Average cremation costs in Allentown & Bethlehem

More families in Pennsylvania are turning to cremation as an alternative to burial. We have put together this guide to arranging a cremation and cremation costs in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley area to help families inform themselves of the available options.

What is the average cost of a cremation with a service in Allentown?

This is a common question that brings many families to our website today.  A lot of families choose to use the tool and anonymity of the Internet to check out the costs for cremation without having to call numerous funeral homes in Allentown.

The issue is that quoting an ‘average’ cremation cost may not reflect an exact cost.  Cremation costs can vary, and when prices for the same service can range between $1,000 and $3,000, an average price is just that…average!

What is the cost of direct cremation services in Allentown?

The costs for a direct cremation vary considerably, depending upon which funeral services provider you select.  A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option available.  It is sometimes referred to as a basic or simple cremation.  A direct cremation is when the funeral home merely collects the deceased and performs the cremation, with no services involved.

A basic container is used for the cremation process, and the cremated remains are generally returned in a temporary urn.  This helps to keep the costs down significantly.  A family can, if they choose, add on services or merchandise.  You can opt to purchase a different urn or arrange a short family viewing before the cremation.

This would add costs to any direct cremation package.  Direct cremation services in Allentown range between $1,495 and $2,500.  Many families arrange a direct cremation with a local funeral provider and then conduct their own memorial services.

How can you compare cremation costs in Allentown?

You can compare the cost of cremation services in Allentown by comparing the same cremation service package from a selection of different funeral service providers.  You will find that the price for the exact same service will differ.  All funeral homes (by law) must provide you with a General Price List (GPL) if you request it and should disclose prices to you over the phone.

DFS Memorials offer an affordable cremation in Allentown for $1,495.

 

What is the cost of cremation memorial services in Allentown?

A cremation with a service will cost more than a direct cremation, but how much can depend upon the type of service you arrange, i.e., graveside, chapel, life celebration, or memorial service.  If the cremation element is just replacing the burial, and a full-service traditional funeral is held, then the cost of the funeral will be in the region of $3,000.

How can you ensure you are selecting an affordable cremation services provider?

funeral-pricesComparing cremation prices for the same services is one way to ensure you select an affordable cremation provider.

Not all families want the hassle or emotional stress of making multiple inquiries to find out prices, especially when they have just had news of the death of a loved one.

This is where DFS Memorials aims to take that stress away from families.  We have partnered with the best value, affordable cremation services provider in the Allentown area in order to direct you immediately to low-cost cremation services.

Is there any financial assistance towards cremation costs in Allentown?

There is the lump sum Social Security death benefit of $255 if you qualify, plus veterans do qualify for benefits such as a free cemetery plot/niche and a grave marker.  When it comes to financial assistance, each state has its own indigent burial assistance program, but this is generally to cover the funeral costs for those indigents that become the state’s responsibility.

To inquire if you qualify for any financial assistance with cremation costs, you need to contact your local county Social or Human Services.  Sometimes limited funds are available for those on welfare or low income.

Can I preplan a simple cremation in Allentown?

Yes, a simple cremation plan can be purchased on a pre-need contract from a funeral home.  However, the low cremation prices we have quoted above are ‘at need’ prices, and a cremation plan (even a basic one) will cost more than this.  This all depends upon how it is financed and your age when the plan is set up.  You would need to consult your local provider for more information.

You can opt to put the required funeral funds away in a Totten Trust or POD account, document your wishes/intentions, and then the surviving family can easily access the monies when the time comes to pay for a simple cremation service.  This is considered, by many consumer watchdog groups, a safe and convenient way to preplan a cremation funeral.

Hopefully, this article has given you a better idea of how to go about arranging an inexpensive cremation in Allentown.  If we can assist your family in making funeral cremation arrangements, please feel free to contact us.

The DFS Memorials provider service area for Allentown includes Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties and the municipalities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Easton, Emmaus, Hanover Township, Lower Macungie Township, Northampton, North Whitehall Township, Palmer Township, Salisbury Township, South Whitehall Township, Upper Macungie Township, Upper Saucon Township & Whitehall Township.

Cremation costs in Little Rock, AR

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.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Little Rock?

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 $777 to $3,700. A direct cremation service is the least expensive cremation option and can be arranged for less than $800.

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.

Cremation Packages

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, 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 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 means the costs are kept low, and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $777.

Call DFS Memorials now on (501) 203-9717 to arrange an affordable direct cremation.

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 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, you need to seek 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 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; you can arrange your 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.

DFS Memorials Little Rock – Call (501) 203-9717

Direct Cremation $777 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 public aid level (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 for those that qualify, and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising 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.

Low-cost direct cremation services are available to residents of Apple Gate, Birchwood, Breckenridge, Broadmoor, Brodie Creek, Candlewood, Capitol View, Capitol View/Stifft’s Station, Chenal Ridge, Chenal Valley, Cloverdale, Colony West, Downtown, East End, East Little Rock, Echo Valley, Fair Park, Geyer Springs, Gibraltar Heights, Governor’s Mansion District, Granite Mountain, Gum Springs, Hall High, The Heights, Highland Park, Hillcrest, John Barrow, Leawood, Mabelvale, Mushroom Pass, Oak Forest, Otter Creek, Parkway Place, Pleasant Valley, Quapaw Quarter, River Mountain, River Ridge, Riverdale, Robinwood, Rock Creek, Rosedale, St. Charles, Santa Fe Heights, South End, South Little Rock, Southwest Little Rock, Stagecoach, Sturbridge, The Heights, and Hillcrest, the Villages of Wellington, Wakefield, West End, and Woodland Edge.

$995 Simple cremation in Raleigh, NC

If you have an immediate or imminent need for a simple, affordable cremation in Raleigh, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $995.  Families’ attitudes to funerals are changing, and cremation offers families greater flexibility in arranging end-of-life services.   We understand that many families just want a simple, “no fuss” option that can be delivered at a low cost.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a funeral at an affordable cost in Raleigh.

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. Why pay more when you can arrange everything for just $995 complete?

What is included in the $995 Simple Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility*
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area

Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in North Carolina are $10 per copy at present.

Can 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, 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 Raleigh, NC

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for Raleigh residents, there are several cremation service providers serving Wake County.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly for the same service, so comparing cremation prices between a few providers is wise to ensure you are benefiting from a value-for-money cremation service package.  It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Raleigh, an affordable direct cremation can be conducted for $995 complete, making this a very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation services provider is your lowest cost cremation in Raleigh.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

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 the funeral provider will require payment upfront with a direct cremation.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs, which can vary by county.   Check out Wake County Assistance Programs.

Arranging a simple, affordable cremation is the best way to save on cremation costs in Raleigh, NC. Call the DFS Memorials provider now at (919) 213-7889 to find out more!

Cremation costs in Louisville, KY – $750 direct cremation

The high costs of dying are leading more families to consider cremation as a less expensive alternative to a traditional funeral. Yet trying to compare the differences in cremation costs between different funeral service providers in Louisville can be a daunting and time-consuming task.

Not all funeral homes even opt to provide cremation prices on their websites, and even when you call a funeral home, you cannot always get a straight answer about funeral costs.

This article runs through how cremation can save you money on your overall funeral costs and explains how arranging a simple direct cremation can save you thousands of dollars. We compare a few of the lead providers of affordable cremation services in Louisville and provide tips on how to do your own memorialization and claim any financial assistance available.

How can you save money arranging a cremation?

Although Kentucky is still a more traditional state in favor of burial, high funeral costs and difficult economic times have given many families no choice but to opt for cremation.

The average traditional funeral costs around $9,000 (NFDA 2021), and this does NOT include cemetery costs. So a burial funeral can amount to between $10,000 and $15,000. Not many families have $10,000 to hand if their lost loved one had not made provision for his/her funeral arrangements!

A cremation can immediately remove the need for expensive cemetery property. A burial plot is not required, nor is a burial vault. No casket is needed for the cremation. [Some funeral service providers offer rental caskets for those wishing to hold a viewing or service before the cremation] And no embalming is necessary.

Eliminating these few products and services can reduce your funeral bill by thousands of dollars.

So how much does a cremation cost in Louisville?

Good question! And this largely depends on what kind of cremation service you require and, more importantly, which cremation services provider you select. The cost for a cremation service WILL differ significantly for the same service from different funeral homes!

There are several options with a cremation service that can determine how much it will cost. A cremation funeral service (where a funeral service is held before the cremation is conducted) is likely to cost in the region of $2,500 to $4,500. Costs will depend upon whether a casket is purchased or rented for the purpose of the funeral ceremony and other ancillary costs such as memorial stationery, flowers, etc.

A cremation with a viewing beforehand can be facilitated for those families that wish to have an opportunity to say a final goodbye but do not wish to have a formal service. Again rental caskets, or slumber beds, can make this a fairly inexpensive option.

What is the difference between a cremation funeral and a cremation memorial service?

direct-cremationA cremation memorial service is where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held. Your funeral home can provide the memorial ceremony as part of their services but will charge you for this. The price for a cremation memorial service in Louisville is likely to be in the region of $2,500 to $3,500.

A cremation memorial service (being that the deceased is already cremated) can be more flexible. It does not have to be held immediately, as the body is not present, and it offers the opportunity for unique personalization.

A memorial service does not have to be conducted by, or at, a funeral home. A ceremony in memory of the deceased or an ash-scattering ceremony can be held anywhere and led by family members and friends, a funeral celebrant, or clergy.

Arranging to have a cremation performed and then conducting the memorial service yourself can be a significant way to save on overall funeral costs. It can also make for a much more personal tribute to a lost loved one. Visit our section on ‘Memorialization Options’ to read more about how you can create your memorial tributes.

How to arrange a cremation for $750 in Louisville

A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option that a cremation services provider offers. It is a simple, basic cremation without any services or ceremony. Many funeral homes do not actively promote that they offer such a basic service because, of course, they want you to spend more! They even include it in their general price list (GPL) at the very bottom!

Direct cremation includes everything to take care of the deceased and have the body cremated [but may not include county fees such as death certificate and cremation permit]. A death certificate in Louisville costs $6.00 each.

Low-cost cremation in Louisville

Several cremation service providers offer low-cost direct cremation in Louisville. As you will see from the chart below, the price for a direct cremation can vary significantly depending on the provider.

DFS Memorials offers the best value direct cremation package at $750. To arrange a low-cost cremation today, or if you have any questions about cremation in Louisville, call now on (502) 219-4474.

Comparing cremation costs in Louisville, KY

To assist families in comparing cremation costs, we have conducted a direct cremation price comparison with a select number of funeral homes and cremation services providers in Louisville.

Provider Direct cremation price
Herman Meyer Funeral Home $3,025
Webb Funeral Home $1,450
Neurath & Schoppenhorst Funeral Home $1,350
Newcomer Funeral Homes $1,195
Highlands Funeral Home $1,095
Ratterman Grand Chapels $1,075
Cremation Society of Kentucky $1,070
Heritage Cremation Services $995
DFS Memorials Louisville $750

Disclaimer: This direct cremation cost information was obtained from providers in March 2021.  This is an ‘at-need’ price. The price quoted is for a bundled “direct cremation” package but does not typically include any cash advance items such as county permits or death certificates. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

A “direct cremation package” includes the following:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death and transportation to the funeral facility or crematory
  • Shelter of the deceased whilst the legal documentation is completed
  • Filing of all necessary documents (death certificate, county cremation permit)
  • A basic cremation container
  • The crematory fee
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation receptacle

Note: Additional fees may apply for a residential collection or additional services/products added to the items listed above.

Hopefully, this information can assist families in making decisions about selecting an affordable cremation provider.

I can’t afford a funeral. Is there any help with cremation costs in Louisville?

Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days! With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses. If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment, and there are benefits for veterans. Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years. You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally. This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some of the other ways that you can gain support towards funeral costs.

DFS Memorials of Louisville services families in Bullitt, Jefferson, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby & Spencer Counties. If you are concerned about funeral costs, call us today at (502) 219-4474 and let us help you arrange a dignified direct cremation for just $750.00.

Arranging a Direct Cremation in Houston, TX – $640

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Texas has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low-cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many Texans approach death care. This guide aims to help you understand how to arrange a cremation in Houston and save on funeral costs.

Economic reasons for choosing cremation

Lowest cost cremation Houston TXDeciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much 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. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has certainly impacted how we manage death care today. 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.

What is the cost of a direct cremation in Houston?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Houston DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, 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. Houston has become very competitive for affordable cremation services and you will find a number of cremation providers offering direct cremation packages in Houston for between $640 – $3,000.

direct-cremationA basic cremation can be conducted in Houston for $640. 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 on (713) 309-6059 to arrange a direct cremation in Houston for $640

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. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

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

cremation-service-houstonThis 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 has to be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation 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 Houston

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Texas of 48 hours after death before a cremation can go ahead.

It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation 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 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

ash-scattering-texasCremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them 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, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable direct cremation service in Houston

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $640. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or making difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

Can an overweight body be cremated?

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $640 is for a person who weighed up to 300 pounds. Over this weight, there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container, and extra gas usage. The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased.

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

It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If 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. To find out what may be available you should contact Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery County Human Services Departments.

DFS Memorials low-cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto counties. Large cities we service include Houston, Pearland, Conroe, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galveston, Lake Jackson, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Texas City, and The Woodlands. Surrounding cities included in our service area include: Alvin, Angleton, Bellaire, Clute, Dickinson, Freeport, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Marque, Richmond, Rosenberg, South Houston, Stafford, and West University Place.

 *death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

This package at $640 is available when the deceased is held in morgue facilities, either at the Medical Examiners or at a hospital morgue.  Additional fees may apply for a residential or nursing home collection.

Visit this Ultimate Guide to Cremation in 2022 for further reading on cremation services.

$995 lowest cost cremation in Sarasota, FL

If you want to arrange a simple cremation at an affordable cost, then DFS Memorials can help you arrange a low-cost cremation for just $995 in Sarasota. Call us today, and we can help you arrange a cremation without breaking the bank.

Cremations Services in Sarasota

Cremation is a popular choice for many Florida residents and retirees.  It offers a simple, no-fuss, and low-cost alternative to a traditional funeral.  Cremated remains can be interred, scattered, or mailed to another state.

If you have an immediate need or an imminent need for a basic cremation service in Sarasota,  – call your local DFS Memorials provider now at (941) 202-2575, and we can help you.

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.

What is included in a simple cremation?

Our low-cost direct cremation package in Sarasota includes:

  • Arrangement of the cremation and completion of all required documentation
  • Refrigeration of the deceased for the mandatory 48 hours as required by law.
  • Transportation of Deceased to the Crematory
  • Crematory Fee
  • Cremation Permit
  • Returning the Cremated Remains to the family either by delivery or certified mail.

Direct cremation in Sarasota

Direct cremation is fast becoming the most popular cremation choice today.  Why? Because it offers the cheapest and most flexible disposition option for families concerned about funeral costs and wanting a ‘simple’ solution.  Many Florida families choose a direct cremation and then arrange their own memorial services.

This helps them save a lot of money on cremation costs in Sarasota and puts the family firmly in control of the funeral service. Oftentimes, the price quoted for a direct cremation does NOT include things such as transport and service fees. Some funeral homes advertise a lower price which isn’t the complete price with all fees included. The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation price of $995 complete, with no added fees or charges.

A low-cost direct cremation can be arranged in Sarasota for $995 complete.

Call (941) 202-2575  now!

What laws govern cremation arrangements in Sarasota?

funeral-pricesFlorida law requires that there is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period from the time of death to when a cremation can be performed.  A cremation authorization form must be signed by the immediate next of kin. [You can pre-sign a cremation authorization form if you are preplanning cremation for yourself or an immediate relative.]  The Medical Examiner must issue a cremation permit to permit the cremation to go ahead.

What help is there towards cremation costs?

Families have very limited financial assistance to help them with funeral costs.  With many families struggling financially these days, a death can result in a crisis about how to pay for the funeral.  A cremation is a lower-cost option, and direct cremation is the cheapest option.

Some counties do have some funding to assist low-income families with funeral expenses.  You would need to contact your local county human services department to inquire whether there is any funding and whether you qualify. Check here to see see what county-level assistance may be available to you.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify.  The funeral director can assist you with notifying Social Security.

For further reading on Cremation Services and other FAQs about Arranging a Cremation – Check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022.

If you are considering scattering the ashes following a direct cremation, this Complete Guide to Ash Scattering can help you research options and understand how to scatter cremated remains safely.

*Plus county fees which are subject to change: death certificate $10 and Medical Examiner fees which vary by county.  Collier County – no fee, Lee County $45, Charlotte County – no fee, Hillsborough County $25 

Low cost cremation service in Lake Placid, FL – $995

Are you looking for a simple, low-cost cremation service? Need a no-fuss package for one low cost that covers all you need to arrange a cremation?

The DFS Memorials provider in Lake Placid can help you arrange a direct cremation service for just $995 complete.

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

We provide a very professional service, and we understand that families today want simple and affordable cremation alternatives.

What is included in the $995 direct cremation service?

  • Our simple cremation service includes:
  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit*
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

How do we proceed with arranging a direct cremation service?

We can make arrangements over the phone or online. We arrange for the collection of the deceased from a residence, hospital, hospice, or nursing establishment where they passed.   Once the deceased is in our care, we file for the death certificate, notify Social Security and apply for a cremation permit from Highland County Coroner.

direct-cremationA ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by the next of kin before the cremation can take place. We can complete this for you and will need all the deceased’s personal details. This form can be emailed or faxed for a signature, or you can call in to complete this.

Florida has a mandatory 48-hour waiting period before the death occurs before the cremation can occur.

Once this 48-hour has elapsed and all the necessary legal paperwork is in order, the cremation is scheduled at the crematory. This can generally take 2-5 days, but an expedited service can be arranged if required. After the cremation has been conducted, the cremated remains are prepared and made available for collection or can be shipped to the family.

Comparing cremation costs in Lake Placid

You will find our $995 direct cremation package is very competitively priced as value for money.  We handle everything with compassion and caring – just what you would expect from a local Mom & Pop business.  Feel free to compare our direct cremation price against other funeral and cremation providers in Lake Placid.

If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Lake Placid, call us now on (863) 226-4757, and we would be happy to help.

Can I preplan a cremation in Lake Placid, FL?

Yes, you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at an affordable cost in Lake Placid, ensuring your family does not have the burden of worrying about funeral costs.

direct cremationWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath, or memorial reef ball, to name but a few!

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

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports families struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs, but this can vary county by county. Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.  An affordable direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $995 in Lake Placid.

If you have further questions about arranging a cremation, check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022

*additional fees may be incurred dependent on Highland County permit fees

Death certificates in Florida cost $10 each

$795 complete: Low-cost cremation in Austin, TX

cremation-cost-austin-TXThe market for low-cost direct cremation is competitive in Austin, and to help families understand the cremation options available to them and the costs involved, we have compiled this short guide to arranging a low-cost cremation in Austin, TX.

Until recent years the cremation rate was low in Austin but the poor economic climate of recent years has resulted in a trend towards cremation as a lower-cost funeral alternative.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Opting for a cremation service removes the need for a number of expensive funeral items.  Embalming is not necessary, nor is a casket, and cemetery fees can be eliminated altogether if the cremated remains are not interred in a plot or are scattered.  Even if the decision is made to inter cremated remains in a cremation niche, this can work out much cheaper than full burial and cemetery expenses.

All-in-all, you can save at least 40-50% of the cost of an average traditional funeral by opting for a low-cost cremation service in Austin.  The average cost of a funeral (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2021 is $7,848 and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Austin?

The average cost of a cremation in Austin is around $3,500.  This is for a service replacing the traditional funeral and includes the full services of the funeral home to prepare the deceased, conduct a funeral ceremony, and the selection of a mid-range cremation urn.

Direct Cremation in Austin

If you require a funeral on a budget, or simply want a no-fuss cremation disposition, then a direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  A direct cremation can be arranged in Austin for a low cost of just $795.00.  A direct cremation involves the funeral home or crematory collecting the deceased, sheltering him/her for the required 48-hour waiting period, and then conducting the cremation.  There are no services or viewing, and a basic cremation container is used for the purpose of the cremation.  The cremated remains are generally returned in a temporary container.

cremation servicesComparing cremation costs and providers in Austin

Cremation costs do vary considerably between funeral homes in Austin, even for the very same service.  It is important to shop around and compare prices to ensure you are getting value for money.  Do make sure you compare like-for-like cremation packages.  Ensure you check EXACTLY what is included in any direct cremation package.  Often what appears cheap can work out more when you add in those hidden extras.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation container included in the price? What fee would be charged for refrigerated storage if the cremation cannot proceed after 48 hours?  Are there any hidden fees for collecting out of hours or from a residential address?

Hopefully, this information can assist you to make an informed decision about which cremation service provider offers the best value cremation service in Austin.

The DFS Memorials provider in Austin offers the most competitive direct cremation price for a low cost in the Greater Austin area.

Direct cremation service $795   Call (512) 253-1110

Is there any help with cremation costs in Austin?

Financial assistance for funeral expenses is not widely available.  Each state/county has its own budget to deal with indigent burials (those that become the responsibility of the state) but any other assistance can be limited.  You need to contact your local Social or Human Services if you are in need of aid and find out if you qualify for any support.

There is the $255 Social Security death benefit for those that qualify, and of course, veterans are entitled to a free cemetery plot/cremation niche and grave marker.

DFS Memorials $795 cremation is available throughout Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Burnet, Blanco, and Hays Counties and Austin, Texas, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Georgetown, & Cedar Park.

How much does a direct cremation cost in Cleveland, OH?

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Ohio has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many families today approach death care. With this in mind, this article will aim to answer some key questions you may have about arranging a direct cremation in Cleveland.

Changing death care rituals and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much 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. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy and the Covid-19 pandemic have certainly impacted on how we manage death care today. 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.

So how much does a cremation cost in Cleveland?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Cleveland DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and 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 Cremation Association of North America (CANA) quotes the average cost of cremation at $3,200, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Cleveland.

A direct cremation can be conducted in Cleveland for as little as $625. 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.

What type of cremation services are available?

direct-cremationYou 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. What services you opt for will dictate cremation costs, and the change in the funeral industry today is a move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

Comparing cremation costs in Cleveland, OH

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different Cleveland 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. A direct cremation in Cleveland can cost as little as $625 complete.

How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s 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 has to be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation 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 Cleveland

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation 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 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

ash-scattering-ohio-lake-erieWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them 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, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable direct cremation in Cleveland

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low-cost cremation price now. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or make difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate. Read “How to set up an Affordable Cremation Plan: Pre-arrange vs. Pre-pay” to find out more about pre-planning a cremation.

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

It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security payout 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. To find out what may be available you should contact your County Human Services Department.

If the deceased is at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director to collect your loved one and take him or her into their care for funeral services.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Medical Examiners’ office, once the deceased body is ready to be released by the coroner.

The ME for Cuyahoga County is located at 11001 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone (216) 721-5610

DFS Memorials’ low-cost cremation services are available to residents of Cleveland Heights, Detroit-Shoreway, Kamm’s Corners, Lakewood, Little Italy, Ohio City, Shaker Square & Larchmere, Tremont, University Circle, and Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, and Medina County.

Understanding Direct Cremation: What is a direct cremation?

We are all becoming more familiar with cremation these days as the cremation rate increases in the U.S. and more people opt for cremation as a disposition alternative to a burial.  But people are not yet familiar with the term ‘direct cremation’.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation, is when a cremation is performed with minimal services from a funeral home and no service is conducted.  It is what is known in the funeral trade as a very basic cremation disposition.

The deceased is collected directly from the place of death and transported to the funeral home and/or crematory, the necessary documentation is completed, the mandatory waiting period passes and the deceased is cremated.  The cremated remains are returned to the family within 3-7 days.

Many funeral homes package a direct cremation offering and glamorize it with such names as A Simple Tribute, A Family Farewell, A Simple Goodbye, The Legacy Farewell, & Simply Farewell.  These names all symbolize a minimal service, minimal fuss disposition package – something many of us are opting for today!

Saving money on the cost of a casket

direct-cremation-costFor the purposes of the cremation, a basic cremation container is used to house the deceased’s body.  This is all that is legally required and a suitable “rigid, combustible” container is most often a sturdy cardboard container.  This means that no casket is required and eliminates the expense of purchasing a casket.  This alone saves around $1,000 – $4,000 in basic costs for the disposition.

If you did wish to have a brief family viewing before the cremation process, a funeral home can usually facilitate this using a rental casket or even a bed laid out in a viewing room.

The most affordable funeral option

A direct cremation can be considered one of the most inexpensive and affordable cremation options.  As only the minimal services of a funeral director are required and substitute funeral merchandise can be used, costs can be kept lower.  The cremated remains are generally returned to the family in a temporary cremation container, which can be a cardboard or plastic urn.  Of course, the family can opt to upgrade and select a wooden or ceramic urn if desired for an additional cost.   Some funeral homes serving families with direct cremations even offer to carry out an ash scattering or sea scattering these days for a small nominal fee.

What documentation must be completed legally before a cremation can be performed?

In order for any cremation to be performed a ‘Cremation Authorization Form‘ must be completed and signed by the legal next of kin.  A cremation permit must be obtained from the local county, and in some states, the coroner must sign the cremation permit.  This is largely to ensure there is no suspect reason why a body should not be cremated destroying all physical evidence.

There is a mandatory waiting period in all states before a cremation can be performed.  In most states this is 24-hours, but there are a number of states where a 48-hour mandatory waiting period must be observed.

Part 2 : How much does a direct cremation cost?