How much does a direct cremation cost?

Cremation Memorial ServiceThe price for a direct cremation ranges between $399 and $3,000.  Yes, I know that seems a staggering disparity of price for the same service, but a direct cremation can significantly range in price depending upon whom you employ to deliver a direct cremation.  Where the cremation rate is higher (certainly on the West Coast and Pacific), the competition for the cremation market has driven down the price for direct cremation, and some companies can even operate as Direct Disposers, reducing their overhead to such a minimum that they can reduce their price offering to their customers.  With no expensive funeral home, staff, vehicles and embalming equipment to maintain – operational costs are much lower.

In parts of Nevada, you can purchase a direct cremation for as little as $399 complete.  In most states and metro areas of the U.S. a direct cremation will cost between $700 and $1,000, so still, a very reasonable cost to arrange a complete disposition.  In some areas such as the Southeast and New England, a direct cremation tends to be nearer to the $1,500 price mark.

Visit this article on Cremation Costs in 2019 that has a direct cremation price comparison of a direct cremation in the top 20 U.S. cities.

Are there any hidden extras for a direct cremation package?

If you are purchasing a “complete direct cremation package” then there should generally only be cash disbursements that may be an extra cost.  Cash disbursements that the funeral home will ask you to pay separately for will include such things as the death certificate and cremation permits.  These vary in price by state and county.  A death certificate can be anything between $6 and $30, and a cremation permit can be charged at anything from $10 to $300, so it is important to establish this when you speak to the funeral home about direct cremation.

Average cremation costs 2018Disclosure of direct cremation prices

The funeral industry has long resisted openly disclosing prices.  Some claim it is because “no two funerals are the same”, but it is also generally accepted that this is because the funeral business can be BIG business with large profits. It has been reported by the industry that they can up-sell to 60% of families that request a ‘simple cremation’.  This means that when you approach a funeral home and say that you desire a ‘simple cremation’ they will often aim to encourage you to select incremental products or services to maximize their revenue.

Direct cremation should be listed on the General Price List (GPL)

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule means that a funeral home MUST disclose prices.  They must have a GPL and provide this to you on request.  A direct cremation is usually listed towards the end of the GPL, almost as the ‘poor cousin’ of funeral services.

Some progressive funeral homes and cremation providers are recognizing the demand, if need, to deliver to customers what they want.  They will openly display cremation prices and offer a simple and transparent direct cremation package.

If you come across a funeral home that is openly disclosing their prices, this will generally mean they understand the demand for affordability and transparency.  If a funeral home does not disclose prices on their website or advertising, and may not openly share a cremation price over the phone, this should probably ring alarm bells and signify that they have to justify their service charges.

Comparing like-for-like in direct cremation servicesArrange a cremation online

It is important to stipulate that what is considered a ‘complete’ direct cremation charge can vary.

You MUST ensure that you compare like-for-like direct cremation packages and prices.    As I mentioned above the price for a direct cremation can vary significantly, so you must check EXACTLY what is included in any direct cremation price.

Some funeral homes quote a direct cremation price which seems fair but they have excluded the crematory fee, especially if they do not have their own crematory and consider the crematory fee as a separate cash disbursement.  It has also been known for funeral homes to exclude the fee for the ‘alternative container’ required for the cremation, and this can be added as an extra for between $50 and $300.  It is quite typical for death certificates and cremation permits to be an additional cash disbursement cost, although funeral homes sometimes include one death certificate in a direct cremation package cost.

Do be aware that economies of scale do not seem to work the same in the funeral industry as they do with most corporate models.  The corporate-owned funeral establishments generally offer the more expensive direct cremations.  Therefore, it is very wise to compare prices for a direct cremation between several cremation service providers before signing a contract.

Understanding Direct Cremation – Part 3 : Comparing direct cremation costs and reviewing cremation providers

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?

Arranging a low cost funeral or cremation in Atlanta

If paying for funeral costs is a concern for your family, then the DFS Memorials provider in Atlanta can help you save money on your funeral expenses.  The average cost of a funeral is $7,755* (without cemetery expenses), a cost that can seem overwhelming today if the deceased had no funeral plan.

Direct cremation Atlanta GAWe deal with families every day who turn to online tools to try and find out what the average cost of a cremation is in Atlanta.  The problem is that Atlanta cremation services can vary so much, and you can spend unnecessary time contacting funeral homes and gathering funeral prices.

You have to be sure you are comparing like-for-like as many funeral homes package their services differently.

Sometimes a funeral home can offer what they claim is an “affordable cremation service” but they have not included all costs, especially the crematory fee, which can be considered a cash disbursement if they do not own their own crematory.

At DFS Memorials, we want to take all that hassle and confusion away, and just help you quickly connect with a reputable, licensed funeral home in Atlanta that can provide you with a complete low-cost funeral price….with no hidden extras!  And remember, all our providers are family-owned funeral business, we do not work with death care corporations.    As you will see below, the funeral home in Atlanta we work with offers very inexpensive funeral and cremation packages.

Our provider of affordable cremations and funerals in Atlanta offers a basic cremation or burial package:

Direct Cremation $1,095  – – – Traditional Funeral $3,635 (Incl. casket)

Call (404) 445-0239 for immediate assistance, if you wish to preplan a funeral, or if you have any questions.

The $1,095 direct cremation package is available in the cities of Athens, Atlanta Metro, Columbus, Dalton & Gainesville and the counties of Fulton, Clayton, Fayette, Carroll, Paulding, Cobb, Douglas, Gwinnett, Rockdale, De Kalb, Walton, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Barrow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Harris, Talbot,  and Dawson.

What is a cremation plan and why should you consider one?

The nation is shifting towards cremation as a preferred disposition method.  What do you need to know about preplanning a cremation?  We are being asked more frequently about a cremation plan, how to set up a plan, how much it costs, and what it entails, so here let’s try and answer some of those questions.

What is a cremation plan?

Cremation planningA cremation plan is simply a preplanned cremation option.  It is much like a funeral plan, you take the time to make final arrangements for yourself (or a loved one) and ensure the important documentation is prepared.

Many people still find it a bit undesirable to discuss death-care plans.  But planning ahead can save your loved ones from the stress and financial burden of making arrangements when the time comes.

How can you set up a cremation plan?

You can choose several ways to set up a cremation plan.  Just like preplanning a funeral, you can visit a local funeral services provider, discuss your requirements, and prepare the necessary documentation.  You can opt to preplan and pay for your cremation plan.  Funds for a preplanned cremation are generally either put into trust (as legally required in most states), or sometimes a plan can be funded by an insurance product that will cover your final costs.

However, it is also possible to plan for a cremation, without having to prepay.  This can be desirable if you wish to have the legal documentation in order, but do not want to prepay the funds.  This is more of a matter of laying out your wishes for cremation, and signing the required Cremation Authorization Form.  It is then possible to set aside funds in a POD account to cover the cremation cost.

A cremation cannot legally proceed unless a Cremation Authorization Form has been signed by the legal next of kin.  This can sometimes cause family disputes and delay a cremation proceeding.  If cremation is what you, or a family member, want…then it can make it easier for surviving family, and your next of kin, if this document has already been completed as part of a cremation plan.  It is possible to pre-authorize a cremation as part of a cremation plan in those states that allow it.

How much does it cost for a cremation plan?

The price for a cremation plan will differ.  It will depend on which service provider you select, and on the payment terms determined.  If you require a simple direct cremation plan, then the costs for this type of cremation plan are within the region of $1,200 to $3,000.  A direct cremation service (at-need) costs around $1,000 on average, but with a preplan there is a need to build in inflation costs.

Can I pay for a cremation plan in installments?

Some cremation providers do offer cremation plans that can be paid over an installment period.  So, you would agree your plan with the provider, who would determine the cost, and Saving on cremation costsoffer you the option to make payments over an agreed period.

This can help for those families that would like the option to plan and prepay, but do not want to make the payment all at once.

If anything should happen before the plan is paid in full, surviving family would be liable for the outstanding balance.

It is also VERY important to ensure your family know about your cremation plan, and have access to the documentation.  It is not unheard of that surviving family have already made funeral plans, or even gone ahead with a funeral, before finding out that their loved one actually had a cremation plan in place.

What do you need to do know about preplanning a cremation?

Cremation prearrangements ensure that your wishes are met.  Today, I meet with a lot of people who say, “I just want to be cremated”, along with ideas about what kind of memorialization they would like.  If you, or a loved one, has specific requests about cremation and your final disposition then preplanning helps ensure you are in control.  Losing a loved one is a very difficult time, and if the key decisions have already been itemized, it can make it so much easier emotionally for family.

Many of our senior population are realizing their children may not financially be in a position to unexpectedly pay out funeral costs.  Preplanning a cremation enables them to have peace of mind that their funeral wishes will be met, without burdening their children.

What are the advantages of setting up a cremation plan?

I have outlined below the key advantages of setting up a cremation plan:

Preplan cremation

Relieve family of the financial & emotional burden

By far, one of the main reasons people choose to preplan is to relieve their family of making these emotional decisions and bearing the burden of the financial cost.  Too often, grieving family make emotional decisions that can end up costing them even more on a funeral bill.

Instead of having to spend time, and answer questions, about arrangements, everyone can refer to the specifics of the cremation plan and wishes as they were set out.

Peace of mind

Unfortunately, we do not like to talk about death.  We especially are not fond of discussing this topic with our loved ones.  This can sometimes leave parents, or grandparents, worried about how they can communicate their wishes and how we will cope in the aftermath of their loss.  Taking the time to make a cremation plan can provide peace of mind, knowing that your loved ones will have a ‘plan’ to go to when the time comes.

Control of your final wishes

If you have decided that your final wish is to be cremated, it can help to have planned.  This ensures your wish will be honored.  As mentioned, there are legal requirements that MUST be met before a cremation can be conducted.  It is such a final disposition method, that these laws are in place to help protect families.

Personalization

We all embrace personalizes our lives these days….so why not choose how you wish to personalize your final passage?  Taking the time to make a cremation plan enables you to make specific personal requests.  Is there particular music you would like played?  A special place for a memorial service or an ash-scattering?  If you have not had chance, or it has been difficult, to discuss this with your family, then making a plan allows you to outline what your personal requests are.

Discussing death is still somewhat of a taboo subject.  But times are changing and with over 54% of Americans now opting for cremation as a final disposition, it becomes more important than ever to make plans.

$895 – Arrange a simple cremation in Tallahassee, FL

Cremation Tallahassee FLIf you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $895.

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

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low cost funeral.  The 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 $895, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $895 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 death certificate and cremation permit
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • 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 Florida are $10 for the 1st certificate and $10 for each additional 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 the 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 Tallahassee, FL

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Tallahassee, there are several cremation service providers serving Leon County.  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 Tallahassee is $3,975*, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $2,502.*  It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs.  The average cost of a funeral in Tallahassee is $7,230.

direct cremation tallahasseeHow can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Tallahassee, a direct cremation can be conducted for $895 complete, making this 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 Tallahassee, FL.

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 48-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 off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

Florida Health and Human Services is mandated by state law to provide proper burial arrangements for residents who are poverty-stricken and whose bodies are unclaimed.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Leon County’s Assistance Programs at:

Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone: (850) 606-5300

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Leon County Vital Records Office, 155 N Cass St 1st Fl, Centerville, TX 75833   Phone: (903) 536-2352

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

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, 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 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.  The County Coroner’s office is at: Leon County Medical Examiner & Coroner, PO Box 14389, Tallahassee, Florida, 32317 Phone: (850) 942-7473

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (850) 203-0321 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 2017

Affordable Cremation Services in El Paso $925

low-cost-cremationThe DFS Memorials member serving El Paso will ensure that you can arrange a dignified funeral for an affordable cost.  Covering funeral costs can be a worry, and there is no need to be paying out thousands of dollars just to bury or cremate your loved one.  Our family-owned & operated funeral home in El Paso offers a compassionate and professional service at an inexpensive price.

Working with our provider in El Paso, we can help your family conduct a low cost cremation or burial.   They have 4 locations serving the Greater El Paso area, plus a cemetery and can therefore offer you these  affordable funeral packages:

Complete Direct Cremation Service :  $925

Complete Traditional Funeral Service (Incl. Casket & burial plot) : $3,995

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$750 cremation available to residents of Sunset Heights, East El Paso, Ysleta, Mission Valley El Paso, West El Paso or Upper Valley, Northeast El Paso,West Central El Paso and Anthony, Canutillo, Clint, Fabens, Homestead Meadows North, Homestead Meadows South, Horizon City, Montana Vista, San Elizario, Socorro, Sparks, Vinton, Tornillo, & Westway.

 

Low cost cremation in Tampa

Cremation service Tampa FLCremation is now the preferred disposition choice for families in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Not only is cremation the preferred choice, but also direct cremation is very popular in Tampa, making cremation options very affordable.

A direct cremation service is the lowest cost cremation option for a family.  In Tampa a direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $895.

Direct Cremation Providers in Tampa

Florida is one of only 2 states in the U.S. that licenses what are known as ‘Direct Disposers’.  This means that a company can deliver direct cremations in Tampa without being a licensed funeral home with a large facility.  Direct disposal companies are often viewed as ‘discount’ cremation providers and can appear to offer very cheap direct cremation services.

I would advise that you carefully check the inclusive terms of any cremation package. It has been known for direct disposers to offer a budget direct cremation package that does NOT include some services that a licensed funeral director will offer at a lower rate.  For example, if you required an out of hours collection or extended refrigeration storage.

What does a direct cremation package in Tampa generally include?

A direct cremation package typically includes the following (although this can vary by cremation services provider) :

  • Collecting the deceased from the place of death & transportation to the crematory
  • Minimum basic preparation of the deceased for the cremation
  • The cremation process/crematory fee
  • Refrigerated storage if necessary
  • Filing all the required state permits, medical documents and the death certificate
  • An alternative basic cremation container
  • A basic plastic urn or suitable receptacle for cremated remains
  • Making available the cremated remains for collection by the family

Note: the death certificate and cremation permit fee are sometimes at an additional cost to a direct cremation package.

What does a cremation cost in Tampa?

This is a question many families get online to find out today.  There is no simple or straight-forward answer as cremation costs can vary considerably, depending upon the type of cremation service you select and which cremation services provider you choose!

What IS important is to be aware that costs can vary and be sure to check around.  A basic direct cremation can cost anywhere between $895 and $3,000 for the exact same service.  You will typically find that full-service funeral homes may charge a higher fee for a direct cremation service.

How to locate an affordable cremation service provider in Tampa

cremation-tampaCremation services providers, cremation societies, funeral homes and direct disposers will all offer basic cremation services.  With over 30+ funeral service providers in Tampa, a simple, low-cost cremation can often be packaged under different names, such as an immediate cremation, a simple cremation, a basic cremation and a direct cremation. Locating an affordable cremation services provider can be the challenge, as not all providers who claim to be affordable are truly offering the lowest cost cremation services.

Comparing cremation services, prices & packages in Tampa

As I have mentioned above, it is imperative that you do consider comparing cremation services, prices and packages before making a decision.  With over 30 funeral homes in Tampa, there are plenty of offerings of full-service and more affordable  cremation alternatives.  Our DFS Memorials provider for the Tampa area is a local, family-owned funeral home serving the whole Tampa Bay area. Contact (813) 540-2344 to speak with them now.

Prepaid cremation plans in Tampa

You can prearrange a cremation plan in Tampa.  Most funeral homes and cremation providers will offer pre-need cremation plans that can be funded through a trust fund or insurance policy.  If you wish to preplan low cost cremation services, you have to be prepared that the ‘at need’ low cost cremation price can not be held for a pre-need plan. Although there ARE lower cost cremation plans, you can expect to pay over $1,000 for the equivalent low cost services on prearrangement.

The other alternative is to specify your wishes and put aside the appropriate funds in a Payable on Death (POD) account, so that your family can access the funds at the time of death and use the money to pay for a cremation.  This is considered by many a safe and easy means to preplan a funeral or cremation.

Low cost cremation services are available throughout the Tampa Bay area and Collier, Charlotte, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties.

 

Funeral Homes Failure to Disclose Funeral Costs

The funeral industry operates like no other industry I know.  In today’s consumer marketplace cost is a principle. Maybe not cost alone but certainly a combination of cost and value.  It is highly unlikely that you would make a consumer purchase without asking the question “how much”?

funeral-pricesYet the funeral industry expects us to make funeral arrangements (once the fourth biggest expenditure you will make in a lifetime) without being concerned about what our bottom line is going to be.  Not only can many funeral locations be evasive about disclosing prices to us if we inquire (although legally they are bound to do so), they can bombard us with so many irrelevant questions about our requirements that it can be overwhelming at a distressing time!

The latest Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) survey in conjunction with the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has highlighted yet again just how non-compliant the industry is with the Federal Trade Commission’s ‘funeral rule’ which requires them to disclose prices.

2015 Funeral Costs Survey

The FCA and CFA recently surveyed 150 funeral homes in 10 metro areas to discover that despite legislation put in place to protect consumers, only 1 in 4 funeral homes are readily disclosing funeral costs on their websites.  According to the FCA and CFA survey another 29% provided prices upon an email request and a further 29% divulged their prices after receiving an email and then a phone call.  16% of funeral homes surveyed did not provide any pricing information, or provided it only if a customer visited the funeral home.

The survey also highlighted the variation between itemized prices for funeral services and how dramatically these can vary, sometimes by as much as 3 times as much for the exact same service.

At DFS Memorials we have undertaken numerous funeral price comparison surveys to enable us to locate the best value direct cremation or direct burial.  We have encountered the same resistance by many funeral locations to disclose cremation prices.

An industry resisting change….and consumer demand!

The funeral industry has been criticized for its slowness and unwillingness to embrace change.  The ‘dinosaur’ that could be prone to extinction as it continues to ignore consumer demand.  This survey exemplifies how despite the more progressive funeral companies who have adapted to the changes affecting the industry, there are still funeral businesses locked in a times-past.

save-on-cremation-costsCremation is probably the biggest change to face this industry in the last century, and could be likened to a snowball in its growth since 2008.  Families are voting with their feet that they simply cannot or will not pay thousands of dollars to lay a loved one to rest anymore.

Direct cremation is revolutionizing a once very stoic industry, and direct cremation scares many funeral business to death!!  A direct cremation requires the most minimal of services from a funeral director and is his least expensive service option.  Understandably many long-standing funeral homes with large overheads and fleets of vehicles are facing very troubling times.

To the funeral consumer a direct cremation means a funeral bill of typically less than $1,000 (in most metro areas).  To the funeral home owner this means a steep drop in profit-margin.

So….do your homework and compare prices.  As this recent survey uncovered, this is a mine-field to tread through.  If you are researching ahead of time this gives you an advantage, but coming new to making arrangements at a time of need can be very distressing and completely overwhelming.  As a guide DFS Memorials is here to help you.  We have an extensive network of low cost cremation providers across the United States and guarantee to offer you disclosure of direct cremation costs.  We hope to provide some light and guidance through your dark path, and make laying a loved one to rest a task that may be painful, but not end up costing you more than you can afford.

Arranging a basic cremation in Toronto for $1,445 complete

basic-cremation-torontoCremation is a popular choice for for Canadians, with around 65% opting for a cremation as their final disposition.  The cost of a cremation can vary considerably throughout the GTA area, and basic cremations are advertised for between $1,400 and $2,100.

If you are arranging a simple cremation in Toronto you may want to compare cremation services and prices between the budget cremation providers.  There are several lower cost cremation options being offered, but not all will include exactly the same services, so it is important to check that a cremation price advertised is fully inclusive of all service charges.  For example, cash disbursements are often NOT included in a quoted price and these can include such items as the death certificate, cremation permit and sometimes even the crematorium fee (if the funeral home is using a third-party crematorium).

affordable-cremation-toronto-canadaCost of a direct cremation in Toronto

A simple or basic cremation is generally a cremation without a service.  It is called a ‘direct’ cremation in the funeral industry.  This is the cheapest cremation option in Toronto. The cost of a basic cremation in Toronto can be anything from $1,400 to $4,000.  This can depend upon the cremation service provider and whereabouts you are located.

Some providers will offer an all-inclusive price +GST.

Average cost of a cremation in GTA

Cremation costs vary between funeral homes and cremation providers.  The price of a cremation will also differ depending upon the type of cremation service you select.  The lowest cost cremation in Toronto is a direct cremation.  A cremation with a full funeral service is likely to cost in the region of $4,000 to $8,000.

Arranging cremation services in Toronto

If you need to find a funeral services provider in Toronto you can use this funeral homes in Toronto directory of all funeral service providers in GTA.  If you require a guide to arranging a cremation in Toronto, then this funeral planning guide for Toronto may be useful to you.

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Affordable cremation $1,445 available throughout the GTA area and to residents of East York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, York, Burlington, Guelph, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Mississauga, & Oakville

Arranging a low cost cremation in Ft. Lauderdale $596

low-cost-cremation-ft-lauderdale-flCremation is a very popular disposition choice in Florida, and this brief guide aims to help you arrange a simple cremation for the low cost of $596 complete. There are so many cremation service options and providers to choose from that it can be very overwhelming. At DFS Memorials we only work with licensed, reputable local cremation providers, and we specifically select a provider who can offer affordability and a quality service.

How much does a cremation cost in Ft. Lauderdale?

This is the million-dollar question. As cremation is so popular in Florida, and the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area is such a built-up area with a huge population, the cremation market is very competitive. Ft. Lauderdale is one of only a few cities in America where you can arrange a basic cremation for under $600.

Cremation costs can vary quite significantly though, depending upon the type of cremation service you select, and the service provider. The Cremation Association of North America quotes the average cost of a cremation at $3,200, although it is easy to arrange a cremation for much less. Cremation prices in Ft, Lauderdale can range between $596 and $2,200.

What is direct cremation?

direct-cremationA direct cremation is the simplest (and most economical) cremation option. It is a cremation without any services or ceremony. The deceased is collected from the place of death, transferred to the funeral location, and prepared for cremation. All the necessary paperwork is completed, and the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned directly to the family in a temporary cremation urn.

Can I still have a service with a direct cremation?

Yes, of course! You can add services to a direct cremation if you wish. So you could opt to add a viewing or a private family ID. Many families choose to conduct memorial services once they have the cremated remains returned from the crematory. You can use the services of a life celebrant or your minister to deliver memorial services, or (as more families are choosing) opt to arrange your own services. This obviously can save you a lot of money of the full cost of a funeral service in Ft. Lauderdale.

If you are in need of a low cost cremation, or have any questions about arranging a cremation service in Ft. Lauderdale, please call now on (954) 281-7747. We are here 24/7 to provide assistance to your family.