Arranging a direct cremation in Reno

Cremation Memorial Service Different Options

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how arranging a direct cremation in Reno can save you thousands.

Why choose cremation services?

Low cost cremation Reno NV

Cremation offers an inexpensive and versatile alternative to a burial service.  Opting for cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  No casket is required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these products and services saves thousands of dollars.

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 immediately. Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options, with an array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are basically 3 main types of cremation service options. 

A Cremation Funeral Service – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present and a cremation is conducted after the service.  A Cremation Memorial Service – 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 Service – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains are 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 Reno?

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 in Reno will cost between $595 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in Reno, NV

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 available in Reno.  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 container, and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collection (or, if requested, delivered/mailed). A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without the need to visit a funeral home.

cremation-services-reno-nvHow do I choose a cremation services provider?

When there are several funeral homes to choose from, this can sometimes be a daunting task. It may help to set some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs. The 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 recommend that you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Reno

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.

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?  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?  A death certificate costs $20.00 each.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Reno?

Cremation Authorizations & Requirements

If you are considering cremation, you need to be aware of a few legal requirements. First, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

In Nevada there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed, however, before a cremation can proceed 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 cost $20.00 each.  This is often considered a ‘cash advance’ item and not 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 the 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.

cremation-costs-reno-nvWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in 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 available to support families 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 the Washoe 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 can be arranged for as little as $595 in Reno.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Nevada.  This refers 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!

Conducting your own memorial services in Reno

Cremation Memorial

A great way to save on funeral costs in Reno is to conduct your own memorial services after a direct cremation. Not only can this be a more personal way of paying tribute to a loved one, but it can also save you hundreds of dollars on the cost of a funeral service.

Once a cremation has been conducted and you have the cremated remains, you can hold a memorial service.  You can hold this with or without having the remains present, and many families hold a memorial service as part of an interment or ash-scattering ceremony.  A memorial service can be held anywhere and led by anyone.  You can make your own memorial tributes, such as a Memory board, prayer cards, or memory candles. This article provides some tips on creating your own memorial tributes.

Sara Marsden

I have been researching and writing about the death care industry for the last fifteen years. End of life services and experiences are something most of us choose not to reflect upon until we are suddenly faced with dealing with it. I have been contributing comprehensive and independent resources for families that explain how the funeral industry operates, and the laws that govern funeral practices. Sara writes for US Funerals Online and DFS Memorials LLC, as well as contributing to other forums and publications for the death care industry. I have a BA in Cultural Studies. This helps my analysis of cultural death care rituals, alongside a career background in Business Management. The death care industry is undergoing an epoch of change and this fascinates me.

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