The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives. Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Cincinnati. For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.
How much does a cremation cost in Cincinnati?
This is the question that most families want to know. As a nation of price-conscious consumers, we expect to check prices and compare deals. The purchase of funeral services is no different. Traditionally families felt it was inappropriate to make funeral price inquiries, but today this is changing.
A traditional funeral can cost $7,045 (NFDA 2012) and this does NOT include cemetery costs. Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to pay for a funeral. A cremation will cost at least half this amount, if not less, depending upon the type of cremation services selected and the crematory.
A basic cremation can cost anywhere between $950 and $4,000. In order to help families arrange affordable cremation services we only select family-owned cremation service providers in Cincinnati who can offer a basic cremation package at an affordable cost.
Cremation services in Cincinnati
There are different types of cremation services so it is possible to arrange whatever type of funeral service you require – from simple cremation to a full traditional funeral or unique ‘life celebration’ events. A great thing about cremation is that it opens up so many possibilities in memorialization.
A cremation can be conducted but the funeral service does not have to be held immediately. This can enable the family to deal with the need to take care of the disposition of the deceased but allow for befitting memorial services to be planned for a time when the family feels better able to come together and celebrate the life of their lost loved one.
Direct cremation services in Cincinnati
A direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service. Many of the DFS Memorials providers report that 80% of the cremations they do are direct cremations. A direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services. The deceased is collected, transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork completed and the cremation performed. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn. Most funeral homes offering a direct cremation package offer an inclusive price, where only cash advance items such as the death certificate and cremation permit fee are additional to the direct cremation package cost. Be sure to check this when consulting with a funeral home.
Arranging a direct cremation helps the family take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased in a dignified and economical way. This simple, ‘no fuss’ approach to death care is becoming more popular, with many families arranging their own memorial service or ash scattering ceremony once they have the cremated remains returned. Why pay thousands of dollars to a funeral director when you can conduct your own personalized service for a fraction of this cost?
Why is cremation so much cheaper than a traditional funeral?
There are a number of significant funeral merchandise items that are not required for cremation. No casket is required for cremation – a suitable cremation container is all that is required by law. No burial vault or cemetery plot is needed, and in most cases, the body is not embalmed. This eliminates thousands of dollars in funeral costs. Many families are now opting for direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) because they can then arrange their own funeral service once they have the cremation ashes back. With the decline in traditionalism and the rise in personalization, more families are opting to arrange something different as a life tribute.
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 do govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks have to be made along the way. The cremation retort has to 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.
Not all funeral homes have their own crematory and sub their cremations to a local crematory. If you do have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home that has their own crematory, so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!
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 prefer to have all children 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.
Is it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?
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 so as to protect funeral consumers.
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 many states, a mandatory 24 hour wait period must occur after death but this does not apply in Ohio unless there was an infectious disease issue.
What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?
There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs. What assistance there is for funeral expenses also varies by state and county. You would need to contact Hamilton County Human Services to find out more.