Today more funeral consumers are requesting simple cremation services. This trend is said to be driven by several cultural changes – economic, environmental, people migration, declining religiosity, and baby boomers. Whatever the reason, cremation is certainly changing our perspectives on funeral options and end of life alternatives. This short guide aims to provide you with an overview of how to arrange a simple, low-cost cremation in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.
One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the average cost of cremation?’ A cremation can range in price from as little as $895 to $3,700. The average cost for a direct cremation in Arkansas is $1,393. The average cost of a cremation will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select, and what ancillary products or services you choose. A full service cremation with tributes is likely to cost in the region of $3,500.
All funeral homes in Arkansas MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which outlines their prices. Legally prices must be disclosed to you if you make an inquiry, either in person or by phone. Unfortunately though not all funeral homes openly disclose cremation prices on their website, and sometimes it can even be difficult to extract a simple, complete price over the phone!
Some funeral homes do offer packaged service options, as opposed to the ‘a la carte’ style of a GPL. A cremation package can offer a solution to making minutia detail over arrangements, and ensure you know exactly what price you are paying for a cremation service.
Generally most funeral homes or cremation providers package a basic, mid-range and full service cremation option. A basic cremation would be a direct or immediate cremation without any ceremony, a mid-range cremation package would offer a memorial tribute service or private family gathering, and a full service cremation is everything that a traditional funeral would offer.
Direct cremation in Little Rock
Direct cremation is the fastest-growing cremation trend. Why? Because it offers families a no-fuss, low cost funeral alternative, which manages the process of the disposition, and leaves the family in control of the personalization or memorial tribute. With a direct cremation the deceased is collected, sheltered at the cremation facility/funeral home, cremated and then the cremated remains returned to the family. A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are returned in a temporary urn. This all means the costs are kept low and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $795 complete.
How do I choose a cremation provider in Little Rock?
Choosing a funeral home to deliver your cremation service is not always as simple as it may seem. Most funeral homes offer cremation services today, but not all funeral homes with have their own crematory. This can affect both the cost of the cremation process, and how comfortable you feel about the service levels/timescales a funeral home can provide. If finances and a limited budget dictate your funeral spending – then you need to seek out a low cost cremation provider. Be sure to check around and compare prices and ensure you compare like for like cremation packages and costs.
How can you save money by arranging a cremation?
You will generally save at least 40-50% by opting for a cremation instead of a traditional burial. There is no need for a casket, embalming, burial vault or cemetery plot and this can save thousands of dollars. A direct cremation can save you thousands on the cost of a full service cremation. It is still a dignified option and you can arrange your own memorial tribute as and when the family chooses. No need to pay a funeral home for elaborate chapels, guest books or memorial boards – you can hold a ceremony at a location of your choosing [sometimes at no cost] and make your own memorial memorabilia.
Low cost cremation in Little Rock
DFS Memorials has a low cost cremation provider based in Little Rock.
DFS Memorials Little Rock – Call (501) 203-9717
Direct Cremation $895 complete
I cannot afford a funeral. What financial assistance is there to help with cremation costs in Little Rock?
This is a frequent question we are asked. There is very limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs. All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the level of public aid they have (if any). If you are struggling financially and worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may wish to try consulting your county social services or human services. The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.
There is a Social Security lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits. There are also union, church and charity organizations that may assist a family with fund-raising to pay for funeral expenses. If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.
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