How to arrange a low cost cremation in Waco, TX

Cremation is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional burial in Waco.  Although the cremation rate in Texas is still way below the national average, it is growing exponentially, as families choose less expensive funeral options.  As acceptance of cremation grows, and more families decide that they cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on funeral expenses, we are sure to see cremation become a preferred choice.

Why choose cremation?

There are several reasons cited as to why families today choose cremation.  The most common reason is the price.  A cremation will cost significantly less than a traditional burial.  A cremation will generally cost at least half the cost of a traditional funeral – if not less.  So opting for cremation is a sure-fire way to make a funeral more affordable, just the savings on such items as the casket, embalming, and the cemetery fees, save thousands of dollars.  Yet a cremation service can be just as traditional and dignified as a burial service.

Other reasons why cremation is becoming more accepted is a declining religious traditionalism, a greater interest in more environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional burial, and a more transient population.   For many individuals cremation is just a personal choice that offers a simple, less costly, and more flexible means to conduct a funeral.

How much does a cremation cost in Waco?

This is the all-important question that many families wish to find the answer to!  Too often funeral homes do not disclose cremation prices in their marketing literature or websites.  It is important to understand that the cost of a cremation in Waco can vary considerably, depending upon the funeral provider you select.

A simple, direct cremation costs around $995 but It is fair to say that the average cost of a cremation can be up to $3,200 for a cremation with a service and a standard urn.  However, you can pay more, or less, than this for a cremation service.  It largely depends upon the professional fees a funeral home charges and the ancillary services/products you select (such as if a ceremony is conducted, the type of cremation urn, whether memorial products and an obituary are included).

A basic cremation service: Arranging a direct cremation in Waco

The lowest cost cremation in Waco is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected and cremated without any viewing or ceremony.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a basic temporary urn (unless a cremation urn is selected).  A direct cremation service can be arranged in Waco for $995 complete. This form of arranging a simple cremation enables families to conduct death care at a low cost and arrange their own memorial service or ash scattering at a time and place convenient for them.

How can I compare cremation costs between funeral homes in Waco?

One thing we have always recommended families is that you should consult more than one funeral home and compare funeral quotes.  Now we understand that this can seem daunting if you are grieving and do not want to make numerous phone calls or visits.  For this reason, DFS Memorials wanted to take the hassle out of shopping around for cremation prices.  We selected a licensed funeral home in Waco that we know offers one of the best prices on cremations.  This means we can direct you straight to a local, family-owned funeral company that will offer you exceptional value for money as well as meaning your needs are being serviced by a local business.

Call (254) 221-6609 to speak with a funeral director

Direct Cremation Service – $995

I cannot afford a funeral: What help is there towards funeral costs?

More families today are finding it a struggle to meet funeral costs, especially if they were unexpected.  So what can you do if you can’t afford to pay for a funeral?  Any public aid for funeral expenses is very patchy at best and varies by each state and county.  All states do have a responsibility to care for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who become the responsibility of the state, and not generally for those who just do not have the savings to meet the cost of a funeral.  Some funeral homes will offer payment plans or funeral financing, but it is not always easy to get approval.  Local organizations and charities often have some funding to assist those on welfare with funeral expenses.  If you are worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you really need to focus on keeping your funeral costs as low as possible.  Direct cremation will be the lowest cost funeral option you can do.

Also, remember that there is the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and that veterans are entitled to some benefits.

DFS Memorials serves families in the counties of Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill & McLennan counties and throughout Alta Vista, Austin Avenue, Baylor, Bellmead, Brazos, Brook Oaks, Brookview, Carver, Castle Heights, Cedar Ridge, Dean Highland, East Riverside, Elm Mott, Heart O’ Texas, Hewitt, Ignorant Holler, Kendrick, Lacy-Lakeview, Landon Branch, Mountainview, North Lake Waco, North Waco, Northcrest, Oakwood, Parkdale, Richland Hills, Robinson, Sanger Heights, Timbercrest, University, Viking Hills & Woodway with low-cost funeral and cremation services.

How to arrange a low cost cremation in Baton Rouge, LA?

simple cremationIf you are worried about funeral costs a simple cremation is a low-cost funeral alternative.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.

If you are considering cremation and want to find out more about your options, and how much cremation costs in Baton Rouge, this brief article should help you.

How can I save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation works out much cheaper than a traditional burial.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, or cemetery fees, and this alone can save you thousands of dollars.  It is also possible to arrange a basic cremation with a funeral home in Baton Rouge, and then conduct your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This can be another way to save money and also make the tribute so much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Baton Rouge?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cost of a cremation is $2,250.  This is, of course, a national average cost, and the average cost of cremation also depends, not only upon where you live but also exactly what services are included with any cremation package.  It is possible to arrange a direct cremation in Baton Rouge for just $1,395 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Baton Rouge

Cremation prices do vary by provider, even within Baton Rouge, so it is important to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that you have obtained the best price cremation possible.  Telephoning around, or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and quite an overwhelming task.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research so you don’t have to!  The funeral services provider we work within Baton Rouge offers an exceptional value cremation package.

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $1,395 and a complete traditional funeral for just $3,495, including a casket.  Providing affordable funeral options for families in Baton Rouge.

cremation-cost-baton-rougeDirect cremation in Baton Rouge

A direct cremation is the lowest cost cremation option.  The deceased is cremated without any ceremony and/or services, and the cremated remains returned to the family in a temporary urn.  This enables the family to ensure that their loved one’s disposition is handled in a simple, dignified, and timely way, whilst not overspending on funeral costs.  The family can gather for a memorial service at a later date if they so choose, or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

Low-cost cremation in Baton Rouge

To arrange a low-cost cremation in Baton Rouge you can contact your local DFS Memorials provider.

DFS Memorials Baton Rouge (225) 224-0966  –  Direct cremation $1,395

Is there any help with funeral costs in Baton Rouge?

Unfortunately, more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with cremation costs is managed at the Parish level and differs by state and Parish.  You need to consult your local Parish human services or social services to find out if there is any support.  There is the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and certain benefits for veterans.  Other than that, you can try local charitable organizations, unions, and faith groups who may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

Serving families in W. Baton Rouge Parish, E. Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish, Iberville Parish, St. James Parish and Livingston Parish and Port Allen, Scotlandville, Westminster, Inniswold, Shenandoah, Park Forest, & South Baton Rouge

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

Arizona has one of the highest cremation rates in the U.S., with over 65% of families now choosing cremation for their final disposition.  This has made cremation much more competitive in the Tucson, and helped to bring the cost of a cremation down. This article runs through how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs, how arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution and compares some Tucson funeral homes direct cremation prices.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, to be replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, one of the biggest factors is COST.  A traditional funeral can cost in the region of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2012 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at $7,045 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000.  It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!

Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene.  Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put control of memorialization back in the realm of the family.  A direct cremation simply ensures the disposition element is taken care of by a professional.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when and if they see fit.  For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option.  For other families it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost!

Low cost cremation in Tucson

Low cost cremation is available in Tucson for between $455 and $995.  Cremation prices do vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low cost cremation equitably compares.  Check exactly what is included.  Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’, but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low cost price advertised.  Too often we have found what appeared to be a low cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!

Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00

What does a cremation cost?How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?

Choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, so this can give a family an assurance about their loved one’s care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind, or because you need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area – then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families the stress and time, we ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.

Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Tucson in zip code order.

How do cremation providers compare in Tucson?

The cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected, and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always wise to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Tucson can be conducted from around $585 with a local, family-owned funeral home.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?

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 Tucson serves families in Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties and Armory Park, Avondale, Barrio Viejo, Central, Civano, Congress Street, Convention, Cragin-Keeling, Downtown, Eastside, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fairgrounds, Fourth Avenue, Menlo Park, Northwest, Old Fort Lowell, Old Pascua, Pullman, Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz Southwest, South Tucson, Sunnyside, Western Hills, & Winter-haven

Arranging a simple cremation service for $945 – Tulsa, OK

Direct cremation Tulsa OKIf you need to arrange a simple and affordable funeral, you may be considering a cremation service.  More families today are choosing cremation as a funeral option.

You may have questions about cremation services and costs, so we have put together this short guide to give you an overview of cremation services in Tulsa.

If you have the immediate need for a low-cost direct cremation, call your local DFS Memorials provider now on (918) 205-2141.

Why choose cremation?

We are hearing the phrase “we just want a simple cremation” so often today.  Simplicity is a key aspect.  The notion of traditional funeral rituals is diminishing.  Families are choosing cremation because it is much more affordable than a traditional burial service.  You can save thousands of dollars.  No cemetery plot, burial vault or casket is required.  There is no need (or requirement) for embalming.  So, eliminating these products and services saves you around $5,000.

Cremation can also offer more flexibility in arranging funeral services.  Instead of a funeral having to go ahead immediately, a cremation can be conducted, and a memorial service held at a later date (and place).

Also, as people have become more mobile, some family members can pass away from their home state, and it may be easier (and more affordable) to conduct a cremation service at the place of death.  Transportation can then be arranged for the cremated remains.

What do you need to know about the legal aspect of cremation?

If you choose cremation, there are some legal requirements that must be complied with. Before cremation can proceed, the legal next of kin must sign a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’.  If the deceased had made pre-arrangements he or she may have already authorized a cremation disposition.

If there is any disagreement between siblings or legal next of kin, this may prevent a cremation from going ahead.

You will also be asked to fill out a Personal Information Form for the deceased.  This provides the information for the death certificate.  It is important to double-check all the information is correct, as once issued, it is very difficult to have a death certificate amended.

The death certificate is obtained by the funeral director, and you can request additional copies if required.   Once all the authorizations are complete, the cremation permit will be issued by Tulsa County.

How much does a cremation cost?

Cremation costs in Tulsa OK

Credit: Parting.com

This is a question we are all asking now, but funeral directors will often avoid giving a definitive answer to it.  There are different types of cremation services.  A funeral cremation with a ceremony held at the funeral home is going to cost more than a simple direct cremation service.  The average price for a cremation memorial in Tulsa is priced at $2,855.  This is when the cremation is performed first and a memorial service held with the cremated remains.

A direct cremation is the least expensive, and simplest cremation option.  The cremation is carried out, but no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected, sheltered, the paperwork is completed and then the cremation is conducted.  The cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

A memorial service can be held by the family at a later date.  The best price for a direct cremation in Tulsa is $945.

Cremation LawsWhat if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If your loved one was taken into the care of the Medical Examiner and you wish to arrange a cremation, you will still need to employ the services of a funeral director.

Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the coroner.  You may need to visit the ME’s office to identify the body.  Once the Medical Examiner has signed-off of the cause of death, the death certificate and cremation permit will be issued.

The Office of the Medical Examiner is located at 1115 W 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74107.  Phone (918) 295-3400.

What if we have no money for a funeral?

Unfortunately, more families are finding themselves struggling with unexpected funeral expenses these days.  According to CNBC (July 2019) “many Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency” without going into debt (or further debt).  There is limited financial help for families.  Medicaid can offer some support, and Tulsa County Social Services has a program to assist with indigent burials.  The department can be reached on (918) 596-5560.

Tulsa County Social Services, 2401 Charles Page Blvd, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127

If you have further questions about cremation services in Tulsa, check out this Oklahoma Guide to Funeral Planning, or feel free to contact us.

Cremation costs in 2019: How much should you pay for a direct cremation service?

Over 55% of Americans now choose cremation as their ‘preferred’ disposition and death care option.  This shift from traditional burial to cremation is having a huge impact on the funeral industry.  Because, while cremation means that funerals are becoming more affordable for families, it means that funeral homes’ revenue is declining.  What we are starting to witness in 2019 is the impact of cremation in terms of pricing.

Cremation saves on funeral costs

Often families think of cremation as a way to save costs.  And, although there are different reasons why a family chooses cremation, the lower cost of a cremation funeral is by far the primary reason.  A cremation service is generally at least half the cost of a burial service, if not more.  But, direct cremation is what is revolutionizing the funeral industry at present.  A direct cremation is the most economical cremation option.  And, what the industry is not telling us, is that direct cremation is now accounting for around 70% of all cremations performed.

What does a cremation cost?What is a direct cremation?  And why is this challenging the funeral industry?

A direct cremation, is where a simple cremation is conducted, without any ceremony or services.  This means the funeral establishment (or crematory) simply handle the collection of the deceased, complete the required legal administration, and perform the cremation.  The cremated remains are then returned directly to the family.  What this means is that it can be delivered at a much-reduced cost.  The demand for direct cremation is challenging an industry that once did not even feel a need to provide up-front funeral pricing.  Now, cremation consumers are shopping around to compare cremation prices, and seeking out the most affordable direct cremation service they can find.  As within other consumer sectors, why would you opt to pay hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars more, for the exact same product or service?

How much should you expect to pay for a direct cremation?

A direct cremation ranges in cost in any one area.  If you conduct a simple comparison between 5 funeral homes and cremation providers, asking for the cost of a direct cremation from their General Price List, you will see a difference in price.  Especially if you select a range of different providers from the small funeral home to large corporate funeral home.  In most major cities, a direct cremation can be conducted for between $595 to $995.  Rural areas tend to be more expensive, as there is less competition for the cremation market.

Comparing cremation prices

The chart below highlights the comparison between a DFS Memorials independent low-cost cremation provider and the average cost for a direct cremation in a city.

AREA DFS Provider direct cremation price Average direct cremation price*
New York City NY $485 $1,969
Los Angeles CA $625 $1,524
Houston TX $640 $2,173
Chicago IL $995 $1,949
Philadelphia PA $1,095 $1,798
Phoenix AZ $725 $1,337
San Antonio TX $595 $1,856
San Diego CA $600 $1,358
Jacksonville FL $695 $1,648
Dallas-Fort Worth TX $755 $1,944
Indianapolis IN $750 $2,261
Seattle WA $600 $1,519
Detroit MI $845 $1,199
Boston MA $1,395 $2,332
Memphis TN $995 $2,060
Oklahoma City OK $945 $1,914
Las Vegas NV $595 $1,526
Louisville KY $750 $1,880
Denver CO $1,295 $1,791

*Average direct cremation price 2019 obtained from Parting Funeral Home Comparison website

Are cremation prices likely to rise in 2019?

Cremation planningThe market for cremation services will continue to become more competitive.  Cremation has continued to disrupt the funeral industry in 2020 as this article explains.

Most funeral businesses need to increase their volume of cremation business to sustain their revenue.  This is already leading to cremation ‘price wars’ in some cities, where funeral homes are reducing their direct cremation price to increase their volume of cases.

However, at the same time, we are also witnessing an aggressive approach from corporate funeral entities, who need to acquire their own share of cremation business.  Corporate death care companies, such as Dignity Memorial and The Neptune Society, can afford to enlist the expertise of professional marketing services and ‘dominate’ in the domain of online advertising and direct mail.  Corporate and privately-owned funeral entities across the U.S. are acquiring successful independent cremation businesses to dominate a cremation market in a specific area.

We observed an example of this recently with Foundation Partners (a privately-owned funeral business with 80 locations in 17 states) acquiring a longstanding family business in Tucson.  The family business had offered the lowest cost direct cremation to families in Tucson and continues to operate under the existing funeral home name.  I would anticipate that once these large funeral entities position themselves to dominate a market, we are likely to see cremation prices rise again.

Pre-arranging cremation services

Taking out a pre-arrangement cremation plan today could potentially save you on the possibility of rising cremation costs.  A direct cremation plan can be funded by an insurance product or a trust and ensures you lock in today’s prices.  The terms will differ, depending on your state legislation on funeral plans, and your personal circumstances for making payment.

Pre-arrange cremation serviceAn important aspect of pre-arranging a cremation is to pre-authorize the cremation.  For a cremation to proceed, the legal next-of-kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

But, when pre-arranging, you can pre-authorize your wish for cremation.  Saving the surviving family from the decision when the time comes.  Typically, a direct cremation that costs $650 today at-need, would cost approximately $1,200 to pre-plan and pre-pay over 24 months.

Alternatively, you can pre-plan by doing some research to determine an affordable cremation services provider near you, and put aside the required funds for an ‘at-need’ direct cremation in a POD (Payable on Death) account at your bank.  Many funeral service providers are happy to prepare the necessary paperwork for cremation and keep it on file for when the need arises.  This allows you to retain control of your funds for cremation while having made the proper provision for your surviving family. Read more about pre-planning a cremation or funeral with a POD account.

So, the key ‘take-aways’ from this article are that you should ensure you compare cremation costs before deciding on a cremation service provider and be aware that the cremation market is likely to change over the coming years.

Further information on the impact of the increasing cremation rate in 2020, how COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted the cremation market, and how direct cremation has become the number one option for families, can be found in this article ‘Cremation Costs in 2020: How cremation is disrupting the Funeral Industry.’

Funeral and Burial Resources for low-income and uninsured families

Funeral resources for low-income or uninsured

If you are in immediate need of the lowest cost funeral available, you need to consider arranging a simple direct cremation service.

Call your local DFS Memorials provider by selecting your state and then city from the state list, which is either to the right or below. 

DFS Memorials does NOT offer any financial assistance, but we can help you connect with a local, low-cost cremation or funeral provider, offering packages starting from $596.

With very limited financial resources and support offered by a state or county, you may find yourself faced with the stress of arranging a funeral with very little money.  If this is the case then you may need to consider arranging a simple, low-cost direct cremation service.

The DFS Memorials network offers direct cremation service packages at a very low cost.  Prices vary by state and city, but direct cremation prices start at $596.  Use the state links on this page to find your nearest provider and their direct cremation service price.

If you are faced with the task and responsibility of arranging a funeral for a family member who has just died, and you are concerned about how you can afford the cost of the funeral, this guide can hopefully support you.

Today 76% of Americans coping paycheck to paycheck (CNN) and 25% below the poverty line, so there are many families who find themselves in the unfortunate position of having either no funds, or very limited means, by which to pay for a funeral. Especially if the death of a family member was unexpected and sudden.

What low cost funeral alternatives are there?

If you find yourself responsible for making funeral arrangements with no life insurance or burial insurance policy to help cover the costs, and you have little means to pay for a funeral, then you need to seek out the lowest cost funeral option.

There are significant ways that you can save on the expected cost for a full funeral service.  And there are also various resources that may help you reduce your funeral costs, or help contribute towards the overall funeral expenses.

What is the cheapest funeral alternative?

Cremation is certainly a lot cheaper than a burial, and direct cremation (otherwise referred to as an immediate cremation or basic cremation) is the least expensive disposition method.

This is where the cremation is conducted with no viewing, services or ceremony and the cremated remains are immediately returned to the family.  A simple cardboard cremation container is used, and the ashes are returned in a temporary container, unless a cremation urn is selected.

You can arrange a direct cremation service in many areas of the United States for under $1,000, in fact in many metro areas the price can be as low as $500 – $700.  Check out your nearest DFS Memorials provider to find out the lowest direct cremation cost near you.

Is there Public Aid for a Funeral?

Whilst some states do provide some financial support with funeral expenses for families on low income, disability or SSI, this is NOT consistent across all states.  Budgets for public aid funerals have also unfortunately been cut back by municipalities where budget spend requiring constraining.

To find out if there is any financial support in your area, you would need to inquire with your local county human services or social services department.  I have noted below the states that DO offer some financial support and the links to further information.

What is Indigent Burial Assistance?

The state is, of course, obligated to attend to indigent dispositions.  That is generally for those unfortunates who become the responsibility of the state and/or institutionalized.  Traditionally the state would arrange simple pauper burials in a designated area of a municipal cemetery.  Today these indigent burial assistance programs tend to offer direct cremation as a low-cost solution to dispose of these unclaimed dead.

Are there any Social Security Death Benefits to help cover the cost of a funeral?

There is a $255 lump sum Social Security death benefit that those who qualify can claim.  A funeral director can generally assist you make a claim.  This one-off payment of $255 is made to a surviving spouse or child. Monthly benefits may be available if one meets eligibility requirements.  You can contact Social Security on 1-800-772-1213   www.socialsecurity.gov

Do Veteran’s receive benefits to assist with funeral costs?

A veteran is entitled to free burial in a national cemetery. This includes gravesite, opening and closing of the grave and perpetual care for an honorably discharged veteran, spouse, or dependent child and a free headstone or grave marker.

Contact the Veteran’s Affairs Office on 1-800-827-1000 for more information.

Is there help for victims of crime to cover funeral expenses?

In each state, there is a fund set up to financially assist the victims of crime to cover funeral expenses.

Contact your local Crime Victim Compensation Program to find out what help you can get.

What about Funeral financing?

Whilst we do not advocate that anyone should have to incur a debt to pay for a funeral, this is sadly an option that is being peddled to many families today.  Of course, as with any other financing, you must pass the credit check requirements.

There are generally two ways funeral finance is offered – firstly a funeral home may work with a funeral loan company and offer your finance terms, or there are a few finance companies that will work directly with a family to finance a funeral.

Finance for a funeral is NOT easy to come by, largely as it is not an appealing product/service for a finance house to offer credit on.  Once a funeral is complete, there is quite a high chance of families defaulting on their loan and it is not that easy to repossess a corpse!

Help from Charity Organizations to pay for a funeral

There are some charitable trusts that make offer a grant or some financial help with funeral expenses.  You can check this resource for searching a charity grants database.

Help from Trade Union Organizations to cover funeral expenses

Some Trade Union organizations will offer a financial contribution to assist a former member, or the spouse of a member, some assistance with meeting funeral expenses.  If you, or you spouse, was a member of a union, it would be well worth investigating if you can claim any assistance.

cremation-helpHow Fund-raising can help pay for funeral expenses

Fund-raising events to help a family pay for a funeral have long been a community way to rally together and help an unfortunate family pay to bury their lost loved one.  However, as more families have suffered hardship in recent years, there has not been as much disposable money to go around, even when families want to help out.

There are now a few online fund-raiser web sites that will allow you to start a fund-raising campaign for a funeral.

Hopefully the advice we have briefly outlined in this article will provide useful resources to help you find some help paying for a funeral.

State Assistance:  Contact departments

CT – Dept of Social Services

DC – Dept of Human Services

MA – The Commonwealth of MA

MD – Dept of Human Resources

ME – ME General Assistance Program

NH – NH Welfare Dept

NJ – Dept of Human Services

NY – Human Resources Dept

PA – Dept of Public Welfare

RI – RI General Public Assistance

VA – Health & Human Services

VT – Agency of Human Services

WV – Dept of Health & Human Resources

How do direct cremation prices vary in an area?

The price for a direct cremation service can vary considerably in a geographical area from different funeral service providers.  Why is this? When presumably if it is the service package from a funeral home’s General Price List, it is a standard itemized service from all funeral homes.

A direct cremation service usually includes:

  • Local transfer of remains to the funeral home or crematory
  • Basic services of funeral director & staff for completion of all legal requirements, paperwork & obtaining permits
  • Shelter of remains (additional storage fees may be added if shelter of remains exceeds a defined number of days)
  • Temporary cremation urn

The following are included in the majority of direct cremation packages, however, there are funeral homes who charge these as additional fees.

  • Basic cremation container
  • Crematory fee

cremation costsThe Funeral Consumers Alliance have argued that there should be no difference in pricing as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that direct cremation service packages be identical from all funeral and cremation providers.

Yet funeral homes will argue that the price they charge for a direct cremation reflects the standard of service and quality their establishment offers.

I understand a difference in pricing for a direct cremation when services are delivered without staff time to conduct in-person arrangements at the funeral home.  For example, there are a growing number of cremation service providers offering ‘online only’ discounted pricing.

When a family submits the required forms online and makes payment, this can save a funeral home considerable staff time.  The funeral business can then off-set this saving to the family.

However, when comparing direct cremation prices in a given area, one will still see a distinct disparity in the range of prices for the same service.  In many metro areas, the range of price for a direct cremation can vary from $795 to $3,300.

It is important to ensure like-for-like comparison, and check if there are any ‘hidden’ fees that are added to a lower price direct cremation package.

Arranging a simple, low cost cremation in Sacramento, CA – $795

More families today are choosing cremation as their preferred funeral choice.  It can be much more affordable than a burial service and can offer much more flexibility.  Changing attitudes to religion and the environment in the US have also led to a shift towards cremation.  California has a higher cremation rate than most states, with some counties running at an 80% cremation rate.

Cremation services Sacramento CAWhat do I need to consider if choosing a cremation?

You need to consider what kind of cremation service you want, and what type of cremation provider you wish to select.  There are various cremation service options from a simple direct cremation to a full traditional funeral service followed by cremation.

You need to consider if you wish to employ the services of a funeral home, or deal directly with a crematory and cremation company or cremation society.  As cremation is so popular in Sacramento, there are several cremation companies that specialize in cremation only.

How do I select a cremation service provider in Sacramento?

It is always wise to check around before committing to a cremation services provider.  Ask family and friends of their experiences, or do some research online or by phone.  As with any other sector, there is the ‘good, the bad and the ugly’.

What you get included in a cremation services package and what level of service you are given can vary by who you deal with.  Costs for a cremation service can also differ significantly, even for the exact same service.

What type of cremation service should I opt for?

This is entirely a personal choice.  A direct cremation is becoming more popular as many families want simplicity and affordability these days and a simple, direct cremation offers this.  It can allow families to take care of the immediate disposition, enabling them to prepare their own memorial service at a later date.

How much does a cremation service cost in Sacramento?

This is a question that is often asked, and the only true answer is that it can vary.  It is dictated by what kind of cremation service you select.  As I mentioned direct cremation is the least expensive option, costing just $795 in Sacramento.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $2,500 and a full funeral with cremation afterward will cost around $3,000 – $5,000, depending on services and products selected.

How much does a direct cremation cost in Sacramento?

A direct cremation can be conducted for $795.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Sacramento

Before a cremation can go ahead there are certain legal requirements.  Firstly, there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can be performed.  And the legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

What do I do if I cannot afford a cremation?

Sadly, there is little state or county assistance that helps a family pay for a cremation.  The county may be obligated to pay for indigent cremations, but in these cases, they are often unclaimed remains where there is no family.  You may wish to contact Sacramento Human Services to inquire as to what assistance may be available, but in reality, it may require the family to raise the basic funds to conduct a direct cremation.

Releasing a body from the Medical Examiner’s Office and arranging a low-cost cremation

If the deceased was transferred to the Medical Examiner and you are seeking a simple cremation once the body is released, you can arrange a direct cremation, often at a lower cost than a direct cremation with collection from an institution or residential address.

Local funeral homes & crematories have relationships with the Medical Examiner to obtain cremation permits and have the body released, so they can manage this process, and arrange for a cremation.  The ME’s office has a staff to assist with the transfer of the body to the funeral director so the cost for collection can prove less.

Sacramento County Coroner is located at 4800 Broadway, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95820

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Low cost funeral and cremation services in Fayetteville, AR

The cost of a funeral service has become debilitating to many families in Arkansas, and the days of just entrusting a local Fayetteville funeral home to do a service without setting a budget for the cost of the funeral are coming to an end.

More families are struggling financially, and many are just deciding that overpaying for a funeral is not dignified and is not a measure of how much you loved someone.  There are much lower cost funeral alternatives if you seek them out.  Traditionally because people did not compare funeral prices in the same way, funeral homes were not pitched against each other in a ‘price comparison’ manner.

Typically funeral homes focused on their features of long-standing tradition and impeccable community service.  Today this can mean the difference between paying $2,000 or $8,000 for a funeral service and this is a BIG difference just for a heritage!

How can I save on funeral costs?

Firstly, make sure you DO compare prices between funeral homes.  I can assure you that you will be quite surprised by how much the same items from a funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) will vary.  All funeral homes must have a GPL according to Federal Law.

A funeral home that happily discloses prices, be it on their web site, or when you phone understands the need for transparency in today’s funeral market.  If they seem unwilling to openly disclose prices this should raise alarm bells.

Consider lower cost cremation services

low-cost-cremationOpting for a cremation service will save you thousands of dollars.  You remove the need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault and cemetery plot – some of the most expensive purchases of a funeral service.

In Fayetteville you can arrange a simple cremation without any ceremony for $695.  This is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  A simple traditional funeral can be arranged for around $2,800.

If you are concerned about the expense of a funeral and wish to arrange a low cost cremation service  – call (479) 259-2818 now and let our provider help you.

Preplanning a basic cremation service

You can preplan a basic cremation with our low cost cremation provider.  This is funded using an insurance policy.  The full cost for a preneed cremation plan will vary depending upon your age at the time of taking out the policy, but it typically averages at around $795.

Call today to get a quote for a basic cremation plan – (479) 259-2818

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How to arrange an affordable cremation service in Akron, OH

Direct cremation in Akron OHThis short guide aims to help you understand cremation options and costs in Akron.  We understand that many families today are seeking more affordable alternatives when it comes to death care.

The internet has provided a great way to research pricing and services for many sectors, yet still many funeral homes do not disclose their prices online.  Here, we inform you of what average costs are, and how to find the most affordable cremation option.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Akron?

Funeral prices can vary considerably, for the exact same service package, from different service providers.  For this reason, it is always advisable to compare prices from more than one funeral service provider.  To help you save time, we have compiled a brief overview of cremation pricing in Akron.

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Akron, compiled from a list of Akron funeral homes indicates that the average price for a full-service funeral is $5,798*.  This does not include any cemetery fees.  The average cost of a simple, direct burial is $2,011*.

Cremation Service Akron OHWhat are cremation costs in Akron?

The average cost of a Cremation Memorial service is $2,926*, with the lowest price available at around $2,000.  A Cremation Memorial service is where the deceased is first cremated and then a service held with the cremated remains present.

The most affordable cremation option is a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, prepared and cremated with no services conducted by the funeral home.  The deceased is simply ‘directly’ cremated, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family.

The family, if they wish, can then hold their own memorial service at a place and time that suits them.  This can also save further costs on the overall price of a funeral.

The average cost of a direct cremation in Akron is $1,628*, although it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for as little as $745.

This is why a low-cost, no-fuss, direct cremation is the most affordable and simple disposition option for families with limited funds, or where no funeral services are required.

If you would like to know more about arranging a low-cost direct cremation in Akron, OH please call us.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price survey May 2018