Finding an affordable direct cremation service in Metairie, LA

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Cremation Services Metairie, LA

Cremation is now offering families a simple and affordable alternative to the costs associated with a traditional funeral. This short guide should help you understand your cremation service options, how choosing cremation can save you on funeral costs, and answer some other questions about cremation.

If you need a low-cost cremation service immediately, call your local DFS Memorials provider at (504) 215-8264. Direct cremation service packages start at $1,550.

Why choose a cremation service?

The key reason more families are choosing a cremation service is cost. A cremation service costs significantly less than a traditional burial. There is no requirement for embalming, and a casket, burial vault, and cemetery plot are not needed. All of this reduces the overall cost of a funeral by at least half if not two-thirds.

In addition, a cremation service offers greater flexibility: the service does not have to be held immediately and remains can be transported back to a different state if necessary.

Can you still have a funeral service if you choose cremation?

Questions about cremation

Yes, a cremation funeral is just like a traditional funeral, except the deceased is cremated following the service instead of interred.

If you opt to have a cremation conducted immediately, you can have a service after the cremation with the cremation urn present.  This is known as a Cremation Memorial.

If you opt for a direct cremation, you can choose to arrange your own memorial service after the cremated remains are returned to the family.  A direct cremation service is a cremation without a ceremony.  The funeral services provider simply conducts everything to take care of the cremation disposition, and then returns your loved one’s ashes directly to you.

What does a cremation cost?

This is the ‘million-dollar’ question and what many people use the Internet to establish.  The first thing to say is that the cost of a cremation will vary.  It will vary by cremation provider, by what type of cremation service option you select, and prices even vary by area.

To give you an idea of cremation costs, the average cost for a cremation memorial in Metairie is $5,546*, and the average cost for a direct cremation is $2,728*.

Cremation costs in Metairie, LA

The chart below gives examples of direct cremation costs from a selection of funeral homes in Metairie.

Funeral Home or Cremation Services ProviderDirect cremation Price
DFS Memorials LLC$1,550
Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home$2,595
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home$2,745
Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Crematory$2,845

What legally do you need to know about cremation?

For a cremation to be legally conducted, it must be authorized by the immediate next of kin.  The funeral director will ask the next of kin to sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

Cremation Laws

There is generally a 24-72 hour wait period after the death before the cremation can go ahead, although this is mandated differently in different states. The funeral director will need to obtain permission to cremate from the Jefferson Parish coroner and obtain a cremation permit.

Once the waiting period has expired, the cremation authorization form is correctly signed and notarized by the next of kin, and the coroner has issued the cremation permit, the cremation can be scheduled.

It will usually take 7-10 days to arrange a cremation, and the deceased will be sheltered in the funeral home in refrigerated storage.  Completing all the legal paperwork can take a little longer if there are delays. 

If the immediate next of kin are siblings (and there is more than one sibling), then all siblings need to sign the authorization form for a cremation to proceed. This tends to be one of the main reasons that a cremation gets delayed, as siblings disagree on authorizing the cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

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There is a whole realm of options for memorializing cremated remains. You can, of course, inter the remains in a cemetery plot or cremation niche…. similar to a burial interment. Other options include keeping the cremation urn at home, performing an ash-scattering, or having a cremation tribute made from some of the remains.

A benefit of cremation is that you do not need to make an immediate decision about the final disposition. Sometimes, it can be easier to hold onto the urn for a while while you have time to reflect and consider the most befitting disposition.

Is there any financial help for families who cannot afford a funeral?

Cremation Costs

Sadly, there is little financial support for those families who find themselves in the unfortunate position of losing a loved one and having no funds for a funeral.  What may be available varies so much by area.  You would need to consult with the Jefferson Parish Social Services department.  Therefore, a direct cremation can offer a simple and affordable solution to handling the unexpected disposition of a family member if finances are an issue.

A dignified direct cremation can be conducted for $1,550, and then the family can arrange to hold their own memorial service.

If the deceased qualified, the $255 lump-sum Social Services death benefit payment can help with the cremation cost.

Check out the sections in our Resources for more information on cremation and what to do with cremated remains.

*Prices from Parting Funeral Survey 2024

Sara Marsden

I have been researching and writing about the death care industry for the last fifteen years. End of life services and experiences are something most of us choose not to reflect upon until we are suddenly faced with dealing with it. I have been contributing comprehensive and independent resources for families that explain how the funeral industry operates, and the laws that govern funeral practices. Sara writes for US Funerals Online and DFS Memorials LLC, as well as contributing to other forums and publications for the death care industry. I have a BA in Cultural Studies. This helps my analysis of cultural death care rituals, alongside a career background in Business Management. The death care industry is undergoing an epoch of change and this fascinates me.

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