8 Things You Need to Know About Direct Cremation

direct-cremationCremation is the ‘hot’ trend in the U.S. death care market today and is revolutionizing the funeral industry. In this post, we talk all about Direct Cremation, the most economical cremation option that the industry does not always clearly offer as an option.

If you have the immediate need for a low-cost direct cremation, click here to locate your nearest DFS Memorials provider now.  Direct cremation services are as low as $695.

Cremation now accounts for around 56% of all funerals in the nation, with some states cremating 65% or higher, and a forecast for the national rate to reach 78% by 2035.

However, the biggest revolution about this shift to cremation is, in fact, the shift to direct cremation. Something the industry as a whole is choosing not to disclose. Many cremation providers offering affordable cremation services report that 80% of their cremations are direct cremation. Until recently, most families did not know what a direct cremation was – today, and it is starting to permeate our understanding of funeral terminology.

So what exactly IS direct cremation, you may be asking?

A direct cremation is the funeral industry term for a basic cremation with minimal cost outlay and no services or ceremony performed before the cremation. You may also hear a direct cremation called an immediate, basic, or simple cremation. They all generally mean the same thing.

To help you fully understand what direct cremation is, I have outlined below the 8 key things you need to know about direct cremation.

#1   A direct cremation involves no pre-funeral services. There is no viewing, visitation, or ceremony conducted.

#2   Because direct cremation is a simple process of disposition (by cremation), in many states, you can arrange a direct cremation without needing the services of a funeral director. You can deal directly with a crematory, a direct disposer, or a cremation provider who offers only cremation services.

#3   No embalming is required before a direct cremation. [If the deceased had a pace-maker, this will need to be removed]

#4   A direct cremation can be arranged online or over the phone without needing to visit the funeral home or crematory.  The cremated remains can even be mailed to you after the service has been completed. (Usually, there is an additional surcharge for this mailing service.)

#5   No casket is required for direct cremation. Because there are no pre-funeral services, there is no need for a casket. The body is cremated in a simple cardboard container called the ‘Cremation Container.’ This eliminates a large cost factor of a traditional funeral.

#6   Although it is often called an immediate cremation, a direct cremation cannot proceed until certain paperwork is in order. In many states, there is a mandatory waiting period after the death of 24-48 hours. A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the immediate next of kin, and a cremation permit issued by the County.

#7   The cremation process takes approximately 3 hours, after which the remains are filtered and ground to form the powdered ‘ash’ we commonly consider to be cremated remains. Generally, the cremated remains are ready for the family to collect (or have delivered) within about 5-10 days.

#8   Once a direct cremation has been conducted, and you have the cremated remains returned, you can arrange your own memorial service. This can be done with or without the cremation urn present or can take the form of an ash scattering ceremony. Having the cremation handled efficiently and economically (direct cremation) by a licensed cremation professional at a low cost means the family can save money on funeral costs and arrange a memorial ceremony that is befitting for the deceased.

All funeral service providers (by law) must have this service option outlined on their General Price List (GPL), although you will usually find it at the bottom. Not all funeral providers will include the same range of services in their direct cremation price, so do check this carefully. Is the cremation container included in the price quoted? Are death certificates and cremation permits included? Is the crematory fee included?

The market for direct cremation is becoming more competitive as funeral service providers realize that many Americans are choosing this option. It offers the ability to arrange a dignified cremation for a fraction of the cost of a funeral and also empowers the family to be in control of the memorialization process.

How much does a direct cremation cost?

This is not a simple question as the costs vary so much between cremation service providers. For this reason, it is accurate to say a direct cremation can cost anywhere between $700 and $3,000. However, if you shop around and seek out a low-cost direct cremation provider, you should expect to pay between $700 and $1,000 in most metros areas. [Prices do vary depending on area]

Currently, cremation service providers in most cities are offering budget direct cremation, and this does not necessarily mean an inferior service. In many cases, it is a local funeral home operating a separate direct cremation business to help supplement their declining traditional trade. Just be sure to check the credentials of exactly who you are dealing with.

DFS Memorials ONLY works with licensed local funeral service providers who offer a comprehensive and best-price direct cremation service for their area. To find out the cost of a direct cremation in your town – visit your state and select your city. All direct cremation prices are disclosed, and all prices are complete with no hidden extras!

As we move towards the end of 2022, we have noticed that cremation prices are increasing.  Funeral businesses are being affected by increasing gas prices and other rising ancillary prices that affect their bottom line.  Around 40% of the DFS Memorials cremation network have increased their direct cremation service package price by $50 – $150 in the last 6 months alone!

Aside from rising costs, the continued acquisition and consolidation of funeral homes by larger regional groups or corporations may impact a ‘control’ of cremation prices in certain areas.

Direct cremation gained popularity largely due to how affordable it was.  If prices continue to increase alongside environmental and climate change agendas, we may witness a shift to alternative death care practices.

Visit our Guide to How to Set up an Affordable Cremation Plan: Pre-Plan vs. Pre-Pay.

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 $1,095 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 $1,095 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 – $1,095

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.

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

This article explains 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 when you can arrange an affordable direct cremation service for just $811.

If you need immediate assistance, call your local provider now.  Or, read on to learn more about Tucson’s cremation costs and services.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, COST is one of the biggest factors.  A traditional funeral can cost upwards of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2021 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at around $8,000 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a full-service cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000, and a simple direct cremation can be arranged for $811. 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 that a professional takes care of the disposition element.  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

A low-cost, simple cremation is available in Tucson for just $811.  Cremation prices 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!

Call (520) 200-7742 now to arrange a direct cremation for just $811 in Tucson and surrounding areas.

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?

With cremation costs in Tucson varying so much, choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, which can give a family assurance about their loved one’s care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind or 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 stress and time, and 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 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 for just $811 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 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 other ways 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

How much does direct cremation cost in 2022?

The last two years have brought significant changes to the funeral industry. Funeral homes were unexpectedly thrust into a crisis as COVID-19 deaths and restrictions on social gatherings forced the industry to adapt very quickly as last responders. So, here we review what we can expect for cremation costs in 2022.

The table below provides a breakdown of low-cost direct cremation costs in major cities and links to contact a local low-cost cremation provider if you have an immediate need for an affordable cremation service.

Change in the cremation rate 2021

Cremation was already a fast-growing trend that funeral homes were adapting to.  The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Cremation & Burial Report projected the cremation rate at 56% for 2020.  But in the face of the pandemic, cremation became the only viable disposition option for many families, and funeral homes, faced with making funeral arrangements without holding a funeral service.

Although no data is yet available on the cremation rate for 2021, I expect it to be higher than projected as a result of the unprecedented crisis.

The shift to online cremation price comparison and arrangement

Arrange a cremation onlineAnother trend in funeral consumer behavior is the expectation to find cremation prices online.  According to The Foresight Company 2020 Funeral and Cemetery Consumer Study, 75% of people seeking cremation services want transparent online pricing.  With 52% claiming they only want to arrange services with a funeral home that provides clear online cremation pricing.  This consumer behavior trend could likely continue to impact cremation pricing into 2022, with more funeral homes adopting online price lists.  And, as cremation consumers continue to price-shop online, funeral homes will need to adapt their marketing strategies for online cremation consumers.

How 2021 has impacted cremation prices in 2022?

From our observations with the DFS Memorials low-cost cremation network, the impact we have observed is some fluctuation in direct cremation prices going into 2022.  With an increased volume of cremation cases and a competitive market for cremation services, I had anticipated the cost of cremation to remain static or even decrease.  We have seen prices increase in some cities and yet decrease in others.

So, why do cremation prices seem to be fluctuating in some areas?

This may be because there is still a comparative shortage of cremation retorts serving some areas.  Installing cremation equipment can be costly. Many small funeral homes could not afford to install their own cremation retort as the cremation rate grew. Instead, using the trade services of another local crematory.  Also, some funeral homes have faced zoning issues when trying to add crematory facilities. Especially as traditionally funeral homes were located in residential areas.  Funeral homes have encountered resistance from residents who have expressed concern about the potential emissions from a crematory nearby.

The rise in gas prices in 2022 is now affecting cremation costs across the country.  We are witnessing cremation package price increases to reflect the rising cost of transport charges and crematory gas supply.

2022 Breakdown of cremation costs

The price for a cremation service still varies considerably.  Even within the same area, you will find different funeral homes and cremation providers charging different prices for a similar service.  Therefore, it pays to shop around some. Below we have included a breakdown of the low and high cremation prices in the top most populated metropolitan areas in the United States to give you an idea of how much a cremation cost can vary in a city.

Click on a city to contact the DFS Memorials provider for the area.

City State DFS Memorials -Low-cost cremation price Most expensive cremation price
New York City NY $395 $10,200
Los Angeles CA $750 $4,450
Chicago IL $1,165 $4,600
Houston TX $640 $6,570
Phoenix AZ $725 $5,975
Philadelphia PA $1,095 $4,950
San Antonio TX $795 $3,875
San Diego CA $995 $2,790
Dallas TX $795 $6,300
Austin TX $795 $3,095
Jacksonville FL $695 $3,695
Fort Worth TX $795 $4,045
Columbus OH $650 $4,090
Charlotte NC $1,225 $4,400
San Francisco CA $995 $3,790
Indianapolis IN $750 $6,100
Seattle WA $1,050 $3,855
Denver CO $999 $4,012
Washington DC DC $1,645 $7,600
El Paso TX $925 $2,090
Nashville TN $995 $4,400
Las Vegas NV $795 $2,350
Atlanta GA $995 $4,590
Miami FL $795 $4,545

The prices quoted are for a direct cremation service.

What is a direct cremation?

Direct cremation is sometimes referred to as low-cost cremation, basic cremation, or economical cremation.  No funeral services are provided as part of the service. The deceased is collected from the place of death, sheltered in refrigeration, the legal paperwork is completed, and then the cremation is conducted.  There is no viewing, embalming, or ceremony. Once the cremation is completed, the cremated remains are returned to the family.

It is a simple and direct service which is what keeps the costs down.  This simple, affordable, ‘no-fuss’ cremation option is proving a growth trend in the cremation sector. It had been a steadily growing trend, and the pandemic only exacerbated the demand.

In some states,t is even possible to arrange a direct cremation without needing the services of a funeral home.

Will cremation costs remain the same in 2022?

We would all love to be able to predict the future! But, alas, the best forecasts can be affected by unexpected events.  Last year proved that to us all.  Funeral homes and crematories in some cities witnessed overwhelming demand for cremations last year. In some cases, older crematories (such as in New York City) simply could not cope with the increased demand. Older equipment overheated trying to keep up with the capacity.  Newer cremation equipment can handle a higher capacity of cremations per day, but installing new equipment (or upgrading) is an overhead that a funeral home will need to recover in its costs.  Many small independent funeral homes, already coping with declining revenue due to the shift to cremation, cannot afford the overhead (or risk) to now add new cremation equipment.

How the rising costs of gas, cremation permits, and emission regulation may continue to affect cremation prices.

The cost of gas is another factor that could impact cremation prices in 2022.  According to a report from Met Group in 2020 forecasting natural gas prices from 2020 to 2025, we are likely to see a rise in price from 2022 due to a few factors.

  • The continuing coronavirus pandemic
  • The switch to greener, renewable energy sources
  • The Saudi Arabia-Russia price wars
  • Weather

Before a cremation can go ahead, the local county coroner must issue a cremation permit to the crematory or funeral home.  A few years ago, coroners often issued permits to the funeral director at no charge. Today, these permits vary in price depending on the county, and many have increased the charge for issuing a cremation permit significantly.  Most cremation permits range from $10.00 to $60.00, but Wisconsin has some of the highest charges in the country. A cremation permit in Milwaukee County costs $357.00.

With the current focus on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, it is quite possible that new legislation on monitoring and managing crematory emissions may affect existing crematories.  In some EU countries, where the cremation rate has been at 70% (or above) for some years, recent EU emissions legislation meant many crematories had to install new equipment to reduce their emissions.  The cost of this resulted in consumer cremation costs increasing.

Cremation funeralWhat alternatives to low-cost cremation may emerge?

Cremation has gained traction in the last decade most significantly because of cost.  Yes, there are other influencing factors. But, simply put, for many families, direct cremation became the only low-cost alternative to arrange a funeral.  Some counties even switched from indigent burial to direct cremation to reduce their budgets for indigent funerals.

However, with more focus on climate change and greener alternatives, new green funeral alternatives are emerging.  Water cremation and natural organic reduction (NOR) or human composting are two new greener disposition alternatives.  At the moment, both these options are still relatively costly compared to a low-cost direct cremation.  Similarly, natural green burial presents a more affordable and natural alternative to cremation but still costs more than a simple cremation.  If there is an increasing interest in natural burial, there is a chance the costs could decrease.  A 2019 survey by the NFDA found that almost 52% of Americans expressed an interest in green burial options.

In 2022, a green burial is still going to cost between $3,000 and $5,500 because it is a niche option, and there are limited green burial sites and providers.  Natural burial potentially could offer a long-term solution to addressing affordability and sustainability in the death care industry.  If natural burial could be offered at a comparative cost to cremation.

Pre-planning a direct cremation in 2022

2020 brought death to the forefront of our world. The fear of death shrouded us all for a period of time and still lurks in the corner.  The taboo subject of discussing death and dying was given a renewed life.

Are you thinking about the benefits of establishing a cremation plan? Do you want to ensure you have a pre-need plan in place for your own peace of mind and your family?

Pre-arranging a cremation now is a great way to lock in prices.  But, do be aware that any plan or policy you take out now will include an incremental cost element to cover future cremation costs.

Another way to pre-plan is to document your final wishes, sign the authorizations, and secure the appropriate funds in a POD bank account.  You can adjust the funds annually to reflect the current direct cremation price in your area.

Final thoughts….

These last couple of years have reminded us that nothing endures and that we should make the most of what we have right now.  But, it also reminded us that we should be prepared for the unexpected.

As Benjamin Franklin famously quoted, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” in this world.   It often seems to me that the people have been extorted by both for a century or so.  Funerals DO NOT need to be expensive.  A simple cremation, or simple burial, can be conducted for less than $1,500.  Hopefully, with the online tools we now have and a greater awareness of researching options, more families will access affordable funeral options in 2022.

The DFS Memorials affordable cremation network aims to help families connect with a local cremation option from an independent funeral home.

How to arrange an affordable cremation service in Akron, OH

This 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 in Akron.

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 in Akron is 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 an affordable direct cremation for as little as $895 in Akron.

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 2019

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

If 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. You can arrange a low cost cremation in Baton Rouge for just $1,450.

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 $3,200.  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 $1,450 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 $1,450 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.

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 $1,450

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

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.

This guide explores cremation costs, compares direct cremation prices in 19 top cities, explains your options for inexpensively pre-arranging a cheap direct cremation, and whether we can expect cremation costs to rise.

Visit the table below to check direct cremation costs near you

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 handles the collection of the deceased, completes the required legal administration, and performs 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 a 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.

Click on the city below to call direct to the DFS Memorials provider for that city

AREA DFS Provider direct cremation price Average direct cremation price*
New York City NY $495 $1,969
Los Angeles CA $625 $1,524
Houston TX $640 $2,173
Chicago IL $1,165 $1,949
Philadelphia PA $1,095 $1,798
Phoenix AZ $725 $1,337
San Antonio TX $595 $1,856
San Diego CA $1,000 $1,358
Jacksonville FL $695 $1,648
Dallas-Fort Worth TX $755 $1,944
Indianapolis IN $750 $2,261
Seattle WA $499 $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 $999 $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 the 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.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT YOUR STATE & CITY TO FIND A CHEAP DIRECT CREMATION NEAR YOU.

Unfortunately, DFS Memorials is unable to offer any financial assistance, but we can help you connect with a local, low-cost cremation or funeral provider.  In most areas, a low-cost direct cremation can be arranged for between $600 to $900.

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 a simple, direct cremation service is your most economical option.

Visit the DFS Memorials service location map now to find a provider near you.

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.  Visit this Guide to What to do if You cannot Afford a Funeral.

There are significant ways that you can save on the expected cost of 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 or State Assistance for a Funeral?

Whilst some states do provide some financial support with funeral expenses for families on a 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.

Visit our page on State Assistance to find out more.

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 to 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

What benefits do Veterans receive to assist with funeral costs?

A veteran is entitled to free burial in a national cemetery. This includes the 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 may 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 your spouse, were 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 websites 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

$995 Simple cremation in Jersey City, NJ

affordable cremation in jersey city njIf 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 $995.

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.  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 $995 and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

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
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

 Are there any extra costs?

There are additional county and third-party ‘cash advance’ fees.   The extra costs are the crematory fee (as the funeral home has to pay the crematory) which at present is $300. There is also an additional $10 for a copy of the death certificate and $5 for the NJ cremation permit fee.  The total cost is $1,310.

Cremation Jersey City NJCan 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 Jersey City, NJ

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Jersey City, there are several cremation service providers serving Hudson 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 Jersey City is $3,347*, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,775.*  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 Jersey City is $6,600.*

low cost cremation jersey city njHow can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Jersey City, a direct cremation can be conducted for $995, making this a very affordable funeral option.

If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider is your lowest cost cremation option in Jersey City, NJ.  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 offset funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Hudson County Department of Family Services
Division of Welfare
257 Cornelison Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 420-3000

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at New Jersey Health Department, Department of Health P. O. Box 360 Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

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 a death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner.  The County Coroner’s office is at 325 Norfolk Street Newark NJ 07103 973-648-7259

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (201) 293-7900 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 2019