Guide to cremation and cremation costs in Shreveport, LA

Arrange a cremation onlineOver 50% of families are now choosing cremation for their funeral needs.   A major reason for this is that cremation is way cheaper than a traditional burial.  It is also a lot more flexible and can facilitate an immediate disposition of the deceased without the immediate need for a funeral service. This short guide aims to give you an overview of cremation and cremation costs in Shreveport.  If you are looking for a more affordable funeral option, then we can help you understand how to arrange a dignified cremation service for as little as $1,100.

How much does a funeral cost in Shreveport, LA?

A traditional funeral can amount to thousands of dollars, depending on how expensive a casket is chosen and cemetery plot fees.  According to Funeralocity (2021) the average cost of a traditional funeral in Shreveport is $8,002, with the lowest cost offered at $5,945.

How much does a cremation cost in Shreveport, LA?

Cremation costs less than a traditional burial in Shreveport as it is not always necessary to have a casket.  A cremation can legally be conducted using a cremation container (a reinforced cardboard box).  This saves a large expense ($1,000 – $3,000 for a casket).  If you do wish to hold a service before the cremation, a casket may be required, although some funeral service providers will offer rental caskets for this purpose.

The average cost of a cremation service in Shreveport is $6,616 (Funeralocity 2021), although it is possible to arrange a cremation memorial service for around $4,565 with an affordable cremation provider.

If you are looking for the most affordable cremation option, this would be a ‘direct cremation’.  We often refer to this as a simple cremation.  This is where no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  They simply collect the deceased, shelter him/her whilst the legal paperwork is completed, conduct the cremation and return the cremated remains directly to the family.

Of course, the family can then choose to conduct their own memorial service as and when desired.  This can be carried out at a place of worship, home, community location or just a special place to the deceased and their family.  This can save significantly on funeral costs.

The cost of a direct cremation in Shreveport is $1,100.  

average cremation cost shreveport laWhy choose cremation?

Cremation has been around for centuries in some cultures.  In some countries, and indeed in some states in the US, cremation has been the preferred disposition choice for families for some years now.  Now it is becoming the preferred choice for the majority of Americans, even in once-traditional areas.

Cremation is convenient, affordable and more environmentally-friendly.  Cremation costs approximately half, or even less, than a traditional burial in Shreveport.  For those families who just want simplicity and ‘no-fuss’ it is proving the disposition preference.  For families where money is a concern and they lack the funds to pay for a full funeral, it offers a much more affordable alternative.

What do I need to understand about cremation?

As cremation is a very final disposition of the body, there are strict laws and codes governing the cremation of human remains.  Licensed funeral homes and crematories must abide by these laws.  Legally the next of kin must sign to authorize a cremation before it can proceed.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by ALL legal next of kin.

If you are considering preplanning a cremation, you can pre-sign and authorize to relieve your family of this decision, and prevent disagreements between family members.

There is generally a legal wait period after death before a cremation can proceed.  In Louisiana, the mandatory period is a minimum of 24-hours.  That being said it usually takes longer than this to complete arrangements and have legal documentation certified.  The funeral director has to submit to Caddo Parish for the death certificate and obtain a permit to cremate.

All human cremations are handled in a very dignified manner, and many ID checks are made along the way.  Only one human body can ever be cremated in a retort at one time.

Is there any financial assistance for funerals in Shreveport?

“The deceased had no life insurance.  What do we do?”  We are asked this question so often these days.  Unfortunately, there is very little financial assistance available to just help a family struggling financially to pay for a cremation.  Berks County has a program to assist with indigent funerals but this is only for indigents they become responsible for.

What other financial assistance may be offered by a county can vary considerably, so we would recommend you contact Caddo Parish Office of Community Services on the address below:
1525 Fairfield Avenue Room 424
Shreveport, LA 71101

Phone: (318) 676-7323

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Parish morgue.  As they will be dealing directly with the county coroner it does expedite the process for the legal documentation.

Hopefully you now know how to arrange a simple cremation for an affordable price with a reputable, local funeral home in Reading.  You understand the importance of comparing cremation costs, as not all cremation providers charge the same for a cremation service.

Simple and affordable cremation services in Scranton, PA

Funerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,181 in 2014, and this is without any cemetery fees included.  Adding in cemetery plot fees brings the average cost to $8,508.

For many families today spending close to $9,000 on funeral expenses is not always affordable.  Therefore, if you need to arrange a more affordable cremation service in Scranton, this guide should help you understand how to save on your funeral expenses.

simple cremation scranton paHow much can I expect to pay for a funeral service in Scranton?

The cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.

If you do any research with local funeral homes you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $7,181, it is possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Scranton is $6,306* with the lowest price coming in at $5,510.

How much does it cost to be cremated in Scranton?

Cremation service prices in Scranton range from $1,295 to $3,316*, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  A simple, direct cremation package price of $1,295 is offered by DFS Memorials.

We have included in a direct cremation cost comparison below to give you an idea of comparable costs from several cremation service providers in Scranton.

How do I select a funeral services provider?

If you have no prior experience with a funeral services provider this can seem an overwhelming task. Consult with friends and associates and seek recommendations.  If you are using the Internet to research funeral services and prices in Scranton, be sure to check the ownership of who you are dealing with.  Some funeral companies have set up online budget cremation businesses, and some corporate groups also trade as low-cost cremation companies.  If you are in doubt, ask if they are independently-owned.  DFS Memorials only work with a reputable, licensed and independently-owned funeral home.

How can I save money when arranging a funeral or cremation?

Cremation costs in Scranton PAThese days many of us are concerned about having the necessary funds to conduct funeral services for a loved one if no provision was made.  Let’s face it…not many folks can just produce thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat!  There are ways that you can ensure you keep your funeral expenses to a minimum.

Generally a cremation will work out less expensive than a burial, namely as no immediate cemetery fees are required for a cremation.  However, a dignified burial can be achieved at a very affordable cost.  DFS Memorials traditional burial packages start at $3,995.

Opting for cremation means that there is no need for a casket, burial vault or cemetery plot.  And eliminating these costs alone can save you several thousand dollars.

Comparing cremation prices in Scranton

We have compiled some pricing information for basic direct cremation services from a select number of affordable cremation service providers in the area.  This hopefully can give you some idea of how direct cremation costs compare.

How much to be cremated in scranton Pennsylvania

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in August 2017. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

What is ‘direct cremation’?

A direct cremation is where the deceased is cremated but no services or ceremony is held.  Minimal services are offered by the funeral director to collect the deceased, prepare the body for cremation, and process all the required paperwork.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and the remains are made available for the family to collect or have delivered to them.  No funeral home visit is required for a direct cremation service.  In many cases the funeral director will visit you at home to sign the paperwork and consult with you about arrangements.

Direct cremation is becoming very popular as a way in which the funeral home can assist in the immediate disposition of the deceased for an affordable fee, but leaves the family with the opportunity to conduct their own memorial ceremony once they have the cremated remains back.

How do I know I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

direct cremation scranton paThis is one question that a lot of families ask.  There are strict laws governing how human cremation is conducted.  Operatives are trained in the processes and only one body can be cremated in a retort at any one time.  The retort chamber is then fully cleared before another cremation proceeds.  A body is tagged the minute it is logged into the funeral home or crematory and ID checks are done at each step of the process.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

You can inter cremated remains into a grave plot or niche at a cemetery, keep a cremation urn at home, or scatter the remains in a place of your choosing.  Today there are many options for how we can memorialize a lost loved one and there are now a range of cremation artifacts that can be created to help us immortalize the memory of a loved one, from bird baths made with concrete infused with cremation ashes to memorial diamonds!  Other folks are choosing to scatter ashes in a memorable place for a loved one’s last resting place.  Read this section on Ash Scattering for more ideas.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you need to appoint a funeral director to arrange the release of the body into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.

What if the deceased had no life insurance?

More often these days family members are passing and we find out that they had no life insurance or funeral plan.  This can mean surviving family are burdened with a funeral bill that they cannot afford to pay.  There is very little financial support to assist families in this situation, and it varies significantly by state and county.  We would suggest you contact Lackawanna County Assistance Program at:

200 Scranton State Office Building
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503  Phone: (570) 963-4525

There is also a $255 lump-sum social security death benefit payment for those that qualify.  Your funeral director will assist you in claiming this.

We hope this short guide has answered some of your questions about how to save on funeral costs and will help you arrange a simple cremation at an affordable price.  If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Scranton, please call your DFS Memorials provider on (570) 225-9080.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2017 [Parting]

How to arrange direct Cremation Services in Anaheim, CA – $749

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives.

Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in California.  For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Anaheim?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people now feel the same way about purchasing funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The average cost of a traditional funeral in Anaheim is $6,505*, although the lowest price is $5,925.

So how do cremation costs compare in Anaheim?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Anaheim is $3,360*.

Direct cremation services in Anaheim, CA

direct cremation anaheim caDirect cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  Only the cremation service is provided by the funeral home.  No ceremony or funeral services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected, cremated and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.

Direct cremation offers families lower cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with, or without, the cremation urn present, and can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony or interment in a cremation niche or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Anaheim for $749, although the average price for a direct cremation is $2,048*.   To help families arrange affordable cremation services we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $749.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $749

Call now on (949) 220-2557 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Are there are additional fees to the $749 cremation package?

In order for a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county, and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $21.00 each in California.

How do I know that I am getting the remains of my loved one back?

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must 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) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will require all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

ash scattering at sea caWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members, or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

Yes.  You can preplan a simple direct cremation service.  This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises.  All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In California there is a mandatory 24 hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints, and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Orange county Human Services Department to find out what may be available to you locally.  Phone: (855) 886-5400

There is also a $255 lump sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $749 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area around Anaheim?

The $749 direct cremation package is available throughout all of the Greater Anaheim area and surrounding counties.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (949) 220-2557 and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website May 2017

$995 – Arrange a simple cremation in Tallahassee, FL

If you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation  in Tallahassee 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.  The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.

When you can take care of everything for $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 death certificate and cremation permit
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

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

Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in Florida are $10 for the 1st certificate and $10 for each additional copy at present.

Can we still have a funeral service if we arrange a simple direct cremation in Tallahassee?

Yes, of course.  You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned.  A memorial service is the type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present.  You can hold a memorial service with, or without, the cremation urn present.  A memorial funeral service can also take the shape of an ash scattering ceremony, or a candlelit vigil or tribute.  We have some useful resources to help you plan and make your own memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.

Comparing cremation costs in Tallahassee, FL

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Tallahassee, there are several cremation service providers serving Leon County.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Tallahassee is $3,975*, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $2,502.*  It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

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

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

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Tallahassee, a direct cremation can be conducted for $995 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Tallahassee, FL.

You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What do I need to know about arranging a cremation?  What are the legal requirements?

A cremation authorization form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed.  If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out.  There is a 48-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.

What help is there with cremation costs?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255.  The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security.  Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

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

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

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

Phone: (850) 606-5300

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

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

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

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner.  The County Coroner’s office is at: Leon County Medical Examiner & Coroner, PO Box 14389, Tallahassee, Florida, 32317 Phone: (850) 942-7473

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (850) 203-0321 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.

*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2017

$899 Simple cremation in Orange, CA

If you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation in Orange, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $899.  Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing and many families are finding that cremation offers a more simple and affordable option.   More families are deciding they just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low cost funeral.  The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.

When you can take care of everything for $899, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $899 Simple Cremation Package in Orange, CA?

Our simple cremation service includes:

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

 Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in California are $21 for the 1st certificate and $21 for each additional copy at present.

direct cremation orange caCan we still have a funeral service if we arrange a simple cremation in Orange, CA?

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 Orange, CA

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Orange, there are several cremation service providers serving Orange 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 Orange is $3,302, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $854.*  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 Orange is $6,245.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Orange, a direct cremation can be conducted for $899 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Orange, CA.  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 24-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.

cremation plan orange caWhat help is there with cremation costs?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255.  The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security.  Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Orange County Assistance Programs.

Contact Orange county directory assistance on : (855) 886-5400

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Attn: Vital Records 12 Civic Center Plaza, Room 106 Santa Ana, CA 92701

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

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner.  The County Coroner’s office is at: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Office 190 W Katella Ave Orange, CA 92867 Phone: (714) 538-9391

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (949) 220-2557 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.

*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2017

Affordable Funeral & Cremation Services in Augusta, GA

The cremation trend is today changing the way we think about arranging a funeral.  Cremation is fast becoming a preferred option to burial with more than 50% of families now choosing cremation.

How funeral care is changing and 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 as a cremation service will cost less than a traditional burial, this becomes a more affordable funeral option.  On average a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on  the cost of a burial, sometimes you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service.  More families are choosing cremation as it does offer a 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 on how we are changing our approach to death care today.  Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs.  A cremation provides a simple, efficient and economical means to conduct a disposition.

So how much is a traditional funeral in Augusta, GA

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Augusta is $7,005*.  This does not include any cemetery costs though, so the full cost of a funeral burial is likely to be nearer to $9,000.

How much does a cremation cost in Augusta, GA?

Cremation prices in Augusta DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending what type of cremation service you opt for.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.

The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Augusta is $3,946 but a basic cremation can be conducted for much less.  A simple, direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $995, although the average cost for a direct cremation was surveyed at $1,311.

With 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.

How to compare cremation costs in Augusta?

The cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – and from different providers of cremation services in Augusta.    So 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 disposition permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

What are the additional fees that may be added to a cremation cost?

The death certificates are generally an additional fee as these are third-party costs that the funeral home must pay to Richmond County.  A death certificate costs $25 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional copy ordered.  It is usually advisable to have several copies for closing the deceased estate.

Disposition permits are issued to allow the cremation to proceed.  At present there is no charge for disposition permits in Georgia.

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

This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks have to be made along the way.  The cremation retort has to be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Augusta, GA

There are stringent laws and operating practices governing the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until a disposition permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. There is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after the death in Georgia before the cremation can be done.  It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed.  The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge.  If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you.  Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it.  A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will insist all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation can offer greater flexibility in what you can do with the remains.  You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.  However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.  There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price.  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?

Sadly, 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 pay out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify) and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county.  To find out what may be available you should contact Richmond County Human Services Department to inquire at:

Richmond County DFCS
520 Fenwick Street
Augusta, Georgia 30903-2277
Phone Number (706) 721-3000  

The deceased is held at the County Morgue.  How do I claim the body from the Medical Examiner?

In cases where the deceased has been transferred into the care of the Coroner or Medical Examiner, you still need to employ the services of a funeral home, as only a licensed funeral director can collect the deceased from the county morgue.

Most funeral homes are familiar with the process and can work with the ME to get the body released as soon as possible.  You can also arrange a simple, low cost cremation with your selected funeral services provider, as often costs can be maintained low when the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office at 912 8th Street, Augusta, GA 30060.

Hopefully this brief article has helped answer a few questions you have about arranging affordable cremation services.  Please visit our resource section for more information.

*Prices obtained May 2017 from online funeral price comparison website – Parting

Guide to arranging an affordable funeral or cremation in Kenosha, WI

Do you need to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact you can arrange a simple, basic cremation for just $1,195 or a simple burial for $2,995

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these just these few products and services saves thousands of dollars alone.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved from their home state, or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.  Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options with a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

How much does a cremation cost in Kenosha?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  A direct cremation will cost between $1,195 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Wisconsin has some of the most expensive cremation permit costs in the country, and this is an additional expense that the family must cover.  The cost of a cremation permit in Kenosha is $275.

Direct cremation services in Kenosha, WI

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the most economical cremation service option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in Kenosha on (262) 235-3033 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,195.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be a daunting task when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Kenosha, WI

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL) and this should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  Cremation permits generally run at $275 in Kenosha. What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $20.00 for the first and $3.00 for each additional copy. The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Kenosha?

There are a few legal requirements that you need to be aware of if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

In Wisconsin there is a mandatory wait period after death of 48 hours before the cremation can proceed, however, before a cremation can proceed the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county must issue a permit to cremate.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

If the deceased is held at the Medical Examiners, you will need to appoint a funeral director who will liaise with the Medical Examiner’s office to arrange the release of the body to a funeral home for the funeral.  The legal next of kin must sign a release form with the funeral home who can then collect the deceased and transfer he or she into their care.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs, and can save surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Wisconsin state does provide some financial funeral assistance for those eligible (Title 19) and further information about eligibility can be found here.  Up to $4,500 can be paid for funeral costs and $1,000 for cemetery costs.  This means that a simple cremation can be conducted within the bounds of what the state will pay, although the family still have to pay the cost of the cremation permit ($275).

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Wisconsin.  This is referring to whole body donation whereby after the donation is complete the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization, plus they sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

DNA: Did you realize that cremation destroys all traces of DNA?

This is something that many families would not even think about. Why…most people probably have not even thought about the consequences of the finality of a cremation! A cremation permanently destroys all traces of an individual’s DNA. There is no DNA that can be extracted from cremated remains.

Why you should think about securing a sample of your DNA?

With the cremation rate rising and rising, and more folks opting for a quick, simple, direct cremation as the most efficient and cost-effective way to handle a disposition; we are slowly eroding our mortal DNA heritage.

Although a costly and rather unpleasant process, DNA can still be extracted from human remains if a body is exhumed. Cremation is so final and no legacy of mortal remains that contain DNA are left behind.

You may be thinking “why is it so important to consider the destruction of DNA?” We have all become familiar with the term DNA today and understand that it can be applied in several fields to conclusively identify heritage. Whether it be tracing a family line, settling a paternity case, or identifying the perpetrator of a crime….DNA is each individual’s unique code.

With medical developments and interventions advancing as fast as they are today, having a sample of your parents, grandparents, or siblings’ DNA could prove a very valuable asset.

Higher Risk Individuals

If you are in the armed forces, are a first responder, or travel, you may wish to consider securing a sample of your DNA in the event there is a need to conclusively identify you.

Post-Mortem DNA collection

How do you obtain a DNA sample for legacy purposes?

You can secure your own DNA, or the DNA of a family member, with one simple process. A special kit enables you to collect your DNA sample, which is then sent off to a lab where it is bound in silicone and stored in a vial. This vial is then returned to you for safe-keeping at home or can be stored in a secure DNA banking facility.

SecuriGene is North American’s top DNA preservation and banking company.  They offer a service named DNA Legacy which is specifically targeted at preserving the DNA gene code of an individual after death (and prior to cremation) to create a lasting keepsake capsule for legacy purposes.

Either a family member or the funeral director must collect a DNA sample before embalming or cremation is conducted.  The sample is mailed to SecuriGene’s laboratory where it is processed and then the sample is returned to the family in a silver capsule with a full DNA report.

How much does DNA Legacy Collection cost?

The price for a DNA Legacy service ranges from $389 to $498, depending on if the sample is to be taken pre-need (with a salvia sample) before someone passes, or an at-need post-mortem sample is taken by a funeral director from the deceased.

A number of funeral homes are affiliated with SecuriGene’s DNA Legacy program and will be able to offer the service.  If your funeral home is not affiliated a kit can be ordered online.

To find out more visit DNA Legacy.

 

 

 

Finding affordable cremation services in Fort Worth, TX

Are you concerned about the high costs associated with funeral services? Do you need an affordable cremation service in Fort Worth? We have put together this guide to help you understand more about arranging a cremation in Fort Worth, outlining the different cremation options you have, what costs to expect, and how to save money by arranging a direct cremation.

Why choose cremation services?

More Texans are choosing cremation today as an inexpensive and versatile alternative to a burial service.  Opting for cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  No casket is required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these products and services saves thousands of dollars.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved from their home state, or when a funeral cannot be held straight away.  Cremation also offers a greater range of personalization options with a whole array of ash-scattering ceremony possibilities, and various cremation artifact products.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are basically 3 main types of cremation service options.  A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present and a cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation memorial – where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held.  This can be with, or without, the cremated remains present and can often take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony.  Or there is a direct cremation – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains given back to the family.  There are some variances around these 3 main options, such as a private viewing before cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

How much does a cremation cost in Fort Worth?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  A direct cremation will cost between $795 and $3,000 (depending on the funeral home used).

cremation-services-fort-worthDirect cremation services in Fort Worth

If finances for a funeral are limited, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the most affordable cremation option.  The funeral services provider does everything to take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased but no viewing or services are held.  The deceased is cremated in a simple cremation container and then the cremated remains are made available for the family or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in Fort Worth on (817) 953-5155 who offers a complete direct cremation package (including death certificate) for just $795.

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be a daunting task when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Fort Worth

All funeral homes have a general price list (GPL) and this should itemize all services and charges.  Legally a funeral home must provide you with a copy of their GPL if you request cremation price information, either in person or by phone.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $21.00, with each additional copy charged at $4.00 and a cremation permit from the Medical Examiner costs $25.00.

 

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Fort Worth?

There are a few legal requirements that you need to be aware of if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ direct-cremationbefore a cremation can proceed.  If there is any dispute, or a family member cannot be located, there is an 11 day wait period before anything can proceed.

In Texas there is a mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can proceed.  This is 48-hours.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period, and longer if required, however you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

A Medical Examiner’s certificate costs $25.00 and death certificates cost $21.00 for the 1st certificate and $4.00 for additional copies.  These are often considered ‘cash advance’ items and not included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate services provider for your needs, and can save surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  Tarrant County have a program called ‘Basic Needs’ that provides emergency financial assistance to low-income families facing a crisis.  In these cases often the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $795.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Texas.  This is referring to whole body donation whereby after the donation is complete the remains are cremated (free of charge) and then returned to the family or scattered.   Generally funeral homes can get a referral fee from the whole body donation organization, plus they sometimes charge a transportation fee.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

Understanding cremation laws and how they affect arranging a disposition

family-led-memorial-serviceThe cremation rate is increasing exponentially in the U.S. now.  In 2012 it reached 42% nationally, with several states way above this rate.  Cremation offers a more affordable disposition option.  There is no need for an expensive casket or burial plot.

State law only requires for a suitable “rigid, combustible container”, therefore, most basic cremations are performed using a simple cardboard or pressed wood container.  You do not need a casket for a cremation.

In most states there is a legal requirement for a 24-hour waiting period before a cremation can be performed, however a certain number of states do have a legal 48-hour waiting period.   Visit the state funeral planning guides on US Funerals Online to check your individual state legislation on cremation.

A cremation authorization form must be signed before a cremation can be conducted.  It is possible to have signed this form in advance, if you are preplanning, if not the legal next-of-kin must sign it.

A cremation permit must then be issued by the authorizing county before the cremation is carried out, and any medical implants must be removed.

To read in more detail about the federal and state laws that govern cremation dispositions, and the operation of crematories in the United States, visit ‘Cremation laws and arranging a cremation‘.