Arranging an affordable cremation service in Alpharetta, GA – Just $995

Want 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 by arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, direct cremation in Alpharetta for just $995!

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Alpharetta is $6,410, and this does not include cemetery costs, so it is understandable that many families today are looking to more affordable alternatives.

Cremation is now becoming the preferred, more affordable option to conduct a dignified, yet simple funeral service at a fraction of the full cost of a traditional funeral.

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.

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

You can choose between 3 main options for a cremation:

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.

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 Alpharetta?

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.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service is $3,465, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  The average cost of a direct cremation in Alpharetta is $1,841 (Funeralocity 2021), although a direct cremation package can be conducted for just $995 with DFS Memorials.

Direct cremation services in Alpharetta, GA

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation.  A direct cremation is the cheapest 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 Alpharetta on (770) 954-6424 who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $995.

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 Alpharetta, GA

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.

According to funeral price research surveys in Alpharetta, the average cost of a direct cremation is $1,841, although a direct cremation can be arranged for less than this with some cremation providers.  DFS Memorials offer a direct cremation service for $995.

The Neptune Society has a location in Atlanta and offer a direct cremation service for $1,962 (according to online funeral price website Parting).

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?  Death certificates cost $25.00 for the first certificate and $5 for each additional death certificate required.  You should also note that the county coroner may charge a fee if he is required to sign the death certificate.

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

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 Georgia there is a mandatory 24-hour wait period after death before the cremation can proceed. Before a cremation can go ahead the doctor must sign and fill out the cause of death, and the county health department 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.

Death certificates and permits are considered ‘cash advance’ items and not generally 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.  A pre-arranged direct cremation plan can be preplanned at a low cost to ensure your family do not have the burden about worrying about funeral costs.

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.  You would need to make inquiries with Fulton County Human Services Department at 115 M.L.K. Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA to find out if any assistance is available to you.  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 DFS Memorials can be arranged for $895.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in Alpharetta.  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!

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Fulton County Government Center 141 Pryor St SW, Suite 1029A · Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 679-4702

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.

Fulton County Medical Examiner, 430 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Hopefully this short guide to arranging an affordable cremation service in Alpharetta has answered some of your questions, and helped you understand how to save costs on a cremation.  If you would like to read more extensively about cremation planning, please visit the library section on US Funerals Online.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2020

Funeral costs: Arrange a low cost cremation in New Orleans, LA

Are you worried about how to afford a funeral?  With more families financially struggling today, the sudden responsibility of a funeral, and the associated funeral costs in New Orleans, can be overwhelming.

A funeral can be one of the biggest expenses we have in our lifetime, and if a family are unprepared for it, it can be an overwhelming experience and cost.

That is why we have put together this brief guide to help you find a low cost alternative to an expensive funeral.

What are funeral costs in New Orleans?

This is the question in the forefront of many families’ minds today.  How much is this funeral going to cost me?  The problem is that funeral costs do vary so much between different providers, and for different types of funeral services, that it is difficult to quote a general cost.

funeral-pricesAccording to the National Association of Funeral Directors [2019] the average cost of a funeral is around $9,000, and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.  This puts the overall average cost for a funeral at around $10,000 – $12,000.  Now, of course, a funeral can be arranged for less than this but this means that you do need to shop around for funeral prices to ensure you get the best value funeral package to save on funeral costs in New Orleans.

All funeral homes in New Orleans have a General Price List (GPL) that discloses all their prices for services and funeral merchandise.  Legally they should provide you with prices when you inquire, whether it is in person or by phone.

How much does a cremation cost in New Orleans?

A complete basic cremation can be arranged in New Orleans for $1,595.  This is an exceptional cremation price for the New Orleans area.  Generally cremation costs are nearer to $2,500 in New Orleans, and in fact the average cost of a cremation is $3,725.  This is the average cost of a cremation with a funeral service, including a standard cremation urn.

Direct cremation in New Orleans

A direct cremation is the industry term for an immediate cremation. It is a basic cremation with no services. A direct cremation is the cheapest cremation option, it is also the most minimal of funeral services provided by a funeral home or crematory.  The funeral home collect the deceased, make the preparations for the cremation, complete all the necessary paperwork and then return the cremated remains in a temporary urn. Arranging a direct cremation will significantly reduce your funeral costs in New Orleans.

Call DFS Memorials now on (504) 215-8264 to arrange a direct cremation for just $1,595

How can I save Money on a Funeral?

We are all more cost-conscious these days, and a funeral is no different.  There are many ways you can save money arranging a funeral.  Firstly, and most significantly, a cremation will be far cheaper than arranging a burial.  No casket is required, no embalming, and no cemetery fees.  This saves thousands of dollars.  A cremation also can take away the immediate need to coordinate funeral arrangements, as a cremation can be conducted and then a memorial service held at a later date, with the cremation urn present.

It is also possible to save costs on funeral costs in New Orleans by making other arrangements for a casket.  A wooden casket can work out less expensive than a steel casket.  Or conducting your own memorial services [which your church may assist with], and making your own memorial tributes.

Conducting your own memorial services

Once a cremation is performed you can arrange a memorial service, with or without the ashes present.  You can employ the services of your church or minister to lead a memorial service, or the family can hold their own service.

Preplanning a funeral service in New Orleans

Preplanning a funeral is a great way to save your surviving family the burden of making decisions.  You can preplan without prepaying, or you can take out a prepaid funeral contract.  You are able to make rational decisions if you preplan your own end of life requirements, and save your family making emotional decisions which might end up costing them more.

All funds prepaid for a funeral or cremation go into a trust until such times as the funds are required.  A funeral plan can also be funded by an insurance policy.  Another way to preplan is to document your wishes and set up a POD Payable on Death account with the required funds deposited.  The funds can be withdrawn by your named beneficiaries when the time comes, and any interest accrued is added to your account.

cremation-services-new-orleansPersonalize and make your own memorial tributes

‘Personalization’ is a large part of the memorialization process today.  Making your own memorial tributes can save you on the costs a funeral home may charge for tributes.  Guest books, prayer cards and memory boards can all be quite easily crafted with little expertise.  Read more about making your own memorial tributes.

A funeral does not have to cost a fortune.  There are more affordable funeral options available in New Orleans now.

The deceased had no life insurance: what help is there to pay for a funeral in Orleans Parish?

Sadly this is happening more frequently today, where a family member passes with no life insurance or funeral plan and the next of kin are left to make the funeral arrangements, and pay the funeral bill.  There is limited financial assistance for families to help with funeral costs, and this all depends upon your personal circumstances and the Parish in which you live.  You need to inquire at your Parish Human Services or Social Services department to find out about public aid for a funeral.  In some cases a fixed sum is available, but also only certain funeral homes may handle HRA funerals.

There is a $255 lump sum death benefit payment from Social Security if you qualify, and veterans are entitled to some benefits.  You may also wish to contact local charity, church and union groups who may assist you with fund-raising for a funeral.

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 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 Orleans Parish coroner’s morgue.

New Orleans Medical Examiner: 517 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112  Phone (504) 658-9660

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