Understanding Direct Cremation: What is a direct cremation?

We are all becoming more familiar with cremation these days as the cremation rate increases in the U.S. and more people opt for cremation as a disposition alternative to a burial.  But people are not yet familiar with the term ‘direct cremation’.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation, is when a cremation is performed with minimal services from a funeral home and no service is conducted.  It is what is known in the funeral trade as a very basic cremation disposition.

The deceased is collected directly from the place of death and transported to the funeral home and/or crematory, the necessary documentation is completed, the mandatory waiting period passes and the deceased is cremated.  The cremated remains are returned to the family within 3-7 days.

Many funeral homes package a direct cremation offering and glamorize it with such names as A Simple Tribute, A Family Farewell, A Simple Goodbye, The Legacy Farewell, & Simply Farewell.  These names all symbolize a minimal service, minimal fuss disposition package – something many of us are opting for today!

Saving money on the cost of a casket

direct-cremation-costFor the purposes of the cremation, a basic cremation container is used to house the deceased’s body.  This is all that is legally required and a suitable “rigid, combustible” container is most often a sturdy cardboard container.  This means that no casket is required and eliminates the expense of purchasing a casket.  This alone saves around $1,000 – $4,000 in basic costs for the disposition.

If you did wish to have a brief family viewing before the cremation process, a funeral home can usually facilitate this using a rental casket or even a bed laid out in a viewing room.

The most affordable funeral option

A direct cremation can be considered one of the most inexpensive and affordable cremation options.  As only the minimal services of a funeral director are required and substitute funeral merchandise can be used, costs can be kept lower.  The cremated remains are generally returned to the family in a temporary cremation container, which can be a cardboard or plastic urn.  Of course, the family can opt to upgrade and select a wooden or ceramic urn if desired for an additional cost.   Some funeral homes serving families with direct cremations even offer to carry out an ash scattering or sea scattering these days for a small nominal fee.

What documentation must be completed legally before a cremation can be performed?

In order for any cremation to be performed a ‘Cremation Authorization Form‘ must be completed and signed by the legal next of kin.  A cremation permit must be obtained from the local county, and in some states, the coroner must sign the cremation permit.  This is largely to ensure there is no suspect reason why a body should not be cremated destroying all physical evidence.

There is a mandatory waiting period in all states before a cremation can be performed.  In most states this is 24-hours, but there are a number of states where a 48-hour mandatory waiting period must be observed.

Part 2 : How much does a direct cremation cost?

Best Price Direct Cremation in Greater Los Angeles – $625 complete

Best price direct cremation Los Angeles $625Direct Cremation is a very popular disposition option in Los Angeles today, and DFS Memorials has teamed with Cedar Hill Mortuary of LA to help families in the Greater Los Angeles Area find the best price on a direct cremation. 

Our complete direct cremation price of $625 is one of the best-value direct cremation services, from a local family-owned funeral home, you can find in Los Angeles

David and his team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about direct cremation and can be reached 24 hours a day on (323) 798-9055.  They offer a simple direct cremation complete for $625.00.   Direct Burials are also available for $950.00 + cemetery plot

Arrangements are easy, and can all be done over the phone, with the cremation authorization form faxed or emailed back.  The cremated remains can be collected or returned to you by registered mail.

A Direct Cremation – the simple, alternative disposition alternative!

A direct cremation is simply a cremation without any ceremony or funeral services provided by the funeral home or cremation company.  The deceased is collected from the place of death, transferred into the care of the funeral home (or crematory), all the paperwork is completed and then the deceased is cremated.  The cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

A simple reinforced cardboard container is used instead of a casket, and the cremation ashes are returned in a basic temporary cremation box.  The family can choose to select a cremation urn if desired, for an additional cost, and the cremated remains returned in their chosen urn.

Simple cremation Los AngelesAdditional costs that may be incurred are fees from the county.  This will be costs for the death certificate/s and cremation permit (if a fee applies).  If the deceased passed away at a residential address and the collection requires a 2-person team, there may be an additional fee.

Other potential additional costs can be is the deceased was over 300 pounds as an overweight cremation has extra cost factors.  And, if there is any reason the cremation can not go ahead as scheduled, and the deceased has to be in refrigerated storage for an extended period.

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiners office, we can make collection once the body is released by the Coroner.  The family needs to sign a form to authorize us to pick up the deceased and transfer them from the morgue for cremation.  The Coroner will usually issue the permit to cremated as the body is released to the funeral director.

We offer direct cremation for $625 in the following counties – Los Angeles county, San Bernardino County, Orange County and Kern County and also in the following areas: Angeles Forest, Antelope Valley, Central L.A., Eastside, Harbor, Northeast L.A., Northwest County, Pomona Valley, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, South Bay, South L.A., Southeast, Verdugos, & Westside

If you are outside of this area – we may still be able to offer you our direct cremation service, but with an additional mileage surcharge.

For more information about cremation costs in Los Angeles, check out our article ‘Understanding Funeral & Cremation Costs in Los Angeles‘.

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Average cremation costs in Alberta

Cremation is the preferred disposition choice in Alberta, with around 65% of the population choosing a cremation for their final disposition.  Cremation can be considered a more environmentally-friendly alternative to burial, and of course, cremation can also cost significantly less than traditional burial services.

Simple Cremation AlbertaWhat is the average cost of a cremation in Alberta?

The cost of a cremation can vary, depending on what cremation services provider you opt for, what kind of cremation services you choose and where in Alberta you live.

In the metro areas of Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer you can expect to arrange a simple, direct cremation for between $1,095 and $1,295.  Whereas in the more rural areas of Alberta you will find it difficult to arrange a direct cremation for this price.

Cremation Services Providers in Alberta

As cremation is such a popular choice for Canadians, most funeral homes in Alberta also offer cremation services.  Some have their own crematorium and others will use the services of a local crematorium.  Either way, you can rest assured that your loved one will be handled with the greatest care and respect, and strict cremation regulations are adhered to.  The cost of a cremation can be determined by whether the funeral services provider operates their own crematorium, so this is something you may wish to check.

Cremation with a service in Alberta

A cremation with a service involves a funeral service being held (at the funeral home or local church) prior to the cremation being performed.  It is possible to rent a casket for this purpose, as a casket is not required for cremation, so this can help to keep the overall funeral cost down.  The average cost for a cremation with a service in Alberta can range between $2,800 to $3,800.  The total cost will depend largely upon the ancillary services and the size of the room required for the funeral/chapel service.

Low-Cost Direct Cremation Services in Alberta

If you are opting for simple cremation services in Alberta, then a direct cremation may be for you.  This is a cremation without any kind of service.  The funeral home collects the deceased, conduct the cremation and return the cremated remains directly to the family.  The family can, of course, arrange their own memorial service with the ashes as and when they please.  The average cost of a basic cremation in Alberta is between $699 and $1,200.

Saving money on funeral costs in Alberta

Knowing your rights as a funeral consumer, and informing yourself of the options available to you, are key ways to stay in control of funeral costs.  The funeral industry is not the ‘nicest’ of industries, and unfortunately, most of us only come into contact with this industry at a time of distress.  We put our complete trust in the funeral arranger and often feel it is inappropriate to ask about costs.   In many ways, this is why families now appreciate being able to conduct funeral cost comparisons online, without having to deal with numerous phone calls to funeral homes.

low-cost-cremation-albertaIt IS possible to arrange a very dignified and inexpensive funeral in Alberta.  Simple, direct cremation is one way to dramatically reduce your funeral costs, but a traditional funeral service can also be arranged for under $3,000 if you select a low-cost funeral services provider and be sensible in your selection of a casket and ancillary products/services.

DFS Memorials is a network of family-owned funeral homes throughout Alberta who all guarantee to offer affordable funeral and cremation services.  If you need to save money on a funeral service, call your nearest DFS Memorials provider to arrange a low-cost cremation service.

If you need any assistance with planning a funeral or cremation in Alberta, you can contact a funeral advisor at DFS Memorials and we will do our utmost to assist you with your needs.

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Simple cremation service available throughout Rocky View County, Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane, Crossfield, Irricana, Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Leduc County, Parkland County, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County and Red Deer County.

Simple & affordable direct cremation in Brooklyn – $485

Cremation cost Brooklyn NYAre you in need of a simple and affordable cremation in Brooklyn?

We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands of arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $485!

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Brooklyn is $5,922*, and this does not include cemetery costs, so it is understandable that many families today are looking to more affordable alternatives.  Cremation is now becoming the preferred, more affordable option to conduct a dignified, yet simple funeral service at a fraction of the full cost of a traditional funeral.

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 these 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 with a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are 3 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 3 main options, such as a private viewing before the cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

average cremation cost Brooklyn NYHow much does a cremation cost in Brooklyn?

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.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service is $2,960*, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  The average cost of a direct cremation is $1,046*, although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $485 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Brooklyn, NY

If you are working on 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 or collect (or if requested 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 Brooklyn on (718) 395-3211 who offers a direct cremation for just $485.  Additional fees include the crematory fee and NY Permit.  The total cost for a complete direct cremation package is $726.50.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be a daunting task 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 services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason, we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Brooklyn, NY

cremation plan Brooklyn NYAll funeral homes have a general price list (GPL) and this should itemize all services and charges.

Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

According to funeral price research surveys in Brooklyn, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,046*, although a direct cremation can be arranged for less than this with some cremation providers.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $485.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed in a timely fashion and there are delays?  Death certificates cost $15.00 for the first certificate and $10 for each additional death certificate required.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if they are required to sign the death certificate.

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

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

In New York, there is a mandatory 24-hour 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.

In New York, a funeral home cannot own a crematory, so the crematory fee is generally considered a ‘cash advance’ or third party fee.  Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

direct cremation plan Brooklyn NYCan I preplan a cremation?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  All funds paid for a pre-need cremation or funeral plan in New York must be placed into a trust.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at a low cost to ensure your family does not have the burden of worrying about funeral costs.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier there is a versatility on what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath or memorial reef ball to name but a few!

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

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  You would need to make inquiries with NYC Government who manage aid for residents of the five boroughs of NYC.  Phone:  212-504-4115 to find out if any assistance is available to you.  New York City’s Department of Social Services does have a Funeral Finance Assistance Program to assist New York City residents.  Up to $900 in assistance can be paid for a funeral costing no more than $1,700 for low-income residents.  This means a simple direct cremation can be arranged within an assistance program budget.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Brooklyn.  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, plus they sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at 210 Joralemon St, Rm 2, 1st Fl Municipal Bldg Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: 718-802-3589

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.

New York County Medical Examiner & Coroner 520 1st Avenue New York NY 10016

Hopefully, this short guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Brooklyn has answered some of your questions and helped you understand how to save costs on a cremation.  If you would like to read more extensively about cremation planning, please visit the library section on US Funerals Online.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2019

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 the 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 and personalize a 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 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.

Cheap cremation Mobile ALHow 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 anywhere between $1,195 and $4,000 for the exact same service.

A basic cremation can be conducted in Mobile for $1,195 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 on (251) 206-5572

If desired the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.  This is offered by the DFS Memorials of Mobile cremation services provider 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 on (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 one’s remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks have to 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 do have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home that has their 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 a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Alabama of 24 hours before a cremation can go ahead.

It is not necessary 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.

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 $1095.  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 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 make 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 and 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 package.  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 $1095 is for a person who weighed 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 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.  To find out what may be available you should contact Mobile County or Baldwin County Human Services Departments.

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.

 

Affordable cremation services in Metairie

Direct Cremation in MetairieFunerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  If you are looking for an affordable cremation service, this guide can help you.  Parting.com surveyed the average cost of a funeral in Metairie at $9,191 in 2017, however, a direct cremation can be conducted for just $1,550.

The full cost of a traditional burial funeral is out of many families means these days. Below, we have provided an overview of local cremation costs and how you can save money on funeral expenses.

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

The cost of a funeral varies.  It will depend upon the type of funeral service you choose 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!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $9,191, it is possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

How much does a cremation cost in Metairie?

The average price of a direct cremation in Metairie is $2,728*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  A simple, direct cremation package price of $1,550 is offered by DFS Memorials.

How 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.  If you are using the Internet to research funeral services and prices in Metairie, 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.  If you are in doubt, ask if they are independently-owned.  DFS Memorials only work with a reputable, licensed and independently-owned funeral home.

Green Burial ContainerHow can I save money when arranging a funeral or cremation?

These 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.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated but no services or ceremony is held. Minimal services are offered by the funeral director 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.

A 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.

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. 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 birdbaths made with concrete infused with cremation ashes to memorial diamonds!  Some families 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 Examiners?

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 Jefferson Parish Public Information Office at 1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002 Jefferson, LA 70123 Phone: (504) 736-6410

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.

We 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 Metairie please call your DFS Memorials provider on (504) 215-8264.

Average cremation costs in Boston, MA

As more and more families opt for cremation over a traditional burial, we find families are seeking out information to help them better understand their options.  This article provides a brief overview of cremation in Boston, how you can save money by arranging cremation services and helps you to compare cremation costs between funeral service providers in Boston.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Direct cremation Boston MAA cremation is likely to save you 40 – 50% on the cost of a traditional burial funeral.  Why is this? It is largely because you can eliminate some of the largest outlays associated with a funeral.  With cremation, there is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, cemetery plot or full-size grave marker.  Eliminating these funeral merchandise items/services can save you a few thousand dollars!  Another way that cremation can save money is that it is possible to hold a memorial service (with the cremated remains present) without having to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately.  This can allow families time to make decisions.  Often this can mean that money-savings options can be more thoroughly explored.  Some families even choose to conduct their own memorial service, which can save on venue and staff costs, plus it also makes a service so much more personalized.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Boston?

Cremation prices do differ quite considerably between different funeral homes in Boston.  For this reason an ‘average’ cremation cost has to be put into the perspective depending on what kind of cremation services are being assessed.  Nationally the average cost of a cremation funeral is $3,745 for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.  Average cremation costs in Boston are on par with this price.  However, cheaper cremation options are available as mentioned below.

Cremation Packages

A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.  In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.  Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.

Cremation ServiceDirect cremation in Boston

Direct cremation, or immediate cremation, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for funeral consumers.  A direct cremation is the simplest, and least expensive, option.  It involves the funeral home collecting the deceased, transferring him/her into their care, completing all the necessary paperwork and conducting the cremation (after the legal waiting period of 48-hours).  A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary urn.  Direct cremation in Boston can cost anywhere between $1,395 and $3,000.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Boston?

Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of services you require.  If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need a funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony and that is in a good location for your family.

If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost.  The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held.  And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.

The DFS Memorials provider for Boston is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies, yet covers a wide service area into all of Eastern Massachusetts.  DFS Memorials offers families a low-cost cremation in Boston.

DFS Memorials BOSTON  (617) 221-7778 – Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $1,395

How do cremation providers compare in Boston?

It is always wise to shop around and compare services and costs.  We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end of life services?  It can be quite a task trying to efficiently compare local funeral homes, so we have conducted a survey and provided a sample of the best prices we discovered for a basic direct cremation package in Boston.

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Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in November 2013. 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.

Hopefully, this can assist families in understanding the differences in cremation costs on a local level.

What about preplanning a simple, affordable cremation?

Most budget cremation packages offered are an ‘at need’ price.  If you wish to purchase a simple cremation plan, you can expect the cost to be higher.  How much a cremation plan will cost will depend upon how it is funded and your age at the time of purchasing a prepaid plan.  Do consider that an alternative is to document your funeral wishes and put aside the appropriate funds to cover a basic cremation in a POD account [Payable on Death or Totten Trust].  Your money is safe and accumulating interest for you, and your surviving family/beneficiary can access the funds when the need arises.

What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs in Boston?

Sadly more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral costs.  Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are.  In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will pay for part of the cost of a funeral for MassHealth (Medicaid) members and other low-income, financially qualifying individuals. The DTA will pay up to $1,100 for funeral expenses that do not exceed $1,500.  You must inform your chosen funeral director that you are claiming a Medicaid or MassHealth funeral and the funeral director will then bill the DTA.  The deceased’s family must pay the remaining $400 to the funeral home.

There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith, and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Boston serves families throughout Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk & Worcester Counties and Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End and West Roxbury.

Arranging a low cost cremation or funeral in Jacksonville, FL

Today we are all more discerning consumers, and this concern for saving money even extends to purchasing funeral services.  An average funeral can cost $8,755 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2017) and yet this cost does not even include cemetery fees.  When many families are struggling paycheck to paycheck, overspending on funeral expenses is just not an option!

In this article, we aim to give you an overview of arranging a low-cost cremation or an affordable burial service in Jacksonville.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Jacksonville?

cremation cost jacksonville flFlorida is the ‘sunshine state’, and a popular retirement destination has a higher than average cremation rate.  In many cases, the family finds it more convenient (and cheaper) to arrange for a simple cremation and then ship or transport the cremated remains.  It is possible to arrange a basic cremation with a licensed funeral home in Jacksonville for $695.

The cost of a basic cremation can vary between different funeral service providers in Jacksonville, therefore an average cremation cost is nearer to $2,200.  How much your cremation will cost will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select, and which provider you opt to conduct the service.

Florida is one of only 2 states that DO license Direct Disposers.  These are businesses that can ONLY conduct direct dispositions.  They are NOT licensed funeral establishments and cannot offer the additional range of services that a funeral home can offer.  Although a Direct Disposer may appear to offer a very competitive direct cremation price, you do need to consider what ‘hidden’ extras you may pay for, and the limitations of the service package that can be offered.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of a burial.  Choosing cremation removes the need for a burial plot, burial vault, a casket, and even embalming.  It is possible to have a funeral services provider conduct the cremation for you, and then arrange your own memorial service.  This is a key way to save money whilst also personalizing a life celebration memorial.

Cremation & Funeral Packages in Jacksonville

affordable-funeral-jacksonvilleMany funeral homes offer cremation and funeral packages to simplify the selection of services for the consumer.  It is important to carefully check exactly what is included in any funeral services package.  Generally, you have a ‘simple’ or low-priced option for a cremation or burial.  This is commonly referred to as immediate cremation or immediate burial.  This budget funeral option will not include any services or ceremonies.

The mid-range cremation or funeral package will include a graveside service or memorial service.  A full traditional funeral package or Cremation Tribute will generally include all the trimmings of a full-service funeral ceremony.

How much will a traditional funeral cost in Jacksonville?

As mentioned above funeral prices can, and do, vary significantly.  A traditional funeral can cost anything up to around $10,000 when including in all fees and costs.  However, it is possible to arrange a traditional funeral on a budget and spend only a few thousand dollars for a dignified ceremony.

Direct cremation in Jacksonville

A direct cremation is a popular option in Jacksonville.  A direct cremation simply means that the funeral home handles the immediate cremation of the deceased without conducting any services or ceremony.  The deceased is collected, sheltered, and prepared for cremation.  A basic cremation container is used for the cremation and the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Jacksonville?

It can be daunting knowing where to start if you need to arrange a funeral and do not have a preferred or recommended funeral home to contact.  It can help to make a list of questions and/or your criteria.  This can help you if you need to compare services and prices between funeral homes.  If the cost is an important factor and you need to arrange a low-cost funeral, then we would recommend you contact the DFS Memorials provider for Jacksonville.

Low-cost cremation in Jacksonville

DFS Memorials offers a complete direct cremation in Jacksonville for $695.

Call (904) 395-7939

Is there any help with cremation costs in Jacksonville?

There is very limited financial aid for funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the level of public aid they have (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.

Social Security offers a lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  There are also unions, church, and charity organizations that may assist a family with fund-raising 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.

Serving families in Duval County, Nassau County, St Johns County and Clay County, and Arlington, Brooklyn, Downtown, Eastside, Jacksonville Beaches, Lake Shore, LaVilla, Mandarin, Murray Hill, New Town, Northside, Ortega, Panama Park, Riverside and Avondale, San Marco, Sandalwood, Southbank, Southside, Springfield, St. Nicholas and Westside.

Cremation Services in Bolingbrook, IL

Direct Cremation in Bolingbrook, ILCremation is changing the way we think about funerals.  More than half of American funerals are now conducted as cremations.

If you are researching cremation costs to consider preplanning your wishes, or have an immediate need for cremation services, this article can provide you with some information on what costs to expect for cremation services.

Our changing attitudes towards death care

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 a 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 on how we are changing our approach to 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 cremation cost in Bolingbrook?

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.

The average cost for a cremation is around $3,000, but a cremation can be arranged for as little as $995.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Bolingbrook DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending 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.

How much is a direct cremation in Bolingbrook, IL?

A simple cremation can be conducted in Bolingbrook for 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.  If desired the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.

Call DFS Memorials now on (815) 216-4601 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.

Cremation planningHow to compare cremation costs in Bolingbrook, IL

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.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Illinois

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  There is a mandatory wait period of 24 hours after death in Illinois before the cremation can proceed.

It is not necessary 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. Visit our Memorialization section to find out more.

cremation costsPreplanning 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 pay 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 Will County Human Services Department at:

302 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL  60432 (815) 774-7489

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 to liaise 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: Will County Medical Examiner 158 N Scott St, Joliet, IL 60432

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

Arranging a cremation in Worcester for $1,395

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 of dollars in arranging a funeral in Worcester.  In fact, you can arrange a simple and dignified direct cremation for just $1,395.

Direct cremation Worcester MAWhy choose cremation services?

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

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 with a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are various options for cremation services. You can choose to have a cremation without any ceremony or services or have a full traditional funeral followed by a cremation.  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 3 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 Worcester?

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 $1,395 and $2,700 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in Worcester, MA

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 or collect (or if requested delivered or 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 Worcester on (508) 203-7966 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,395.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

cremation-services-worcester-maThis can sometimes be a daunting task 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 services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason, we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

How do cremation costs compare in Worcester, MA

All funeral homes in Worcester have a general price list (GPL) and this should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $31.00 each.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Worcester, MA?

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

In Massachusetts, there is no specified mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed, however, before a cremation can proceed the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county health department must issue a permit to cremate.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however, you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

cremation-costs-worcester-maAs I mentioned earlier there is a versatility on what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath or memorial reef ball to name but a few!

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

In Massachusetts, MassHealth does have a program to assist residents who are recipients of state benefits with funeral expenses.  Assistance is available from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and funds up to $1,100 can be paid direct to the funeral home.  In these cases often 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 $1,395.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Massachusetts.  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, plus they sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!