las Vegas NV $695 $1,526
Louisville KY $795 $1,880
Denver CO $995 $1,791

*Average direct cremation price 2019 obtained from Parting Funeral Home Comparison website

Are cremation prices likely to rise in 2019?

Cremation planningThe market for cremation services will continue to become more competitive.  Most funeral businesses need to increase their volume of cremation business to sustain their revenue.  This is already leading to cremation ‘price wars’ in some cities, where funeral homes are reducing their direct cremation price to increase their volume of cases.

However, at the same time, we are also witnessing an aggressive approach from corporate funeral entities, who need to acquire their own share of cremation business.  Corporate death care companies, such as Dignity Memorial and The Neptune Society, can afford to enlist the expertise of professional marketing services and ‘dominate’ in the domain of online advertising and direct mail.  Corporate and privately-owned funeral entities across the U.S. are acquiring successful independent cremation businesses to dominate a cremation market in a specific area.

We observed an example of this recently with Foundation Partners (a privately-owned funeral business with 80 locations in 17 states) acquiring a longstanding family business in Tucson.  The family business had offered the lowest cost direct cremation to families in Tucson, and continues to operate under the existing funeral home name.  I would anticipate that once these large funeral entities position themselves to dominate a market, we are likely to see cremation prices rise again.

Pre-arranging cremation services

Taking out a pre-arrangement cremation plan today could potentially save you on the possibility of rising cremation costs.  A direct cremation plan can be funded by an insurance product or a trust, and ensures you lock in today’s prices.  The terms will differ, depending on your state legislation on funeral plans, and your personal circumstances for making payment.

Pre-arrange cremation serviceAn important aspect of pre-arranging a cremation is to pre-authorize the cremation.  For a cremation to proceed, the legal next-of-kin, must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

But, when pre-arranging, you can pre-authorize your wish for cremation.  Saving surviving family from the decision when the time comes.  Typically, a direct cremation that costs $650 today at-need, would cost approximately $1,200 to pre-plan and pre-pay over 24 months.

Alternatively, you can pre-plan by doing some research to determine an affordable cremation services provider near you, and put aside the required funds for an ‘at-need’ direct cremation in a POD (Payable on Death) account at your bank.  Many funeral service providers are happy to prepare the necessary paperwork for a cremation and keep it on file for when the need arises.  This allows you to retain control of your funds for a cremation, while having made the proper provision for your surviving family. Read more about pre-planning a cremation or funeral with a POD account.

So, the key ‘take-aways’ from this article are that you should ensure you compare cremation costs before deciding on a cremation service provider, and be aware that the cremation market is likely to change over the coming years.

Low cost funeral and cremation services in Fayetteville, AR

The cost of a funeral service has become debilitating to many families in Arkansas, and the days of just entrusting a local Fayetteville funeral home to do a service without setting a budget for the cost of the funeral are coming to an end.

More families are struggling financially, and many are just deciding that overpaying for a funeral is not dignified and is not a measure of how much you loved someone.  There are much lower cost funeral alternatives if you seek them out.  Traditionally because people did not compare funeral prices in the same way, funeral homes were not pitched against each other in a ‘price comparison’ manner.

Typically funeral homes focused on their features of long-standing tradition and impeccable community service.  Today this can mean the difference between paying $2,000 or $8,000 for a funeral service and this is a BIG difference just for a heritage!

How can I save on funeral costs?

Firstly, make sure you DO compare prices between funeral homes.  I can assure you that you will be quite surprised by how much the same items from a funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) will vary.  All funeral homes must have a GPL according to Federal Law.

A funeral home that happily discloses prices, be it on their web site, or when you phone understands the need for transparency in today’s funeral market.  If they seem unwilling to openly disclose prices this should raise alarm bells.

Consider lower cost cremation services

low-cost-cremationOpting for a cremation service will save you thousands of dollars.  You remove the need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault and cemetery plot – some of the most expensive purchases of a funeral service.

In Fayetteville you can arrange a simple cremation without any ceremony for $695.  This is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  A simple traditional funeral can be arranged for around $2,800.

If you are concerned about the expense of a funeral and wish to arrange a low cost cremation service  – call (479) 259-2818 now and let our provider help you.

Preplanning a basic cremation service

You can preplan a basic cremation with our low cost cremation provider.  This is funded using an insurance policy.  The full cost for a preneed cremation plan will vary depending upon your age at the time of taking out the policy, but it typically averages at around $795.

Call today to get a quote for a basic cremation plan – (479) 259-2818

Serving families throughout Benton, Carroll, Madison & Washington Counties.

How to arrange an affordable cremation service in Akron, OH

Direct cremation in Akron OHThis short guide aims to help you understand cremation options and costs in Akron.  We understand that many families today are seeking more affordable alternatives when it comes to death care.

The internet has provided a great way to research pricing and services for many sectors, yet still many funeral homes do not disclose their prices online.  Here, we inform you of what average costs are, and how to find the most affordable cremation option.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Akron?

Funeral prices can vary considerably, for the exact same service package, from different service providers.  For this reason, it is always advisable to compare prices from more than one funeral service provider.  To help you save time, we have compiled a brief overview of cremation pricing in Akron.

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Akron, compiled from a list of Akron funeral homes indicates that the average price for a full-service funeral is $5,798*.  This does not include any cemetery fees.  The average cost of a simple, direct burial is $2,011*.

Cremation Service Akron OHWhat are cremation costs in Akron?

The average cost of a Cremation Memorial service is $2,926*, with the lowest price available at around $2,000.  A Cremation Memorial service is where the deceased is first cremated and then a service held with the cremated remains present.

The most affordable cremation option is a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, prepared and cremated with no services conducted by the funeral home.  The deceased is simply ‘directly’ cremated, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family.

The family, if they wish, can then hold their own memorial service at a place and time that suits them.  This can also save further costs on the overall price of a funeral.

The average cost of a direct cremation in Akron is $1,628*, although it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for as little as $745.

This is why a low-cost, no-fuss, direct cremation is the most affordable and simple disposition option for families with limited funds, or where no funeral services are required.

If you would like to know more about arranging a low-cost direct cremation in Akron, OH please call us.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price survey May 2018

Arranging a low cost cremation in Boca Raton FL – $696

Cremation is a popular disposition choice in Florida, and the SE Florida area has one of the lowest cost cremation prices in the U.S. This is partly due to the fact that Florida is one of only 2 states where direct disposers are licensed.

A direct disposer does not have to operate a funeral establishment or an embalming facility to legally run a cremation-only business, and this can significantly cut down on overheads. However, be careful, as sometimes the seemingly cheap cremation price that a direct disposer offers will not include some services that a licensed funeral home includes.

Comparing the cost of cremation in Boca Raton, FL

We all like to price-compare these days and ensure we are getting value for money, and when finances can be tight, it can be just as important to make sure that you are not over-spending on a funeral. Prices for a cremation vary, different cremation service providers charge different prices, and the cost of a cremation service can depend upon what type of service you want.

It is possible to arrange a basic, simple cremation in Boca Raton FL for just under $700 complete. This is a direct cremation, where no service or ceremony is held before the deceased is cremated. Family can, however, choose to hold a memorial service once they have the cremated remains returned. A cremation with a viewing or service starts at around $1,295. A full-service cremation can cost anywhere between $1,595 and $3,500.

The $696 direct cremation offered by the DFS Memorials provider in Boca Raton is offered from an independent full-service funeral home.  This means that they do have the full facilities to offer additional services should you decide you require them.  However, their direct cremation package price remains extremely well-priced for those wanting a simple dignified cremation from a reputable local funeral home.

What is included in a direct cremation?

A simple direct 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
  • One copy of the death certificate

direct-cremationHow can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Boca Raton a direct cremation can be conducted for $696 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. 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 in Boca Raton?

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 Palm Beach County Human Services Department.

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

If you need to arrange a simple and affordable cremation service in Honolulu, this guide can help you understand what cremation options you have, what cremation costs to expect and how to save money by arranging a direct cremation for just $895.

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

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

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

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

How much does a cremation cost in Honolulu?

Cremation service prices in Honolulu range from $895 to $3,686*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  A simple, direct cremation package price of $985 is offered by DFS Memorials.

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

How do I select a funeral services provider?

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

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

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

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

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

Comparing cremation prices in Honolulu

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

What is ‘direct cremation’?

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

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

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

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

What can I do with the cremated remains?

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

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

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

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

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

Honolulu Medical Examiner Department

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

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

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

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

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

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

Simple and affordable cremation services in Scranton, PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much does it cost to be cremated in Scranton?

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

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

How do I select a funeral services provider?

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

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

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

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

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

Comparing cremation prices in Scranton

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

How much to be cremated in scranton Pennsylvania

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

What is ‘direct cremation’?

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

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

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

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

What can I do with the cremated remains?

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

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

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

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

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

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

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

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

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

Guide to cremation and cremation costs in Reading, PA

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

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

How much does a funeral cost in Reading, PA?

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

How much does a cremation cost in Reading, PA?

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

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

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

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

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

Why choose cremation?

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation prices in Reading PA

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

What do I need to understand about cremation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

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

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

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

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