Simple cremation in Manhattan, NY – $495 direct cremation

Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing, and many families are finding that cremation offers a more simple and more affordable option.   More families are deciding they just want a “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost, such as a simple cremation in Manhattan.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low-cost funeral.  Direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.

When you can take care of everything for under $750 and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $495 direct cremation package?

Our simple cremation service includes the following:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility*
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Securing the necessary authorizations – Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • Basic local transportation to the crematory
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

 Are there any extra costs for a simple cremation in Manhattan?

The additional fees are third-party fees.  This is the crematory fee which is $140.00, and the NY permit fee which is $40.00, plus 1 death certificate and a processing fee. The total full price (including third-party charges) is $690.

Death certificate fees in New York are $15 for the 1st certificate and $10 for each additional copy at present.

For shipping the ashes within any of the 5 Boroughs, the fee is $40.00, and to ship outside of the boroughs, the fee is $75.00

average cremation cost Manhattan NYCan we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation?

Yes, of course.  You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned.  A memorial service is a type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present.

You can hold a memorial service with or without the cremation urn present.  A memorial funeral service can also take the shape of an ash scattering ceremony or a candlelit vigil or tribute.

We have some useful resources to help you plan and make your own memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.

Comparing cremation costs in Manhattan, NY

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Manhattan, there are several cremation service providers serving New York City.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value-for-money cremation service package.

The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Manhattan is $3,915*, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,969*.  It is important to check that when you are pricing a direct cremation, you take into account the full costs, as most funeral service providers advertise a price that does NOT include third-party costs, such as the crematory fee.

A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs.  The average cost of a funeral in Manhattan is $6,841*, and this does NOT include any cemetery fees. 

How can you save money when arranging a simple cremation service in Manhattan?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Manhattan, a direct cremation can be conducted for $495 (Professional Service Charge – Third-Party County fees and crematory fee are additional). This makes direct cremation a very affordable funeral option.

If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider is your lowest-cost cremation option in Manhattan, NY.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What do I need to know about arranging a cremation?  What are the legal requirements?

A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed.  If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out.  There is a 24-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.

What help is there with cremation costs?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump-sum death benefit payment of $255.  The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security.  Of course, many people use life insurance policies to offset funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs, and this can vary by county.   Check out New York County Assistance Programs.

US Department Of Health And Human Services Manhattan District Offices  Phone: (800) 772-1213

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at:
New York County Clerk
60 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007-1402
(212) 374-8361

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

Suppose there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office. In that case, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with a death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner.  You can find the NYC County Coroner’s office details on this link.

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider at (212) 381-6243 with any further questions you have or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.

*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2023

Are cremation costs likely to rise?

The cremation trend is quite simply re-carving the landscape of the death care industry in the U.S. right now.  Traditional funerals are in decline, and the national cremation rate has increased above forecasts for the last few years, reaching just over 42% in 2012.

Will a cremation cost more, or less, in the future?

cremation-costsThis is a good question to ask!  For many years funeral homes have procured in millions of dollars in preneed funeral contracts on the basis of families “locking into today’s funeral prices.”  Yet with today’s volatile funeral market cremation costs seem to be going down instead of up.  I would predict that in many metro areas of the U.S. we will see cremation prices drop somewhat, as opposed to increasing.

Already we have witnessed cremation ‘price wars’ in some key areas such as California, Texas and Florida.  One year ago a basic cremation in Houston would cost around $800, today you can buy that same basic cremation for $595.

The cremation trend signifies declining profit margins for funeral homes, and for some the only way to compensate is to develop their cremation market.  Yet cremation does not produce quite the profit turnover of a traditional burial, so the only way to keep profitable is to increase sales volume!  This has made the market for basic cremations extremely competitive in most areas.

Cremation – A buyer’s Market

The result is that the market is more favorable for the consumer purchasing cremation services today.  The competition within the funeral industry for the ‘piece of the pie’ of the cremation market, means that cremation prices and packages can be compared between funeral homes, and some funeral homes are even offering to ‘price match’ an equitable cremation price from their local area.

Shop around and compare cremation costs

cheap-cremation-planThis is vitally important to do today!  We all do it devotedly for any other significant purchase we make, but somehow folks think it is a tad ‘undignified’ to do when arranging a funeral.  Not so!   Why should you pay hundreds of dollars for exactly the same service?  Unfortunately, the time limitations and distress we are under when faced with a death can cause us to not think rationally and there is a desire to just press on and have things taken care of.  I have lost count of the number of times a family has called DFS Memorials when their loved one has already been collected by a funeral home and they are in shock when they have been told it is going to cost them over $2,000 for a simple cremation.  Tough as it is, in some cases, the deceased is moved to a DFS Memorials provider as the saving that can be made offsets even the initial fee a funeral home will charge for having collected the deceased from the place of death.

If you want simplicity at a low cost, and want to deal with a local family business – trust DFS Memorials

At DFS Memorials we understand the need for families to quickly connect with a local, reputable funeral home who offer simple, dignified and affordable cremation services.  For this reason we established our network and ensure that we have conducted the extensive local cremation price comparison, to be able to help families and local Mom & Pop funeral homes alike.

Whilst some funeral homes are manifesting ostrich-like strategies of thinking that the demand for low cost cremation will pass, or that educating families that they need a funeral director to help them grieve and conduct “personalized” funeral services, we believe differently.  We believe that times are a-changing and that the control is shifting back to families.  We believe that a family should be able to conduct a dignified funeral at a price they can afford.  We know that in every area there is a funeral home that does cater to this market, we seek them out, and then we help families find them!

Preplanning a cremation, Cremation plans and costs preneed vs. at need

So IF cremation costs are potentially likely to remain static, if not decrease, how does this affect the cremation preplanning market? The low cost cremation prices you may see advertised today are generally ‘at need’ cremation prices.  This means that the price is available for the immediate purchase of a cremation service.  It is not a price available for a cremation plan.

There are cremation providers who DO offer discount cremation plans, but these generally will be 30% or so higher than an at-need cost.  That being said I have come across funeral homes that will sell a low cost cremation plan locked in at their current GPL price for a direct cremation.

What is the safest and most economical way to preplan a cremation?

cremation-planFind a local cremation provider who offers an affordable cremation package.  Make note of his price and details.  Document your wishes and ensure your family knows what they are, and where to find the paperwork when the time comes.  Set up a POD account (Totten Trust) and deposit the amount required to cover your plan at your local provider.  Make 2 family members the beneficiaries of this trust so they can carry out the plan when the time comes.  Your money always remains in your bank/control, you accrue any interest and you benefit from the low cost at need cremation services available.  If cremation prices should fall, or increase, you can amend your deposit accordingly.

Death is not quite the taboo subject it once was, and that is a good thing.  The more we talk about death and what our plans and wishes are, the easier it is for families to become informed and make decisions not based on emotions.  Death care in America is becoming less and less traditional.  Baby Boomers gather at Death Cafes and discuss how they want their sendoff to be simple and ‘different’.  Traditionalist or not, there is a growing tendency to not want to overspend on a funeral, and a growing interest in ‘natural’ death care alternatives.

Use the links to the right to locate your nearest DFS Memorials provider.