We are witnessing a huge shift to cremation across the USA as families demand more affordable death care alternatives. And for those families in Marietta who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply cannot afford a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative. If you are thinking about how you can arrange a funeral at a very affordable cost, then this guide can help you understand how to arrange a dignified cremation for just $995, saving you thousands of dollars in funeral expenses.
What is the average cost of a funeral in Marietta?
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 average funeral and cremation costs in Marietta for you.
The average cost of a traditional funeral in Marietta is $8,112*, although the lowest price is $2,895 with DFS Memorials.
So how do cremation costs compare in Marietta?
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 Marietta is $4,670*.
Still, there are many more affordable options for cremation. This involves selecting a simple cremation service or a direct cremation service; and finding an affordable cremation services provider.
Choosing direct cremation services in Marietta, GA
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 simply collected from the place of death, held in the care of the funeral home, all the legal documentation completed, the cremation conducted 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 can cost just $995 in Marietta, although the average price for a direct cremation is $2,218. Neptune Society in Marietta charges $1,972* for a direct cremation service. [As listed on Parting.com]
To help families arrange affordable cremation services we have selected an affordable cremation services provider who can offer a basic cremation package for just $995.
Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $995
Call now on (470) 664-6999 now to arrange a low-cost cremation
Complete funeral package also available for $2,895
Are there are additional fees to the $995 cremation package?
For a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county. Presently 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 $25 for the first certificate and $5 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, 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.
Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost in Marietta?
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 Georgia, there is a mandatory 24 hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.
The deceased had no life insurance & I cannot afford a funeral. What can I do?
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 Cobb County DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally.
Cobb County DFCS, 325 S. Fairground Street, Se. Marietta, GA 30060
Phone (770) 528-7683
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 $995 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.
If the deceased is at Cobb county Medical Examiner’s Office, you will need the services of a licensed funeral director to make arrangements for the release of the deceased. A body can only be released from the county morgue into the care of a funeral director.
What is the service area around Athens?
The $895 direct cremation package is available in Marietta, throughout Cobb County and surrounding counties.
If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (770) 299-8266 and we will be happy to try and help you.
*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2020