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?
Opting 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.
Comparing 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 to 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.
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.