What is the average cost of a funeral in Vancouver?
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 the average funeral and cremation costs in Vancouver for you.
The average cost of a traditional funeral in Vancouver is $5,307*.
So how do cremation costs compare in Vancouver?
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 Vancouver is $2,434*.
But the most economical and ‘no-fuss’ option is a direct cremation.
Direct cremation services in Vancouver, WA
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 collected, cremated 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 is available in Vancouver for as little as $600, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,137*.
Are there are any additional fees with a direct cremation package?
In order for a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county. Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county, and are a third-party expense. Death certificates cost $20.00 each. Further copies can be ordered from Clark county Community Health at 1601 E 4th Plain Blvd, Building 17, 4th Floor, Vancouver, WA 98661 (360) 397-8092
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 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?
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. There is generally a mandatory wait period after the death before a cremation can proceed – 24-48 hours.
What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?
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. You would need to make inquiries with Clark county Community Services to find out if there is any assistance available.
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.
*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website October 2018