Arranging a low cost cremation or funeral in Jacksonville, FL

Today we are all more discerning consumers, and this concern for saving money even extends to purchasing funeral services.  An average funeral can cost $8,755 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2017) and yet this cost does not even include cemetery fees.  When many families are struggling paycheck to paycheck, overspending on funeral expenses is just not an option!

In this article, we aim to give you an overview of arranging a low-cost cremation or an affordable burial service in Jacksonville.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Jacksonville?

cremation cost jacksonville flFlorida is the ‘sunshine state’, and a popular retirement destination has a higher than average cremation rate.  In many cases, the family finds it more convenient (and cheaper) to arrange for a simple cremation and then ship or transport the cremated remains.  It is possible to arrange a basic cremation with a licensed funeral home in Jacksonville for $695.

The cost of a basic cremation can vary between different funeral service providers in Jacksonville, therefore an average cremation cost is nearer to $2,200.  How much your cremation will cost will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select, and which provider you opt to conduct the service.

Florida is one of only 2 states that DO license Direct Disposers.  These are businesses that can ONLY conduct direct dispositions.  They are NOT licensed funeral establishments and cannot offer the additional range of services that a funeral home can offer.  Although a Direct Disposer may appear to offer a very competitive direct cremation price, you do need to consider what ‘hidden’ extras you may pay for, and the limitations of the service package that can be offered.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of a burial.  Choosing cremation removes the need for a burial plot, burial vault, a casket, and even embalming.  It is possible to have a funeral services provider conduct the cremation for you, and then arrange your own memorial service.  This is a key way to save money whilst also personalizing a life celebration memorial.

Cremation & Funeral Packages in Jacksonville

affordable-funeral-jacksonvilleMany funeral homes offer cremation and funeral packages to simplify the selection of services for the consumer.  It is important to carefully check exactly what is included in any funeral services package.  Generally, you have a ‘simple’ or low-priced option for a cremation or burial.  This is commonly referred to as immediate cremation or immediate burial.  This budget funeral option will not include any services or ceremonies.

The mid-range cremation or funeral package will include a graveside service or memorial service.  A full traditional funeral package or Cremation Tribute will generally include all the trimmings of a full-service funeral ceremony.

How much will a traditional funeral cost in Jacksonville?

As mentioned above funeral prices can, and do, vary significantly.  A traditional funeral can cost anything up to around $10,000 when including in all fees and costs.  However, it is possible to arrange a traditional funeral on a budget and spend only a few thousand dollars for a dignified ceremony.

Direct cremation in Jacksonville

A direct cremation is a popular option in Jacksonville.  A direct cremation simply means that the funeral home handles the immediate cremation of the deceased without conducting any services or ceremony.  The deceased is collected, sheltered, and prepared for cremation.  A basic cremation container is used for the cremation and the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Jacksonville?

It can be daunting knowing where to start if you need to arrange a funeral and do not have a preferred or recommended funeral home to contact.  It can help to make a list of questions and/or your criteria.  This can help you if you need to compare services and prices between funeral homes.  If the cost is an important factor and you need to arrange a low-cost funeral, then we would recommend you contact the DFS Memorials provider for Jacksonville.

Low-cost cremation in Jacksonville

DFS Memorials offers a complete direct cremation in Jacksonville for $695.

Call (904) 395-7939

Is there any help with cremation costs in Jacksonville?

There is very limited financial aid for funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the level of public aid they have (if any).  If you are struggling financially and worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may wish to try consulting your county social services or human services.   The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

Social Security offers a lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  There are also unions, church, and charity organizations that may assist a family with fund-raising to pay for funeral expenses.  If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.

Serving families in Duval County, Nassau County, St Johns County and Clay County, and Arlington, Brooklyn, Downtown, Eastside, Jacksonville Beaches, Lake Shore, LaVilla, Mandarin, Murray Hill, New Town, Northside, Ortega, Panama Park, Riverside and Avondale, San Marco, Sandalwood, Southbank, Southside, Springfield, St. Nicholas and Westside.

Affordable funeral or cremation in Biloxi, MS – $995

A funeral need not cost you an arm and a leg!  Although a traditional funeral can run into cost of thousands of dollars – there are more affordable options.  This article explores low cost cremation alternatives and how to find an affordable funeral services provider.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Biloxi?

direct cremation in Biloxi MSThe National Funeral Directors Association’s nationwide survey of 2012 evaluated the average cost of a traditional funeral at $7,045, without any cemetery costs.

This means that the average funeral costs in total can run to around $10,000 with burial vault and grave plot.  This is just an average figure and a funeral can cost you more, or less, than this depending upon the funeral service provider and the funeral merchandise you select.  A casket is one of the largest expenses of a funeral, and the cost of a casket can range from $995 to $9,000.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Biloxi?

Cremation can offer a much cheaper alternative to a full traditional burial.  A cremation eliminates the need for a casket, possibly embalming, and the cemetery charges.  How much a cremation service will cost largely depends upon the type of service you select.  A cremation with a service beforehand (very similar to a traditional funeral service) will cost in the region of $3,000 – $6,000.  Again much depends upon whether you purchase or rent a casket and how elaborate a service is held.

Different Cremation Packages

There are other, and generally more affordable, cremation options.  A cremation memorial service is where the cremation is performed and a service is held afterwards, either with, or without, the cremated remains present.  There are also options such as a private family farewell cremation.  This is where the funeral home facilitates the opportunity for close family to have visitation with the deceased prior to the cremation.  The cheapest cremation option is a direct cremation.

Direct cremation in Biloxi

A direct cremation is sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation.  It simply means that a cremation is carried out immediately and with no services at all.  It is the most affordable way that a family can conduct a disposition.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned (usually with a few days), a memorial service, or ash scattering ceremony can be held.  A direct cremation allows family to take care of the process of the cremation at a minimal cost.  Memorial services can be organized by the family and/or church and held at a location of the family’s choice.  A direct cremation can cost between $995 and $2,895, depending on the funeral home selected.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Biloxi?

Choosing a funeral or cremation provider is not always an easy task.  As we have outlined above, the range of services and prices for funeral and cremations, can vary considerably between providers.  It is essential to be aware of this, and to consider shopping around to compare cremation packages from more than one funeral home, to ensure the cremation services provider you select can meet the needs of your family.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation will generally save you around 40 – 50% on the cost of a traditional burial.  But you can also save further by considering a direct cremation and coordinating your own memorial services.  Your church and other support networks may assist you with this.  It is possible to make your own memorial products for a service, which can save you further expenditure.

Low cost cremation in Biloxi

If you are interested in a low cost cremation in Biloxi, we would suggest you may wish to contact the DFS memorial provider.  They cover the Gulf Coast region from Bay St. Louis through to Pascagoula / Moss Point.

We can’t afford a funeral.  Is there any help with cremation costs in Biloxi?

cremation-costs-biloxi-gulf-coastSadly more families than ever are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet, and unexpected funeral expenses can be a crisis!  If the deceased had made no provision for his/her funeral costs, then the responsibility falls to the next of kin.  Limited financial assistance is available.  There is the $255 Social Security death benefit (if qualifying), and veterans are entitled to some benefits.  Failing that it is largely down to the family to raise the funds to cover disposition arrangements.

Each state does have its own budget to cover indigent burials but this is now almost entirely allocated to covering the costs only for those who become a responsibility of the state.  Sometimes there is some public aid and you would need to make inquiries to your local county Social Services.  There are also union, faith and charity groups that support the bereaved with funeral expenses.  You can read further in this article ‘What are your options on how to pay for a funeral or cremation?’.

Serving families in George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone Counties and throughout Long Beach, Mississippi City, Handsboro, Beauvoir, St. Martin, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Gulf Hills, Cedar Lake, Wool Market, Popps Ferry Rd, Saint Martin, W Gay Rd N / Whetston, Van Buren Ave, Pass Rd / Fernwood Rd, Irish Hill Dr, Rodenberg Ave / Pass Rd.

Cremation in Virginia Beach for $1,550 complete

cost-of-cremation-VA-beachCremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for disposition in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.   The cost of a cremation is significantly less than the cost of a traditional burial, and with the tough economic times, opting for cremation can save families thousands of dollars and make death care more affordable.

The average cost of a simple cremation in Virginia Beach is around $3,000, however, a simple, direct cremation can be performed for as little as $1,495.  A direct cremation just means that a cremation is conducted without any service, and the cremated remains returned directly to the family.  Of course, a memorial service can be held with the cremated remains at a later date.

Visit this article to compare cremation costs in Virginia Beach.

Helping families save money on funeral costs is the key mission of the DFS Memorials network, and all members are committed to offering the best price direct cremation to the communities they serve.                                                                                                        To find out more you can call the Hampton Roads DFS Memorials provider on (757) 304-6533.

The low cost cremation price of $1,550 from the DFS Memorials member in the Hampton Roads area is available in Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Williamsburg & Virginia Beach.

Lowest Cost Cremation in Southwest Florida for $895

$650-cheap-cremation-cost-southwest-floridaCremation is a popular disposition choice in SW Florida.  It offers a cheap funeral alternative for those on low income who need to keep funeral costs to a minimum, and it offers a simple, no-fuss option to those retirees who just wish to have a cremation performed.

DFS Memorials in Southwest Florida offers the best price direct cremation around Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.  A complete direct cremation is only $895.00 with no hidden extras.  Check out this sample cremation price comparison for SWFL.

Serving the whole of the southwest Florida area offering budget direct cremations,  DFS Memorials is also experienced in mortuary shipping, and can assist families who need to ship mortal remains back to anywhere within the U.S or Internationally.  [Funeral Shipping rates start at $895 + airfare]

Call DFS Memorials for immediate assistance, to discuss a cremation plan, or with any questions you may have.

Fort Myers-Cape Coral (239) 244-2418         Sarasota (941) 202-2575  

Tampa (813) 540-2344    St Peterburg (727) 201-1616

A complete $895 direct cremation is available throughout Collier County, Charlotte County, Hillsborough County, Lee County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, & Sarasota County. Please note: death certificates and any cremation permit fees are cash advance items and are additional to the $895, alongside a $100 processing fee.

Arranging a low cost funeral or cremation in Atlanta from $895

If paying for funeral costs is a concern for your family, then the DFS Memorials provider in Atlanta can help you save money on your funeral expenses.  The average cost of a funeral is $7,755* (without cemetery expenses), a cost that can seem overwhelming today if the deceased had no funeral plan.

low-cost-cremation-atlantaWe deal with families every day who turn to online tools to try and find out what the average cost of a cremation is in Atlanta.  The problem is that Atlanta cremation services can vary so much, and you can spend unnecessary time contacting funeral homes and gathering funeral prices.  You have to be sure you are comparing like-for-like as many funeral homes package their services differently.  Sometimes a funeral home can offer what they claim is an “affordable cremation service” but they have not included all costs, especially the crematory fee, which can be considered a cash disbursement if they do not own their own crematory.

At DFS Memorials, we want to take all that hassle and confusion away, and just help you quickly connect with a reputable, licensed funeral home in Atlanta that can provide you with a complete low cost funeral price….with no hidden extras!  And remember, all our providers are family-owned funeral business, we do not work with death care corporations.    As you will see below, the funeral home in Atlanta we work with offers very inexpensive funeral and cremation packages.

Our provider of affordable cremations and funerals in Atlanta offers a basic cremation or burial package:

Direct Cremation $895  – – – Traditional Funeral $3,635 (Incl. casket)

Call (404) 445-0239 for immediate assistance, if you wish to preplan a funeral, or if you have any questions.

The $895 direct cremation package is available in the cities of Athens, Atlanta Metro, Columbus, Dalton & Gainesville and the counties of Fulton, Clayton, Fayette, Carroll, Paulding, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnet, Rockdale, De Kalb, Walton, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Barrow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Harris, Talbot,  and Dawson.

Low cost cremation in Huntsville, AL

More families are choosing cremation as a lower cost alternative to a traditional burial.  A cremation can cost about half the cost of a burial service.  The cost of the cemetery plot and burial vault is eliminated, plus a casket and embalming is often not required.  All in all this saves thousands of dollars.

The fact that more families have migrated and moved areas means cremation can be a preferable option as it allows families to keep loved ones cremated remains close.  There is no need for long trips back to cemeteries in home counties or states.

Cremation vs. burial in Huntsville

low-cost-cremation-huntsville-alSometimes the decision to choose between burial or cremation is dictated by finances. Cremation is a final disposition that involves subjecting extreme heat to the body and the bone fragment remains are then ground to leave an ash-like powder.  Generally about 3 pounds of cremated remains are created from an adult cremation.  The cremated remains can be interred (similar to a traditional burial) or can be kept in a cremation urn, scattered and used to produce memorial items such as cremation diamonds.  A cremation is deemed an inexpensive alternative to a traditional burial, a more environmentally-friendly option and can offer a greater flexibility.  It can remove the need for arranging a funeral service immediately.  If a cremation is conducted, a memorial service can be held at a later time and location suiting the family, with the cremated remains present.

The DFS Memorials provider for Huntsville also offers an affordable funeral packages.

What is the cost of a cremation in Huntsville, AL?

The cost of a cremation can vary between different funeral homes, even in Huntsville.  The cost will also depend upon what type of cremation service is selected.  A full cremation service with a ceremony usually costs in the region of $3,500.  However a simple basic cremation without a ceremony can be conducted for as little as $1,095 complete.

How do I find a low cost cremation in Huntsville?

More families are shopping around today to compare funeral homes prices.  But it can be overwhelming to have to phone round numerous funeral homes to inquire about cremation costs.  We have tried to take that hassle away by conducting our own cremation price comparison in Huntsville and then selecting an affordable cremation and funeral provider to work with at DFS Memorials.

DFS Memorials Huntsville (256) 269-2255

Direct cremation $1,095 complete 

Call today with any questions you may have, and let DFS Memorials help your family arrange a simple, affordable and dignified cremation for just $1,095.

Once a basic cremation is conducted, many families choose to hold their own memorial service (often in conjunction with their church).  This makes the funeral so much more personalized and can offer a significant saving on funeral costs.

$1,095 cremation available to families in Madison, Jackson, Marshall, Morgan, Limestone, and Lawrence Counties, and in Dallas Mills, Downtown, Five Points, Medical District, North Huntsville, Old Town, Twickenham, & West Huntsville

 

What is the cost of a cremation in Milwaukee?

low-cost-cremation-milwaukee-wiAre you looking for the most affordable cremation option?  Do you want to know what a cremation costs in Milwaukee?  Then read on to find out more about cremation prices and options in Milwaukee.

This brief article can help you understand how to save money when arranging a cremation and ensure you are not overpaying for a funeral.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Milwaukee?

The average cost of a cremation is $3,725* for a cremation that includes a service and a standard cremation urn.  Now average prices for a cremation do not necessarily reflect the actual price you can obtain a cremation for, as cremation costs do vary between different funeral homes in Milwaukee.  You CAN obtain a basic cremation (without any services) for much less than this. A direct cremation can be conducted for just $1,195.

Comparing cremation costs in Milwaukee

It IS important to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that you have obtained the best price cremation possible.  As I have just mentioned above, you will find that cremation costs can range in thousands of dollars from different providers.  Telephoning around, or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and quite an overwhelming task.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research so you don’t have to!  A simple direct cremation can be arranged in Milwaukee for $1,195.00

cremation-milwaukeeDirect cremation in Milwaukee

A direct cremation is the lowest cost cremation option.  The deceased is cremated without any ceremony and/or services, and the cremated remains returned to the family in a temporary urn.  This enables the family to ensure that their loved one’s disposition is handled in a simple, dignified and timely way, whilst not overspending on funeral costs.  The family can gather for a memorial service at a later date if they so choose, or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

Low cost cremation in Milwaukee

If funeral expenses are a concern to your family, a simple direct cremation is the lowest cost funeral option available.  There are several cremation service providers who specialize offering families simple and affordable cremation services in Milwaukee.

Unfortunately cremation permits can range significantly in price in Wisconsin.  Many funeral service providers add county fees such as cremation permits and death certificates as a ‘cash advance’ item to a package price.  Check this list of cremation permits fees in Wisconsin to check what fee is applicable in your county.  Prices range from $75 to $350.

I can’t afford a funeral: Is there any help with cremation costs in Milwaukee?

Unfortunately more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with cremation costs is managed at county level and differs by state and county.  If you are struggling to pay for a funeral, there is the Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program (WFCAP) operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS).  There are eligibility requirements and the WFCAP may reimburse cemetery and/or funeral expenses of a person who, on the date of death met the eligibility requirements. Up to $1,500 are reimbursed for funeral home costs and $1,000 for cemetery costs.  There is also a $255 death benefit from Social Security for those that qualify.  Some local organizations such as charitable groups and union groups sometimes offer financial support with the cost of a funeral.

You may also find this complete guide to arranging a funeral or cremation in Wisconsin useful, as it covers many more aspects of funeral laws in the state of Wisconsin, and how understanding these can help you save on the cost of a funeral.

Serving families in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Walworth, Jefferson & Washington Counties and throughout North Side, Arlington Heights, Brewers’ Hill, Franklin Heights, Granville, Grover Heights, Halyard Park, Harambee, Bronzeville, Havenwoods, Hillside / Lapham Park, Metcalfe Park, Park West, Sherman Park, Thurston Woods, Uptown Crossing, Williamsburg Heights, South Side, Bay View, Clarke Square, Holler Park, Jackson Park, Jones Island, Layton Park, Lincoln Village, Mitchell Street, Tippecanoe, Town of Lake, Walker’s Point, East Side, Brady Street, East Village, Murray Hill, Riverwest, Beerline B, West Side,  Avenues West, University Hill, Cold Spring Park, Concordia, Enderis Park, Kops Park, Grantosa Heights, Martin Drive, Merrill Park, Piggsville, Mount Mary, Story Hill, Walnut Hill, Washington Heights, Washington Park, East Town, Menomonee River Valley, Historic Third Ward, & Westown.

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Need to find an inexpensive cremation option in NW Arkansas?

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

Simple, direct cremation for $695

  Call now on  (479) 259-2818 for immediate assistance and to ask any questions you may have

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

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

Funeral costs: Arrange a low cost cremation in New Orleans, LA

Are you worried about how to afford a funeral?  With more families financially struggling today, the sudden responsibility of a funeral, and the associated funeral costs, can be overwhelming.

A funeral can be one of the biggest expenses we have in our lifetime, and if a family are unprepared for it, it can be an overwhelming experience and cost.

That is why we have put together this brief guide to help you find a low cost alternative to an expensive funeral.

What are funeral costs in New Orleans?

This is the question in the forefront of many families’ minds today.  How much is this funeral going to cost me?  The problem is that funeral costs do vary so much between different providers, and for different types of funeral services, that it is difficult to quote a general cost.

funeral-pricesAccording to the National Association of Funeral Directors [2012] the average cost of a funeral is $7,045, and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.  This puts the overall average cost for a funeral at around $9,000 – $10,000.  Now, of course, a funeral can be arranged for less than this but this means that you do need to shop around for funeral prices to ensure you get the best value funeral package.

All funeral homes in New Orleans have a General Price List (GPL) that discloses all their prices for services and funeral merchandise.  Legally they should provide you with prices when you inquire, whether it is in person or by phone.

How much does a cremation cost in New Orleans?

A complete basic cremation can be arranged in New Orleans for $1,550.  This is an exceptional cremation price for the New Orleans area.  Generally cremation costs are nearer to $2,500 in New Orleans, and in fact the average cost of a cremation is $3,725.  This is the average cost of a cremation with a funeral service, including a standard cremation urn.

Direct cremations in New Orleans

A direct cremation is the industry term for an immediate cremation. It is a basic cremation with no services. A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option, it is also the most minimal of funeral services provided by a funeral home or crematory.  The funeral home collect the deceased, make the preparations for the cremation, complete all the necessary paperwork and then return the cremated remains in a temporary urn.

Call DFS Memorials now to arrange a direct cremation for $1,550

(504) 215-8264

How can I save money on a funeral?

We are all more cost-conscious these days, and a funeral is no different.  There are many ways you can save money arranging a funeral.  Firstly, and most significantly, a cremation will be far cheaper than arranging a burial.  No casket is required, no embalming, and no cemetery fees.  This saves thousands of dollars.  A cremation also can take away the immediate need to coordinate funeral arrangements, as a cremation can be conducted and then a memorial service held at a later date, with the cremation urn present.

It is also possible to save costs on funeral expenses by making other arrangements for a casket.  A wooden casket can work out less expensive than a steel casket.  Or conducting your own memorial services [which your church may assist with], and making your own memorial tributes.

The deceased had no life insurance: what help is there to pay for a funeral in Orleans Parish?

Sadly this is happening more frequently today, where a family member passes with no life insurance or funeral plan and the next of kin are left to make the funeral arrangements, and pay the funeral bill.  There is limited financial assistance for families to help with funeral costs, and this all depends upon your personal circumstances and the Parish in which you live.  You need to inquire at your Parish Human Services or Social Services department to find out about public aid for a funeral.  In some cases a fixed sum is available, but also only certain funeral homes may handle HRA funerals.

There is a $255 lump sum death benefit payment from Social Security if you qualify, and veterans are entitled to some benefits.  You may also wish to contact local charity, church and union groups who may assist you with fund-raising for a funeral.

Serving families in Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish and throughout East bank, French Quarter, Garden District, Carrollton, Lakeview, Gentilly, Bywater, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, West bank and English Turn.

How much does a cremation cost in Dayton, OH?

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

Low cost cremation Dayton OHChanging death care rituals 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.

So how much does a cremation cost in Dayton?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Dayton DO vary 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 Cremation Association of North America (CANA) quote the average cost of a cremation at $3,200, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Dayton.

A basic cremation can be conducted in Dayton for as little as $950 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.

What type of cremation services are available?

direct-cremationYou 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.

Comparing cremation costs in Dayton, OH

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers. 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 cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

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 Dayton

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. 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-memorials-daytonCremation 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

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 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.

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

It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security pay out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify) and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. To find out what may be available you should contact Montgomery County Human Services Departments.

DFS Memorials low cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Greene County, Darke County, Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County, Shelby County, and Champaign County.

*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package