Direct cremation cost in San Francisco – $850

Cremation cost San Francisco CACheck out our guide to cremation costs in San Francisco. Cremation is not only a very popular disposition choice for families in the Bay Area, but it is also a very affordable funeral option today.  In some counties in California around the Bay Area, cremation accounts for over 90% of funerals conducted.

California has always been a ‘progressive’ state and it seems Californians’ attitudes towards death rituals adopt a modern, and maybe less traditionalist, approach.  Still what you can buy for your dollar in terms of cremation services can vary significantly, so we have put together this brief guide to help families understand cremation costs and services in San Francisco.

How much does a cremation cost in the Bay Area?

This is never a straight-forward question to answer as cremation prices vary so between different funeral homes in the Bay Area.  The average cost of a cremation is $7,045 (NFDA 2012), yet the cost for cremation can range from $850 to $6,000, depending upon the type of cremation service and the ancillary products.  It is fair to say that even comparing the exact same cremation service can produce a range of varying prices.

Understanding different cremation packages and services

You can customize your cremation service to personally fit your needs, but generally, there are 3 main types of cremation service.

  • Direct, or immediate cremation (with no services or ceremony)
  • Cremation funeral services (ceremony held prior to cremation)
  • Cremation Memorial services (ceremony held after cremation)

It is not always easy comparing cremation services because funeral homes either offer a lengthy itemized general price list (GPL) or package together different services/merchandise.  It is important to carefully check exactly what IS included in any cremation package.  It is not uncommon to see a cremation service that appears to be at an affordable price, only to discover that it is not an inclusive price.  A funeral home can add ‘cash advance’ items to a quoted cremation price, and these will be items that the funeral director has to pay out to a third party.  This can include items such as the cremation permit, cremation fee (if the funeral home does not own their own crematory) and death certificates.   It is also wise to carefully check whether such things as additional refrigerated storage is included if the cremation cannot proceed within a certain timeframe or additional fees for transportation and collection.

Oversize cremation in the Bay Area

With a growing obesity issue, we are asked about cremations for overweight people more often these days.  A standard cremation is generally suitable for a person weighing up to 250 pounds.  For a person weighing over 250 pounds, an additional fee may be required, if the crematory is suitable to handle an oversize person.

cremation-services-bay-areaModern cremation services & life celebration services

Cremation allows for much greater flexibility in how we approach our death care ritual.  If gathering the family together immediately is difficult, a cremation memorial service can be held at a date and time that is convenient.  It also means that a ceremony can be held when the family has had a chance to recover from the immediate shock of the bereavement, allowing for time and reflection to plan a befitting ceremony.  Today we are moving into an era where the traditional funeral is being replaced by a life celebration – more of an upbeat celebration of a life lived, than a somber mourning event.

Families often choose to have the cremation performed and use the services of a celebrant to lead a memorial service.  Some families even opt to arrange their own memorial service – making it totally personalized.

Cremated remains can be shipped anywhere relatively inexpensively, so this also enables more flexibility in funeral services.  Mom or Pop passes in a state to which they retired, but can easily and at minimal cost be transported back to their home state for a service and/or interment.

A direct cremation: the lowest cost cremation option

If just a simple, low-cost cremation service is what you require – the no-frills cremation – then a direct cremation is for you.  A direct cremation is where the cremation proceeds without any services, viewing etc and then the cremated remains are returned directly to the family.  It is also referred to as an immediate cremation, or many funeral homes in San Francisco will refer to it as a basic or simple cremation.  You can arrange a complete direct cremation within the Bay Area for $850.  This includes the collection of the deceased, storage for the mandatory waiting period, completion of all necessary paperwork, a basic cremation container, the cremation process and returning the cremated remains to the family in a temporary urn.

Direct disposers in San Francisco

California is one of 2 states that licenses direct disposers.  A direct disposer is NOT a licensed funeral home but he is licensed to conduct only direct cremations.  As they do not have to operate a funeral home, they can operate with a much-reduced overhead, enabling them to offer direct cremations at a reduced price.  However, you should note that this reduced price will reflect the level of service offered.  A direct disposer will not be able to offer any viewing and may add additional fees for incremental services.

cremation plan san franciscoHow do I choose a cremation services provider?

It can be confusing deciding which cremation provider to choose.  There are around 30 funeral homes in San Francisco, so start with your specific criteria to narrow your selection process.  If cost and value are important, then you need to seek out a low-cost cremation provider.  Generally, the corporate funeral homes tend to be more expensive, although even some family-owned funeral homes can be as expensive.  Shop around some and compare costs and services.  Check for reviews and recommendations from family, co-workers or support networks.

DFS Memorials does some of this for you.  So we check around, compare cremation prices and reviews, and select only a reputable family-owned funeral home that offers the best value cremation service to work with the network.

Our provider in the Bay Area is an established full-service funeral home, with several locations, who now operate a low-cost cremation arm to meet this need.

Call DFS Memorials NOW on (415) 286-9121

To arrange a Direct Cremation for $850

The deceased had no life insurance: Is there any help with cremation costs?

Any financial assistance available for funerals varies so much by state and county, that you really need to speak with your local county human services or social services to find out what, if any, public aid may be available.  They can best advise on what is available and whether or not you would be eligible, depending on your personal circumstances.

There is the $255 Social Security death payment (if you qualify) and veterans do qualify for a free grave plot, grave marker, and flag.  If you have concerns about how you can afford a funeral, then a direct cremation is your cheapest option.

Our $850 direct cremation is available throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz & Stanislaus counties.

Cremation costs in Richmond, VA – $1,550

The cremation trend is sweeping across the United States and changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Virginia was recorded at just over 34% in 2011 – it is increasingly becoming a preferred option for many families and the cremation rate in Richmond is exponentially increasing.

Traditionalism and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding 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.

How much does a cremation cost in Richmond?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Richmond 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. A cremation costs in Richmond are still fairly expensive compared to many other cities and a simple cremation in Richmond can cost anywhere between $1,550 and $4,000 for the exact same service.

A basic cremation can be conducted in Richmond for $1,550 complete*. 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 (804) 213-2899 to arrange a low cost cremation

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. If you have any special requirements, these will always be met if possible, and feel free to call us on (804) 213-2899 to discuss your cremation requirements.

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

cremation-richmondThis 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.

Understand the legal requirements for cremation in Richmond

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 Virginia of 24 hours 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?

Cremation 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 cremation service

funeral-costs-richmond-vaIf you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price of $1,495. 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.

Veteran Funerals in Richmond

There are certain discounts and benefits that are available to Veterans. A Veteran is entitled to a free cemetery plot and grave marker and a US Flag. There are also sometimes reductions on the cost of a death certificate for a Veteran.

Overweight body cremation in Richmond

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $1,550 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 crematory in Richmond can cremate a body up to 800 pounds.

No life insurance – what help is there 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 Leon County or your local County Human Services Departments.

DFS Memorials low cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Byrd Park, Carver, Carytown/Museum District, Church Hill, East End, Fairmount, Forest Hill, Fulton Hill, Manchester, Near West and West End, Newtowne, North Side, Oregon Hill, Randolph, Shockoe Bottom, Southside, The Fan District, Three Corners District, Tobacco Row, Union Hill, Westover Hills, Windsor Farms, & Woodland Heights

*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

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.

$595: Lowest cost cremation in Austin, TX

The market for low cost direct cremation is competitive in Austin, and to help families understand the cremation options available to them and the costs involved, we have compiled this short guide to arranging a low cost cremation in Austin, TX.

Until recent years the cremation rate was low in Austin but the poor economic climate of recent years has resulted in a trend towards cremation as a lower cost funeral alternative.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Direct cremation in Austin, TXOpting for a cremation service removes the need for a number of expensive funeral items.  Embalming is not necessary, nor is a casket, and cemetery fees can be eliminated altogether if the cremated remains are not interred in a plot or are scattered.  Even if the decision is made to inter cremated remains in a cremation niche, this can work out much cheaper than full burial and cemetery expenses.

All-in-all, you can save at least 40-50% of the cost of an average traditional funeral by opting for a cremation service instead.  The average cost of a funeral (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2012 is $7,045 and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.

What is the cost of a cremation in Austin?

The average cost of a cremation in Austin is around $3,500.  This is for a service replacing the traditional funeral and includes the full services of the funeral home to prepare the deceased, conduct a funeral ceremony and the selection of a mid-range cremation urn.

Low cost cremation in Austin

If you require a funeral on a budget, or simply want a no-fuss cremation disposition, then a direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  A direct cremation can be arranged in Austin for just $595.00.  A direct cremation involves the funeral home or crematory collecting the deceased, sheltering him/her for the required 48-hour waiting period and then conducting the cremation.  There are no services or viewing, and a basic cremation container is used for the purpose of the cremation.  The cremated remains are generally returned in a temporary container.

cremation servicesComparing cremation costs and providers in Austin

Cremation costs do vary considerably between funeral homes in Austin, even for the very same service.  It is important to shop around and compare prices to ensure you are getting value for money.  Do make sure you compare like for like cremation packages.  Ensure you check EXACTLY what is included in any direct cremation package.  Often what appears cheap can work out more when you add in those hidden extras.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation container included in the price? What fee would be charged for refrigerated storage if the cremation cannot proceed after the 48 hours?  Are there any hidden fees for collecting out of hours or from a residential address?

 

Hopefully this information can assist you make an informed decision about which cremation service provider offers the best value cremation service in Austin.

The DFS Memorials provider in Austin offers the most competitive direct cremation price for the Greater Austin area.

DFS Memorials – Austin (512) 253-1110 – Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $595

Is there any help with cremation costs in Austin?

Financial assistance for funeral expenses is not widely available.  Each state/county has its own budget to deal with indigent burials (those that become the responsibility of the state) but any other assistance can be limited.  You need to contact your local Social or Human Services if you are in need of aid and find out if you qualify for any support.

There is the $255 Social Security death benefit for those that qualify, and of course veterans are entitled to a free cemetery plot/cremation niche and grave marker.

DFS Memorials $595 cremation is available throughout Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Burnet, Blanco and Hays Counties and Austin, Texas, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Georgetown, & Cedar Park.

Simple cremation or funeral services in Salt Lake City, UT

If you are looking for a low cost cremation or funeral alternative, this short guide should help you understand how you can arrange a simple cremation for $750.

How much does a funeral cost in Salt Lake City?

Although the funeral industry is being dragged into the 21st century screaming and kicking, it is still pretty much resisting open price disclosure.  The FTC funeral rule means that a funeral home MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which must clearly outline their fees and that they should openly provide you with a GPL if you make an inquiry (by phone or in person).  However, the reality is that many funeral homes still do not put prices on their website and may even not be open about revealing full and complete costs when you call.  For this reason we have put together this guide to give you an idea of what costs to expect.

A traditional funeral is likely to cost between $6,000 and $10,000.  According to the National Funeral Directors Association the average cost of a funeral is $7,045 but this does not take into account any cemetery fees.  The average cost of a funeral is $6,299* in Salt Lake City (including casket but excluding cemetery fees).

What does a cremation cost in Salt Lake City?

A cremation is a cheaper alternative to a burial.  A cremation will cost considerably less as there is no need for a casket, burial vault or cemetery plot and this immediately reduces the overall cost of the funeral.   The cost for cremation services does vary quite considerably between funeral homes in Salt Lake CityYou CAN arrange a basic cremation for $750, or you can pay up to $3,000 for the exact same direct cremation service!

The average cost for a direct cremation in SLC is $1,462*, and the average cost of a cremation memorial service is $3,146*.

Save money by arranging a direct cremation

funeral-costsThe most affordable cremation option is called a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, transferred to the crematory and cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains returned directly to the family without any viewing or service.   A memorial service can be arranged at a later date if the family so desire, and the family can even arrange their own memorial service, which can be another way to save on the cost of a funeral.

Does the Church of the Latter Day Saints accept cremation?

Yes, the church of the LDS is accepting of cremation.  They may not encourage it, preferring traditional burial where possible, but the church today recognizes that cremation is sometimes either the preferred, or the only, option for some families.

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

This is a question that many families ask.  Be assured that strict legislation governs how human cremations can be conducted and only one person can be cremated at once.

What do I legally need to know about arranging a cremation in Salt Lake City?

As a cremation is so final there are laws that govern how a cremation can proceed.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by the legal next of kin, or authorizing agent, before a cremation can be conducted.  A cremation container is required but this need not be a casket and can be a simple reinforced cardboard box, and embalming is not required prior to cremation.  Although many states adopt a minimum wait time before a cremation can proceed, it appears there is no such requirement in Utah, so a cremation can be performed once the legal paperwork is completed and a cremation permit issued.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

cremation-service-salt-lake-cityThis is another question that is frequently asked.  Cremation opens up more possibilities about how to conduct the final disposition of remains.  You can inter cremated remains in an existing grave plot or a cremation niche, or choose to scatter in a designated memorial garden.  However, this can still cost a significant amount.  You can keep the cremated remains at home in a cremation urn or you can choose to conduct your own ash scattering ceremony.  If you choose to scatter on private land you need the landowners consent.  You can scatter cremated remains on public land but you do need to observe some ‘common-sense’ ash scattering guidelines.  You may need to check whether a permit is required for municipal or state owned public spaces.

Can I pre-arrange a simple cremation plan?

You can even pre-plan a low cost cremation option.  Pre-planning does alleviate surviving family of the burden of making arrangements and paying for the funeral.  You can pre-plan with a funeral home by taking out a funeral contract (which is put into trust) or you can take out an insurance product that will finance your end wishes.

Arranging a Veteran Funerals in Salt Lake City

Certain benefits are available to Veterans.  A Veteran is entitled to a free cemetery plot and grave marker. In some cases a funeral home will offer a discount on services to a Veteran.

What does it cost to cremate an overweight person?

The cremation cost advertised by funeral homes is generally for a body weight of up to 300 pounds.  For a body over this weight, an extra charge may be levied, but this will depend on how large the deceased was.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs in Salt Lake City?

It can be distressing enough to deal with a death, but even more upsetting if there are no funds to cover the cost of a cremation.  Sadly this is happening more often for families today.  If the deceased had no life insurance, it is likely that the funeral home will need full payment for a direct cremation when you sign the funeral contract. There is a $255 lump sum death benefit payment form Social Security (if the deceased qualified) and the funeral director can help submit your claim for this.  If you have concerns about how you are going to pay for a funeral – visit this guide on ‘Options for paying for a Funeral’.

If you have any further questions about arranging a funeral or cremation in Salt Lake City, whether you are preplanning, or a death has just occurred – Call (801) 396-7538.  Our funeral director is on hand 24/7 to answer any questions you have.

Low cost direct cremation is available throughout Cache, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch & Weber Counties.

Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services in Augusta, GA

The cremation trend is today changing the way we think about arranging a funeral.  Cremation is fast becoming a preferred option to burial with more than 50% of families now choosing cremation.

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral and as a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial, this becomes a more affordable funeral option.  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 choosing cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead a cremation can be performed and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted on how we are changing our approach to 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.

So how much is a traditional funeral in Augusta, GA

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Augusta is $7,005*.  This does not include any cemetery costs though, so the full cost of a funeral burial is likely to be nearer to $9,000.

How much does a cremation cost in Augusta, GA?

Cremation prices in Augusta 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.

The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Augusta is $3,946 but a basic cremation can be conducted for much less.  A simple, direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $995, although the average cost for a direct cremation was surveyed at $1,311.

With 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.

How to compare cremation costs in Augusta?

The cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – and from different providers of cremation services in Augusta.    So ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and disposition permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

What are the additional fees that may be added to a cremation cost?

The death certificates are generally an additional fee as these are third-party costs that the funeral home must pay to Richmond County.  A death certificate costs $25 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional copy ordered.  It is usually advisable to have several copies for closing the deceased estate.

Disposition permits are issued to allow the cremation to proceed.  At present there is no charge for disposition permits in Georgia.

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

This 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 Augusta, GA

There are stringent laws and operating practices governing the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until a disposition permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. There is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after the death in Georgia before the cremation can be done.  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 if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will insist all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation can offer greater flexibility in what you can do with the remains.  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 cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price.  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 making 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.

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

Sadly, 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 Richmond County Human Services Department to inquire at:

Richmond County DFCS
520 Fenwick Street
Augusta, Georgia 30903-2277
Phone Number (706) 721-3000  

The deceased is held at the County Morgue.  How do I claim the body from the Medical Examiner?

In cases where the deceased has been transferred into the care of the Coroner or Medical Examiner, you still need to employ the services of a funeral home, as only a licensed funeral director can collect the deceased from the county morgue.

Most funeral homes are familiar with the process and can work with the ME to get the body released as soon as possible.  You can also arrange a simple, low cost cremation with your selected funeral services provider, as often costs can be maintained low when the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office at 912 8th Street, Augusta, GA 30060.

Hopefully this brief article has helped answer a few questions you have about arranging affordable cremation services.  Please visit our resource section for more information.

*Prices obtained May 2017 from online funeral price comparison website – Parting

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.

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.

Cremation questionsA 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 under one thousand dollars, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in a Direct Cremation Package?

A 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

*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 an 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.

Direct Cremation Services in Cincinnati

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives. Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Cincinnati. For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low cost alternative.

How much does a cremation cost in Cincinnati?

Cremation costs in Cincinnati OHThis is the question that most families want to know. As a nation of price-conscious consumers, we expect to check prices and compare deals. The purchase of funeral services is no different. Traditionally families felt it was inappropriate to make funeral price inquiries, but today this is changing.

A traditional funeral can cost $7,045 (NFDA 2012) and this does NOT include cemetery costs. Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to pay for a funeral. A cremation will cost at least half this amount, if not less, depending upon the type of cremation services selected and the crematory.

A basic cremation can cost anywhere between $950 and $4,000. In order to help families arrange affordable cremation services we only select family-owned cremation service providers in Cincinnati who can offer a basic cremation package at an affordable cost.

Cremation services in Cincinnati

cincinnati-cremation-servicesThere are different types of cremation services so it is possible to arrange whatever type of funeral service you require – from simple cremation to a full traditional funeral or unique ‘life celebration’ events. A great thing about cremation is that it opens up so many possibilities in memorialization.

A cremation can be conducted but the funeral service doe snot have to be held immediately.  This can enable family to deal with the need to take care of the disposition of the deceased, but allow for befitting memorial services to be planned for a time when the family feel better able to come together and celebrate the life of their lost loved one.

Direct cremation services in Cincinnati

Direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service. Many of the DFS Memorials providers report that 80% of the cremations they do are direct cremations. A direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services. The deceased is collected, transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork completed and the cremation performed. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn. Most funeral homes offering a direct cremation package offer an inclusive price, where only cash advance items such as the death certificate and cremation permit fee are additional to the direct cremation package cost. Be sure to check this when consulting with a funeral home.

Arranging a direct cremation helps the family take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased in a dignified and economical way. This simple, ‘no fuss’ approach to death care is becoming more popular, with many families arranging their own memorial service or ash scattering ceremony once they have the cremated remains returned. Why pay thousands of dollars to a funeral director when you can conduct your own personalized service for a fraction of this cost?

Why is cremation so much cheaper than a traditional funeral?

There are a number of significant funeral merchandise items that are not required for cremation. No casket is required for a cremation – a suitable cremation container is all that is required by law. No burial vault or cemetery plot is needed, and in most cases the body is not embalmed. This eliminates thousands of dollars in funeral costs. Many families are now opting for direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) because they can then arrange their own funeral service once they have the cremation ashes back. With the decline in traditionalism and the rise in personalization, more families are opting to arrange something different as a life tribute.

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

cremation-costs-cincinnatiThis is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation. Strict laws do 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) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Not all funeral homes have their own crematory and sub their cremations to a local crematory. If you do have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home that has their own crematory, so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you. Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it. A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will prefer to have all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular. You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home. Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members, or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

cremation-memorialIs it possible to preplan a low cost cremation?

Yes. You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.

This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises. All monies are secured in a trust fund so as to protect funeral consumers.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation. However, expedited services can be arranged if required. In many states a mandatory 24 hour wait period must occur after death but this does not apply in Ohio unless there was an infectious disease issue.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.  What assistance there is for funeral expenses also varies by state and county. You would need to contact Hamilton County Human Services to find out more.

What is the service area around Cincinnati?

A low-cost direct cremation package is available throughout all of Greater Cincinnati and surrounding counties including Butler, Warren and Clermont counties.

Understanding funeral costs and cremation costs in Oklahoma

Funeral costs are a growing concern for families today.  Not only can many of us not afford an elaborate traditional funeral, but more people are deciding that they want something more simple and affordable.  It can seem overwhelming trying to work out exactly what a funeral will cost in Oklahoma, and work out your options, especially if you have just lost a loved one.  So we have put together this guide to help you understand funeral costs in Oklahoma and, more importantly, how to save money arranging a funeral or cremation.

Cremation OklahomaHow much does a funeral cost in Oklahoma?

This is a question that funeral directors often seem to side-step answering!  Instead they like to regale you with stories of how many generations they have been in business, or how excellent they are at providing ‘special’ ceremonies.  I have no doubt that this is true BUT this still does not always justify their pricing.  If a funeral director cannot simply answer a question about price…it should ring alarm bells!

The average cost of a funeral is $7,045 (according to the National Association of Funeral Directors 2012), and this does not include any cemetery costs.  So a traditional funeral is likely to cost you somewhere in the region of $6,000 to $10,000.  Today when 76% of families are living paycheck to paycheck (CNN Money report 2013), it is hardly surprising that paying out this amount for a funeral can seem insurmountable.

The DFS Memorials provider for Oklahoma offers a complete tradition funeral for just $3,295, including a casket.  

DFS Memorials OKLAHOMA  (405) 252-1831 Call now with any questions you may have

funeral-costs-oklahomaSo how can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation is likely to save you at least half the cost of a traditional burial funeral.  You immediately save on some of the largest outlays associated with a funeral.  With cremation there is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, cemetery plot or full-size grave marker.  Eliminating these funeral merchandise items alone can save you a few thousand dollars!  Another way that a cremation can save money is that it is possible to hold a memorial service (with the cremated remains present) without having to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately.  This can allow families time to make decisions.  Often this can mean that money-saving options can be more thoroughly explored.  Some families even choose to conduct their own memorial service, which can save on venue and staff costs, plus it also makes a service so much more personalized.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Oklahoma?

It is important to understand that cremation prices do differ quite considerably between different funeral homes in Oklahoma.  For this reason an ‘average’ cremation cost is has to be put into the perspective on what kind of cremation services are being assessed.  The average cost of a cremation is $2,250 [CANA] for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.    However, cheaper cremation options are available as outlined below, and you can arrange a cremation in Oklahoma for as little as $945 complete.

Choosing a Cremation Package

A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.  In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.  Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.  There are generally 3 main types of cremation options – a direct cremation (a basic minimal cremation), a cremation with a funeral service, or a cremation with a memorial service.  The difference is that with a direct cremation there is NO service or ceremony conducted by the funeral provider, although you can conduct your own memorial services afterwards.  A cremation with a funeral service is generally where the deceased is present and the cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation with a memorial service is where the cremation is conducted first and a memorial service held with the cremation urn present.

Arranging a direct cremation in Oklahoma

A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  It is sometimes referred to as a simple or basic cremation, or called an immediate cremation.  It means that just a basic disposition service is offered.  The deceased is collected, prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation completed, the cremation process goes ahead and then the cremated remains are returned to the family (generally in a temporary urn).

How do I choose a cremation provider in Oklahoma?

cremation-plan-oklahomaChoosing an Oklahoma cremation provider can depend upon what kind of cremation services you require.  If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony and that is in a good location for your family.

If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost.  The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held.  And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.

The DFS Memorials provider for Oklahoma is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies.  DFS Memorials offers families a low cost alternative in Oklahoma.

DFS Memorials OKLAHOMA  (855) 246-9662 Call now with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $945 complete  – – Traditional Funeral $3,295 (inc. casket)

How do cremation providers compare in Oklahoma

It is always wise to shop around and compare services and costs.  We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end of life services?  You will no doubt be surprised by how much the cost of funeral services can vary between funeral homes in Oklahoma.  At DFS Memorials we conducted research to find the best cremation prices in Oklahoma to save you the task of phoning round to compare prices.  This way we can save you the hassle when you are emotionally fragile.  We have included a selection of direct cremation prices from funeral homes in Oklahoma so you can see how much costs vary.

Cremation Price Comparison Oklahoma

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in March 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.

Provider                    Direct cremation price
Buchanan Funeral Services $1,395
Demuth Funeral Home – Cremation Society $1,350
Cremation Society of Oklahoma – Tulsa Cremation $995
DFS Memorials Oklahoma $945

What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs in Oklahoma?

An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs, is becoming a more regular occurrence.  Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if there is any financial assistance near you.   The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of the State but there are generally eligibility requirements for any state funding for funeral expenses.

There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Oklahoma serves families throughout Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cimarron, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, Mayes,  McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner County, Washington County, Washita, Woods, & Woodward Counties.