Low cost cremations in Los Angeles

If you are looking for a simple and low-cost cremation in the Greater Los Angeles area, our DFS Memorials provider can provide you with a basic direct cremation for only $750 in LA.

You will find it hard to beat this price in the Los Angeles area.  DFS Memorials provides exceptional service at a low price, serving all of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties.

Understanding Cremation Costs and Options in Los Angeles

Cremation is now a popular end-of-life disposition choice, especially on the West coast, and over half of all funerals in Los Angeles are cremations.  Prices for a cremation do vary considerably, and the market for low-cost and affordable cremations is competitive.

When comparing cremation prices between cremation providers in LA, ensure you are comparing like for like.  Some cremation providers quote a price for a direct cremation in LA but may exclude certain fees.

The additional charges you could incur or opt for when arranging a direct cremation in Los Angeles are listed below, and the charges for these will vary between providers:

  • An ID viewing or ‘private goodbye.’
  • Witnessing the cremation
  • Removing medical implants prior to cremation
  • Cremation surcharge if deceased weighs over 250 lbs

Visit our post on What You Need to Know about Cremation Costs and Services in California 2023 to learn more.

A death certificate in Los Angeles is obtained from the registrar for a fee of $14.00.  Your cremation provider will usually do this as part of their professional service.

Additional copies of the death certificate can be obtained from the local Office of Vital Records at 12400 Imperial Highway, Room 1002, Norwalk, CA 90650.

Cremation permits can vary by county. In Los Angeles county, the permit fee is $11.00. The state of California cremation registration fee charged by the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau for every cremation is $8.50.

What if the deceased is in Los Angeles County Morgue?

If the coroner has collected the body from the place of death, you will need to pay the transportation fee.  These fees vary depending on which county you are in.  This fee can significantly add to your overall basic cremation cost, so you must be aware of this. Your funeral director will need to pay this fee to collect the body from the coroner’s facility.  These fees are:

Los Angeles County $200 – Riverside County $320 – San Bernardino County $250  -Orange County $318 – Ventura County CALL

Before a cremation can be performed, the authorizing agent, or next of kin, must complete a ‘Declaration for Disposition of Cremated Remains form’.

Your cremation provider will help you do this, or you can download the form at the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Cemetery, and Funeral Bureau.

Call David Estephan at (323) 798-9055 with any questions you may have about direct cremation services in LA.

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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 42% 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 to even 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.

What does cremation cost in Palm Bay, FL – just $1,095

Funerals do not need to be expensive affairs.  Cremation offers a simple, dignified, and affordable alternative to traditional burial in Palm Bay.

If you need to arrange a funeral on a limited budget, then a direct cremation can offer a low-cost funeral option.

Direct cremation costs just $1,095 in Palm Bay.  This is a cremation service without any ceremony offered by the funeral service provider.  However, the family can choose to hold a memorial service after the cremated remains are returned.

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Palm Bay?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people are now realizing they can price-shop for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The Internet offers a great tool to research funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.

Unfortunately, not all funeral homes have websites or put their prices online, so we have put this guide together to outline the average funeral and cremation costs in Palm Bay for you.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Palm Bay is $6,595*

So how do cremation costs compare in Palm Bay?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can 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 Palm Bay is $5,182*.

Direct cremation services in Palm Bay, FL

Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  The funeral home or direct disposer provides only the cremation service. No ceremony or funeral services are provided.  The deceased is collected, cremated, and the remains 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. It can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony, interment in a cremation niche, or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Palm Bay for $1,095, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,790.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a licensed direct disposal establishment that can offer an affordable, simple cremation package.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $1,095.

Call now at (321) 215-4844 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there any additional fees to the simple cremation package?

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.

At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $5 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

Potential additional charges could be incurred if the deceased weighs over 250 pounds or has a pacemaker that must be removed prior to the cremation.

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 this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 for more information.

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

Cremation is such a final disposition, and 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.

What 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, 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 enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or 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.

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

Yes. 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.

cremation servicesHow 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 48-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 is constantly changing due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Brevard county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally at (321) 633-2007.

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 at $1,095 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (321) 215-4844, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from Funeralocity 2022

Low cost cremation in Tampa – $1,095

Cremation is now the preferred disposition choice for families in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Not only is cremation the preferred choice, but also direct cremation is very popular in Tampa, making cremation options very affordable.

A direct cremation service is the lowest-cost cremation option for a family.  In Tampa, a direct cremation can cost as little as $1,095.

Direct Cremation Providers in Tampa

Florida is one of only two states in the U.S. that licenses what are known as ‘Direct Disposers’. This means that a company can deliver direct cremations in Tampa without being a licensed funeral home with a large facility.

Direct disposal companies are often viewed as ‘discount’ cremation providers, but this is because they do not have to maintain the overhead of a full funeral facility and can pass these savings on to their customers by offering a low-cost direct cremation service package.

This does mean that a direct disposal establishment cannot offer any incremental services, such as a viewing, ceremony, or other ancillary funeral services.

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

What does a direct cremation package generally include?

A direct cremation package typically includes the following (although this can vary by cremation services provider) :

  • Collecting the deceased from the place of death & transportation to the crematory
  • Minimum basic preparation of the deceased for the cremation
  • The cremation process/crematory fee
  • Refrigerated storage, if necessary
  • Filing all the required state permits, medical documents, and the death certificate
  • An alternative basic cremation container
  • A basic plastic urn or suitable receptacle for cremated remains
  • Making available the cremated remains for collection by the family

Note: the death certificate and cremation permit fee are sometimes at an additional cost to a direct cremation package.

What does a cremation cost in Tampa?

This is a question many families get online to find out today.  There is no simple or straightforward answer as cremation costs can vary considerably, depending upon the type of cremation service you select and which cremation services provider you choose!

What IS important is to be aware that costs can vary and be sure to check around.  A basic direct cremation can cost between $1,095 and $3,000 for the same service.  You will typically find that full-service funeral homes may charge a higher fee for a direct cremation service.

How to locate an affordable cremation service provider in Tampa

Cremation services providers, cremation societies, funeral homes, and direct disposers will all offer basic cremation services.  With over 30+ funeral service providers in Tampa, a simple, low-cost cremation can often be packaged under different names, such as an immediate cremation, a simple cremation, a basic cremation, and a direct cremation.

Locating an affordable cremation services provider can be challenging, as not all providers claiming to be affordable are truly offering the lowest cost cremation services.

Comparing cremation services, prices & packages in Tampa

As I have mentioned above, it is imperative that you do consider comparing cremation services, prices, and packages before making a decision.  With over 30 funeral homes in Tampa, there are plenty of offerings of full-service and more affordable cremation alternatives.

Our DFS Memorials provider for the Tampa area is a local, family-owned direct disposer serving the whole Tampa Bay area. Contact (813) 540-2344 to speak with them now.

What about Prepaid cremation plans?

You can prearrange a cremation plan in Tampa.  Most funeral homes and cremation providers will offer pre-need cremation plans that can be funded through a trust fund or insurance policy.  If you wish to preplan low-cost cremation services, you must be prepared that the ‘at need’ low-cost cremation price can not be held for a pre-need plan.

The other alternative is to specify your wishes and put aside the appropriate funds in a Payable on Death (POD) account so that your family can access the funds at the time of death and use the money to pay for a cremation.  This is considered by many a safe and easy means to preplan a funeral or cremation.

What can we do with the Cremated Remains?

Cremation offers so many more options for memorialization.  You can inter a cremation urn in an existing grave plot or cremation columbarium (niche). Or choose to have a cremation ash artifact made.  Some families opt to have cremation ash blown into glass or cement and have jewelry, glasses, or garden ornaments made.

Check out our Memorialization Section for more ideas.

Having an Ash Scattering Memorial Tribute has become more popular. Especially in Florida, where tributes can be held on a quiet beach or at sea.

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more.

For further reading about arranging a cremation, the laws, pros and cons, and other FQAs – Check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 on US Funerals Online.

Low-cost cremation services are available throughout the Tampa Bay area and Collier, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.

Arrange Direct Cremation Service in Port St Lucie, FL $1,095

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives.

Cremation is now quickly becoming a disposition choice for many Port St Lucie, Florida families.

For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral or do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Port St Lucie?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people now feel the same way about purchasing funeral services. A traditional funeral service costs an average of $7,754 in Port St Lucie*.

So how do cremation costs compare in Port St Lucie?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can significantly reduce funeral costs. However, a cremation funeral service will still cost an average of $6,258 in Port St Lucie*.

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

Direct cremation services in Port St Lucie, FL

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

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

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. It 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 Port St Lucie for $1,095, although the average price for a direct cremation can be far higher.  To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a licensed direct disposal establishment that can offer a basic cremation package for just $1,095.

Call now at (772) 207-0196 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there any additional fees added to the cremation package?

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $5 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

If the deceased was overweight (over 250 pounds) or had a pacemaker, you may incur some 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.

direct cremation port st lucieWhat if I am unsure about cremation or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, and 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.

What 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, 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 enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or 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.

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost in Port St Lucie?

Yes. You can preplan a simple direct cremation service in Port St Lucie.  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 48-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation in Port St Lucie?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.

Contact St Lucie county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.

St. Lucie County BOCC 2300 Virginia Avenue Fort Pierce, FL 34982 Phone: (772) 462-1777

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 in Port St Lucie at $1,095 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (772) 207-0196, and we will be happy to try and help you.

$1,095 Simple cremation in Lakeland, FL

If you have an immediate or imminent need for a simple, low-cost direct cremation in Lakeland, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $1,095.

Cremation is a popular choice in Florida, and we understand that many families want a simple, “no fuss” option that can be delivered at a low cost.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low-cost funeral. Direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted. Or, of course, cremated remains can be shipped to another state for those residents of Florida who are transplants.

When you can take care of everything for $1,095, why should you pay more than this?

The DFS Memorials provider in Lakeland – Mortuary Services of Florida is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

What is included in the Direct Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes the following:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

Are there any extra costs?

The additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. Death certificate fees in Florida are $10 per copy at present.

lakeland-fl-cremation-servicesCan we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation?

Yes, of course. You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned. A memorial service is a type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present. You can hold a memorial service with or without the cremation urn present. A memorial funeral service can also take the shape of an ash scattering ceremony, candlelit vigil, or tribute.

Comparing cremation costs in Lakeland, FL

As cremation is a popular choice for residents of Lakeland, there are a number of cremation service providers serving Polk County. The cost of a cremation can vary significantly for the same service, so comparing cremation prices between a few providers is wise to ensure you benefit from a value-for-money cremation service package.

As a simple cremation is a popular choice in Lakeland, especially with so many retirees, many cremation service providers offer affordable cremation packages.   It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service in Lakeland?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Lakeland, a direct cremation can be conducted for $1,095 complete, making this a very affordable funeral option.

If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider or direct disposer is your lowest-cost cremation in Lakeland. You can then arrange your memorial services once the cremated remains are returned. This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What help is there with cremation costs in Lakeland?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255. The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security. Of course, many people use life insurance policies to offset funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs, which can vary by county. Check out Polk County Assistance Programs.

Affordable Cremation Services in Pensacola, FL

Cremation is fast becoming the ‘preferred’ disposition choice for families in Pensacola.  The word is out that cremation offers a more affordable funeral alternative. When families either have not got thousands of dollars to spend on a funeral or simply do not want to spend unnecessarily, cremation offers a low-cost alternative. In this guide, we will explain how to arrange affordable cremation services in Pensacola and hopefully answer some other questions you may have.

How much does a cremation cost in Pensacola?

This is the question that most families want to know.  As a nation of price-conscious consumers, we expect to check prices and compare deals.  The purchase of funeral services is no different.  Traditionally families felt it was inappropriate to make funeral price inquiries, but today this is changing.

A traditional funeral can cost around $9,000 (NFDA 2022), and this does NOT include cemetery costs.  Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to $12,000 to pay for a funeral.  A cremation will cost at least half this amount, if not less, depending upon the type of cremation services selected and the crematory.

A basic cremation in Pensacola can cost anywhere between $1,095 and $4,000.  In order to help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a reputable cremation services provider in Pensacola who can offer a basic cremation package for just $1,095.

The DFS Memorials provider in Pensacola, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

Cremation services in Pensacola

There are different types of cremation services, so it is possible to arrange whatever type of funeral service you require – from a simple cremation to a full traditional funeral or a unique ‘life celebration’ event.  A great thing about cremation is that it opens up many memorialization possibilities.

Visit our Guide to Cremation – Everything from when the Deceased is Collected to Receiving the Cremated Remains to learn all about the cremation process and different service options and understand the legal requirements to be met to conduct cremation.

This Ultimate Guide to Cremation from US Funerals Online may also be useful if you have other FAQs about cremation.

Direct cremation services

Direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service.  Direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services.  The deceased is collected and transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork is completed, and the cremation is performed.

The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.  Most funeral homes offering a direct cremation package offer an inclusive price. Only cash advance items, such as the death certificate and cremation permit fee, are additional to the direct cremation package cost.

Be sure to check this when consulting with a funeral home.

Florida is one state that licenses Direct Disposers.  A direct disposer ONLY offers direct cremation.  Because of the nature of solely offering direct cremation services, a licensed direct disposer can often offer very competitive direct cremation prices.

Call DFS Memorials now at (850) 290-5525 to arrange a direct cremation for just $1,095.

Why is cremation so much cheaper than a traditional funeral?

There are a number of significant funeral merchandise items that are not required for cremation.  No casket is required for cremation – a suitable cremation container is all that is required by law.  No burial vault or cemetery plot is needed; in most cases, the body is not embalmed.  This eliminates thousands of dollars in funeral costs.

Many families are now opting for direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) because they can then arrange their own funeral service once they have the cremation ashes back.  With the decline in traditionalism and the rise in personalization, more families are opting to arrange something different as a life tribute.

cremation-services-pensacolaHow 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 along the way.

The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one 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.

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

Cremation is such a final disposition, and 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 prefer to have all children sign.

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

What 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, 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 enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is another option in Pensacola, especially scattering into the Gulf.  Read more about this in our guide to Ash Scattering.

preplanning-funeral-pensacolaIs it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?

Yes, you can preplan simple, low-cost cremation services in and lock in on today’s prices.  A low-cost cremation plan is generally financed with an insurance or trust fund.

Alternatively, you can set down your wishes and put aside the necessary amount in a Payable on Death POD account.  This keeps your money in your control and safe. When the time arises, your beneficiary can withdraw the funds to pay for your funeral.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

There is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period in Florida before a cremation can proceed.

What do I do if I cannot even afford cremation services in Pensacola?

Sadly this happens too often today!  Families experience the death and a loved one and do not have the money to pay for a funeral.  There is very limited financial support to assist families with funeral costs.

Social Security offers a $255 lump sum death benefit payment to those individuals who qualify. [Your funeral director can assist you in claiming this]

Some counties do offer indigent burial assistance, but this varies, so you need to consult your local county Human Services to find out what support may be available.

Veteran’s Funerals in Pensacola

If you wish to arrange a direct cremation for a veteran in Pensacola, we do offer discounts for veterans, and all vets qualify for a free cemetery plot, grave marker, and flag.

If you have further questions about cremation, you can check out the Funeral Resources section offered by US Funerals Online.

Arranging a direct cremation in San Bernardino, CA

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, affordable cremation for just $1,195 in San Bernardino!

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.

This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A 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 straight away.

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

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are three main types of cremation service options.  A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present, and a cremation is conducted after the service.

A cremation memorial – 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 – 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 three main options, such as a private viewing before the cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

How much does a cremation cost in San Bernardino?

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.

Direct cremation will cost between $1,195 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in San Bernardino, CA

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

For your best price on a direct cremation, contact your DFS Memorials provider in San Bernardino at (909) 285-1141, who offers an affordable direct cremation package for just $1,195 complete.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be daunting when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral service provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer or your budget.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary significantly between funeral homes for the same service.  For this reason, we recommend you compare some costs before deciding.

Comparing cremation costs in San Bernardino, CA

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL), which 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.

According to funeral price research surveys in San Bernardino, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,253. However, some cremation providers can arrange a direct cremation for less than this.  DFS Memorials offer an affordable direct cremation service for $1,195 in San Bernardino.

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? 

Cremation permits generally run at $25.00. 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?  Death certificates cost $21.00 each.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if he is required to sign the death certificate.

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

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

In California, there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed. Before a cremation can go ahead, 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 and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and are not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn everything about the cremation process, options, and regulations.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes, you can prearrange an affordable cremation in San Bernardino.  Advance planning can help ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and save your 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.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

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.

The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports families struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those 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 inquire with San Bernardino County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available.  Generally, only the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low-cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $1,195.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in San Bernardino.  This is referring 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 and sometimes charge a transportation fee.

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at 340 N. Mt. View Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

Want to know about Cremation costs in Santa Rosa, CA?

Are you looking for the most affordable cremation option?  Do you want to know what a cremation costs in Santa Rosa?  Then read on to find out more about cremation prices and options in Santa Rosa.

We have briefly outlined here how you can arrange a simple cremation for as little as $1,195 complete if keeping costs as low as possible is what you are looking for.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Santa Rosa?

As simple cremation is a popular choice for families in California, there are plenty of cremation providers to choose from.  Cremation costs can vary quite considerably between different funeral homes and cremation companies.  A basic cremation can be arranged for as little as $1,195 complete, but it can also cost much more than this.

Comparing cremation costs in Santa Rosa

More families are opting to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that they have obtained the best price cremation possible.  This can be time-consuming and quite an overwhelming task, so we have conducted our own cremation cost research, so you don’t have to!

cheap-cremation-santa-rosaDirect cremation in Santa Rosa

A direct cremation is the lowest-cost cremation option.  The deceased is cremated without any ceremony and/or services, and the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.  This enables the family to ensure that their loved one’s disposition is handled in a simple, dignified, and timely fashion.

A family gathering for a memorial service can be held as and when the family chooses. An ash scattering or a keepsake urn can be alternative low-cost options once the direct cremation is performed.

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more about ash scattering.

Low-cost cremation in Santa Rosa

To arrange a low-cost cremation in Santa Rosa, you can contact your local DFS Memorials provider.

DFS Memorials Santa Rosa (707) 219-8935  –  Direct cremation $845

Is there any help with cremation costs in Santa Rosa?

Sadly more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral costs today.  Any financial assistance with cremation costs is managed at the county level and differs by state and county.  If you are struggling to pay for a funeral, you can try contacting human services or social services at your county office.

There is also a $255 death benefit from Social Security for those that qualify.  Some local organizations, such as charitable groups and union groups, sometimes offer financial support for the cost of a funeral.

Helping families Bennett Valley, Burbank Gardens, Cherry Street, Coffey Park, Fountaingrove, Dutton Ave, Hidden Valley, Juilliard Park, Lomita Heights, Montgomery Village, Moorland Avenue, North West Santa Rosa, Oakmont Village, Olive Park, Ridgway Historic District, Rincon Valley, Roseland, Santa Rosa Avenue, South Park, St. Rose Historic District, Stonegate, & West End arrange affordable cremations.

Direct cremation cost in San Francisco – $1,195

Check out our guide to cremation costs in San Francisco. Cremation is not only a very popular disposition choice for families in the Bay Area, but it is also a very affordable funeral option today.  In some counties in California around the Bay Area, cremation accounts for over 90% of funerals conducted.

California has always been a ‘progressive’ state, and it seems Californians’ attitudes towards death rituals adopt a modern, and maybe less traditionalist, approach.  Still, what you can buy for your dollar in terms of cremation services can vary significantly, so we have put together this brief guide to help families understand cremation costs and services in San Francisco.

How much does a cremation cost in San Francisco/ the Bay Area?

This is never a straightforward question, as cremation prices vary between different funeral homes in the Bay Area.  The average cost of a cremation is around $9,000 (NFDA 2022), yet the cost for cremation can range from $1,195 to $6,000, depending upon the type of cremation service and the ancillary products.  It is fair to say that even comparing the same cremation service can produce various prices.

Understanding different cremation packages and services

You can customize your cremation service to personally fit your needs, but generally, there are 3 main types of cremation service.

  • Direct or immediate cremation (with no services or ceremony)
  • Cremation funeral services (ceremony held prior to cremation)
  • Cremation Memorial services (ceremony held after cremation)

It is not always easy comparing cremation services because funeral homes either offer a lengthy itemized general price list (GPL) or package together different services/merchandise.  It is important to carefully check exactly what IS included in any cremation package.

It is not uncommon to see a cremation service that appears to be at an affordable price, only to discover that it is not an inclusive price.  A funeral home can add ‘cash advance’ items to a quoted cremation price, and these will be items that the funeral director has to pay out to a third party.  This can include items such as the cremation permit, cremation fee (if the funeral home does not own its own crematory), and death certificates.

It is also wise to carefully check whether such things as additional refrigerated storage is included if the cremation cannot proceed within a certain timeframe or additional fees for transportation and collection.

Visit our Guide to Cremation – Everything from when the deceased is collected to the family receiving the cremated remains, to learn more about the process and steps.

Oversize cremation in the Bay Area

With a growing obesity issue, we are asked about cremations for overweight people more often these days.  A standard cremation is generally suitable for a person weighing up to 250 pounds.  For a person weighing over 250 pounds, an additional fee may be required if the crematory is suitable to handle an oversize person.

cremation-services-bay-areaModern cremation services & life celebration services

Cremation allows for much greater flexibility in how we approach our death care ritual.  If gathering the family together immediately is difficult, a cremation memorial service can be held at a date and time that is convenient.

It also means that a ceremony can be held when the family has had a chance to recover from the immediate shock of the bereavement, allowing for time and reflection to plan a befitting ceremony.  Today we are moving into an era where a life celebration is replacing the traditional funeral – more of an upbeat celebration of a life lived than a somber mourning event.

Families often choose to have the cremation performed and use the services of a celebrant to lead a memorial service.  Some families even opt to arrange their own memorial service – making it totally personalized.

Cremated remains can be shipped anywhere relatively inexpensively, so this also enables more flexibility in funeral services.  Mom or Pop passes in a state to which they retired but can easily and at minimal cost be transported back to their home state for a service and/or interment.

A direct cremation: the lowest cost cremation option in San Francisco

If just a simple, low-cost cremation service is what you require – the no-frills cremation – then a direct cremation is for you.  A direct cremation is where the cremation proceeds without any services, viewing, etc., and then the cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

It is also referred to as an immediate cremation, or many funeral homes in San Francisco will refer to it as a basic or simple cremation.  You can arrange a complete direct cremation within the Bay Area for $1,195.  This includes the collection of the deceased, storage for the mandatory waiting period, completion of all necessary paperwork, a basic cremation container, the cremation process, and returning the cremated remains to the family in a temporary urn.

Direct disposers in San Francisco

California is one of 2 states that licenses direct disposers.  A direct disposer is NOT a licensed funeral home, but he is licensed to conduct only direct cremations.  As they do not have to operate a funeral home, they can operate with a much-reduced overhead, enabling them to offer direct cremations at a reduced price.  However, you should note that this reduced price will reflect the level of service offered.  A direct disposer will not be able to offer any viewing and may add additional fees for incremental services.

cremation plan san franciscoHow do I choose a cremation services provider?

It can be confusing to decide which cremation provider to choose.  There are around 30 funeral homes in San Francisco, so start with your specific criteria to narrow your selection process.

If cost and value are important, you need to seek a low-cost cremation provider.  Generally, corporate funeral homes tend to be more expensive, although even some family-owned funeral homes can be as expensive.  Shop around some and compare costs and services.  Check for reviews and recommendations from family, co-workers, or support networks.

DFS Memorials does some of this for you.  So we check around, compare cremation prices and reviews, and select only reputable funeral homes that offer the best value cremation service to work with the network.

Call DFS Memorials NOW at (415) 286-9121

To arrange a Direct Cremation for $1,195

The deceased had no life insurance: Is there any help with cremation costs in San Francisco?

Any financial assistance available for funerals varies so much by state and county that you really need to speak with your local county human services or social services to find out what, if any, public aid may be available.  They can best advise on what is available and whether or not you would be eligible, depending on your personal circumstances.

There is the $255 Social Security death payment (if you qualify), and veterans qualify for a free grave plot, marker, and flag.  If you have concerns about how you can afford a funeral, then a direct cremation is your cheapest option.

Our $1,195 direct cremation is available throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz & Stanislaus counties.