These days it is becoming more imperative to save money wherever you can, and this is just the same when it comes to arranging a funeral or cremation. Why should you pay thousands of dollars for something you can arrange for much less? You can arrange a low cost cremation for just $995 in Fresno.
We have put together this guide to answer some of the questions you may have about arranging a funeral or cremation in Fresno, covering everything from average costs to where to find help with funeral expenses. With around 20 funeral homes in Fresno, we aim to help you make a more informed choice of funeral home.
How much does a funeral cost in Fresno?
This is a question that funeral directors often seem to side-step answering! Instead they like to regale you with stories of how many generations they have been in business, or how excellent they are at providing ‘special’ ceremonies. I have no doubt that this is true BUT this still does not always justify their pricing. If a funeral director cannot simply answer a question about price…it should ring alarm bells!
According to the NFDA (2019), the average cost of a funeral in the US is around $9,000 .
What is the average cost of a cremation in Fresno?
The first thing to establish is that cremation prices do differ considerably between different funeral homes in Baltimore. For this reason an ‘average’ cremation cost has to be put into the perspective on what kind of cremation services are being assessed. The average cost of a cremation funeral is $5,415* for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn. This is above the national average cost for cremation services. However, cheaper cremation options are available as outlined below.
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Choosing a Cremation Package
A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service. In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price. Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package. There are generally 3 main types of cremation options – a direct cremation (a basic minimal cremation), a cremation with a funeral service, or a cremation with a memorial service. The difference is that with a direct cremation there is NO service or ceremony conducted by the funeral provider, although you can conduct your own memorial services afterwards. This is the best option to save on funeral costs in Baltimore. A cremation with a funeral service is generally where the deceased is present and the cremation is conducted after the service. A cremation with a memorial service is where the cremation is conducted first and a memorial service held with the cremation urn present.
Arranging a direct cremation in Baltimore
A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option. It is sometimes referred to as a simple or basic cremation, or called an immediate cremation. It means that just a basic disposition service is offered. The deceased is collected, prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation completed, the cremation process goes ahead and then the cremated remains are returned to the family (generally in a temporary urn).
The average cost of a direct cremation in Fresno is $1,579*. This reflects the huge range of pricing for a direct cremation in the city, starting from just under a $1,000.
How do I choose a cremation provider in Fresno?
Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of cremation services you require. If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need a funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony and that is in a good location for your family.
If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost. The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held. And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.
What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs?
An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs, is becoming a more regular occurrence. Not surprising when we learn that 76% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck [CNN Oct 2013]. Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if there is any financial assistance near you. The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of Maryland but there are generally eligibility requirements for any state funding for funeral expenses.
There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.
Affordable cremation services available throughout Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, & Tulare Counties.
*Prices obtained from Funeralocity (2021)