Selecting Affordable Cremation Services in Kissimmee, FL

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral.  Cremation has been a popular choice in Florida for a number of years now, especially with a retiree and transient population.

Selecting a simple and affordable direct cremation service package in Kissimmee can be the easiest and least expensive way to conduct disposition services at the place of death before transporting remains.

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

Deciding whether to bury or cremate

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice, but for some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral.   A cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial funeral.  On average, a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial. Sometimes, you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. 

Also, more families are choosing cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead, a cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs. A cremation provides a simple, efficient, and economical means to conduct a disposition.

How much does a funeral cost in Kissimmee?

This is not a simple question to answer, as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected and the funeral services provider used.  Online funeral price surveys suggest that the average cost of a funeral in Kissimmee is $7,295.*

How much does a cremation cost in Kissimmee?

Firstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars.  Generally, embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Kissimmee vary considerably between funeral homes, cremation service providers, and direct disposal establishments, depending on what type of cremation service you opt for.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.

The average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,973*. However, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Kissimmee.

How much is a direct cremation in Kissimmee, FL?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Kissimmee for as little as $1,095 complete.  This is what is known as a direct cremation.”  No services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation, and the cremation is conducted.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn.  If desired, the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.

Call DFS Memorials now at (407) 720-8865 to arrange a low-cost cremation for $995

What type of cremation services are available?

You can select from a range of cremation services and packages.  These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package.  You can have a full-service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation.  Cremation offers versatility in your options and when and where any services can be held.

Visit our page on What Happens During the Cremation Process – for a full explanation of cremation every step of the way. From when your loved one is collected to when you receive the cremated remains.

How to compare cremation costs in Kissimmee, FL

As mentioned, the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers.   Ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved ones’ remains?

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks have to be made along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements, etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Florida

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  A mandatory wait period is 24 hours after death in Florida before the cremation can proceed.

It is unnecessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until it is performed.  The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge.  If the cremation does not go ahead within five days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation offers greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have returned.  You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.  However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.  There are also options, such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains, such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths, and paintings.

You can also opt to hold an Ash Scattering Memorial Tribute. Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more.

Cremation planningThe deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?

Sadly, more folks are passing away without leaving the means to pay for their funeral.  If a family member has died and you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you.

Social Security pays out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify), and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties, only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  You should contact Osceola County Human Services Department to find out what may be available.

The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.  You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director. Many funeral homes are familiar with the process of liaising with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible. You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue, as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly. The process of transferring the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of county coroner’s office: Osceola County Medical Examiner1401 Lucerne Ter, Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: (407) 836-9400

We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions and provided some help in understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Kissimmee, FL.  If you need to research more information on funeral planning, please visit the Funeral Resources section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from Funeralocity 2022