Cremation costs: Average cost of cremation in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Cremation is fast-becoming the preferred funeral choice for many families now, and the twin cities are no exception, with one in every two opting for a cremation service.  Although there are several reasons why families are turning to cremation as a disposition choice, one of the key reasons is cost.

What is the average cost of a direct cremation in Minneapolis?

minnepolis-cremation-servicesAs Minnesotans are becoming more cost conscious about funeral expenses, more families are using the Internet to find out what a cremation costs in Minneapolis.  The issue with this is that it can be quite a challenging task.  Many funeral homes do not disclose cremation prices on their websites.  Some funeral homes still do not even have a website!   Too often, families have had little, if no, experience of arranging a cremation and therefore tend to put their trust in the first funeral home they contact.

You do need to be aware that the cost of a direct cremation can vary quite considerably – for basically the exact same service.  This makes quoting an average cost for a cremation quite inaccurate in terms of how this relates to the actual low cost you can arrange a direct cremation for.  A direct cremation in Minneapolis can range between $750 and $3,000.

Comparing cremation costs in the Twin Cities

With the knowledge that cremation costs do vary quite significantly, we have conducted some cremation cost comparisons, specifically looking at the providers offering low cost cremation in Minneapolis.


Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in October 2013. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

Hopefully this information can assist you make an informed decision about which cremation service provider offers the best value cremation service in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Finding the most affordable cremation services provider in Minneapolis

As the chart above highlights, a direct cremation can be conducted within a budget, and there are several affordable cremation providers serving the Twin Cities area.  The DFS Memorials provider for Minneapolis and St. Paul offers the best value direct cremation package we have been able to identify at present.

Call DFS Memorials Minneapolis on (651) 315-8214

Direct cremation $750 (no hidden extras)   Traditional funeral $2,270 (inc. casket)

Preplanning a cremation in Minneapolis

It is possible to preplan a cremation even a low cost cremation service.  In fact, preplanning is a great way to ensure your wishes are met and your surviving family are spared the heartache of making funeral decisions and picking up the funeral bill!  You can preplan through a cremation services provider, or you can put funds aside in a Totten Trust or POD account, ready for family to access when the time comes.

A low cost cremation, such as the DFS Memorials provider cremation price of $750 is an ‘at need’ price and to preplan an equivalent simple cremation will cost more than this.  However, this depends upon your age, what kind of cremation plan you require and how it is funded.

Is there any financial assistance for a cremation in Minneapolis?

We do get asked this question today.  Every state has its own legislation and budget for indigent burials. In reality there is little help available for those just experiencing some financial difficulty paying for a funeral.  Indigent burial programs are generally to cover costs for those unfortunates that the state has become responsible for.  Some counties do offer some financial assistance to those on welfare or low income, but you would need to inquire to your local county Social or Human Services to find out if any assistance is available in your county.  AT the time of writing, Hennepin and Benton Counties were offering indigent burial programs.

There is the $255 lump sum death benefit from Social Security, and veterans are entitled to some benefits.  If you are experiencing hardship paying for a cremation, you may need to consider some fund-raising to meet basic cremation costs.

$750 direct cremation is available to residents of Calhoun-Isles, Bryn Mawr, CARAG, Cedar-Isles-Dean, East Calhoun, East Isles, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, West Calhoun, Camden, Cleveland, Folwell, Lind-Bohanon, McKinley, Shingle Creek, Victory, Webber-Camden, Elliot Park, Loring Park, North Loop, Stevens Square/Loring Heights, Longfellow, Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, Longfellow, Seward, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, Near North, Sumner-Glenwood, Willard Hay, Nokomis, Diamond Lake, Ericsson, Field, Hale, Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, Northrop, Page, Regina, Wenonah, Northeast, Audubon Park, Beltrami, Bottineau, Columbia Park, Holland, Logan Park, Marshall Terrace, Northeast Park, Sheridan, St. Anthony East, St. Anthony West, Waite Park, Windom Park, Phillips, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Ventura Village, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant, Corcoran, Lyndale, Powderhorn Park, Standish, Whittier, Southwest, Armatage, East Harriet, Fulton, Kenny, King Field, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Windom, University, Cedar-Riverside Como, Marcy-Holmes, Nicollet Island/East Bank, Prospect Park, & University.