How to arrange an affordable cremation in Olathe – $845

We are now more likely than ever to compare products and services before we buy, and the internet has provided a tool that simplifies this process. In the past we would simply accept that the cost of a funeral is what it is and turn to our local funeral home when in need. Today, many people turn to the internet to search for an affordable option in their area. This guide aims to give you an idea of how much a funeral or cremation will cost in Olathe, and covers some of the other important funeral considerations you may have. If you are looking for your most affordable option, a dignified, direct cremation CAN be arranged in Olathe for just $845.

What is the average funeral service cost in Olathe?

A traditional funeral service is a significant cost for many families, arranging a funeral will set you back thousands, regardless of the funeral home used. According to a recent survey, a traditional funeral service will cost an average of $7,633 in Olathe*, but can cost anything from $4,935 to $20,475.

You can arrange a cremation for a fraction of the cost of a traditional funeral service. Arranging a cremation will save you money, however, the cost can still vary greatly depending on the funeral provider you use and the cremation you opt for.

What different cremation options do I have?

When arranging a cremation you have 3 main options to choose from:

A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present and a cremation is conducted after the service.

A cremation memorial – where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held.  This can be with, or without, the cremated remains present and can often take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony.

A direct cremation – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains given back to the family.  There are some variances around these 3 main options, such as a private viewing before cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

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How much can you save by arranging a cremation in Olathe?

Although a cremation with a memorial service will cost significantly less than a traditional funeral, it will still likely set you back a few thousand dollars. For example, a recent survey put the average cost of a cremation with memorial service in the Olathe area at $6,476. But it can cost as little as $3,635 or as much as $19,300 depending on the funeral provider.

So, what is my most affordable cremation option?

The average cost of a direct cremation in Olathe is $2,525, according to a recent survey*, but for the biggest savings when arranging a funeral or cremation you can arrange a direct cremation for as little as $845 in the Olathe area. Call (816) 366-8889 now to speak to the DFS Memorials provider for Olathe and arrange or pre-plan a direct cremation.

Direct cremation is the industry’s term for a simple or basic cremation service, where only the cremation is carried out and the cremated remains are returned in a basic cremation container. No funeral or memorial service is carried out, the deceased is simply collected, cremated and the ashes are returned to the family afterwards.

To help keep the costs down you can even carry out your own memorial service at a place of your choosing or even at your own home. This will help you save money on what can otherwise be a very costly funeral service and allows you to have your own personal send-off for your loved-one.

Are there any additional fees to a low-cost direct cremation package?

In Kansas, death certificates are considered a third-party expense, as they are issued by the county, and will cost $15.00 per copy. There may also be an additional cost if the funeral director has to travel over 25 miles from the funeral home, if the deceased is over 250lb, or for pace-maker removal.

What are the laws for scattering ashes in Kansas?

These days, ash scattering is a common way of commemorating a loved-one after they have been cremated, and in many cases can replace traditional memorial service. There are many different places/ ways to scatter ashes and you do not need a permit to scatter ashes on public land.  You should, however, seek permission if you wish to scatter ashes on private land, unless it is your own.

You might want to consider keeping small portion of the ashes if you do plan to scatter them, as once they are gone, they are gone.

To read more about ash scattering and your options, even some that are outside the box, visit this post.

Can I pre-plan a direct cremation in Olathe?

Cremation planningYes, you can pre-arrange a direct cremation in Olathe. Pre-arranging and pre-paying for a cremation can give you and your family peace of mind and make the whole process easier for everyone by removing a lot of the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.

There are various options to pre-plan/ pre-pay, to find out more visit this post on pre-planning or speak to your local provider on (816) 366-8889.

What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs in Olathe?

Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of financial support when it comes to paying for a funeral or cremation. It is possible to get a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  However, you may find that a low-cost cremation at $845 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

Can I arrange a “no-cost cremation” in Olathe?

A no-cost cremation refers to a whole-body donation, after the donation is complete the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family. If you want to donate your body to science in Olathe, Kansas City University has a Gift Body Program. You can download the forms here. Alternatively, you can contact them at:

KCU Department of Anatomy
1750 Independence Avenue
Kansas City, Mo., 64106
816-654-7533
800-234-4847
giftbody@kansascity.edu

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

The funeral director will generally apply for a death certificate for you and ask you how many copies you require. However, if you do need to apply for a copy yourself you can do so through Vital Records. For more information visit VitalChek.

What happens if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the circumstances surrounding the death required that the deceased was taken to the Medical Examiner’s office, you will need to enlist the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to have the body released into their care. Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the coroner’s morgue. If you need to contact the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office, you can reach them on (913) 826-3510. Alternatively, they can be found at:

Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office
11894 S Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061, United States

*prices obtained from Funeralocity May 2022