Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing and many families are finding that cremation offers a more affordable option. More families are deciding they just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.
A direct cremation package can help you arrange an affordable funeral. The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.
When you can take care of everything for $950 and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?
What is included in the $950 Simple Cremation Package?
Our simple cremation service includes:
- Collection of the deceased from the place of death
- Transfer to the funeral facility*
- Shelter of the deceased
- Filing of a death certificate and cremation permit
- A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
- The cremation process
- Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn
*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area
Are there any extra costs?
The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. Death certificate fees in Kentucky are $6 for the 1st certificate and $6 for each additional copy at present.
Can we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation?
Yes, of course. You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned. A memorial service is the type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present. You can hold a memorial service with, or without, the cremation urn present. A memorial funeral service can be an ash scattering ceremony, or a candlelit vigil or tribute. We have some useful resources to help you plan and make your own memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.
Comparing cremation costs in Covington, KY
As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Covington, there are several cremation service providers serving Kenton County. The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package. The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Covington is $3,264, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,670* It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.
A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs. The average cost of a funeral in Covington is $6,324.*
How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?
A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Covington, a direct cremation can be conducted for $950 complete, making this very affordable funeral option. If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a cremation arranged through a low-cost cremation provider is your lowest cost cremation option in Covington, KY. You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned. This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.
What do I need to know about arranging a cremation? What are the legal requirements?
A cremation authorization form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed. If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out. There is a 48-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.
What help is there with cremation costs?
If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump-sum death benefit payment of $255. The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security. Of course, many people use life insurance policies to offset funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.
There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county. Check out Kenton County Assistance Programs: Kenton County Human Services Department 601 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071 Phone: (855) 306-8959
How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?
You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Kenton County Health Department, 303 Court Street Covington, KY 41011 (859) 392-1600
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.
As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner. The County Coroner’s office is at: 2378 Grandview Ave. Ft. Mitchell, Ky. 41017 Phone: 859-291-3330
Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (859) 568-3131 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.
*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2019