What happens during the cremation process? From the Funeral Home receiving the deceased for cremation, to giving the family the cremated remains

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Cremation Explained

Are you thinking about cremation as a disposition option but curious about what the whole process entails? It can be difficult making a decision about something that you may not clearly understand or have questions about.  As more families consider cremation as a death-care alternative, we have put together this guide to explain everything you need to know about the cremation process.

The Funeral Home and/or crematory receiving the deceased

When the funeral home or crematory receives the deceased into their care, they will require the family to complete a Personal Details Form.  This provides the funeral director with all the vital statistics he or she requires to begin the process of applying for the death certificate and enables the funeral home to provide shelter for the deceased with all the correct ID information.

How the deceased identity is verified throughout the cremation process

Cremation & ID verification

All funeral homes and crematories adhere to strict guidelines and rules.  This especially pertains to ensuring the verification of ID throughout the process.

When a body is received at a funeral home or crematory, it is an imperative step that the body is identified by a family member and ID tag.  A form of a metal tag is generated, and this remains with the body throughout the process.  After the cremation, the metal ID tag is put with the cremated remains.

Most funeral facilities use some kind of project management system to keep track of their cases and what stage in the process they are at.  In some facilities, this may be as simple as a whiteboard and a case file system.  More modern facilities may use bespoke software systems to track and coordinate cases.

Preparing the body for cremation

The funeral home will remove any items that the family does not wish to be cremated with the deceased, such as jewelry.  The deceased can be prepared in whatever clothes the family decides are befitting, similar to the preparation for a funeral.

If the family wishes to hold a viewing prior to the cremation, the deceased will be prepared for the family to visit and say their last goodbyes.  As a basic cremation container is used for cremation, some funeral homes offer rental caskets or a viewing bed if a viewing is held.

If the deceased had a pacemaker or other type of medical device, this would need to be removed to prevent it from exploding during the cremation process.

What is a ‘cremation container’?

A casket is not required for cremation, although some funeral homes will offer a wooden cremation casket.  A standard reinforced cardboard box with a plywood base is often used to hold the body. This is called a ‘cremation container’ and burns easily during cremation.

Cremation Container

Preparation of permits, authorization, and paperwork – the legal aspects of cremation

As I mentioned, strict legislation governs the operation of human cremation, including the submission of legal documents for processing.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the immediate legal next of kin.  A cremation cannot proceed without this form.  If there is more than one next-of-kin (for example 2 or more siblings), then all siblings must sign the authorization form.

The funeral director will submit to the county office for the death certificate using the data provided by the family from the Personal Details Form.  If required, he or she will also request the Permit to cremate the deceased.  Some counties require a permit before cremation and charge for it, but this is not required in some counties.

The charge for the cremation permit varies significantly by county.  Most charge between $10.00 to $60.00 for a permit, but Wisconsin has some of the highest cremation permit fees in the country, with Milwaukee county charging $357 for the coroner’s cremation release fee.

As cremation is such a final disposition, there is also a legal mandatory wait period after the death occurs before a cremation can go ahead.  This varies by state but ranges from 24-72 hours.

This means that even if the family has signed all the legal paperwork and a permit is issued, the cremation cannot be conducted until the mandatory period has expired.  Generally, it will take 2-3 days for all the formal details to be completed before the cremation is scheduled.  During this time, the deceased is stored in a refrigerated storage unit, similar to how morgues store bodies, as embalming is not required for cremation.

How does the cremation chamber or cremation retort operate?

A cremation chamber is otherwise referred to as a cremation retort.  It is an industrial-type furnace that can hold one body and incinerate it at high temperatures.  There are many different types of retorts, and today there are modern and very efficient cremation machines that can be operated by computer and automated.  Most are fueled by gas or propane.

Cremation Retort

The chamber has a door at one end, and the cremation container is loaded into the retort via the door.  This is then sealed, and the cremation process begins.  This can be done manually or automatically.

The chamber is constructed of fire-resistant bricks and special masonry that can withstand very high temperatures and is generally housed in a stainless-steel casing.  The temperature within the retort reaches between 1800 F – 2000 F.  The process takes around 2 hours to completely reduce the body to bones and ash.  Some older cremation machines may take up to 3-1/2 hours to cremate.  When a cremation retort has reached full heat, subsequent cremation can take less time.

Once the incineration process is complete, a tray containing the bone fragments and ashes is extracted for the next part of the process.  A cool-down period of approximately 30 – 60 minutes is required before the bones and ashes can be processed.

How are cremation ashes processedHow are the cremation ashes processed?

The bone fragments and cremation ash is first ‘filtered’ to check for any metal debris.  This is items such as surgical pins, screws, titanium joints/limbs, and metal dental fillings.  Depending on the sophistication of the crematory, this will be done by hand, with a magnet, or with an automated filtering system.  Many crematories are now recycling the metal debris they extract from cremation cases.

The remaining bone fragments are then put into a processing unit that is basically like a grinder.  This unit pulverizes the bone fragments to a fine powder, known as the cremated remains or ashes, that are placed in the cremation urn.  The ID tag will have stayed with the body throughout the cremation process, which is then placed with the urn in readiness to return the ashes to the family.

Who can conduct a cremation?

Most funeral homes and crematories employ crematory operatives to run their cremation machines and process their cremation cases.  Sometimes the funeral director may personally handle cases, but a trained crematory operative is versant in the specialized knowledge of safely operating a crematory and handling the deceased for cremation.

How long does it take from the funeral home receiving the deceased to the family receiving the cremated remains back?

The time frame can vary depending on several criteria.  Firstly, the cremation cannot proceed until all the legal requirements have been met.  Secondly, depending on the crematory, there may be a schedule for cremation.  It is fair to say that it will generally take at least 7 days but quite possibly up to 10 days from the deceased being delivered into the care of the funeral home until the cremated remains are ready.

However, there are cases where an expedited cremation may be required, which can be facilitated if all the permits and authorizations are in order but may incur an additional charge.  Likewise, I have known of cases that have taken 21-28 days (or longer) to process a cremation.  This is typically where there is some discrepancy in the issuing of a permit and family consent in the authorization of cremation.

Questions about cremation

Other Frequently Asked Questions about cremation

How long does it take for a body to be cremated?

It takes anywhere between 1-1/2 to 3/1/2 hours to cremate an adult body.  It can depend on the time of day the cremation is conducted (i.e., the retort needs to reach full heat to cremate faster) and the type of cremation machine.

Do you have clothes on when you are cremated?

Yes, the deceased is clothed when placed in the cremation container, and the clothes burn with the body.

Can other personal items be cremated with the deceased?

It is generally acceptable to place a small personal item in the cremation container with the deceased prior to cremation, so long as it is a combustible item, such as flowers or soft toys.

What happens to teeth during cremation?

Any teeth that do not burn during the process are ground down with bone fragments during the processing of the ashes.  If the deceased had gold teeth, the family can decide if they wish to have these removed before cremation.

Can an obese or overweight body be cremated?

Yes, many crematories offer barometric cremations.  Larger cremation retorts are required to hold and cremate a body over 600 pounds.  Due to the increase in obesity, some crematories have replaced their standard retort doors with wider doors to be better able to fit a larger body through.

An obese body is likely to burn faster as it contains more fat, but it can be more dangerous to manage the retort and observe the incineration process.  The handling of a body over 350 pounds requires additional equipment and a reinforced cremation container.  For these reasons, many crematories will charge a barometric cremation fee.  This will be anywhere between an additional $100 – $400.

How much do cremated remains weigh?

A standard adult cremation will produce an average of 3 to 9 pounds (1.4 to 4.1 kilograms) of cremated remains. The volume of cremation ashes usually depends on the bone structure and density of the person and not so much on their actual weight.

Do I need a casket for cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation.  A simple combustible cardboard container is often used, especially when a direct cremation is conducted.  If you decide to hold a service before the cremation, many funeral homes will now often have a rental casket.  This saves you the cost of a casket.  Read more about rental caskets for a cremation service.

What happens to unclaimed cremated remains?

Not all families choose to collect cremated remains.  Some families do not know what to do with the cremated remains.  They may not want to inter the remains and do not want to keep them at home.  Some have opted for cremation as a final disposition and just do not want the remains.

Unclaimed Cremated Remains

So, unclaimed remains are becoming a growing concern for funeral homes, especially as the direct cremation rate grows.

Some cremation providers are offering incremental scattering services as a simple add-on to a cremation package so that they can scatter remains in a scattering garden, with the families’ consent.  This alleviates the funeral home of the issue of storing remains indefinitely.

Some cremation providers are now adding clauses to a cremation contract that stipulates that if the cremated remains are not collected within 90 days, they have the right to dispose of them. 

Historically, with a lower cremation rate, a funeral home would store any cremation urns not collected by the family.  There was concern that a family member could turn up years down the line, wanting to retrieve the remains.  But with the rise in cremation, this now has the potential to become a storage nightmare!

Cremated remains that remain unclaimed from indigent funerals are generally held for a period, and then the county authorities conduct a mass interment or scattering.

Cultural differences in the cremation process

Our cultural attitudes to cremation differ.  The cremation rate is over 80% across Europe and in Japan.  It is an accepted practice that cremation is a better solution for disposition.  In some countries, this has been driven by a less faith-driven approach to death care and by available space for a body burial.

Cremation has been sacred in some cultures and religions for thousands of years.  There is documented evidence of cremation practice among the early Phoenician and Persian cultures.  But over time, this was replaced with mummifying and burial.

In Hinduism, it is a tradition to cremate the deceased.  Their concept of death being a transition to the next existence gives them a different perspective on the notion of the body.  Other Indian religions, such as Sikhism and Jainism, also mandate cremation.

Some crematories that cater to faiths, like Hinduism, which has specific cremation rituals, will facilitate the ritual rites of cremation.  For example, Hindus are required to begin the cremation and see the deceased enter the cremation chamber.  So, a crematory may have a special viewing area with a control button, and a family member can observe the cremation container entering and starting the machine.  Where possible, they will help the family observe the rituals that are a sacred part of the funeral rites.

What does a cremation cost?

The cost of cremation varies.  This depends on the type of cremation service selected and also the cremation service provider you use.  The most affordable cremation service is direct cremation.  This is a cremation without any ceremony provided by the funeral service provider.  Direct cremation is growing in popularity as it is an efficient and cost-effective disposition alternative.  Families who choose direct cremation can still conduct a memorial service when they have the cremated remains returned to them.  But this does not have to be done immediately, so it can allow for a family to plan their own memorial or ash-scattering service at a time that suits them.

Average cremation costs 2018

It is usually a good idea to compare cremation costs from several cremation service providers to determine the average cost you can expect to pay in your area.  

As we approach the end of 2022, it is becoming apparent that cremation prices are increasing. This is due to increases in overhead costs for funeral homes and crematories and rising gas prices.  We have noted through the DFS Memorials Cremation Network that around 40% of our affordable direct cremation service providers have increased their basic cremation charge by $50 – $150 over the last 12 months.  Funeral business acquisitions are also impacting the cremation market, as larger groups acquire more funeral homes in an area and can then begin to ‘set’ the cremation price for that market.  Now may be a good time to set up a Simple Cremation Plan and lock in a price.

If you wish to make cremation arrangements online without having to visit a funeral home, read our guide to Online Cremation Arrangements and Preplanning a Cremation Online.

For further reading on Cremation – visit The Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022 on US Funerals Online.

Check out our Guide to Cremation Costs in Pennsylvania.

5 Funeral Trends that are changing death care traditions as we know them

The funeral industry is experiencing an era of change in the 21st century.  It is probably the most seismic change the death care business has experienced for over two centuries.  A once very traditional and stoic industry is being affected by shifts in consumer demand. So, what funeral trends are happening?  And how are they affecting funeral homes and funeral consumers?

Funeral & Cremation Trends 2018#1  The demand for affordable cremation

Cremation has soared in popularity in the last ten years and, in the last three years, has moved to become the preferred option for the majority of Americans, with the cremation rate reaching 58% last year and set to reach 80% by 2030, according to Cremation Association of North America (CANA).

Although some families choose cremation with a funeral or memorial service, the demand for direct cremation as a simple, no-fuss, and affordable funeral alternative is making up the core of the cremation business.

Providers in the DFS Memorials Affordable Cremation Network report that up to 80% of cremation cases they handle are now direct cremation cases.

#2  An interest in eco-friendlier funeral alternatives

There appears to be a growing interest (especially in certain states) in eco-friendlier funeral options.  Many consider cremation eco-friendlier than a traditional burial, with embalming fluids, concrete, and steel being buried into the earth.

Some families still opt for burial and are considering natural burial, and even traditional cemeteries are adding hybrid green burial sections to cater to this demand.

Visit this Green Burial Directory on US Funerals Online to locate Green Cemeteries near you.

#3  A break away from convention in rituals

Society is changing, and how we approach life rituals is part of that change.  There have been changes in our attitudes to how we approach births for some time now, with a greater interest in natural birthing processes.  Some families have moved away from a somber funeral ritual to choose a Life Celebration event instead, breaking the convention of a traditional funeral service.

#4  A Preference for more Personalization in Memorialization

Personalization has become quite the ‘buzz’ concept of culture today.  We all look for myriad ways to personalize our lives.  We personalize our daily lives and possessions to stamp our identity, so why not choose to host a funeral that exemplifies this quality of personalization?

This trend has meant that funeral homes are having to adapt to cater to personalized services. And even accept that families may now opt NOT to use their chapel or funeral home for a memorial service but prefer to host their own memorial tribute service at a different venue.

Check out our Guide to Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas.

#5  A return to the 19th century concept of family-led funerals

Back in the day, an undertaker was largely just responsible for making a coffin and burying the deceased.  The family would prepare their loved ones and lay them to rest in the parlor, holding a vigil at home to mourn their departed family member.

Eventually, the business of undertaking extended to funeral parlors and, today, funeral homes and funeral directors.

However, there is a trend affecting the funeral industry today, where more families are wishing to conduct a ‘DIY’ funeral for their loved one instead of just using a funeral home to conduct everything.

There are 10 states that DO require a family to employ a funeral director to conduct funeral services and handle a deceased’s body. 

But that still leaves 40 states where a family can, if they so choose, opt to handle the funeral services themselves.  Several organizations nationwide support families who wish to conduct a family-led funeral.

These 5 trends are changing an industry that has been very traditional for many decades.  Some businesses recognize these changes and adapt to meet the demand.  But for some in the industry, these trends are presenting them with challenges.

Affordable Cremation in Central Florida $1,095

Cremation is a popular choice in Central Florida.  Florida has a retirement population, many of which opt for cremation as an inexpensive and convenient means to make final arrangements.

The cost of cremation services can play a significant part in this decision, as a direct cremation can be arranged in central Florida for just $1,095 complete.

The cremated remains can be transported (if required) anywhere in the U.S. or overseas if there is a need to return remains to family outside of Florida.

The DFS Memorials provider for Orlando and Central Florida can be reached at (407) 710-8865.

If you have an immediate or imminent need for a low-cost direct cremation, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $1,095.  Families’ attitudes to funerals are changing, and cremation offers families greater flexibility in arranging end-of-life services.

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.

When you can take care of everything for $1,095 and are dealing with a local licensed direct disposal establishment, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the Simple 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 of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area

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.

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.

Also, if the deceased had a pacemaker that must be removed prior to the cremation, there will be a small additional charge. Likewise, if the deceased was overweight and an oversize cremation is needed, you may incur an additional charge.

To learn more about cremation, the process, service options, and legal requirements that govern a cremation disposition, visit our Complete Guide to Cremation.

Can we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation in Central Florida?

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.  We have useful resources to help you plan and make your memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.

Our lowest-cost cremation is available throughout the Greater Orlando area and Flagler, Lake, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties.

Can I preplan a cremation in Central Florida?

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.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at an affordable cost in Central Florida, ensuring 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 versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.

You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains, or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath, or memorial reef ball, to name but a few!

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

Sadly, there is little financial aid 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.  Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.  An affordable direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $1,095 in Central Florida.

8 Things You Need to Know About Direct Cremation

direct-cremationCremation is the ‘hot’ trend in the U.S. death care market today and is revolutionizing the funeral industry. In this post, we talk all about Direct Cremation, the most economical cremation option that the industry does not always clearly offer as an option.

If you have the immediate need for a low-cost direct cremation, click here to locate your nearest DFS Memorials provider now.  Direct cremation services are as low as $695.

Cremation now accounts for around 56% of all funerals in the nation, with some states cremating 65% or higher, and a forecast for the national rate to reach 78% by 2035.

However, the biggest revolution about this shift to cremation is, in fact, the shift to direct cremation. Something the industry as a whole is choosing not to disclose. Many cremation providers offering affordable cremation services report that 80% of their cremations are direct cremation. Until recently, most families did not know what a direct cremation was – today, and it is starting to permeate our understanding of funeral terminology.

So what exactly IS direct cremation, you may be asking?

A direct cremation is the funeral industry term for a basic cremation with minimal cost outlay and no services or ceremony performed before the cremation. You may also hear a direct cremation called an immediate, basic, or simple cremation. They all generally mean the same thing.

To help you fully understand what direct cremation is, I have outlined below the 8 key things you need to know about direct cremation.

#1   A direct cremation involves no pre-funeral services. There is no viewing, visitation, or ceremony conducted.

#2   Because direct cremation is a simple process of disposition (by cremation), in many states, you can arrange a direct cremation without needing the services of a funeral director. You can deal directly with a crematory, a direct disposer, or a cremation provider who offers only cremation services.

#3   No embalming is required before a direct cremation. [If the deceased had a pace-maker, this will need to be removed]

#4   A direct cremation can be arranged online or over the phone without needing to visit the funeral home or crematory.  The cremated remains can even be mailed to you after the service has been completed. (Usually, there is an additional surcharge for this mailing service.)

#5   No casket is required for direct cremation. Because there are no pre-funeral services, there is no need for a casket. The body is cremated in a simple cardboard container called the ‘Cremation Container.’ This eliminates a large cost factor of a traditional funeral.

#6   Although it is often called an immediate cremation, a direct cremation cannot proceed until certain paperwork is in order. In many states, there is a mandatory waiting period after the death of 24-48 hours. A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the immediate next of kin, and a cremation permit issued by the County.

#7   The cremation process takes approximately 3 hours, after which the remains are filtered and ground to form the powdered ‘ash’ we commonly consider to be cremated remains. Generally, the cremated remains are ready for the family to collect (or have delivered) within about 5-10 days.

#8   Once a direct cremation has been conducted, and you have the cremated remains returned, you can arrange your own memorial service. This can be done with or without the cremation urn present or can take the form of an ash scattering ceremony. Having the cremation handled efficiently and economically (direct cremation) by a licensed cremation professional at a low cost means the family can save money on funeral costs and arrange a memorial ceremony that is befitting for the deceased.

All funeral service providers (by law) must have this service option outlined on their General Price List (GPL), although you will usually find it at the bottom. Not all funeral providers will include the same range of services in their direct cremation price, so do check this carefully. Is the cremation container included in the price quoted? Are death certificates and cremation permits included? Is the crematory fee included?

The market for direct cremation is becoming more competitive as funeral service providers realize that many Americans are choosing this option. It offers the ability to arrange a dignified cremation for a fraction of the cost of a funeral and also empowers the family to be in control of the memorialization process.

How much does a direct cremation cost?

This is not a simple question as the costs vary so much between cremation service providers. For this reason, it is accurate to say a direct cremation can cost anywhere between $700 and $3,000. However, if you shop around and seek out a low-cost direct cremation provider, you should expect to pay between $700 and $1,000 in most metros areas. [Prices do vary depending on area]

Currently, cremation service providers in most cities are offering budget direct cremation, and this does not necessarily mean an inferior service. In many cases, it is a local funeral home operating a separate direct cremation business to help supplement their declining traditional trade. Just be sure to check the credentials of exactly who you are dealing with.

DFS Memorials ONLY works with licensed local funeral service providers who offer a comprehensive and best-price direct cremation service for their area. To find out the cost of a direct cremation in your town – visit your state and select your city. All direct cremation prices are disclosed, and all prices are complete with no hidden extras!

As we move towards the end of 2022, we have noticed that cremation prices are increasing.  Funeral businesses are being affected by increasing gas prices and other rising ancillary prices that affect their bottom line.  Around 40% of the DFS Memorials cremation network have increased their direct cremation service package price by $50 – $150 in the last 6 months alone!

Aside from rising costs, the continued acquisition and consolidation of funeral homes by larger regional groups or corporations may impact a ‘control’ of cremation prices in certain areas.

Direct cremation gained popularity largely due to how affordable it was.  If prices continue to increase alongside environmental and climate change agendas, we may witness a shift to alternative death care practices.

Visit our Guide to How to Set up an Affordable Cremation Plan: Pre-Plan vs. Pre-Pay.

Low-cost simple cremation service $777 – Jonesboro, AR

We aim to help families that want “just a simple cremation” in the Northeast Arkansas area.

We understand that today many families just want a simple and affordable funeral alternative.

A simple cremation, otherwise known as a direct cremation, can be conducted for as little as $777.

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is when the deceased is cremated with no ceremony or services performed by the funeral home.  The cremation is conducted, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family.  This can enable a family to arrange a memorial service at a more convenient time and place. (And also save on the cost of a service).

How much is a direct cremation service in Jonesboro?

A direct cremation service costs $777. Additional fees may apply for a residential collection, removing a pacemaker, or an oversize cremation.  County fees are third-party fees and include the cost of death certificates and charges for cremation permits where applicable.

What laws do you need to consider when arranging a cremation service?

As cremation is a very final disposition, there are strict rules that funeral providers adhere to.  The legal next of kin must all sign the Cremation Authorization Form to permit a cremation to be conducted. There is generally a mandatory wait period after the death of 24-48 hours before a cremation can be conducted.  Although, it generally takes a few days anyway to file for the death certificate and obtain a cremation permit.  Check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation Services 2022 for more information about cremation.

Is there any assistance with funeral expenses?

Unfortunately, families have very limited financial assistance to help with funeral expenses.  The county is responsible for indigent funerals.  But not many counties provide funds to help low-income families and those struggling, as there was no life insurance or provision.

Social Security does offer a $255 lump-sum death benefit payment (if the deceased qualifies), and the funeral home will usually help you claim this.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

You have several options.  You can arrange to inter the cremated remains in a niche or inter them into an existing gravesite.  However, both of these options will cost upwards of $500 in cemetery charges.  You can opt to keep the ashes at home in a cremation urn or have the ashes made into a memorial keepsake.  Scattering ashes is also becoming a popular choice.  Although you must bear in mind that this is a very final dispersing of your loved ones’ remains, consider it carefully.

Call us today at (870) 619-4828 if you need immediate assistance with cremation arrangements. Or feel free to call if you have further questions about cremation services.  We are here to help in these difficult times.

Arranging an Affordable Cremation in El Paso

Cremation is fast becoming the number one choice for families as an affordable alternative to a traditional burial service. Although the cremation rate in Texas has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low-cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many Texans approach death care. This guide aims to help you understand how to arrange an affordable cremation in El Paso and save on funeral costs.

 

Our DFS Memorials funeral provider in El Paso offers a compassionate and professional service at an inexpensive price.

Working with our provider in El Paso, we can help your family conduct a low-cost cremation or burial. They have 4 locations serving the Greater El Paso area, plus a cemetery, and can therefore offer affordable funeral services.

What is the cost of a direct cremation in El Paso?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in El Paso can vary considerably between funeral homes and depending on what type of cremation service you opt for. Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory. You can find affordable cremation in El Paso for between $1,850 – $3,000. 

direct-cremationA basic cremation can be conducted in El Paso for $1,850. 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 (915) 201-2446 to arrange a direct cremation in El Paso.

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. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s remains?

cremation-service-houstonThis 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.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in El Paso

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 a mandatory legal waiting period in Texas is 48 hours after death before a cremation can go ahead.

It is unnecessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until it is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

ash-scattering-texasCremation offers greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have returned. You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.

However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.

There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation in El Paso

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $1,850. 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.

Can an overweight body be cremated?

A standard cremation at the inclusive cost is for a person weighing 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 deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security pays out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify), and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. You should contact El Paso County Human Services Department to find out what may be available at (915) 546-2000.  They are located at 500 E. San Antonio, El Paso, Texas, 79901.

Direct cremation is available to residents of Sunset Heights, East El Paso, Ysleta, Mission Valley El Paso, West El Paso or Upper Valley, Northeast El Paso, West Central El Paso, and Anthony, Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, Homestead Meadows North, Homestead Meadows South, Horizon City, Montana Vista, San Elizario, Socorro, Sparks, Vinton, Tornillo, & Westway.

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A Guide to Cremation Costs in Texas 2022

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What is the average cost of a funeral in Texas today?

Texans are turning to the internet to compare prices and get more fair deals.  So why not ensure we apply the same mentality to checking cremation costs?  Traditional funerals are expensive.  The average cost of a funeral service in Texas is $5,192*, and this does not include any cemetery fees.  Adding cemetery expenses is likely to bring the full cost up to $7,000 – $9,000 for a ‘standard’ funeral service.  More extravagant funerals can cost double this!

In reality, not many families can afford to pay out thousands for a funeral service these days.  A key reason why the cremation rate has increased so significantly in recent years. Choosing cremation reduces funeral expenses dramatically.  In fact, opting for a simple direct cremation can reduce your funeral expense to less than $1,000 in most cities in Texas.

What is the average cost of cremation in Texas?

Quoting the average cost of a cremation can depend on the type of cremation service.  It is fair to say that the average price for a cremation service is around $2,000 – $3,000 for a simple service.  You can pay more for an elaborate cremation funeral with a gathering.  Or you can pay less for just a basic cremation service.

As you can eliminate certain items from the funeral expenses, such as embalming, a casket, a grave liner, and a cemetery plot – this does save you money on the full cost of a funeral with burial.

What is the least expensive cremation service?

Direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  This is when just cremation is carried out, with no additional services or ceremony.  It is a simple, dignified cremation of the deceased with minimal ‘fuss’ and at a minimal cost.

The cremated remains are returned to the next of kin after everything has been taken care of.  A family can choose to hold a memorial service if they wish when they are ready.

Direct cremation cost comparison in the 16 top cities in Texas

To help you understand how cremation costs can (and do) vary considerably, we have compiled some data on cremation costs in the major cities across Texas.  The table below provides a breakdown of the average direct cremation price vs. a low-cost direct cremation.  As you can see, in most areas, a direct cremation service can be arranged for less than $1,000.

City

Average direct cremation cost*

Low cost direct cremation

Immediate help

(DFS Memorials)

Abilene

$2,025

$1,125

 

Amarillo

$1,566

$975

 

Austin

$2,003

$795

(512) 253-1110

Brownsville

$1,426

$795

 

College Station

$2,025

$775

(979) 314-3889

Corpus Christi

$2,218

$1,175

(361) 208-0765

Dallas

$1,833

$795

(214) 380-4964

East Texas

$2,338

$795

 

El Paso

$2,230

$1,850

(915) 201-2446

Fort Worth

$1,819

$795

(817) 369-5240

Houston

$2,296

$640

(713) 309-6059

Laredo

$1,855

$995

 

Midland-Odessa

$2,285

$1,195

 

McAllen

$2,101

$995

 

San Antonio

$2,039

$795

(210) 460-1911

Waco

$1,483

$1,095

(254) 221-6609

Are there extra fees added to a low-cost cremation service package?

The service charge for a direct cremation is listed on the funeral provider’s General Price List. This should include the basic services of the funeral director, collection and transfer of the deceased, completing the legal paperwork, and conducting the cremation.  It usually includes a simple cardboard cremation container and a temporary urn.

The funeral director will pay third-party fees to the local county to obtain the death certificate and pay for any permit charges.  These are third-party fees that are added to the direct cremation service fee.  Cremation permit fees vary by county but are generally between $10 – $40 (if a charge is made).

Death certificates cost $20.00 for the initial certificate and $3.00 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.

Other possible additional charges would be:

  • Residential collection
  • Removal of a pace-maker
  • Overweight surcharge (above 250 pounds)
  • Family arrangement consultation
  • Mailing of cremated remains

What Texas funeral legislation governs cremation arrangements?

Texas has a mandatory 48-hour wait period after death before a cremation can proceed. As cremation is such a final disposition and destroys all DNA, some strict codes and rules govern the cremation of human remains.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by the legal next of kin before the county coroner can issue a cremation permit.

Can you get a free cremation in Texas?

Unfortunately, very little in life or death is ‘free’!  What is sometimes referred to as a “free” cremation or “no-cost” cremation is actually a whole-body donation.  Once the donation is performed, the remains are cremated free of charge.  However, there are costs associated with transporting the deceased and obtaining death certificates in some cases.  Read more in this funeral planning guide.

Is there any financial assistance towards funeral expenses for families with no money?

Local Texas counties manage their own budgets to assist needy families and take care of the needs of indigents.  You should contact your local county’s social or human services department to inquire if any support is available.

Other organizations, charities, and church groups may offer some contribution to help families who are struggling with funeral expenses.  Arranging a basic direct cremation is the most economical option.

What happens if I cannot pay for a funeral?

The responsibility to pay the funeral bill falls to the immediate next of kin if the deceased had no pre-paid funeral plan or life insurance.  This can be very stressful if you lose a family member and become responsible for the funeral arrangements without any resources.  This resource on What to do if you cannot afford a funeral might help.

Do any cremation service providers offer discounts for hospice patients?

Yes, some cremation service providers do offer a discount to hospice patients seeking a direct cremation.  A discount is often based on the relationship with the hospice and the ease of arranging the collection and completing paperwork. This can reduce the time, and manpower the funeral director needs to allocate to a case, and therefore he can offset this in the means of a discount to a hospice cremation service.

How much does a cremation cost if the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s morgue?

If the deceased is at the coroner’s office, you will need to make arrangements with a funeral service provider to collect the body when the coroner signs the release form.  You will need to give authorization to the funeral director to collect your loved one and transfer him or her into their care.

As most funeral directors deal with the coroner’s office on a regular basis, and the ME issues the authorization and permit to cremate, it can make the arrangements easier.  For this reason, some funeral homes can offer a budget direct cremation when handling remains from the Medical Examiner.

* Average direct cremation prices data gathered from Funeralocity 2022.  Low-cost direct cremation prices obtained from DFS Memorials providers in Texas.

 

What to do with the cremation ashes after your cremation service?

TIME Magazine’s ‘Cremation: The New American Way of Death‘ highlights a very real issue that is a growing concern as more Americans choose cremation as a preferred disposition choice.  What do you do with the ashes?

The cremation rate is now over 55% and it is predicted that by 2040 the cremation rate will reach a staggering 87%.  A cremation service offers a simple and much more affordable funeral alternative.  A basic direct cremation service can be conducted in some cities in America for as little as $495*.  For those Americans choosing a cremation service instead of burial, the decision about what to do with the cremated remains is now proving a growing dilemma.

There are basically 4 main options of what to do with your loved ones’ ashes

  • Inter the ashes in a niche, columbarium, or existing gravesite.
  • Store the cremated remains in a cremation urn at home
  • Scatter the ashes in a ‘special’ place
  • Have something personalized done – cremation diamonds, cremation ammunition, or send the ashes to space or to the bottom of the ocean

cremation-urnCremation may be cheaper – but interring cremated remains is not cheap

Interring the ashes is not necessarily a cost-friendly option.  It is widely accepted that many Americans are choosing cremation because it is so much cheaper than a traditional burial.  A cremation can cost a quarter of the cost of a traditional funeral.  By opting for a cremation you eliminate the need for the expensive cemetery elements – such as a casket, grave liner, cemetery plot, and headstone.   The cost to inter cremated remains can still seem expensive though, when it can run to a few hundred dollars, for that budget cremation service that only costs a few hundred dollars itself!

The funeral industry reports that they have a growing issue with families NOT collecting cremated remains [especially after that quick and low-cost direct cremation], and some funeral homes are storing hundreds of unclaimed cremated remains.

Cemeteries are also now dealing with the issue of families scattering remains over an existing grave, rather than paying the large cost to open the grave and inter the remains.

Keeping mortal remains on the mantle can seem gruesome for some!

There have been plenty of spoof movie scenes featuring some catastrophe happening with that ceramic cremation urn over the fireplace holding grandma’s remains.  Meet the Fockers always sticks in my mind – and quite clearly highlights how, culturally, we still find the idea of having the mortal remains of a dearly departed ‘invade’ our living space somewhat macabre.

I have heard stories from families where cremation urns have ended up as door-stops, or been stored away in the back of a cupboard for generations.  Cremation can detach us from the fixed notion of a ‘final resting place’ in the way that a traditional burial ritual did.

It seems that scattering ashes is becoming more popular alongside the trend towards cremation.

 Permits, prohibitions, and ‘ash scattering’ police

The legalities of scattering cremated remains are a somewhat complex and as of yet relatively ‘un-policed’ matter.  Interestingly the TIME feature mentions ‘wildcat scattering’ – an activity where relatives scatter the remains of a loved one at a site of their choosing, without gaining any consent.  Apparently, Disneyland has an issue with this.

I am quite sure we will see more ‘wildcat scattering’ as more folks choose cremation and decide to opt for a special final resting place for their cremated remains.

Personalized cremation artifacts

Memory-GlassIf money is no object, and you want something quirky and unusual, there are a whole host of possibilities today of what you can do with cremated remains.   With a spare $4,000 you can be turned into a memorial reef at the bottom of the ocean, or with around $3,000 you can be made into a cremation diamond.  If you want something less expensive, you can maybe opt for being made into a birdbath, glass goblets, or tattoo!   This article on ash scattering explores quite a few possibilities.

There future of final resting places is certainly changing alongside the trend towards cremation.  In some ways, it heralds a complete reinvention of what the notion of a cemetery is in the future.

Scattering Cremated Remains

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more about the complexities and guidelines on how to scatter safely, what different ash scattering options to consider, and how to ensure you comply with any regulations or local ordinances.

* Direct cremation prices vary but a basic direct cremation can cost under $500 in areas such as Nevada, Florida, and Washington.

How to arrange a low cost cremation in Mobile, Alabama

Are you researching cremation costs in Mobile? DFS Memorials is pleased to have a local, family-owned funeral home in Mobile, Alabama, enabling us to help families in Mobile, AL arrange an affordable cremation service.

More families are opting for direct cremation services to reduce funeral expenses significantly.

Direct cremation, also referred to as basic or simple cremation, is when the funeral home collects the deceased, conducts the cremation (without any services or ceremony), and then returns the cremated remains to the family or next of kin.

A memorial service can be held at a later date if so desired.

DFS Memorials of Mobile offers a range of cremation services at affordable prices.   Benji and Donna are committed to helping families in Mobile save money when making funeral arrangements.  As well as our modern funeral facility, we can offer traditional funeral services in conjunction with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Daphne.

Simple, direct cremation is only $1,530.00

Call now for immediate assistance on (251) 206-5572,  to preplan a cremation, or with any questions, you may have.  We are here to help!

Our $1,530 cremation is available to families in Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Robertsdale, Loxley, Foley, Bay Minette, and the surrounding areas of Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama.

To read more about cremation services and FAQs – visit this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022

Affordable cremation services in Deerfield Beach, FL – $795

Funerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,848 in 2021, and this is without any cemetery fees included.  Adding in cemetery plot fees brings the average cost to around $10,000.

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

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

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

The cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.  If you do any research with local funeral homes you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $8,057, it is possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

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

How much does a cremation cost in Deerfield Beach?

Cremation service prices in Deerfield range from $795 to $5,878*, 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 $795 is offered by DFS Memorials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comparing cremation prices in Deerfield Beach

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

The cost of a direct cremation in Deerfield Beach ranges from $795 to $2,340.  The Neptune Society charges $1,982 for a direct cremation package.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated but no services or ceremony is held.  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.

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.

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

This is one question that a lot of families ask.  There are strict laws governing how human cremation is conducted.  Operatives are trained in the processes and only one body can be cremated in a retort at any one time.  The retort chamber is then fully cleared before another cremation proceeds.  A body is tagged the minute it is logged into the funeral home or crematory and ID checks are done at each step of the process.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

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

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiner?

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

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

More often these days family members are passing and we find out that they had no life insurance or funeral plan.  This can mean surviving families are burdened with a funeral bill that they cannot afford to pay.  There is very little financial support to assist families in this situation, and it varies significantly by state and county.  We would suggest you contact Broward County Assistance Program at:

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

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

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

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

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

Further Reading on Cremations Costs & Services:

The Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022

What Happens During the Cremation Process? From the Funeral Home Receiving the Deceased to Giving the Family the Cremated Remains