Cremation is increasing in popularity in Indiana. It offers an efficient and inexpensive funeral alternative. The interest in cremation has prompted families to seek out information on cremation in their area, especially to find out about cremation costs and cremation procedures.
This article can hopefully answer some of your questions about cremation services in Bloomington.
Just as with a funeral service, there is a range of options in how you can arrange a cremation service. You can opt for a very simple cremation or you can have a full traditional funeral followed by a cremation. Cremation offers families greater flexibility as a cremation can be conducted following death and then the funeral service arranged at a later date more suitable to the family. Cremated remains can also be simply transported to another location for interment should this be required.
A basic cremation generally does NOT include any services or ceremony, a cremation funeral service is where the deceased is present during the service and a cremation follows, and a cremation memorial service is where the ceremony is held after the cremation, with or without the cremated remains present.
How much does a cremation cost in Bloomington?
The price of a cremation will vary between funeral homes in Bloomington. The NFDA* surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,045 in 2012, and this does not include any cemetery costs. In contrast, the average cost of a cremation is $2,250 according to the Cremation Association of North America.
Cremation costs in Bloomington start at $850 for a basic, simple cremation, but can range up to in the region of $3,500 for a cremation with a service.
Who can authorize a cremation?
The legal next of kin is required to authorize a cremation, and a cremation cannot proceed without this signature. In Indiana it is now law (2009) that you can authorize your own cremation ahead of time by filling in an Indiana Designated Agent funeral planning form. This can save the important decision having to be made by next of kin when the time comes, prevents any dispute between family members, and ensures you wishes are met. Once the cremation authorization form is signed and complete, the funeral director can obtain a permit to cremate.
How do I know that I am getting back the remains of my loved one?
This is a very valid question that many families ask when first considering cremation. There are very strict protocols that govern how cremation is conducted by a funeral home or crematory, and all cremation operatives are accordingly trained. Human remains MUST be cremated individually and the chamber (cremation retort) cleared completely before the next cremation.
An ID tagging process is employed and checks made each step of the way. This ensures that the cremated remains you receive back are those of your loved one and nothing more!
Who offers the best cremation prices in Bloomington?
Our DFS Memorials provider offers the best cremation price in Bloomington. We would challenge you to find a direct cremation for less! As a full service funeral home, our provider can also assist you will cremation memorial services – all available at the best prices you will find.
DFS Memorials Bloomington – Direct cremation $850
Call (812) 213-2009
Cremation and personalization
Cremation offers families a wonderful opportunity in how we can personalize and memorialize our lost loved ones. Of course, cremated remains can be kept close for those that would prefer to have their loved one nearby – whether in a keepsake urn, a cremation diamond, or other cremation artefact – or the possibilities for ash scattering are almost limitless.
Read this article on Ash Scattering for more information on what options are available and sensible guidelines for how to scatter.
Cremation niches or columbarium’s are now available in most cemeteries. These offer a small interment site, generally above ground, where a cremation urn can be interred. Many cemeteries will also facilitate the opening and closing of an existing family plot to inter a cremation urn if required. There are fees for this though. Cremation niches can cost anywhere between $500 and $5,000, so as with funeral costs, it is imperative to shop around and compare costs.
*NFDA – National Association of Funeral Directors