What is a direct burial? Your most inexpensive burial option

There is a lot of talk around the death-care industry about direct cremation.  More families are seeking out direct cremation services when they want a simple and affordable funeral alternative.  But what about the option for a direct burial?  A direct burial is similarly a simple and affordable burial alternative.

A direct cremation service offering is on every funeral home’s General Price List (GPL), but usually towards the end of their listing of services.  It is the most minimal cremation offering available and, therefore, also their least expensive funeral service option.

It is possible (in most metro areas) to be able to arrange a direct cremation for around $800. [The price range varies between $695 to $1,395].

However, although some families are searching for affordability and simplicity, cremation is not the choice for everyone.  There are still around 40% of Americans who choose burial services.  A funeral home also has, as standard, a direct burial service package offering.  This is also often located at the bottom of their GPL.

What if you want something simple and inexpensive but still want a burial service?

Then a direct burial might be the solution.

What does a direct burial entail?

Direct burial serviceA direct burial is a similar direct disposition to direct cremation.  No formal funeral service is conducted at the funeral home, and many of the traditional products and services associated with the cost of a traditional burial are eliminated.

The deceased is taken directly to the cemetery for burial in the days following the death once the legal paperwork has been completed.  Often a simple wooden casket is used to help keep costs down and the whole service simple and affordable.

The deceased does not need to be embalmed, as there is no viewing, visitation, or funeral ceremony.

If so wished, there is the option to hold a simple graveside interment service for an additional cost. Or a memorial service can be conducted at a later date. But we should be clear that a direct burial service is generally different from a graveside burial service on a GPL.

Many of the DFS Memorials affordable service providers offer a low-cost direct burial service.

Visit your state and city to locate a provider near you.

How is a direct burial service different from a green burial service?

In many cases, a direct burial can be the same as a green burial.  If there is no embalming and a simple eco-friendly casket, such as wood, reinforced cardboard, or wicker, this is a natural or green burial.  It will then depend upon the cemetery whether a green burial plot is chosen.

A green burial can also be considered a direct burial. There is a growing interest in natural burial alternatives. Natural burial can offer a simple and affordable solution to arranging a funeral, especially for those families (or individuals) who do not wish to be cremated.

You can visit this Green Burial Sites directory on US Funerals Online to find a Green Cemetery near you.

In addition, here is a link to Resources and Articles about Arranging a green Funeral or Natural Burial.

Funeral homes are reporting a slow trend towards green burial services, but more funeral homes are starting to add simple burial packages to their service offerings. For families where a family plot had already been purchased, a direct burial can be an affordable option to conduct a burial without the expensive costs of a funeral service.

How much does a direct burial cost?

A direct burial is the funeral director’s least expensive burial option.  The cost will range depending on the funeral home, but it is fair to say that a direct burial can be arranged for in the region of $1,200 to $1,600.

The cost of the casket can make a difference to the final cost of the funeral.  This does not include the cemetery fees either.

A direct burial can be an inexpensive funeral option and suitable if the deceased already have a cemetery plot purchased or a family plot for burial.

This article explains how families can conduct their own Home Funeral or DIY Funeral without the need even to employ a funeral director.  However, do note there are at least 10 States where funeral licensing laws do require a funeral director to be employed at some level.  Whether to register the death certificate & obtain the necessary burial permit, transport the deceased or oversee the interment of the deceased.

Sometimes families do not want to opt for a direct cremation but have limited financial resources to cover the cost of a funeral.  In this case, a simple direct burial can be a more affordable alternative.

Cremation costs in Little Rock, AR

Today more funeral consumers are requesting simple cremation services.  This trend is said to be driven by several cultural changes – economic, environmental, people migration, declining religiosity, and baby boomers.

Whatever the reason, cremation is certainly changing our perspectives on funeral options and end-of-life alternatives.

This short guide aims to provide you with an overview of how to arrange a simple, low-cost cremation in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Little Rock?

One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the average cost of cremation?’  A cremation can range in price from as little as $695 to $3,700. A direct cremation service is the least expensive cremation option and can be arranged for less than $700.

The average cost for a direct cremation in Arkansas is $1,393.

The average cost of a cremation will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select and what ancillary products or services you choose.  A full-service cremation with tributes is likely to cost in the region of $3,500.

Choosing a Cremation Package

All funeral homes in Arkansas MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which outlines their prices.  Legally prices must be disclosed to you if you make an inquiry, either in person or by phone.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes openly disclose cremation prices on their website, and sometimes it can even be difficult to extract a simple, complete price over the phone!

Some funeral homes do offer packaged service options, as opposed to the ‘a la carte’ style of a GPL.  A cremation package can offer a solution to making minutia detail over arrangements and ensure you know exactly what price you are paying for a cremation service.

Generally, most funeral homes or cremation providers package a basic, mid-range, and full-service cremation option.  A basic cremation would be a direct or immediate cremation without any ceremony, a mid-range cremation package would offer a memorial tribute service or private family gathering, and a full-service cremation is everything that a traditional funeral would offer.

Direct cremation in Little Rock

Direct cremation is the fastest-growing cremation trend.  Why? Because it offers families a no-fuss, low-cost funeral alternative, which manages the process of the disposition and leaves the family in control of the personalization or memorial tribute.  With direct cremation, the deceased is collected, sheltered at the cremation facility/funeral home, cremated, and then the cremated remains returned to the family.

A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are returned in a temporary urn.  This means the costs are kept low, and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $695.

Call DFS Memorials now at (501) 203-9717 to arrange an affordable direct cremation.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Little Rock?

Choosing a funeral home to deliver your cremation service is not always as simple as it may seem.  Most funeral homes offer cremation services today, but not all funeral homes have their own crematory.  This can affect both the cost of the cremation process and how comfortable you feel about the service levels/timescales a funeral home can provide.

If finances and a limited budget dictate your funeral spending, you need to seek a low-cost cremation provider.  Be sure to check around and compare prices and ensure you compare like-for-like cremation packages and costs.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

You will generally save at least 40-50% by opting for cremation instead of a traditional burial.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, burial vault, or cemetery plot, and this can save thousands of dollars.

A direct cremation can save you thousands on the cost of a full-service cremation.  It is still a dignified option; you can arrange your memorial tribute as and when the family chooses.  No need to pay a funeral home for elaborate chapels, guest books, or memorial boards – you can hold a ceremony at a location of your choosing [sometimes at no cost] and make your own memorial memorabilia.

DFS Memorials Little Rock – Call (501) 203-9717

Direct Cremation $695 complete

I cannot afford a funeral. What financial assistance is there to help with cremation costs in Little Rock?

This is a frequent question we are asked. There is very limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the public aid level (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.

There is a Social Security lump sum death benefit of $255 for those that qualify, and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising 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.

Low-cost direct cremation services are available to residents of Apple Gate, Birchwood, Breckenridge, Broadmoor, Brodie Creek, Candlewood, Capitol View, Capitol View/Stifft’s Station, Chenal Ridge, Chenal Valley, Cloverdale, Colony West, Downtown, East End, East Little Rock, Echo Valley, Fair Park, Geyer Springs, Gibraltar Heights, Governor’s Mansion District, Granite Mountain, Gum Springs, Hall High, The Heights, Highland Park, Hillcrest, John Barrow, Leawood, Mabelvale, Mushroom Pass, Oak Forest, Otter Creek, Parkway Place, Pleasant Valley, Quapaw Quarter, River Mountain, River Ridge, Riverdale, Robinwood, Rock Creek, Rosedale, St. Charles, Santa Fe Heights, South End, South Little Rock, Southwest Little Rock, Stagecoach, Sturbridge, The Heights, and Hillcrest, the Villages of Wellington, Wakefield, West End, and Woodland Edge.

Cremation costs: How can I save money arranging a funeral in Phoenix, AZ?

The cost of dying these days is becoming as much of a concern as the cost of living!  Funerals can end up costing thousands of dollars of money we don’t have or simply do not want to spend on death care.

With traditionalism in decline and families seeking alternative funeral options, especially those driven by cost, this article aims to help you understand some options that you have to save money when arranging a funeral or cremation in Phoenix.  A simple direct cremation service can be conducted for just $850.

How much does a funeral cost in Phoenix?

All funerals are NOT created equal! Yes, believe it or not, funeral prices differ dramatically, and you can end up completely confused by the array of prices and services! Funeral costs in Phoenix vary significantly, depending upon the funeral provider you select and the type of services you opt for.

The average funeral cost is around $9,000 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2022).  This is for a typical burial service, including a viewing, ceremony, all associated professional services, and a standard casket.  This does not include any cemetery fees or cash advance items. 

However, it is possible to arrange a traditional burial for half this cost by selecting a provider who offers more affordable funeral alternatives.  A complete traditional funeral can be conducted in Phoenix for $4,195 (not including cemetery costs).  Immediately this means you can save thousands just by shopping around and choosing a more affordable funeral home in Phoenix.

All funeral homes in Phoenix have a General Price List (GPL) that discloses all their services and itemized funeral prices.  By law, they must disclose prices to you, either in person or by phone, although you may find that not all funeral homes are willing to do so.  If a funeral provider is not open about disclosing prices when you make an initial inquiry – it should ring alarm bells!!

phoenix-cremation-servicesCremation: the low-cost funeral option.

If you wish to save money arranging a funeral – consider cremation.  Cremation is fast becoming a preferred choice for many families.  There are various reasons why we are now choosing cremation as a disposition option, but by far, the most common reason is the cost!

A cremation will cost you a fraction of the cost of a traditional burial.  In Phoenix, typically, you can save up to 75% of what it would cost you for a traditional burial funeral.  Cremation removes the need for cemetery expenses, as well as the need for embalming and a casket.  It can also offer families more time to prepare for a memorial service.

Instead of having to proceed with a funeral, a cremation can go ahead, and a memorial service arranged later with the cremation urn present.  This can be another way to save money and make the tribute much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Phoenix?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cremation cost is $2,250.  This is, of course, a national average cost, and the average cost of cremation also depends not only upon where you live but also on exactly what services are included with any cremation package.

As mentioned above, prices vary so much between funeral homes, which also applies to cremation providers.  A simple cremation can cost anywhere between $850 to almost $3,000 – depending on where you go.

How to arrange a low-cost cremation in Phoenix, AZ?

If you are worried about funeral costs, then a simple cremation service is the cheapest option.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.

Direct cremation is a term used by a funeral home to refer to their basic cremation service.  This is a cremation without any services.  The deceased is collected and prepared for cremation. All the necessary documentation is completed, and the cremation proceeds.

A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary box.  If you so choose, you can purchase a cremation urn from the funeral home.  You can arrange a direct cremation in Phoenix for just $850 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Phoenix

Cremation prices vary by provider, even within Phoenix, so it is important to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that you have obtained the best cremation possible.  Telephoning around or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and overwhelming.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research, so you don’t have to!  The provider we work with in Phoenix offers an exceptional value cremation package.

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $850, a direct burial for $995

and a complete traditional funeral for just $4,495 

Call (602) 638-1151    –    Providing affordable funeral options for families in Phoenix.

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in January 2023. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

Direct cremation services in Phoenix

As mentioned, a direct cremation is the lowest-cost cremation option.  Most funeral homes offer a direct cremation on the General Price List (GPL).  It is a simple process that manages the ‘mechanics’ of the disposition.  With the cremated remains returned, the family can then arrange to conduct the memorialization aspect of the funeral.

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 later if they choose or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

I cannot afford a funeral: Is there any help with funeral costs in Phoenix?

Sadly more and more families are struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with funeral or cremation costs is managed at the county level, and the funding varies by state/county.  Contact your Local County human or social services to find out what may be available near you and if you qualify.  They can advise you on what help is available and whether or not you are eligible to claim.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and certain benefits for veterans.  Other than that, you can try local charitable organizations, unions, and faith groups that may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

Serving families in Maricopa County, Arcadia, Biltmore, Central Ave, Copper Square, Desert Ridge, East Side, Golden Gate Barrio, Maryvale, Maryvale Village, North Phoenix, Northwest Phoenix, South Phoenix, & Southwest Phoenix

Guide to arranging a simple cremation service in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, AL

The cremation trend is revolutionizing the death care industry in the U.S., and Alabama is no exception.  Although still a somewhat ‘traditional’ state, the cremation rate around Mobile Bay is increasing exponentially.

The cost of a cremation is probably the single most significant factor why families are choosing cremation.  The flexibility that cremation offers also appeals to families who wish to conduct a simple cremation service in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, with the option of holding their own personalized memorial.

Why choose cremation over burial?

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 will cost at least a third, if not half, the cost of a burial.  More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  A cremation can be performed, and then a service can be held at a later date convenient to the family.

With more transplants living in the Mobile Bay area, cremation offers a simple solution to death care and is much less expensive than shipping human remains back to a home state.  Cremation just offers an alternative method of final disposition.  Cremated remains can still be interred in a cemetery, but generally at a lower cost than a body burial.  Cremation is a very final disposition of the body, so it is very important to ensure that you are very sure about the decision to cremate.

How much does a simple cremation service cost in Mobile?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Mobile DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.

A simple cremation in Mobile County can cost between $1,730 and $4,000 for the same service.

A basic cremation service can be conducted in Mobile for $1,730 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.

Call DFS Memorials Mobile now at (251) 206-5572

If desired, the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.  The DFS Memorials of Mobile cremation services provider offers this for an incremental fee of just $200.

*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

cremation-funeral-baldwin-countyWhat type of cremation services are available?

Many funeral homes now offer a sample of cremation 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 or a cremation followed by a memorial service.

The change in the funeral industry in Alabama today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.  If you have any special requirements, these will always be met if possible, and feel free to call us at (251) 206-5572 to discuss your cremation requirements.  If required, it IS possible for the family to view the start of the cremation process (as required by some faiths).

A full-service funeral followed by a cremation package can be arranged for $4,295.

A cremation memorial service package can be arranged for $2,295.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved ones remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must 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.

If you have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home with its own crematory so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!

Understand the legal requirements for cremation in Mobile and Baldwin Counties

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and a mandatory legal waiting period in Alabama is 24 hours before a cremation can go ahead.

It is unnecessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until it 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.

cremation-costs-mobilePreplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $1730.  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, or the funds can be 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 making 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.

Veteran Funerals in Mobile

There are certain discounts and benefits that are available to Veterans.  A Veteran is entitled to a free cemetery plot, grave marker, and a US Flag.  A $200 discount is available from our DFS Memorials provider for a funeral package and a $100 discount for a cremation service in Mobile.  There are also sometimes reductions in the cost of a death certificate for a Veteran.

Overweight body cremation in Mobile

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $1,730 is for a person who weighs up to 300 pounds.  Over this weight, there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container and extra gas usage.  The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased.  The crematory at Mobile can cremate a body of up to 800 pounds.

No life insurance – financial assistance 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 pays 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.  You should contact Mobile County or Baldwin County Human Services Departments to find out what may be available.

DFS Memorials low-cost cremation services are available to residents of Bay Minette, Chickasaw, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Jackson, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma, Spanish Fort, Theodore, & Tillman’s Corner.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Atlanta – $750

Over 59% of Americans choose cremation instead of burial for their final disposition (Statista 2022).

The cremation trend has been sweeping across our nation as it offers a more affordable and flexible end-of-life alternative to traditional burial.

There are numerous reasons cited for why we are all opting for cremation, but the 2 key reasons are cost and flexibility.

A cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial – usually at least 40% – 60% less.  Also, cremation offers more options for memorialization.  For those families who have migrated or are transplants – cremated remains can be transferred back to a home state or divided amongst family to be kept close.  You can inter cremated remains, scatter them, or choose from a whole array of cremation artifacts! Read on to learn more about how to save on cremation costs in Atlanta.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Atlanta?

This is THE question that many families turn to the Internet to find out today.  Maybe they are curious about how much cremation costs, or in some cases, they have been told by a funeral home in Atlanta just how much a funeral will cost!

The cost of a cremation does vary considerably – depending on which funeral home you select and what kind of cremation service you opt for.  The average cost of a full-service cremation in the Atlanta Metropolitan area is $6,689 (Funeralocity 2022), although you can arrange a simple, direct cremation for much less than this.

Choosing a Cremation Package

Many funeral service providers in Atlanta will offer cremation packages.  This can be a great way to save on the ‘a la carte’ General Price List of a funeral home and know exactly what you are getting for a set price.

Generally, there are 3 main types of cremation services.  Firstly, you can select a basic cremation (otherwise referred to as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation) which is where there is no ceremony or services.

A cremation memorial service is when the cremation is performed first, and then a service is held with the cremation ashes present (or not present).

Finally, there is a full-service cremation, which is much the same as a traditional funeral. Only the deceased is cremated after the service instead of buried.

To learn more about cremation service options, cremation costs, what laws govern a cremation disposition, and what happens throughout the cremation process – visit our comprehensive article covering Everything From When the Funeral Home collects the Deceased to the Cremated Remains being Returned to the Family.

Direct cremation in Atlanta

Direct cremation is fast becoming the most popular cremation choice today.  Why? Because it offers the cheapest and most flexible disposition option for families concerned about funeral costs and wanting a ‘simple’ solution.

Many families in Atlanta are choosing a direct cremation and then arranging their own memorial services.  This helps them save money on cremation costs and puts the family firmly in control of the funeral service.

Oftentimes, the price quoted for a direct cremation does NOT include things such as transport and service fees. Some funeral homes advertise a lower price which isn’t the complete price with all fees included. The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation price of $750 complete.

An immediate need direct cremation can be arranged in Atlanta for $750 complete. Call (404) 445-0239 now!

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What is included in a direct cremation?

It is wise to check exactly what is included in an advertised direct cremation price.  Not all providers include the cremation container, which can cost an extra $75-150.  Also, if the funeral home does not have a crematory, they may charge the crematory fee as a ‘cash advance’ fee.

A direct cremation generally includes:

  • Collecting the deceased & transporting he/she to the funeral home/crematory
  • Storage for the mandatory 48-hour waiting period for cremation
  • Completion of all the necessary paperwork & permits*
  • The cremation fee
  • The cremation container (an alternative cardboard container is generally used)
  • Returning the cremated remains to the family in a temporary container

*Death certificates & Medical Examiners fees are the only additional costs.

What extra costs may I have to pay for a cremation?

The fees that are paid to the county are generally extra costs that you have to pay upfront when you purchase a direct cremation package.  In Atlanta, the fee for a death certificate is $25.00, and additional copies will cost $5.00 each. (You need at least 1 death certificate but possibly more).  It IS important to check what is included with a direct cremation package, as some funeral service providers do not include items such as the cremation container or the crematory fee.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Atlanta?

It is always wise to check around with more than one provider to compare costs and services.  At DFS Memorials, we have already compared a selection of cremation service providers in Atlanta to find the best direct cremation prices.  We believe this saves you the stress at an emotional time.

How do cremation providers compare in Atlanta?

It is always advisable to compare general price lists from several funeral service providers, as funeral costs can vary considerably for the exact same service from different service providers.  A funeral home is obligated by the FTC’s ‘funeral rule’ to disclose prices to you when you make an inquiry – whether face-to-face or by phone/email.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

You can actually save thousands of dollars in funeral costs by arranging a cremation, especially a direct cremation.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, burial vault, or cemetery plot.  With a direct cremation, you can arrange your own memorial services at a location of your choice and at a time best for the family.

Preplanning a cremation in Atlanta

You can preplan a cremation with a cremation services provider.  You can even lock in the low cost of a direct cremation today in case gas prices do rise.  You can prepay a cremation plan using an insurance policy, or funds are deposited into a trust.  Alternatively, you can preplan by documenting your wishes and lay aside the required funds in a Payable on Death POD account.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Atlanta?

We do get asked this question too frequently!  Sadly there is patchy help available at best.  Any financial help for funeral costs differs by county, so you would need to consult your local county human services to explore if there is any assistance.

This article explains what options there are to help you pay for a funeral.

Use our Guide to Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas to plan your own Memorial Tribute.

The $750 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, Gwinnett, Rockdale, De Kalb, Walton, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Barrow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Harris, Talbot,  and Dawson.

Affordable Cremation Choices in Albany, NY $895

Modern cremation has been in practice since the 1960s but has steadily grown in popularity. Since 2015 cremation has become the preferred method over burial. Read on to learn more about cremation costs in Albany and surrounding areas.

Now more than ever, consumers choose cremation over casketed burial for various reasons.

Cost is only one reason but a major contributing factor. We are all now demanding affordability and “best value” in our consumer choices, and death care is no different.

It is not acceptable to be paying more for services and products than we should be.  DFS Memorials understand this and can offer low-cost funeral alternatives to the residents of the Albany area, Schenectady area, Troy area, Saratoga area, Amsterdam area, Glens Falls area, Hudson area, and beyond.

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is an affordable  ‘no fuss’ funeral alternative. The deceased is collected from the place of death and transported into the funeral home’s care.  All paperwork and permits are processed, and then the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are then returned to the family.

How much does a direct cremation cost in Albany?

The cost of a direct cremation can vary greatly between funeral service providers. Any firm or director can charge what they wish for their professional services. Hence, it is generally wise to shop and compare. The highest price you can pay in the Albany area can be upwards of $3,000, with an average of about $2,000.

At DFS, we did price survey research to locate an affordable cremation provider. In partnership with an independent funeral director in Albany, we bring you a low-cost direct cremation service for just $895*.

Are there additional fees to the direct cremation service package?

Yes, third-party fees are charged on top of the $895, as these are fees paid directly to the county.

  • Death Certificates are charged at $10.00 each throughout Upstate NY.
  • In the City of Albany, NY, death certificates are $15.00 each.
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans qualify for 1 free copy.
  • Third-Party Crematory Fees (generally $355-$370)

In New York, a funeral firm/director cannot own and operate a crematory.

Therefore, the crematory fee is an additional fee charged by all funeral homes and directors.

There may also be a small fee for a cremation permit.

Roy Bordeau believes in simplicity and choice. Call him at (518) 205-3636  to learn more about how he can help save your family money on your funeral care.

He is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions.

“Respectful Of Your Needs, Mindful Of Your Budget”

We offer a basic simple, direct cremation from $895*

*Does Not Include Merchandise, Cash Advances, or additional services the customer may desire.

To learn more about how to plan and prepare to hold a Memorial Service following a direct cremation – visit our Guide to Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas.

Selecting Affordable Cremation Services in Pembroke Pines, FL

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral today.  More families are deciding that they do not wish to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs, and cremation does offer a much more affordable alternative.

A direct cremation service can be conducted for as little as $995 complete (including one copy of the death certificate) in Pembroke Pines.

How funeral care is changing and the economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral, and a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial funeral.  On average, a cremation service will 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 choosing cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead, a cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted how we approach 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.

How much does a funeral cost in Pembroke Pines?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Pembroke Pines is $5,792*.

How much does a cremation cost in Pembroke Pines?

Firstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars.  Generally, embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all, you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Pembroke Pines vary considerably between funeral homes and depending on the cremation service you opt for.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.

The average cost of a cremation memorial is $2,645*.  However, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Pembroke Pines.

Cremation questionsHow much is a direct cremation in Pembroke Pines, FL?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Pembroke Pines for as little as $995.  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.

Call DFS Memorials now at (954) 932-3363  to arrange a low-cost cremation for $995

What type of cremation services are available?

You 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.  Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have and when and where any services can be held.

Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn more about cremation services, cremation costs, and the regulations and laws that govern arranging a cremation disposition.

How to compare cremation costs in Pembroke Pines, FL

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 ones remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must 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 Pembroke Pines

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  A mandatory wait period is 48 hours after death in Florida before the cremation can proceed.

It is unnecessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until it 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 offers greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have 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.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

You can lock in a low-cost cremation price if you wish to preplan a simple cremation.  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 making 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 pays 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. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties, only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available, you should contact Broward County Human Services Department at:

115 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301  Phone:  954-357-6385

The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.  You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director.  Many funeral homes are familiar with the process of liaising with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible.  You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly, and the process of transferring the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of county coroner’s office: 5301 SW 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions and provided some help in understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Pembroke Pines, FL.  If you need to research more information on funeral planning, please visit the Resource section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from funeral price comparison survey 2022

How to arrange a direct cremation service in Boynton Beach, FL for $995

Are you worried about funeral costs?  You are not alone. Many families today find themselves unprepared for the expense of death care after the loss of a loved one.

Although there is very limited help from the state to support families, a simple direct cremation can ensure you can take care of your loved one with dignity and affordability.

Indeed, in Boynton Beach, it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for as little as $995.  This helps you take care of the immediate need for the cremation of your loved one, and then you can, if you wish, arrange a memorial service at a later date.  This makes direct cremation not only affordable but flexible and with the option for personal family control of memorialization.

This short guide to cremation in Boynton Beach will help you understand funeral costs and the differences in price for cremation services.  If you need immediate assistance with a direct cremation, call now at (561) 486-2466.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Boynton Beach?

These days we are discerning consumers, mindful of costs, and people now feel the same way about purchasing funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Boynton Beach is $7,297*, although the lowest price is $4,390.

So how do cremation costs compare in Boynton Beach?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can, therefore, significantly reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Boynton Beach is $5,878*.

Direct cremation services in Boynton Beach, FL

Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  The funeral home provides only the cremation service.  No ceremony or funeral services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected and cremated, and the remains are returned to the family in a basic urn.

Direct cremation offers families lower-cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue, or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with or without the cremation urn present and can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony or interment in a cremation niche or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Boynton Beach for $995, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,685.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services in Florida, we have selected only licensed cremation service providers who can offer a basic cremation package for under $1,000.Direct Cremation costs in Boynton Beach

Call now at (561) 486-2466 now to arrange a low-cost cremation.

Are there any additional fees to the $995 cremation package?

In order for a cremation to be conducted, a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present, there is no charge for this.  One death certificate is included in the direct cremation service package, and additional copies can be purchased for $20.00 each.

If the deceased weighed over 200 pounds, had a pacemaker, or requires a residential collection, there may be additional charges.

How do I know that I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must 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) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Read our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn more. It explains every step, from the deceased being collected by the funeral home or crematory to the family receiving the cremated remains.

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition. You do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.

A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children to sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

Affordable Cremation Plan Boynton BeachWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot.

You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days, and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In Florida, there is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available constantly changes due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Palm Beach county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.

Palm Beach County DFCS, 810 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area around Boynton Beach?

The $995 direct cremation package is available throughout the Greater Boynton Beach area and surrounding counties.

*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2022

Affordable cremation services in Deerfield Beach, FL – $995

Do you need an affordable direct cremation service? Funerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,848 in 2022, and this is without any cemetery fees included.

Adding in a cemetery plot fee brings the average cost to around $10,000.

For many families today, spending close to $10,000 on funeral expenses is not always affordable.

Therefore, if you need to arrange a more affordable cremation service in Deerfield Beach, this guide should help you understand how to save on your funeral expenses.

How much can I expect to pay for a funeral service in Deerfield Beach?

The cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.  If you do any research with local funeral homes, you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Deerfield is $7,297* 

How much does a cremation cost in Deerfield Beach?

Cremation service prices in Deerfield range from $995 to $5,878*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  DFS Memorials offer a simple, direct cremation package price of $995.

Funeral Planning Deerfield Beach FLHow do I select a funeral services provider?

If you have no prior experience with a funeral services provider, this can seem an overwhelming task. Consult with friends and associates and seek recommendations.

Funeral and cremation prices can vary significantly for the exact same service but from different funeral homes.

If you are using the Internet to research funeral services and prices in Deerfield Beach, be sure to check the ownership of who you are dealing with.  Some funeral companies have set up online budget cremation businesses, and some corporate groups also trade as low-cost cremation companies.

How can I save money when arranging a funeral or cremation?

Saving on funeral costsThese days many of us are concerned about having the necessary funds to conduct funeral services for a loved one if no provision was made.

Let’s face it…not many folks can just produce thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat!

There are ways that you can ensure you keep your funeral expenses to a minimum.

Generally, a cremation will work out less expensive than a burial, namely as no immediate cemetery fees are required for cremation.  However, a dignified burial can be achieved at a very affordable cost.

Opting for cremation means that there is no need for a casket, burial vault, or cemetery plot.  And eliminating these costs alone can save you several thousand dollars.

Comparing cremation prices in Deerfield Beach

We conducted a pricing survey for basic direct cremation services from a select number of affordable cremation service providers in the area to enable us to find the best value direct cremation service provider for DFS Memorials.

The cost of a direct cremation in Deerfield Beach ranges from $995 to $2,340.  The Neptune Society charges $1,982 for a direct cremation package.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated, but no services or ceremony is held.  The funeral director offers minimal services to collect the deceased, prepare the body for cremation, and process all the required paperwork.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container, and the remains are made available for the family to collect or have delivered to them.  No funeral home visit is required for a direct cremation service.  In many cases, the funeral director will visit you at home to sign the paperwork and consult with you about arrangements.

Direct cremation is becoming very popular as a way in which the funeral home can assist in the immediate disposition of the deceased for an affordable fee but leaves the family with the opportunity to conduct their own memorial ceremony once they have the cremated remains back.

Read our Complete Guide to Cremation Services to learn more about cremation services, costs, and laws governing a cremation disposition.

How do I know I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one question that a lot of families ask.  There are strict laws governing how human cremation is conducted.

Operatives are trained in the processes, and only one body can be cremated in a retort at any one time.

The retort chamber is then fully cleared before another cremation proceeds.  A body is tagged the minute it is logged into the funeral home or crematory, and ID checks are done at each step of the process.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

You can inter cremated remains into a grave plot or niche at a cemetery, keep a cremation urn at home, or scatter the remains in a place of your choosing.  Today there are many options for how we can memorialize a lost loved one, and there is now a range of cremation artifacts that can be created to help us immortalize the memory of a loved one, from bird baths made with concrete infused with cremation ashes to memorial diamonds!  Other folks are choosing to scatter ashes in a memorable place for a loved one’s last resting place.

Read this section on Ash Scattering for more ideas.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiner?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you need to appoint a funeral director to arrange the release of the body into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

More often these days, family members are passing, and we find out that they had no life insurance or funeral plan.  This can mean surviving families are burdened with a funeral bill that they cannot afford to pay.

There is very little financial support to assist families in this situation, and it varies significantly by state and county.  We would suggest you contact Broward County Assistance Program at:

115 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Phone: 954-357-6385

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment for those that qualify.  Your funeral director will assist you in claiming this.

Cremation prices in Deerfield Beach FLWe hope this short guide has answered some of your questions about how to save on funeral costs and will help you arrange a simple cremation at an affordable price.

  If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Deerfield Beach…

Please call your DFS Memorials provider at (954) 281-7747.

Further Reading on Cremations Costs & Services:

The Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022

Arrange a simple, direct cremation in Pompano Beach, FL

Are you looking for a simple and affordable cremation option in Pompano Beach?  Did you know you can arrange a direct cremation for $995 complete?

This is a simple and inexpensive way to conduct a funeral if you have limited resources or simply prefer a direct cremation at a value cost.

Why spend more?

How funeral care is changing and the economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral, and a cremation service will cost 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 choosing cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead, an affordable cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted how we are arranging funerals 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.

Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn all about cremation, the process, the costs, service options, and laws governing a cremation disposition.

This article also provides a breakdown of Cremation Costs in Florida.

How much does a funeral cost in Pompano Beach?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Pompano Beach is $5,862*.

Funeral Planning pompano beachHow much does a cremation cost in Pompano Beach?

Firstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault. Eliminating these costs alone saves thousands of dollars.

Generally, embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all, you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Pompano Beach, DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, depending on 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 average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,677*. However, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Pompano Beach.

How much is a direct cremation in Pompano Beach?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Pompano Beach for as little as $995 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.

Call DFS Memorials now at (954) 932-3363 to arrange a low-cost cremation for $995 

What type of cremation services are available?

You can select from a range of cremation services and packages.  These will start with a basic direct 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.

Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have and when and where any services can be held.

How to compare cremation costs in Pompano Beach, FL

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 cremation 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 ones remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must 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 Pompano Beach

There are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  There is a mandatory wait period of 24 after death in Florida before the cremation can proceed.

It is unnecessary 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 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 making 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 pays 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. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties, only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available, you should contact Broward County Human Services Department at:

115 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Phone: (954) 357-6385

direct cremation pompano beachThe deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.

You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director.  Many funeral homes are familiar with the process of liaising with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible.  You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly, and the process to transfer the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of county coroner’s office: 5301 SW 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

We hope this cremation guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions and provided some help in understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Pompano, FL.  If you need to research more information on funeral planning, please visit the Resource section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2022