How to Conduct a Low-cost Cremation Memorial Service

Cremation Memorial Services

Today’s families want to be more in control of memorialization and a final ‘send-off’ for a loved one. Direct cremation helps those families make simple and affordable disposition arrangements and then conduct a bespoke and befitting personalized memorial.

Conducting a low-cost cremation memorial service can be a meaningful and affordable way to honor a loved one’s memory. Here are some steps to help you achieve the most affordable and personalized cremation memorial service:

Cremation Memorial

1. Find a local affordable direct cremation service provider: Direct cremation is the most economical and simple means of proceeding with an immediate cremation service. Once the direct cremation is conducted and the cremated remains are returned, you can plan your bespoke memorial service. DFS Memorials LLC is a network of affordable direct cremation providers nationwide. Prices for direct cremation start at $695 (depending on location), and in most areas, you can arrange a direct cremation for under $1,000. 

Visit DFS Memorials Local Providers to check prices for direct cremation near you.

2. Choose a Simple Location: Instead of renting a venue, consider hosting the memorial service at a park, beach, or a family member’s home. Outdoor spaces can provide a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

3. Create a Personalized Memorial Program: Design a simple program that includes photos, memories, and a brief biography of your loved one. You can create and print these programs yourself or use online templates.

4. Make your own DIY Decorations: Instead of buying expensive floral arrangements, consider using potted plants, wildflowers, or homemade decorations. You can involve family and friends in creating personalized touches.

5. Utilize Technology: If some family members or friends cannot attend in person, consider live streaming the service or recording it for later viewing. This way, everyone can be a part of the memorial, regardless of their location.  There are several online companies offering live streaming services.  Zoom and Facebook Live are but 2 common services we are all familiar with.

Set up an online live stream cremation memorial

6. Potluck Reception: Instead of hiring a caterer, consider organizing a potluck reception where family and friends can contribute their favorite dishes. This not only reduces costs but also brings everyone together to share memories and support one another.

7. DIY Memorial Displays: Instead of expensive memorial displays, create your own using photos, mementos, and personal items that hold special meaning to your loved one. This can be a heartfelt way to honor their memory.

8. Enlist Community Support: To arrange a bespoke and personalized local service, consider reaching out to local community organizations, religious institutions, or other local groups. They may be able to provide resources to help you conduct a unique memorial service.

Remember, the most important aspect of a memorial service is celebrating and honoring your loved one’s life in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you and your family.  This can be achieved if you conduct a direct cremation service, and then control all aspects of how your family coordinates a memorial service.

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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