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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How to arrange a low cost cremation in Waco, TX

Cremation is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional burial in Waco.  Although the cremation rate in Texas is still way below the national average, it is growing exponentially, as families choose less expensive funeral options.  As acceptance of cremation grows, and more families decide that they cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on funeral expenses, we are sure to see cremation become a preferred choice.

Why choose cremation?

There are several reasons cited as to why families today choose cremation.  The most common reason is the price.  A cremation will cost significantly less than a traditional burial.  A cremation will generally cost at least half the cost of a traditional funeral – if not less.  So opting for cremation is a sure-fire way to make a funeral more affordable, just the savings on such items as the casket, embalming, and the cemetery fees, save thousands of dollars.  Yet a cremation service can be just as traditional and dignified as a burial service.

Other reasons why cremation is becoming more accepted is a declining religious traditionalism, a greater interest in more environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional burial, and a more transient population.   For many individuals cremation is just a personal choice that offers a simple, less costly, and more flexible means to conduct a funeral.

How much does a cremation cost in Waco?

This is the all-important question that many families wish to find the answer to!  Too often funeral homes do not disclose cremation prices in their marketing literature or websites.  It is important to understand that the cost of a cremation in Waco can vary considerably, depending upon the funeral provider you select.

A simple, direct cremation costs around $1,095 but It is fair to say that the average cost of a cremation can be up to $3,200 for a cremation with a service and a standard urn.  However, you can pay more, or less, than this for a cremation service.  It largely depends upon the professional fees a funeral home charges and the ancillary services/products you select (such as if a ceremony is conducted, the type of cremation urn, whether memorial products and an obituary are included).

A basic cremation service: Arranging a direct cremation in Waco

The lowest cost cremation in Waco is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected and cremated without any viewing or ceremony.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a basic temporary urn (unless a cremation urn is selected).  A direct cremation service can be arranged in Waco for $1,095 complete. This form of arranging a simple cremation enables families to conduct death care at a low cost and arrange their own memorial service or ash scattering at a time and place convenient for them.

How can I compare cremation costs between funeral homes in Waco?

One thing we have always recommended families is that you should consult more than one funeral home and compare funeral quotes.  Now we understand that this can seem daunting if you are grieving and do not want to make numerous phone calls or visits.  For this reason, DFS Memorials wanted to take the hassle out of shopping around for cremation prices.  We selected a licensed funeral home in Waco that we know offers one of the best prices on cremations.  This means we can direct you straight to a local, family-owned funeral company that will offer you exceptional value for money as well as meaning your needs are being serviced by a local business.

Call (254) 221-6609 to speak with a funeral director

Direct Cremation Service – $1,095

I cannot afford a funeral: What help is there towards funeral costs?

More families today are finding it a struggle to meet funeral costs, especially if they were unexpected.  So what can you do if you can’t afford to pay for a funeral?  Any public aid for funeral expenses is very patchy at best and varies by each state and county.  All states do have a responsibility to care for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who become the responsibility of the state, and not generally for those who just do not have the savings to meet the cost of a funeral.  Some funeral homes will offer payment plans or funeral financing, but it is not always easy to get approval.  Local organizations and charities often have some funding to assist those on welfare with funeral expenses.  If you are worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you really need to focus on keeping your funeral costs as low as possible.  Direct cremation will be the lowest cost funeral option you can do.

Also, remember that there is the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and that veterans are entitled to some benefits.

DFS Memorials serves families in the counties of Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill & McLennan counties and throughout Alta Vista, Austin Avenue, Baylor, Bellmead, Brazos, Brook Oaks, Brookview, Carver, Castle Heights, Cedar Ridge, Dean Highland, East Riverside, Elm Mott, Heart O’ Texas, Hewitt, Ignorant Holler, Kendrick, Lacy-Lakeview, Landon Branch, Mountainview, North Lake Waco, North Waco, Northcrest, Oakwood, Parkdale, Richland Hills, Robinson, Sanger Heights, Timbercrest, University, Viking Hills & Woodway with low-cost funeral and cremation services.

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

This article explains how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs.  How arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution when you can arrange an affordable direct cremation service for just $811.

If you need immediate assistance, call your local provider now.  Or, read on to learn more about Tucson’s cremation costs and services.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, COST is one of the biggest factors.  A traditional funeral can cost upwards of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2021 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at around $8,000 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a full-service cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000, and a simple direct cremation can be arranged for $811. It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!

Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene.  Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put control of memorialization back in the realm of the family.  A direct cremation simply ensures that a professional takes care of the disposition element.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when, and if they see fit.

For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option.  For other families, it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost?

Low-cost cremation in Tucson

A low-cost, simple cremation is available in Tucson for just $811.  Cremation prices vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low-cost cremation equitably compares.  Check exactly what is included.  Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’ but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low-cost price advertised.  Too often, we have found what appeared to be a low-cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!

Call (520) 200-7742 now to arrange a direct cremation for just $811 in Tucson and surrounding areas.

Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00

What does a cremation cost?How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?

With cremation costs in Tucson varying so much, choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, which can give a family assurance about their loved one’s care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind or need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area, then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families stress and time, and we ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.

Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Tucson in zip code order.

How do providers compare in Tucson?

The cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always wise to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Tucson can be conducted for just $811 with a local, family-owned funeral home.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?

Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days!  With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses.  If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment and benefits for veterans.  Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years.  You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally.  This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some other ways you can gain support towards funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Tucson serves families in Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties and Armory Park, Avondale, Barrio Viejo, Central, Civano, Congress Street, Convention, Cragin-Keeling, Downtown, Eastside, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fairgrounds, Fourth Avenue, Menlo Park, Northwest, Old Fort Lowell, Old Pascua, Pullman, Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz Southwest, South Tucson, Sunnyside, Western Hills, & Winter-haven

Guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Greenville, SC – $1,240

As we experience a huge shift to cremation in the US, more families are seeking to find out just what cremation means in terms of funeral costs.  The cremation trend is largely being driven by families demanding more affordable death care alternatives. An affordable cremation service can be arranged for just $1,240 in Greenville. 

For many years families arranged a traditional funeral without much thought to how much it would cost.  Today, many folks either do not want to spend thousands of dollars unnecessarily, or they simply cannot afford to spend $7000-$15,000 on a funeral service.

So, let’s take a look at what average costs for a burial or cremation in Greenville are, and how you can find the most affordable cremation service in Greenville, SC.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Greenville?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people are now realizing they can price-shop for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?

The Internet offers a great tool to research funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes have websites or put their prices online, so we have put this guide together to outline the average funeral and cremation costs in Greenville for you.

According to Funeralocity (2021), the average cost of a traditional funeral in Greenville is $7,370.  This is for a full traditional funeral service, including a casket, but not including any cemetery costs.

So how do cremation costs compare in Greenville?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.  No casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

Cremation costs greenville scThe average price for a cremation funeral service in Greenville is $6,128 (Funeralocity 2022).  Although a basic cremation with a short service can be arranged for less than this.

It is important to be aware that prices can vary quite a bit between different funeral homes or cremation providers.  We have conducted a cremation price comparison between providers in Greenville.  This means we can help you quickly connect with a local, low-cost cremation services provider to save you from conducting extensive price comparisons.

Direct cremation services in Greenville, SC

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

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

A basic direct cremation service is available in Greenville for $1,240, although the average price for a direct cremation is $2,437*.

Call DFS Memorials now on (864) 249-4737 to arrange a low-cost cremation for just $1,240

Are there any additional fees to a low-cost $1,240 cremation package?

In order for a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  This is a county charge, and costs can vary by county.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $12 for the first certificate and $3 for each additional copy issued.

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

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

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

Cremation is such a final disposition. You do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children to sign.

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

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

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

cremation plan greenville scCan I preplan a direct cremation service at an affordable cost in Greenville?

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

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

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

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

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints, and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services to find out what Assistance Programs may be available to you locally.

SCDSS, 1535 Confederate Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201  Phone: (803) 898-7601

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So, you may find that a low-cost cremation at $1,240 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If the deceased is held at the county morgue as the Medical Examiner is involved, you will need the services of a licensed funeral director to arrange for the release of the body.

What is the service area around Greenville?

The $1,240 direct cremation package is available in Greenville throughout all the 10 upstate counties of South Carolina.

Arranging an affordable cremation service in Clearwater, FL – Just $995

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 by arranging a funeral.

In fact, you can arrange a simple, direct cremation for just $995 in Clearwater!

The average cost of a traditional funeral is $7,848 (Funeralocity 2021), and this does not include cemetery costs, so it is understandable that many families today are looking for more affordable alternatives.  Cremation is now becoming the preferred, more affordable option to conduct a dignified yet simple disposition service at a fraction of the full cost of a traditional funeral.

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

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  This is because a casket is not required or embalming (unless required), and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved from their home state or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.  Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options, a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are 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.

Do note that the DFS Memorials provider in Clearwater is a Licensed Direct Disposer Establishment only and therefore cannot offer any other services than a simple direct cremation service.

How much does a cremation cost in Clearwater?

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 $3,656, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  The average cost of a direct cremation is $1,979*, although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $995 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Clearwater, FL

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 Clearwater at (727) 201-1616, who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $995.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be daunting when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral 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 significantly between funeral homes for the same service.  For this reason, we recommend you compare some costs before deciding.

Comparing cremation costs in Clearwater, FL

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

According to funeral price research surveys in Clearwater, the average cost of a cremation is $3,656, although a direct cremation can be arranged for less than this with some cremation providers.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $995.

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?  Death certificates cost $5.00 for the first certificate and $4 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 Clearwater?

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

Florida has 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.

Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and are not generally included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

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.  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 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.  You would need to inquire with Pinellas County Human Services Department at 647 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 to find out if any assistance is available.  Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.  A low-cost direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $995.

Cremation services in Clearwater FLWhat is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Clearwater.  This is referring to whole body donation, whereby after the donation is complete, the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally, funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization and sometimes charge a transportation fee.  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 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33771 Phone: (727) 507-4330

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.

Pinellas County Coroner, 10900 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33778, USA

Hopefully, this short guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Clearwater 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 Funeral Resources section on US Funerals Online.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2022

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

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

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

Why choose cremation over burial?

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice.  For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral.  A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral.  On average, a cremation service will cost at least a third, if not half, the cost of a burial.  More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  A cremation can be performed, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

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

How much does a simple cremation service cost in Mobile?

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

A simple cremation in Mobile county can cost between $1,530 and $4,000 for the same service.

A basic cremation service can be conducted in Mobile for $1,530 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.  The DFS Memorials of Mobile cremation services provider offers this for an incremental fee of just $200.

*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

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

Many funeral homes now offer a sample of cremation packages.  These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package.  You can have a full-service funeral that is followed by the cremation or a cremation followed by a memorial service.

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

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

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

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved 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 have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home with 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 a mandatory legal waiting period in Alabama is 24 hours before a cremation can go ahead.

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

cremation-costs-mobilePreplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $1530.  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 making difficult decisions.  The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

Veteran Funerals in Mobile

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

Overweight body cremation in Mobile

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $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.  You should contact Mobile County or Baldwin County Human Services Departments to find out what may be available.

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

Direct Cremation Services in Indianapolis – $750

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives. Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Indianapolis. For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, direct cremation in Indianapolis is a low-cost alternative.

How much does a cremation cost in Indianapolis?

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

A traditional funeral can cost around $9,000 (NFDA 2021) and does NOT include cemetery costs. Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to pay for a funeral. A cremation will cost at least half this amount, if not less, depending upon the type of cremation services selected and the crematory.

A basic cremation can cost anywhere between $750 and $4,000. To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a family-owned cremation services provider in Indianapolis who can offer a basic cremation package for just $750. Affordable cremation memorial and full-service cremation packages are also available.

Call now on (317) 207-6929 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Cremation services in Indianapolis

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

Direct cremation services in Indianapolis

indianapolis-cremation-servicesA direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service. Many of the DFS Memorials providers report that 80% of the cremations they do are direct cremations. A direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services. The deceased is collected, and transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork completed, and the cremation performed. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn. Most funeral homes offering a direct cremation package offer an inclusive price, where only cash advance items such as the death certificate and cremation permit fee are additional to the direct cremation package cost. Be sure to check this when consulting with a funeral home.

Arranging a direct cremation helps the family take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased in a dignified and economical way. This simple, ‘no fuss’ approach to death care is becoming more popular, with many families arranging their memorial service or ash scattering ceremony once the cremated remains are returned. Why pay thousands of dollars to a funeral director when you can conduct your own personalized service for a fraction of this cost?

Why is cremation so much cheaper than a traditional funeral?

There are a number of significant funeral merchandise items that are not required for cremation. No casket is required for cremation – a suitable cremation container is all that is required by law. No burial vault or cemetery plot is needed, and in most cases, the body is not embalmed. This eliminates thousands of dollars in funeral costs. Many families are now opting for direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) because they can then arrange their own funeral service once they have the cremation ashes back. With the decline in traditionalism and the rise in personalization, more families are opting to arrange something different as a life tribute.

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

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

Not all funeral homes have their own crematory and sub their cremations to a local crematory. If you have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home with their own crematory, so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!

direct-cremationWhat if I am unsure about cremation or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you. Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it. A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will prefer to have all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation. For further questions about direct cremation in Indianapolis, call your local provider at (317) 207-6929.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular. You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home. Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

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

Is it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?

Yes. You can preplan a simple direct cremation service. This is generally funded through an insurance product covering this cost when the need arises. All monies are secured in a trust fund. Call your local DFS provider now at (317) 207-6929 to discuss pre-planning options.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

For a direct cremation in Indianapolis, it will generally take a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation. However, expedited services can be arranged if required. In many states, a mandatory 24-hour wait period must occur after death, but this does not apply in Indiana.

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

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   Indiana has a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which will contribute $400 towards cemetery costs and $600 towards funeral costs. However, you do need to qualify for this support. You would need to contact Marion County Human Services to find out more.

What is the service area around Indianapolis?

The $750 direct cremation package is available throughout all of Greater Indianapolis and surrounding counties.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (317) 207-6929.

Low cost cremation services in Charlotte, NC

If you are concerned about the cost of a funeral and are looking for a more affordable funeral alternative, you may wish to consider cremation services in Charlotte.

This article aims to answer some of the questions you may have about cremation services in Charlotte and how you can save money by arranging a direct cremation for a fraction of the cost of a traditional funeral service.

Cremation has now overtaken burial as the preferred disposition choice for Americans.  Although there are several reasons cited by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) as to why we are shifting to cremation, the primary reason is cost.  Cremation costs at least 40% less than a traditional burial funeral.

How much does a cremation service cost in Charlotte?

The cost of a cremation can vary significantly in Charlotte.  This can depend on which funeral home or cremation service provider you select to provide your cremation services and what kind of cremation services you opt for.   The average cost of a cremation is around $3,200, which makes cremation a less costly option than a traditional burial.

It is possible to arrange a cremation in Charlotte for $1,375.  This is what is known as a direct cremation and is the cheapest way to conduct a cremation service.

What kind of cremation service packages are available in Charlotte?

Most cremation service providers in Charlotte offer a range of cremation packages.  These will range from a full-service cremation to a basic direct cremation.  All funeral homes will have a General Price List (GPL), which must list all their service charges, although some funeral homes will also offer packaged services.

It is recommended that you carefully check exactly what is offered in a packaged cremation service in Charlotte and how this compares to purchasing the cremation services required from the GPL.

direct-cremationA full-service cremation is generally similar to a traditional funeral, only the deceased is cremated after the service rather than transferred to the cemetery for burial. This is a more expensive cremation option as a casket may still be required for the ceremony (although some funeral service providers do offer rental caskets).

A cremation memorial is where the cremation is carried out, and a memorial service is held afterward with or without the cremated remains present.  It can take the form of an ash-scattering service, a life celebration event, or a memorial tribute.

It does not have to be at a funeral home or chapel; it can be organized and led by the family.  This means you can save on the cost of the funeral service and make it a very personal affair.  Visit our section on Memorialization to learn more about creating your own memorial tributes.

What is a direct cremation?

Direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option and the most basic service option.  It is sometimes referred to as a ‘simple cremation.’  The deceased is cremated without any services or ceremony, and the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.  A ceramic, wood, or steel urn can be selected for an additional cost.

Do I need a casket for a cremation service in Charlotte?

No, a casket is not required by law for cremation.  All that is required is a cremation container, usually a reinforced cardboard container.  If you wish to hold a viewing or ceremony before the cremation, you can choose to use a rental casket, or some funeral homes offer what they call “slumber beds.”  This is where the deceased is laid in repose on a bed in a viewing room.

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

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

Not all funeral homes have their own crematory and sub their cremations to a local crematory. If you have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home with their own crematory, so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!

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

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will prefer to have all children sign.

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

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

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

Is it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?

Yes.  You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund. Call your local provider now at (704) 233-7037 to discuss pre-planning a direct cremation service in Charlotte.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

cremation-plan-charlotteIt generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In North Carolina, a mandatory 24-hour wait period must occur after death before the cremation can proceed.

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

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to those families that qualify.  In some counties, this can be an amount up to $1,500.   You would need to contact Mecklenburg County Human Services or whichever county you are in to find out more.

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.

What is the service area around Charlotte?

The $1,375 direct cremation package is available throughout Greater Charlotte and surrounding counties, but an additional mileage fee may apply to more outlying areas.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (704) 233-7037.

How to Arrange Direct Cremation Services in Terre Haute, IN – $1,025

A direct cremation is the most economical cremation option.  No ceremony or services are delivered by the funeral services provider.

The deceased is collected and cared for in a dignified way, the cremation conducted, and then the cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

Following a direct cremation, relatives can opt to host their own memorial service with the cremation urn at a place and time that works for them.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Terre Haute?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people now feel the same way about purchasing funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The average cost of a traditional funeral in Terre Haute is $8,379*.

So how do cremation costs compare in Terre Haute?

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

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

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Terre Haute is $5,177*.

Direct cremation services in Terre Haute, IN

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

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

A basic direct cremation is available in Terre Haute for $1,025, although the average price for a direct cremation is $3,276*.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $1025.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $1,025

Call now on (812) 213-2009 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there additional fees to the $1,025 cremation package?

For a cremation to be conducted, a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $20 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional copy issued.

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

As cremation is such a final disposition of remains, there are laws to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children to sign.

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

Unclaimed Cremated RemainsWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium or keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

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

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

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

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

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

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

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

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $1025 with DFS Memorials is a dignified and affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (812) 213-2009, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2022

Affordable Cremation Service in Fort Wayne, IN $1,075

Cremation services are changing the way we make funeral plans today.  Whether you are planning ahead and considering a cremation plan for yourself or have an immediate need for an affordable cremation service in Fort Wayne, DFS Memorials can help you save money.

A simple, direct cremation service at need can be arranged now for $1,075.  Call now if you require immediate assistance with making disposition arrangements.

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

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families, the decision is dictated by their budget for a funeral, and a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial funeral.  On average, a cremation service will save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial, sometimes, you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. 

More families are choosing cremation in Fort Wayne as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead, a cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted how we 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 funeral service cost in Fort Wayne?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Fort Wayne is $7,809.*

How much does a cremation service cost in Fort Wayne?

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

It is important to state that cremation prices in Fort Wayne DO 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. The average cost of a cremation memorial is $4,593*. However, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Fort Wayne.

How much is a direct cremation service in Fort Wayne, IN?

A basic cremation service can be conducted in For Wayne for as little as $1,075 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 (260) 366-6686 to arrange a low-cost cremation for $1,075

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 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 ServiceHow to compare cremation costs in Fort Wayne, IN

As mentioned, the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers.   Ensure that you compare like-for-like cremation services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved 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 must be made along the way.  The cremation retort has to be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements, etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Fort Wayne

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 Fort Wayne 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 storage fee 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, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price. This may depend upon your age when setting up a prepaid cremation plan.  A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust.  You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying.  This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need without having to worry about completing the paperwork or making difficult decisions.  The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

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

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

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. Some counties 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 Allen County Human Services Department at 1501 S Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH 45804 Phone: (419) 228-2621

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

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

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

Address of county coroner’s office: Allen County Medical Examiner 1 E Main St # 555, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Phone: (260) 449-7389

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

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2022