You may have questions about cremation services and costs, so we have put together this short guide to give you an overview of cremation services in Tulsa.
If you have the immediate need for a low-cost direct cremation, call your local DFS Memorials provider now on (918) 205-2141.
Why choose cremation?
We are hearing the phrase “we just want a simple cremation” so often today. Simplicity is a key aspect. The notion of traditional funeral rituals is diminishing. Families are choosing cremation because it is much more affordable than a traditional burial service. You can save thousands of dollars. No cemetery plot, burial vault or casket is required. There is no need (or requirement) for embalming. So, eliminating these products and services saves you around $5,000.
Cremation can also offer more flexibility in arranging funeral services. Instead of a funeral having to go ahead immediately, a cremation can be conducted, and a memorial service held at a later date (and place).
Also, as people have become more mobile, some family members can pass away from their home state, and it may be easier (and more affordable) to conduct a cremation service at the place of death. Transportation can then be arranged for the cremated remains.
What do you need to know about the legal aspect of cremation?
If you choose cremation, there are some legal requirements that must be complied with. Before cremation can proceed, the legal next of kin must sign a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’. If the deceased had made pre-arrangements he or she may have already authorized a cremation disposition.
If there is any disagreement between siblings or legal next of kin, this may prevent a cremation from going ahead.
You will also be asked to fill out a Personal Information Form for the deceased. This provides the information for the death certificate. It is important to double-check all the information is correct, as once issued, it is very difficult to have a death certificate amended.
The death certificate is obtained by the funeral director, and you can request additional copies if required. Once all the authorizations are complete, the cremation permit will be issued by Tulsa County.
How much does a cremation cost?
This is a question we are all asking now, but funeral directors will often avoid giving a definitive answer to it. There are different types of cremation services. A funeral cremation with a ceremony held at the funeral home is going to cost more than a simple direct cremation service. The average price for a cremation memorial in Tulsa is priced at $2,855. This is when the cremation is performed first and a memorial service held with the cremated remains.
A direct cremation is the least expensive, and simplest cremation option. The cremation is carried out, but no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home. The deceased is collected, sheltered, the paperwork is completed and then the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned directly to the family.
A memorial service can be held by the family at a later date. The best price for a direct cremation in Tulsa is $945.
What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?
If your loved one was taken into the care of the Medical Examiner and you wish to arrange a cremation, you will still need to employ the services of a funeral director.
Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the coroner. You may need to visit the ME’s office to identify the body. Once the Medical Examiner has signed-off of the cause of death, the death certificate and cremation permit will be issued.
The Office of the Medical Examiner is located at 1115 W 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74107. Phone (918) 295-3400.
What if we have no money for a funeral?
Unfortunately, more families are finding themselves struggling with unexpected funeral expenses these days. According to CNBC (July 2019) “many Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency” without going into debt (or further debt). There is limited financial help for families. Medicaid can offer some support, and Tulsa County Social Services has a program to assist with indigent burials. The department can be reached on (918) 596-5560.
Tulsa County Social Services, 2401 Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
If you have further questions about cremation services in Tulsa, check out this Oklahoma Guide to Funeral Planning, or feel free to contact us.