We understand that today many families just want a simple and affordable funeral alternative.
A simple cremation, otherwise known as a direct cremation, can be conducted for as little as $695.
What is a direct cremation?
A direct cremation is when the deceased is cremated with no ceremony or services performed by the funeral home. The cremation is conducted and then the cremated remains returned to the family. This can enable a family to arrange a memorial service at a more convenient time and place. (And also save on the cost of a service).
How much is a direct cremation service in Jonesboro?
A direct cremation service costs $695. Additional fees may apply for a residential collection, removing a pacemaker or an oversize cremation. County fees are third-party fees and include the cost of death certificates and charges for cremation permits where applicable.
As cremation is a very final disposition, there are strict rules that funeral providers adhere to. The legal next of kin must all sign the Cremation Authorization Form to permit a cremation to be conducted. There is generally a mandatory wait period after the death of 24-48 hours before a cremation can be conducted. Although, it generally takes a few days anyway to file for the death certificate and obtain a cremation permit.
Is there any assistance with funeral expenses?
Unfortunately, there is very limited financial assistance for families to help with funeral expenses. The county is responsible for indigent funerals. But not many counties provide funds to help low-income families and those struggling as there was no life insurance or provision.
Social Security does offer a $255 lump-sum death benefit payment (if the deceased qualifies) and the funeral home will usually help you claim this.
What can we do with the cremated remains?
You have several options. You can arrange to inter the cremated remains in a niche, or inter them into an existing gravesite. However, both of these options will cost upwards of $500 in cemetery charges. You can opt to keep the ashes at home in a cremation urn or have the ashes made into a memorial keepsake. Scattering ashes is also becoming a popular choice. Although you must bear in mind this is a very final dispersing of your loved ones’ remains and consider it carefully.
Call us today on (870) 619-4828 if you need immediate assistance with cremation arrangements. Or feel free to call if you have further questions about cremation services. We are here to help in these difficult times.