$595: Lowest cost cremation in Austin, TX

Direct cremation in Austin, TXThe market for low-cost direct cremation is competitive in Austin, and to help families understand the cremation options available to them and the costs involved, we have compiled this short guide to arranging a low-cost cremation in Austin, TX.

Until recent years the cremation rate was low in Austin but the poor economic climate of recent years has resulted in a trend towards cremation as a lower-cost funeral alternative.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Opting for a cremation service removes the need for a number of expensive funeral items.  Embalming is not necessary, nor is a casket, and cemetery fees can be eliminated altogether if the cremated remains are not interred in a plot or are scattered.  Even if the decision is made to inter cremated remains in a cremation niche, this can work out much cheaper than full burial and cemetery expenses.

All-in-all, you can save at least 40-50% of the cost of an average traditional funeral by opting for a cremation service instead.  The average cost of a funeral (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2012 is $7,045 and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.

What is the cost of a cremation in Austin?

The average cost of a cremation in Austin is around $3,500.  This is for a service replacing the traditional funeral and includes the full services of the funeral home to prepare the deceased, conduct a funeral ceremony and the selection of a mid-range cremation urn.

Low-cost cremation in Austin

If you require a funeral on a budget, or simply want a no-fuss cremation disposition, then a direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  A direct cremation can be arranged in Austin for just $595.00.  A direct cremation involves the funeral home or crematory collecting the deceased, sheltering him/her for the required 48-hour waiting period and then conducting the cremation.  There are no services or viewing, and a basic cremation container is used for the purpose of the cremation.  The cremated remains are generally returned in a temporary container.

cremation servicesComparing cremation costs and providers in Austin

Cremation costs do vary considerably between funeral homes in Austin, even for the very same service.  It is important to shop around and compare prices to ensure you are getting value for money.  Do make sure you compare like for like cremation packages.  Ensure you check EXACTLY what is included in any direct cremation package.  Often what appears cheap can work out more when you add in those hidden extras.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation container included in the price? What fee would be charged for refrigerated storage if the cremation cannot proceed after the 48 hours?  Are there any hidden fees for collecting out of hours or from a residential address?

Hopefully, this information can assist you to make an informed decision about which cremation service provider offers the best value cremation service in Austin.

The DFS Memorials provider in Austin offers the most competitive direct cremation price for the Greater Austin area.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Austin?

Financial assistance for funeral expenses is not widely available.  Each state/county has its own budget to deal with indigent burials (those that become the responsibility of the state) but any other assistance can be limited.  You need to contact your local Social or Human Services if you are in need of aid and find out if you qualify for any support.

There is the $255 Social Security death benefit for those that qualify, and of course, veterans are entitled to a free cemetery plot/cremation niche and grave marker.

DFS Memorials $595 cremation is available throughout Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Burnet, Blanco and Hays Counties and Austin, Texas, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Georgetown, & Cedar Park.

Affordable funeral or cremation in Biloxi, MS – $995

A funeral need not cost you an arm and a leg!  Although a traditional funeral can run into cost of thousands of dollars – there are more affordable options.  This article explores low cost cremation alternatives and how to find an affordable funeral services provider.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Biloxi?

direct cremation in Biloxi MSThe National Funeral Directors Association’s nationwide survey of 2012 evaluated the average cost of a traditional funeral at $7,045, without any cemetery costs.

This means that the average funeral costs in total can run to around $10,000 with burial vault and grave plot.  This is just an average figure and a funeral can cost you more, or less, than this depending upon the funeral service provider and the funeral merchandise you select.  A casket is one of the largest expenses of a funeral, and the cost of a casket can range from $995 to $9,000.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Biloxi?

Cremation can offer a much cheaper alternative to a full traditional burial.  A cremation eliminates the need for a casket, possibly embalming, and the cemetery charges.  How much a cremation service will cost largely depends upon the type of service you select.  A cremation with a service beforehand (very similar to a traditional funeral service) will cost in the region of $3,000 – $6,000.  Again much depends upon whether you purchase or rent a casket and how elaborate a service is held.

Different Cremation Packages

There are other, and generally more affordable, cremation options.  A cremation memorial service is where the cremation is performed and a service is held afterwards, either with, or without, the cremated remains present.  There are also options such as a private family farewell cremation.  This is where the funeral home facilitates the opportunity for close family to have visitation with the deceased prior to the cremation.  The cheapest cremation option is a direct cremation.

Direct cremation in Biloxi

A direct cremation is sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation.  It simply means that a cremation is carried out immediately and with no services at all.  It is the most affordable way that a family can conduct a disposition.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned (usually with a few days), a memorial service, or ash scattering ceremony can be held.  A direct cremation allows family to take care of the process of the cremation at a minimal cost.  Memorial services can be organized by the family and/or church and held at a location of the family’s choice.  A direct cremation can cost between $995 and $2,895, depending on the funeral home selected.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Biloxi?

Choosing a funeral or cremation provider is not always an easy task.  As we have outlined above, the range of services and prices for funeral and cremations, can vary considerably between providers.  It is essential to be aware of this, and to consider shopping around to compare cremation packages from more than one funeral home, to ensure the cremation services provider you select can meet the needs of your family.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation will generally save you around 40 – 50% on the cost of a traditional burial.  But you can also save further by considering a direct cremation and coordinating your own memorial services.  Your church and other support networks may assist you with this.  It is possible to make your own memorial products for a service, which can save you further expenditure.

Low cost cremation in Biloxi

If you are interested in a low cost cremation in Biloxi, we would suggest you may wish to contact the DFS memorial provider.  They cover the Gulf Coast region from Bay St. Louis through to Pascagoula / Moss Point.

We can’t afford a funeral.  Is there any help with cremation costs in Biloxi?

cremation-costs-biloxi-gulf-coastSadly more families than ever are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet, and unexpected funeral expenses can be a crisis!  If the deceased had made no provision for his/her funeral costs, then the responsibility falls to the next of kin.  Limited financial assistance is available.  There is the $255 Social Security death benefit (if qualifying), and veterans are entitled to some benefits.  Failing that it is largely down to the family to raise the funds to cover disposition arrangements.

Each state does have its own budget to cover indigent burials but this is now almost entirely allocated to covering the costs only for those who become a responsibility of the state.  Sometimes there is some public aid and you would need to make inquiries to your local county Social Services.  There are also union, faith and charity groups that support the bereaved with funeral expenses.  You can read further in this article ‘What are your options on how to pay for a funeral or cremation?’.

Serving families in George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone Counties and throughout Long Beach, Mississippi City, Handsboro, Beauvoir, St. Martin, D’Iberville, Ocean Springs, Gulf Hills, Cedar Lake, Wool Market, Popps Ferry Rd, Saint Martin, W Gay Rd N / Whetston, Van Buren Ave, Pass Rd / Fernwood Rd, Irish Hill Dr, Rodenberg Ave / Pass Rd.

Guide to Cremation costs in Orlando, FL

We have put together this short cremation information guide to help families in Orlando research and compare cremation costs.  Cremation is the preferred disposition choice of families in Florida and fortunately this has made the cremation market quite competitive.  We have outlined below a cremation price comparison of funeral homes in Orlando to help you understand how the cost of a cremation can vary.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Orlando?

Cheap cremation Orlando FLThis is a question that many funeral consumers are asking today.  We have all become more discerning consumers and today we approach the purchase of a funeral as no different to any large purchase.  We expect to be able to check and compare prices and find a ‘best value’ funeral service.

The average cost of a cremation in Orlando is in the region of $1,800 if you take into account the full service funeral homes.  However, there are a number of funeral homes and direct disposers who offer low cost cremation services, and it is possible to arrange a direct cremation in Orlando for $895.

How do I choose a Cremation Package?

When comparing cremation costs and services it is important to ensure you compare like for like services.  Some funeral homes will package together services to simplify the selection process for families.  However, not all funeral homes include the same services/products in a funeral package – so do be careful to check this.

Direct cremation in Orlando

A direct cremation proves the cheapest way to conduct a cremation disposition.  It is otherwise known as an immediate cremation or sometimes referred to as a basic or simple cremation.  It just means that the funeral home handle the cremation-servicescremation without providing any ceremony or other services.  The deceased is collected, sheltered for the mandatory waiting period and whilst the cremation documentation is processed and the cremation is conducted using a simple cremation container.  Afterwards the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary cremation urn.

Direct cremation presents a simple, no fuss means to conduct a cremation at the time of death, and can allow for the family to then gather at a later date/time to conduct their own memorial services.  It is popular in Florida where many retirees and snowbirds may simply wish to have their remains shipped back to family in their home state.  It also facilitates a low cost funeral alternative for families who cannot afford an elaborate funeral and need to keep funeral costs as low as possible.  A direct cremation is a no less dignified alternative to a traditional funeral.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Orlando?

It can be quite a task to choose a cremation services provider, especially if the family had not had any chance to preplan a cremation option.  If you are looking to find a cremation service on the news of the loss of a loved one, this decision can be even harder when you are grieving and have to make a timely decision.

It can help you to select which funeral home to choose if you outline some criteria about the type of cremation service you require.  Do be aware of the distinction between selecting a funeral home or a direct disposer.  A direct disposer will generally not have a funeral home establishment and cannot offer such services as a viewing, visitation or funeral services.  Sometimes families’ opt for a direct cremation but then choose to add on a private family viewing or a short goodbye service.

It can help to contact more than one funeral home to inquire and check cremation prices and services.  This will help to give you a better idea of how providers compare, and give you a feel for what kind of service level you can expect.

How do cremation providers compare in Orlando

The chart below is a comparison of the cost for a direct cremation from a select number of cremation providers in Orlando.  It is to assist families to make an informed decision about how to compare cremation costs.

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in October 2014. 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.

Carey-Hand Funeral Home $2,390

Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home $1,825

National Cremation $1,458

Newcomer Funeral Home $1,325

Loomis Funeral Home $995

New Horizon Funeral & Cremation Services $895

Ammen Family Funeral & Cremation $885

DFS MEMORIALS  $895

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation WILL save you money!  Generally a cremation costs at least half the cost of a traditional burial service.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault or a full size cemetery plot.  A cremation with a full service can usually be conducted for between $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon casket choices and other ancillary services.  However, as outlined above, you can arrange a simple cremation for under $1,000.  Other ways you can save money are to conduct your own memorial service, and/or make your own memorial tributes.

Low cost cremation in Orlando

There are a number of low cost cremation providers serving the Orlando area.  DFS Memorials only works with local, family-owned funeral homes who offer a complete low cost cremation service with no hidden extras.

DFS Memorials – Call (407) 710-8865 

Simple Cremation  $895

Is there any help with cremation costs in Orlando?

Sadly we are asked this question so often today!  There is limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the level of public aid they have (if any).  If you are struggling financially and worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may wish to try consulting your county social services or human services.   The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

Social Security will pay a lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  There are also union, church and charity organizations that may assist a family with fund-raising to pay for funeral expenses.  If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.

Serving families in Flagler, Orange, Osceola,  Lake, Sumter and Volusia Counties and in Bel Air, Callahan, College Park, Colonialtown, Delaney Park, Ferncreek, Greenwood, Lake Cherokee, Lake Davis, Lake Dot, Lake Eola Heights, Lake Weldona, Lancaster Park, Lawsona, Parramore, South Eola, Thornton Park, and Wadeview Park.

Simple cremation in Columbus, GA

If you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple cremation service at a low cost then we can help you arrange everything for one low price.

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.

Cremation questionsA 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 under one thousand dollars, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in a Direct Cremation Package?

A direct 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
  • 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 Georgia are $25 for the 1st certificate and $5 for each additional copy at present.

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

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

Comparing cremation costs in Columbus, GA

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Columbus, there are several cremation service providers serving Muscogee 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.

It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Columbus a direct cremation can be an 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 Columbus, GA.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

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.

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

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Columbus Health Department, P.O. Box 2299, Columbus, GA 31902   Phone: (706) 321-6130

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.

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!

Guide to arranging a cremation in Birmingham, AL

Burial may still be the preferred choice for a funeral by many families in Birmingham, but cremation is growing fast.  The cremation rate in the U.S. has now reached 42% and is expected to hit over 60% within the next 5 years.  The cremation trend has been slower to take off in Alabama but is now becoming a choice for many families.  Cost and wider acceptance by the Church are key reasons why cremation is gaining popularity.

This guide aims to answer some of your questions about cremation and help you choose a cremation provider.

low-cost-cremation-birmingham-alWhat is the average cost of a cremation in Birmingham?

This is one question that families frequently ask.  The average cost of a cremation is around $3,500 for a cremation with a service.

However, this price can vary quite dramatically between funeral homes and you can pay anything between $895 and $7,000 for a cremation service.

Cremation Packages

It is important to understand the different kind of cremation services that are offered.  A cremation funeral is basically the same as a full traditional burial funeral, only the deceased is cremated after the service, instead of buried.  A cremation with a memorial tribute is generally where the cremation is conducted before a service and the memorial service is held with the cremated remains present.

Finally there are options such as a direct cremation or an immediate cremation.  This is the most basic and simplest method of a cremation disposition.  There are no services with a direct cremation.  Due to the limited services provided by the funeral home – this is also the cheapest cremation service you can arrange.

Another option is where a short, private family viewing is held before a direct cremation.  This offers a personal and yet more affordable cremation option for families to say a final goodbye.

How can I save money by arranging a cremation?

funeral-pricesA cremation will usually cost you about half the cost of a traditional burial service.  There is no need for a cemetery plot and burial vault. Embalming is not required (unless in certain circumstances) and you do not need to purchase a casket.  All that Alabama law requires is for a cremation is a ‘rigid cremation container’ – this is usually a sturdy cardboard or plywood box.  Eliminating these expensive funeral items saves you thousands of dollars.  If you are planning on holding a public viewing or service before a cremation, you can often rent a casket for this purpose.  However, renting a casket is not always cheap, it can sometimes cost almost as much as purchasing a standard casket from Walmart!

Basic cremation options: Direct cremation in Birmingham

A direct cremation is your least expensive cremation option.  The deceased is collected from the place of death, sheltered for the mandatory 24-hour waiting period (or longer) and the documentation for cremation is completed.  The next of kin must sign a cremation authorization form and the cremation permit and death certificate are processed.  The cremation process goes ahead using a basic cremation container and the cremated remains are then returned to the family in a temporary urn.  All this can be completed in Birmingham for $895 complete.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Birmingham?

This can depend upon what your requirements are.  If you wish to hold a cremation funeral service, you may need the services of a funeral home locally who can offer facilities for conducting a ceremony.  If money is a concern for the family and obtaining a low cost cremation is important – then you need to shop around and compare direct cremation costs.

Comparing cremation costs in Birmingham

The chart below compares the cost of a direct cremation from a few of the lower cost cremation providers in Birmingham.

cremation-cost-birmingham-alDisclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in October 2014. 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.

DFS Memorials Birmingham                  $895
Cremation Center of Birmingham          $950
Eastside Funeral Home                          $995
Aubrey Bushelon Funeral Directing        $995

Low cost cremation in Birmingham

If you are seeking the best value cremation service in the Birmingham area, you can trust the DFS Memorials provider to assist your family.  The family-owned funeral home we work with in Birmingham offers the lowest cost cremation in Alabama.

DFS Memorials – Birmingham (205) 206-7785

Direct Cremation $895 complete 

Is there any help with cremation costs in Birmingham?

Unfortunately, we are asked this question all too often at DFS Memorials.  There is limited financial assistance available.  All states have a responsibility to attend to indigent funerals – that is for those individuals who become a responsibility of Alabama State.  To find out what local level pubic aid is available for low income or no income families, you need to contact your local county Social Services or Human Services Department.  According to the information I have gleaned there is no specific state level assistance and the aid at county level is inconsistent and limited to around $400.

There is the Social Security $255 death benefit for those that do qualify.  Also some groups such as unions, charities and church groups may assist families in need with fund-raising to cover funeral costs.

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Guide to arranging a $990 Direct Cremation in Omaha, NE

direct-cremation-omaha-neThe cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral. Although the cremation rate in Nebraska has typically been below the national rate, the demand for low cost funeral alternatives is changing the way many Nebraskans approach death care.

Here we have outlined some key informational points about cremation, with attention to how you can save money by arranging a cremation service.

Changing death care rituals and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral. 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 leaning towards cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has certainly impacted on how we manage 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 does a cremation cost in Omaha?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Omaha 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 Cremation Association of North America (CANA) quote the average cost of a cremation at $3,200, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Omaha.

A basic cremation can be conducted in Omaha for as little as $990 complete*. 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 on (402) 200-4454 to arrange a low cost cremation for $990

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. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

Comparing cremation costs in Omaha, NE

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers. To help give you an idea of the variance of prices for cremation, we have outlined below the direct cremation price from a selection of funeral providers in Omaha.

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Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in October 2014. 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.

Provider Direct cremation price
Reichmuth Funeral Homes $2,740
Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler $2,060
Braman Mortuaries $2,000
Arbor Society $1,460
Aspen Cremation & Burial Services $1,375
Alterantive Funeral & Cremation Services $1,195
DFS Memorials Omaha $990

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 Omaha

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. 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 can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them 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 such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service in Omaha

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price of $990. 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 make 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 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 Douglas County Human Services Department.

*death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

Cremation Services: The cremation process explained

If you are considering cremation as a funeral option, you may have some questions about exactly what happens when a human body is cremated. This article aims to explain the cremation process to you in simple terms.

What is a cremation?

direct-cremationA cremation is the incineration of the human body by flame. This is conducted in a cremation machine that is otherwise known as a ‘retort’. The incinerator is heated to a temperature of around 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Crematory operatives use a remote to open the retort doors and the cremation container is transferred into the cremation chamber. The body is incinerated until all that remains are bone fragments and ash.

What processes occur before a cremation can proceed?

There are several processes that occur before a cremation can proceed.   The body is usually stored in a temperature-controlled environment or refrigerated storage unit until the cremation can go ahead. A coroner or medical examiner needs to sign to permit the cremation to proceed. This is to ensure that no medical examinations or investigations are pending. A death certificate should be filed and a Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin to allow the cremation to go ahead.

If the deceased had a pacemaker this must be removed as these can explode due to the heat in the cremation chamber. Also any metal or silicone implants, prostheses or artificial limbs are removed. [Many crematories now operate recycling programs for these items]

The deceased is placed into a cremation container. This is a flammable container made of cardboard or plywood.

How long does a cremation take?

It generally takes 2 to 3 hours to cremate a human body (of average size). Between 3 and 9 pounds of cremation ash are produced.   The weight and amount of the cremated remains depends upon the bone mass of the deceased person, and is not relevant to the body mass index (fat) as this is highly combustible.

cremated-remainsWhat do cremated remains look like?

Once the cremation is complete the cremated remains are cleared from the retort. Initially they are a mixture of bone fragments and the cremation ash. These cremated remains are filtered for any inorganic remnants such as teeth fillings, small metal implants and jewelry, and then they go into a grinder for the larger bone fragments to be ground to make a fine ash. Once this process is completed the cremated remains resemble a grey/white powdery ash.

Common questions about cremation

One of the most common questions about cremation that families ask is whether their loved one will be cremated on their own. Cremation legislation in all states requires that human remains are cremated individually. A cremation chamber must be fully cleared of remains before the next cremation proceeds.

Another common question is how long it is before the family receives the cremated remains back. This can depend upon the process before cremation. How quickly the legal paperwork can be signed off, and the schedule at the crematory and the preparation of the cremated remains post cremation. It usually takes between 5 – 10 days for cremated remains to be ready for the family to collect.

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. Cremation now accounts for 43% of all funerals in the nation, with some states cremating 65% or higher, and a forecast for the national rate to reach 65% by 2020. Some industry watchdogs even suggest it will reach 65% before 2020.

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 of those cremation providers who offer affordable cremation services report that 80% of their cremations are direct cremation. Up until recently most families did not know what a direct cremation was – today 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 referred to as an immediate cremation, a basic cremation or a simple cremation. They all generally mean the same thing.

To help you fully understand what a direct cremation is, I have outlined below the 7 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]
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  5. No casket is required for a 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 obviously eliminates a large cost factor to a traditional funeral.
  6. Although it is often called an ‘immediate cremation’, a direct cremation cannot proceed until certain paperwork is in order, and 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 of course 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. Being able to have the cremation handled in an efficient and economical manner (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.

cremation-costsIf you have decided a direct cremation is your preferred disposition choice, it can be helpful to use this term when consulting with funeral homes. All funeral service providers (by law) must have this service option outlined on their General Price List (GPL), although you will usually find it to the bottom. Not all funeral providers will include the same range of services in their direct cremation price though, 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 are realizing 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 to answer as the costs do vary so much between cremation service providers. For this reason it is accurate to say a direct cremation can cost anywhere between $500 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]

There are cremation service providers in most cities now that 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 town. All direct cremation prices are disclosed, and all prices are complete prices with no hidden extras!

Arranging a low cost cremation in Lubbock, TX

More families are choosing cremation over a traditional burial,  and seeking out information to help them better understand their options.  This article provides an overview of cremation in Lubbock, how you can save money by arranging cremation services and helps you to understand costs between funeral service providers in Lubbock.

low-cost-cremation-lubbock-txHow can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation is likely to save you 40 – 50% on the cost of a traditional burial funeral.  Why is this? It is largely because you can eliminate some of the largest outlays associated with a funeral.  With cremation there is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, cemetery plot or full-size grave marker.  Eliminating these funeral merchandise items/services can save you a few thousand dollars!  Another way that a cremation can save money is that it is possible to hold a memorial service (with the cremated remains present) without having to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately.  This can allow families time to make decisions.  Often this can mean that money-savings options can be more thoroughly explored.  Some families even choose to conduct their own memorial service, which can save on venue and staff costs, plus it also makes a service so much more personalized.

How much does a cremation cost in Lubbock?

Cremation prices do differ quite considerably between different funeral homes in Lubbock.  For this reason an ‘average’ cost is has to be put into the perspective on what kind of cremation services are being assessed.  Nationally the average cost of a cremation funeral is $3,745 for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.  Average cremation costs in Lubbock are on par with this price.  However, cheaper cremation options are available as mentioned below, and you can arrange a cremation in Lubbock for as little as $1,150.

Choosing a Cremation Package

cremation-cost-knoxvilleA funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.  In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.  Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.  There are generally 3 main types of cremation options – a direct cremation (a basic minimal cremation), a cremation with a funeral service, or a cremation with a memorial service.  The difference is that with a direct cremation there is NO service or ceremony conducted by the funeral provider, although you can conduct your own memorial services afterwards.  A cremation with a funeral service is generally where the deceased is present and the cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation with a memorial service is where the cremation is conducted first and a memorial service held with the cremation urn present.

Arranging a direct cremation in Lubbock

Direct cremation, or immediate cremation, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for funeral consumers.  A direct cremation is the simplest, and least expensive, cremation option.  It involves the funeral home collecting the deceased, transferring him/her into their care, completing all the necessary paperwork and conducting the cremation (after the legal waiting period of 48-hours).  A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary urn.  A direct cremation in Lubbock can cost anywhere between $1,150 and $3,700.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Lubbock?

Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of cremation services you require.  If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony and that is in a good location for your family.

If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost.  The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held.  And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.

The DFS Memorials provider for Lubbock is an established funeral home with several facilities for ceremonies.  DFS Memorials offers families a low cost cremation in Lubbock.

DFS Memorials LUBBOCK  (806) 224-1737 – Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $1,150

How do cremation providers compare in Lubbock

It is always wide to shop around and compare services and costs.  We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end of life services?  You will no doubt be surprised by how much the cost of funeral services can vary between funeral homes in Lubbock.  At DFS Memorials we conducted research to find the best cremation prices in Lubbock to save you the task of phoning round to compare prices.  This way we can save you the hassle when you are emotionally fragile.

What if the deceased had no life insurance? Is there any help with cremation costs in Lubbock?

An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs, is becoming a more regular occurrence.  Not surprising when we learn that 76% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck [CNN Oct 2013].   Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if there is any financial assistance near you.   The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of Texas but there are generally eligibility requirements for any state funding for funeral expenses.

There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.

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