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.

What is a direct burial? Your most inexpensive burial option

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

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

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

However, although some families are searching for affordability and simplicity, cremation is not the choice for everyone.  There are still around 42% of Americans who choose burial services.  A funeral home also has, as standard, a direct burial service package offering.  This is also often located at the bottom of their GPL.

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

Then a direct burial might be the solution.

What does a direct burial entail?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much does a direct burial cost?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So how do cremation costs compare in Palm Bay?

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

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

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Palm Bay is $5,182*.

Direct cremation services in Palm Bay, FL

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional fees to the simple cremation package?

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

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

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

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

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time.

The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes. Read this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 for more information.

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

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

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

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

What can you do with the cremated remains?

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

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

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

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

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

cremation servicesHow quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.

However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In Florida, there is a mandatory 48-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

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

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Brevard county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally at (321) 633-2007.

There is also a $255 lump sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $1,095 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

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

*funeral prices obtained from Funeralocity 2022

What you need to know about cremation services and costs in California in 2023

Affordable Cremation Service CaliforniaWhat is the cremation rate in California?

California is ranked as the state in the U.S. with the highest population (39.03 million in 2022), representing about 12% of the total population.

The states in the West also have some of the highest cremation rates, which has helped make cremation services more affordable and accessible.

Direct cremation service packages can be arranged for between $750 to $1,195 throughout California.  Read on to learn more about cremation service options and cremation costs.  Call your local location above, or visit DFS Memorials California to find your nearest location and cremation price and be immediately connected to your local provider.

So, it is apparent that cremation is a preferred alternative to burial for families across the West Coast.  How has this affected the funeral industry in California? And, more importantly, has this made cremation a more affordable option for Californians?

The average traditional burial funeral service in California can run to $10,000 or more, whereas the average price for a cremation service is between $600 to $3,000.  This means cremation services offer a more affordable and more flexible alternative to traditional funeral services.

How much does it cost for a cremation in Los Angeles?

As mentioned above, cremations can cost between $750 to $3,000.  This can depend on the type of cremation service selected and the cremation service provider chosen.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.

Call (323) 798-9055   Direct Cremation $750

Online sources quote that in LA, the average cost for a cremation memorial service is $5,278*, and the average cost for a direct cremation is $1,656*.

In the Greater Los Angeles area, a direct cremation service can be conducted for as little as $750.  A direct cremation is a basic cremation without any ceremony or services conducted by the funeral home or mortuary.  The deceased is collected directly from the place of death and transported to the funeral home or crematory.  The cremation is conducted, and the cremated remains are then returned to the family.

The chart here provides a sample of direct cremation prices from a selection of Los Angeles direct cremation service providers in 2022.

How do cremation prices compare in the Bay Area?

The Bay Area, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Stockton, compares very similarly to LA, with cremation prices ranging from around $1,000 to $3,300.  Marin County has one of the highest cremation rates in the country, and cremation is certainly a popular choice for many Bay Area residents.

Several cremation companies have chosen to focus on the demand for simple and low-cost direct cremation and offer arrangements without the need to even visit a funeral home.  So, you will find a number of direct cremation providers competing for this affordable cremation market and offering direct cremation services for around $1,200.

Call (415) 286-9121   Direct Cremation $1,195

What can you expect to pay for cremation in Sacramento?

The average cost for a direct cremation in Sacramento is $1,613*, although again, cremation providers are offering lower-cost direct cremation.  The best price for affordable direct cremation in Sacramento is around $1,195.

Call (916) 229-6142   Direct Cremation $1,195

Cremation costs in Northern California.

The basic cost rises somewhat in Northern California, and a simple direct cremation service will cost in and around $1,200 in Redding and in the region of $1,400 in Chico.

Direct cremation in Southern California.

San Diego has a high cremation rate and a low direct cremation priceThe average price for a direct cremation is $1,374*. As the cremation market is competitive in San Diego, several funeral homes are offering very affordable cremation packages.

Call (619) 268-1962   Direct Cremation $1,195

Where is the cheapest place to be cremated in California?

Southern California proves to be the cheapest place to be cremated.  In Los Angeles and San Diego, direct cremation services are available for between $750 – $1,000.  Since both these cities have the largest populations in California, there will be growing interest from funeral service providers to capture more of the cremation market as the cremation rate continues to climb.  So, it is possible that the cremation market will become even more competitive and drive prices lower.

What laws govern cremation services in California?

Each state has a funeral licensing body.  It is their responsibility to ensure that state laws pertaining to the disposition of a body are correctly implemented and to conduct inspections and licensed establishments.

Before cremation can be performed, a ‘Declaration for Disposition of Cremated Remains Form’ must be legally signed.  The legal immediate next-of-kin must sign this, or if you are preplanning, you can sign the form for yourself.  This form is a written authorization for the cremation to proceed.  A contract with the cremation service provider should also specify the location and time of disposition and an agreement to pay the cost of the cremation service.

The funeral director must obtain a ‘Permit for Disposition of Human Remains VS 9’ from the county health department.  Commonly referred to as a cremation permit.  Once all the legal paperwork is completed, the cremation process can go ahead.

According to California law, there is no requirement for a casket for cremation, but a ‘combustible cremation container’ must be used for the purpose of cremation.

Cremation Service CAHow long does cremation take in California?

A cremation can proceed when all the required legal paperwork and permits are authorized and completed.  Firstly, the death certificate must be obtained.  How long this takes depends on the doctor signing the death certificate off and the nature of the cause.  Once a death certificate is obtained, and the Cremation Authorization Form is in order, the funeral director can obtain the permit to cremate from the county.

Generally, this all takes a few days, and the cremated remains should be available for you to collect within 7 to 10 days after the deceased was taken into the care of the cremation services provider.

Can you deal directly with a crematory in California?

In California, the use of a funeral home is not required by law. Therefore, if you so choose, you can deal directly with a crematory to handle the cremation. If you are not using the services of a funeral director, you would need to apply for and file the death certificate and obtain the Permit for Disposition from the county registrar.

Arranging a direct cremation & conducting a family memorial or ash-scattering in California

More families are opting to choose direct cremation and then perform their own memorial service.  This is a significant way to make death care affordable and personalized.  Once the funeral home has completed the direct cremation and the family has the ashes returned, a memorial can be organized at a time and place that is appropriate and meaningful.  All this can be arranged at a fraction of the cost of a cremation funeral or a burial funeral with a funeral home.

Visit our Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains or our Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas to learn more.

What is the cost of an ash-scattering at sea off the coast of California?

California has an expansive coastline and therefore attracts many residents who wish to perform a scattering of cremated remains at the coast or in the Pacific Ocean.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a sea scattering to be performed 3 nautical miles out at sea.

There are numerous charter services from Southern and Central California.  The cost for a sea scattering will vary, depending on whether it is accompanied or unaccompanied.  Unaccompanied scattering can start at around $200, especially if offered as an ‘add-on’ service by your cremation provider.  Charters for groups to go out to conduct a sea scattering ceremony will again vary, depending on the size of the boat, people attending, and how many hours at sea are requested.

What happens if you cannot afford a cremation in California?

Sadly, we are entering an era of ‘funeral poverty’ where too many families find themselves unprepared for funeral expenses.  Counties generally have an obligation to cover the costs for indigent dispositions.  However, there is very limited financial assistance for low-income people or simply living paycheck to paycheck.

A low-cost direct cremation is the most inexpensive option, but most cremation providers will require payment in full before they will collect the deceased and transfer he or she into their care.

If you have any further questions about cremation services in California, call your nearest DFS Memorials affordable cremation provider, who will be happy to assist you.

Sources:

The cremation rate in California

Population data

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2022

Arranging an affordable cremation in Chicago, IL

Do you need 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 an affordable cremation in Chicago.

In fact, you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $1,165 complete.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Chicago is $6,964*, 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 funeral service at a fraction of the full cost of a traditional funeral.

Why choose cremation services?

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

Eliminating just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

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

Cremation optionsWhat different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are 3 main types of cremation service options:

Cremation Funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present, and a cremation is conducted after the service.

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.

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. Read our post “Understanding Direct Cremation: What is a direct cremation?” to learn more.

To learn more about Cremation Services – Read our Complete Guide to Cremation, everything you need to know from when the deceased arrives at the crematory to the family receiving the cremated remains back.  This guide covers the cremation process, regulations and laws, and authorization & ID requirements.

How much does a cremation cost in Chicago?

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 $3,948*, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.

The average cost of a direct cremation is $1,949*, although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $1,165 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Chicago, IL

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, but no viewing or services are held.

The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or for collection (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 Chicago at (773) 901-1564, who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,165. This makes direct cremation the most affordable cremation option in Chicago.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be daunting when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.

Which funeral service provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer or your budget.

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

Comparing cremation costs in Chicago, IL

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 Chicago, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,949. However, some cremation providers can arrange a direct cremation for less than this.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $1,165.

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 $19.00 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 Chicago?

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.

Illinois 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 an affordable cremation in Chicago?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and save your surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.

There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.  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 those families that find themselves 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 make inquiries with Cook County Human Services Department at 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: (312) 443-5500 to find out if any assistance is available to you.

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 $1,165. Call (773) 901-1564 now to arrange an affordable cremation in Chicago.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Chicago.  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.

Cremation Chicago, ILHow do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at Cook County Clerk 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602 

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

Suppose there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office. In that case, 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.

Hopefully, this guide 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

Arrange Direct Cremation Services in Evanston, IL

DFS Memorials can help you arrange a direct cremation in Evanston for just $1,165.

Direct cremation is the most simple and economical cremation offering.  The funeral home or cremation company provides no ceremony or service.  So this makes it a ‘no fuss’ simple disposition solution for those who do not want a funeral service or want to economize on funeral expenses.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Evanston?

Today 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? A funeral can be a major purchase when you consider the full cost of funeral services.  The average cost of a traditional funeral in Evanston is $5,800*

So how do cremation costs compare in Evanston?

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 Evanston is $2,850*.

Direct cremation services in Evanston, IL

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

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

Cremation ServiceA basic direct cremation is available in Evanston for $1,165, although the average price for a direct cremation is $2,049.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation service providers who can offer a basic cremation value package.

Call now on (773) 901-1564 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there any additional fees to the $1,165 cremation package?

This All Inclusive direct cremation package has NO additional fees and includes 2 death certificates and a cherry wood urn.

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $19 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

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

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

cremation cost Evanston, ILWhat if I am unsure about cremation, or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, and you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.

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

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

What can you do with cremated remains?

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

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

How long does it take after cremation to get the ashes?

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 Illinois, there is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.  On average, it can take 7-10 days from the deceased being collected to the ashes being ready.

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 Cook County DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.  118 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 443-5500

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 an affordable all-inclusive cremation at $1,165 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (773) 901-1564, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2022

Arranging an affordable cremation service in Des Plaines

Are you interested in affordable cremation options?  Do you want to save thousands on funeral costs?  This article aims to explain funeral and cremation costs and how to save money on death care expenses.

Our All-Inclusive simple cremation package can take care of ALL funeral expenses for just $1,165.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Des Plaines is $8,520*(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 funeral service at a fraction of the full cost of a traditional funeral.

Why choose a cremation service?

Cremation offers a less expensive and more flexible alternative to a burial service. And by choosing a cremation service, you can save between 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.

Cremation can offer a more flexible death care option 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 kind of 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 – where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains are returned 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.

To learn more about cremation, visit our Complete Guide to Cremation – Everything you need to know from when the deceased is collected to when the family receives the cremated remains back.

How much does a cremation cost in Des Plaines?

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 $5,098*, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  The average cost of a direct cremation is $3,285*, although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $995 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Des Plaines, IL

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, but no viewing or services are held.

The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains are made available for the family to collect (or, 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 Des Plaines at (773) 901-1564, who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,165.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

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

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

Cremation Service Des Plaines ILComparing cremation costs in Des Plaines, IL

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 Des Plaines, the average cost of a direct cremation is $3,285. However, some cremation providers can arrange a direct cremation for less than this.  DFS Memorials offer a complete direct cremation service for $1,165.

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 $19.00 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 Des Plaines?

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.

Illinois 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 ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and save your surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.

There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.  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?

Cremation offers more 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 those families that find themselves 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 Cook County Human Services Department at 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602, 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 $1,165.

Cremation planWhat is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Des Plaines.  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 69 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: (312) 603-7790

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

Suppose there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office. In that case, 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.

Cook County Coroner, 2121 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

Hopefully, this guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Des Plaines has answered some of your questions and helped you understand how to save costs on a cremation.  If you want to read more about cremation planning, please visit the Funeral Resource section on US Funerals Online.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2022

How to arrange direct Cremation Services in Arlington Heights, IL

Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Illinois.   If you do not want to overspend on a funeral or do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a lower-cost and flexible alternative.

A simple direct cremation service can be arranged for just $1,165 complete, including an engraved cherry wood urn and 2 death certificates. 

What is the average cost of a funeral in Arlington Heights?

In today’s online consumer culture, we are discerning purchasers.  We shop around for the ‘best’ prices, mindful of costs, so why should people not 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 Arlington Heights is $8,615*

So how do cremation costs compare in Arlington Heights?

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

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

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Arlington Heights is $5,340*.

Direct cremation services in Arlington Heights, IL

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

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

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more about how to scatter ashes safely, where you can scatter them, and some ideas for ash-scattering memorials.

A basic direct cremation is available in Arlington Heights for $1,165, although the average price for a direct cremation is $3,025*.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation service providers who can offer an affordable direct cremation package.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $1,165 complete.

Call now on (773) 901-1564 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Cremation Service Arlington HeightsAre there any additional fees added to the cremation package?

The All Inclusive direct cremation service offered by DFS Memorials includes a wooden urn and 2 death certificates.  Additional fees may apply if the deceased had a pacemaker that needs to be removed or weighs over 250 pounds.

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.   Death certificates are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $19 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued. 2 copies of the death certificate are included with the direct cremation package.

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

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

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

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

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

What can you do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

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

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.  Illinois 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 Cook county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.  Phone: (312) 443-5500.

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

How to arrange a direct cremation service in Peoria, AZ for $795

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives.  The lower cost of cremation can make funeral costs significantly lower in Peoria.

Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Arizona.  For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral or do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Peoria?

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 Peoria is $5,517*

So, how do cremation costs compare in Peoria?

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.

However, the price for a direct cremation will vary.  Prices differ between different cremation service providers in Peoria, so it is important to be aware of this and consider doing some price shopping.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Peoria is $2,657*.

Direct cremation services in Peoria, AZ

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 and cremated, and the remains are returned to the family in a basic urn.

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

A basic direct cremation is available in Peoria for $795, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,440*. To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation service providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $795.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $795.

Read our Complete Guide to Cremation: The Process from the deceased being collected to the Cremated Remains being Returned to the Family.  It will answer any questions you have about cremation services.

Call now on (602) 638-1151 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Green Burial ContainerAre there additional fees to the $795 cremation package?

In order for a cremation to be conducted, a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present, there is no charge for this.

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 $20 for each additional copy issued.

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

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

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

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

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

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns 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 Arizona, there is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

Cremation Memorial ServiceWhat 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 Maricopa county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally. Phone: (602) 506-5911

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 $795 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (602) 638-1151, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website September 2022

How to arrange direct cremation services in Elgin, IL – $1,165

Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Illinois.  For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral or do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

More families are selecting ‘direct cremation services’. This option is the most affordable cremation choice and the most flexible.  An All Inclusive direct cremation package can be arranged for as little as $1,165 complete.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Elgin?

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 Elgin is $6,103*

So how do cremation costs compare in Elgin?

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 Elgin is $3,225*.

Direct cremation services in Elgin, IL

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

Direct cremation offers families lower-cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue, or even outdoors.

The service can be conducted with or without the cremation urn present. It can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony, interment in a cremation niche, or scattering garden.

Read our Complete Guide to Ash Scattering or How to Create Your Own Memorialization Services to learn more.

A basic direct cremation is available in Elgin for $1,165, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,475.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected only family-owned cremation service providers who can offer the best value cremation package.

Call now on (815) 216-4601 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there additional fees to this all-inclusive cremation package?

This inclusive direct cremation package INCLUDES 2 copies of the death certificate and an engraved cherry wood urn.  You may incur additional fees if you request extra copies of the death certificate, if the deceased had a pacemaker that must be removed prior to cremation, or if the deceased weighs over 250 pounds.

For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.  At present, there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $24 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cremation Memorial ServiceWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

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

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

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

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

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

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.

Illinois 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 Cook county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.

118 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: (312) 443-5500

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

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (815) 216-4601, and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2022