The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral today. More families are deciding that they do not wish to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs, and cremation does offer a much more affordable alternative.
A direct cremation service can be conducted for as little as $995 complete (including one copy of the death certificate) in Pembroke Pines.
How funeral care is changing and the economic reasons for choosing cremation
Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice. For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral, and a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial funeral. On average, a cremation service will save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial. Sometimes, you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service.
More families are choosing cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. Instead, a cremation can be performed, and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with, and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.
The economy has definitely impacted how we approach death care today. Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs. A cremation provides a simple, efficient, and economical means to conduct a disposition.
How much does a funeral cost in Pembroke Pines?
This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected and the funeral services provider used. The average cost of a funeral in Pembroke Pines is $5,792*.
How much does a cremation cost in Pembroke Pines?
Firstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs. There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot, or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars. Generally, embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all, you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.
It is important to state that cremation prices in Pembroke Pines vary considerably between funeral homes and depending on the cremation service you opt for. Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.
The average cost of a cremation memorial is $2,645*. However, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Pembroke Pines.
How much is a direct cremation in Pembroke Pines, FL?
A basic cremation can be conducted in Pembroke Pines for as little as $995. This is what is known as a “direct cremation.”
No services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation, and the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn. If desired, the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.
Call DFS Memorials now at (954) 932-3363 to arrange a low-cost cremation for $995
What type of cremation services are available?
You can select from a range of cremation services and packages. These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package. You can have a full-service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation. Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have and when and where any services can be held.
Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation to learn more about cremation services, cremation costs, and the regulations and laws that govern arranging a cremation disposition.
How to compare cremation costs in Pembroke Pines, FL
As mentioned, the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers. Ensure that you compare like-for-like services. Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees. Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.
How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved ones remains?
This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked. Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made along the way.
The cremation retort has to be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one cremation can be performed at a time. The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements, etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.
Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Pembroke Pines
As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. A mandatory wait period is 48 hours after death in Florida before the cremation can proceed.
It is unnecessary to embalm a body for cremation, and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until it is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.
What can we do with the cremated remains?
Cremation offers greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have returned. You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche. However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains. There are also options, such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains.
Preplanning an affordable cremation service
You can lock in a low-cost cremation price if you wish to preplan a simple cremation. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying.
This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need without having to worry about completing the paperwork or making difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death), which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.
The deceased had no life insurance – is there any help with cremation costs?
It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security pays out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify), and your funeral director can assist you with this.
The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties, only county indigent dispositions are conducted. To find out what may be available, you should contact Broward County Human Services Department at:
115 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Phone: 954-357-6385
The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office. What do I do?
If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death. You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.
A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director. Many funeral homes are familiar with the process of liaising with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible. You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly, and the process of transferring the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.
Address of county coroner’s office: 5301 SW 31st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions and provided some help in understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Pembroke Pines, FL. If you need to research more information on funeral planning, please visit the Resource section on US Funerals Online.
*Funeral prices obtained from funeral price comparison survey 2022