Do you need to arrange an immediate cremation or wish to preplan a simple, low-cost cremation – but want to find out what cremation costs to expect? The price for cremation can vary depending upon which cremation services provider you select in Denver and what type of cremation service you opt for.
Cremation prices: what average cremation costs to expect
It will probably come as no surprise when I state that the cost of a cremation can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
Every funeral home in Denver should have a general price list (GPL), and be prepared to disclose this with you when you make an inquiry.
Their GPL should provide an itemized breakdown of their service charges and merchandise prices. Many funeral homes will also offer special cremation packages, where they offer an inclusive package of services from their GPL. This can sometimes make it easier to arrange cremation services without running up a large funeral bill!
Funeral expenses are generally made up of components from the GPL. There is a professional service fee (for the services of the funeral director and which generally includes a proportion of their overhead), fees for using the facilities, preparation of the body (cosmetology/embalming), transportation, memorial items (guest book/prayer items) and then additional ‘cash advance’ items which are payable to a third party and include such as permits, death certificates, obituaries, and flowers.
Different types of cremation packages
Because there are so many cremation services and package variations, it can be quite difficult to quote general costs. There are typically three main types of cremation services:
- A basic cremation with no services – often referred to as a simple cremation
- A full-service cremation – with a traditional funeral ceremony
- A cremation memorial service – the cremation is performed, and a service is held later with or without the cremated remains present.
A basic cremation can start at around $795, whereas a full-service cremation may cost in the region of $3,000. According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the average cremation cost is $2,250.
What is the lowest cost of cremation in Denver?
The lowest-cost cremation option is a direct cremation, sometimes called an immediate cremation. Direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with minimal services.
To save on costs, you could even opt for a direct cremation and hold your own memorial at home or a place of your choosing.
Understanding cremation laws in Denver
Funeral homes that operate a crematory have to adhere to a strict protocol that governs the cremation of human remains. Before cremation can proceed, the next of kin must sign the cremation authorization form, and the deceased must be identified.
Throughout all steps of the cremation, procedure checks are in place to ensure the remains are identified. A casket is not required for cremation, the law requires that just a rigid cremation container is required, and this can generally be a rigid cardboard container.
There is usually a mandatory waiting period of between 24-48 hours before a cremation can be performed.
Comparing cremation prices in Denver
Because the cost of cremation services in Denver can differ so much, it is recommended that you shop around and compare prices. However, it is important to ensure that you do compare like-for-like cremation services.
If a provider has a cremation package – check exactly what is included. Sometimes, a simple cremation package may appear cheap but may have hidden costs. Check that the cremation container is included and not an additional cost. Also, be aware that cash advances, such as the death certificate and cremation permit, may be added to a package price, although some providers do include them.
Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation Services to learn more about cremation, the process, what happens at the crematory, options for getting the cremated remains returned, and laws that govern a cremation disposition.