Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

This article explains how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs.  How arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution when you can arrange an affordable direct cremation service for just $811.

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

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, COST is one of the biggest factors.  A traditional funeral can cost upwards of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2021 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at around $8,000 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a full-service cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000, and a simple direct cremation can be arranged for $811. It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!

Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene.  Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put control of memorialization back in the realm of the family.  A direct cremation simply ensures that a professional takes care of the disposition element.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when, and if they see fit.

For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option.  For other families, it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost?

Low-cost cremation in Tucson

A low-cost, simple cremation is available in Tucson for just $811.  Cremation prices vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low-cost cremation equitably compares.  Check exactly what is included.  Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’ but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low-cost price advertised.  Too often, we have found what appeared to be a low-cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!

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

Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00

What does a cremation cost?How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?

With cremation costs in Tucson varying so much, choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, which can give a family assurance about their loved one’s care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind or need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area, then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families stress and time, and we ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.

Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Tucson in zip code order.

How do providers compare in Tucson?

The cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always wise to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Tucson can be conducted for just $811 with a local, family-owned funeral home.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?

Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days!  With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses.  If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment and benefits for veterans.  Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years.  You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally.  This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some other ways you can gain support towards funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Tucson serves families in Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties and Armory Park, Avondale, Barrio Viejo, Central, Civano, Congress Street, Convention, Cragin-Keeling, Downtown, Eastside, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fairgrounds, Fourth Avenue, Menlo Park, Northwest, Old Fort Lowell, Old Pascua, Pullman, Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz Southwest, South Tucson, Sunnyside, Western Hills, & Winter-haven

Understanding cremation & funeral costs in Albuquerque, NM

Funeral costs are a concern for many families today. Whether you choose not to spend unnecessarily on a funeral or simply cannot afford the cost of a funeral.

It can seem overwhelming trying to work out exactly what a funeral will cost in Albuquerque, and work out your options, especially if you have just lost a loved one. So we have put together this guide to help you understand funeral costs in Albuquerque and, more importantly, how to save money by arranging a direct cremation for just $1,090.

How much does a funeral cost in Albuquerque?

This is a question that funeral directors often seem to sidestep answering! Instead, they like to regale you with stories of how many generations they have been in business or how excellent they are at providing ‘special’ ceremonies. I have no doubt that this is true, BUT this still does not always justify their pricing. If a funeral director cannot simply answer a question about price…it should ring alarm bells!

The average cost of a funeral is around $9,000 (according to the National Association of Funeral Directors 2021), and this does not include any cemetery costs. So a traditional funeral is likely to cost you somewhere in the region of $8,000 to $12,000.

Today, when most families live paycheck to paycheck, it is hardly surprising that paying out this amount for a funeral can seem insurmountable.

So how can you save money by arranging a cremation?

Choosing cremation will save you around 40 – 60% of the cost of a burial funeral. Cremation removes the need for several of the largest expenditures of a funeral – a casket, a grave liner, and cemetery plot and embalming. To save money, it is possible to hold your own memorial service (with the cremated remains present) because you do not have to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately. This can allow families time to make decisions.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Albuquerque?

It is important to understand that cremation prices do differ considerably between different funeral homes in Albuquerque. For this reason, an ‘average’ cremation cost has to be put into the perspective of what kind of cremation services are being assessed.

The average cost of a cremation is around $3,200 for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.   However, cheaper cremation options are available as outlined below, and you can arrange a cremation in Albuquerque for as little as $1,090 complete.

Choosing a Cremation Package

funeral-cost-new-mexicoA 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 afterward.

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 is held with the cremation urn present.

Arranging a direct cremation in Albuquerque

A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option. It is sometimes referred to as simple or basic cremation or called an immediate cremation. It means that just a basic disposition service is offered. The deceased is collected and prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation is completed, the cremation process goes ahead, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family (generally in a temporary urn).

How do I choose a cremation provider in Albuquerque?

cremation-service-new-mexicoChoosing 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 a 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 Albuquerque is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies. DFS Memorials offers families a low-cost alternative in Albuquerque.

Call (505) 209-3359 now to arrange a direct cremation for just $1,090 in Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

How do cremation providers compare in Albuquerque?

It is always wise to shop around and compare services and costs. We do it in any other large purchase, 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 Albuquerque.

At DFS Memorials, we researched the best cremation prices in Albuquerque to save you the task of phoning around to compare prices. This way, we can save you the hassle when you are emotionally fragile. We have included a selection of direct cremation prices from funeral homes in Albuquerque so you can see how much costs vary.

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in March 2022. 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
Cremation Society of New Mexico $1,430
Direct Funeral & Cremation Services $1,594.62
DFS Memorials Albuquerque $1,090

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

An individual passing without insurance and family struggling to meet funeral costs is becoming more frequent. Public aid can be a little patchy depending on where you are, but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if any financial assistance is nearby.   The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of the State, 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.

DFS Memorials Albuquerque serves families throughout the Greater Albuquerque area and Bernalillo, Cibola, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, McKinley, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance & Valencia Counties.

$850 Simple cremation in Lexington, KY

Whether planning ahead or needing immediate cremation services, this guide will help you understand how to find affordable cremation services with a simple cremation in Lexington.

We have outlined some key information you need to know when making arrangements to cremate, including the legal requirement according to Kentucky state laws on cremation and what cremation costs to expect.

With around 16 funeral service providers in Lexington, it can be challenging to know where to start. This guide aims to give you a better understanding of cremation services and options in Lexington.  Click the image to call if you need to speak to a funeral director immediately.

How much does a cremation cost in Lexington?

This is a question most families ask first. It is generally common knowledge now that cremation is significantly cheaper than a traditional burial. Many families considering cremation want to learn about costs to see how much they can save on the overall cost of a funeral.

A basic cremation with no services can be arranged in Lexington for $850 complete. A cremation with a memorial service can be arranged for around $2,000 – $3,000. With the average funeral costing around $9,000 (NFDA 2021) without cemetery expenses – this makes cremation a much more affordable alternative.

Another reason many families are now choosing cremation is because it offers greater flexibility. A memorial service does not have to go ahead immediately but can be arranged at a later date that suits the family. This can also allow the family time to make arrangements without feeling emotionally fraught. With transplants living in Lexington, cremation is a simple, cost-effective, and efficient way to handle the disposition and have remains shipped.

Choosing a Cremation Package

cremation-cedar-rapids-iowaA 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 afterward.

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 is held with the cremation urn present.

Arranging a direct cremation in Lexington

A direct cremation is the least expensive cremation option.  It is sometimes referred to as a simple or basic cremation or an immediate cremation.  It means that just a basic disposition service is offered.  The deceased is collected, prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation completed, the cremation process goes ahead, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family (generally in a temporary urn).

Call DFS Memorials now on (859) 568-3131 to arrange a direct cremation for just $850.

Who can authorize a cremation according to Kentucky statures?

A cremation is such a permanent means of disposing of a body and destroys all DNA, so cremation can ONLY go ahead when certain legal requirements are met. The legal next of kin must sign a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’.  (This can be self-signed by an individual when preplanning a cremation) If the authorized person has signed the cremation authorization form, then a cremation permit can be issued by Fayette County Coroner. There is a mandatory waiting time for cremation in most states of 24-48 hours.

What care and preparation of the deceased needs to occur before cremation?

funeral-costsThe deceased does NOT need to be embalmed if you opt for cremation, although it may be recommended if a viewing is required or if the cremation cannot proceed in a timely fashion. If the deceased had a pacemaker, this must be removed before the cremation.

A basic cremation container is used to cremate the deceased in so you do not need a casket. A casket can sometimes be rented if you wish to have a funeral service or viewing before the cremation.

To arrange a low-cost simple cremation in Lexington, call now on (859) 568-3131 

We are happy to answer any questions you have.  We are here to serve your family – understanding your need for dignified and affordable services!

$995 Simple cremation in St Petersburg FL

If you have the immediate or imminent need for a simple cremation, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $995.

Cremation is a popular choice in St Petersburg, and we understand that many families just want a simple, “no fuss” option that can be delivered at a low cost.

When you can take care of everything for $995, arranging a simple, direct cremation service, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $995 Simple Cremation Package in St Petersburg?

Our simple cremation service includes:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the crematory
  • Shelter & refrigeration of the deceased while authorizations and permits are acquired (and for the mandatory 48-hours wait period before a cremation can legally be performed)
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

Are there any extra costs?

Additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. The cost for a death certificate is $10.00.

Call us today at (727) 201-1616, and let us help make this difficult time easier. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help guide you through the process.

Can I preplan a cremation in St Petersburg?

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 the 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 an affordable cost in St Petersburg, ensuring your family does not have the burden of worrying about funeral costs.

direct cremationWhat can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in 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!

For ideas, suggestions, and guidance on an Ash Scattering Memorial – Check out our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains.

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

Sadly, there is little financial aid that supports families struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties have a budget for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those 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.  Often, the most basic funeral services will be supported in these cases, with limited control over what happens.

Remember – An affordable direct cremation from DFS Memorials can be arranged for $995 in St Petersburg.

Visit this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022 if you have further questions about arranging a cremation service.

You may also find this Guide to Cremation Costs in Florida helpful.

Guide to Cremation costs in Orlando, FL

We have put together this short cremation information guide to help families research and compare cremation costs in Orlando.  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?

This 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 from 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, many funeral homes and direct disposers offer low-cost cremation services, and it is possible to arrange a direct cremation in Orlando for $995.

How do I choose a Cremation Package?

When comparing cremation costs and services, you must compare like-for-like services.  Some funeral homes will package services to simplify families’ selection process.  However, not all funeral homes include the same services/products in a funeral package, so 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 handles the cremation-servicescremation without providing any ceremony or other services.

The deceased is collected and sheltered for the mandatory waiting period while the cremation documentation is processed and the cremation is conducted using a simple cremation container.  Afterward, 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, allowing the family to 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.

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Orlando?

Choosing a cremation services provider can be difficult, especially if the family has 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 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 a local licensed direct disposal establishment that offers a complete direct cremation service with no hidden extras.

DFS Memorials – Call (407) 710-8865 

Simple Cremation  $995

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 public aid level (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.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising 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.

Read our Complete Guide to Ash Scattering for guidance on How to Safely Scatter Cremated Remains and Discover Ash Scattering Options.

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.

$995 Lowest cost cremation service in Naples, FL

Want to arrange a simple, no fuss, and dignified cremation for a low cost in Naples? Then our DFS Memorials cremation provider can help you arrange a simple and affordable direct cremation service.

A direct cremation is when no funeral services or ceremonies are conducted by the funeral home. The deceased is collected from the place of death, transported into the shelter of the funeral home, prepared for cremation, and the necessary documentation is completed, and then the cremation is carried out. Once this is done, the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.

The DFS Memorials provider in Naples – Mortuary Services of Florida is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

Keep cremation simple!

Keeping the process as simple as this means that you can save dramatically on costs. The initial disposition is handled efficiently and promptly, leaving the family to focus on dealing with the bereavement and estate management. A memorial service can be held with the family once the cremated remains are back. This also means that the family can be in control of what kind of memorial service they desire (if any) and save further on funeral costs!

cremation-services-naplesDo it Yourself: Direct Cremation and a family-arranged memorial service

More families are finding that this is the answer to arranging low-cost cremation services today. In fact, some within the funeral industry see that the death care business is separating into two elements – disposition and memorialization.

Direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition, leaving the family to prepare the memorialization when and however they see fit.

Baby boomers and cremation in Naples

There are numerous retirees and baby boomers living in Naples and Southwest Florida, and the baby boomers are bucking tradition and somewhat driving the cremation trend. The baby boomer generation just wants simplicity and to be able to do something differently. They like the idea of a cremation that allows them to personalize in different and unique ways.

Add to this the fact that Florida is a snowbird and retiree destination, where deaths can occur when people are living away from their home state, and cremation offers a much more flexible alternative to transporting human remains.

What does a cremation cost in Naples?

This is the “million dollar” question! The answer is that cremation costs do vary considerably between different funeral service providers, even in Naples.   A basic cremation in Naples can be conducted for as little as $995, but it can also cost you as much as $2,000+ for the same service. The important message is to understand that the costs can vary so much and to ensure you check around.

The DFS Memorials provider in Naples is a licensed direct disposal establishment and guarantees to offer you the best price for a direct cremation service in the area. Call now with any questions you have on (239) 244-2418.

The only additional fees are county fees which are subject to change and as cash disbursements are payable directly to the county. In Collier County, the charge is $10.00 for a death certificate, and there is no fee for the Medical Examiner.  There is also a $100 processing fee.

$995 lowest cost cremation in Sarasota, FL

If you want to arrange a simple cremation at an affordable cost, then DFS Memorials can help you arrange a low-cost cremation for just $995 in Sarasota. Call us today, and we can help you arrange a cremation without breaking the bank.

Cremations Services in Sarasota

Cremation is a popular choice for many Florida residents and retirees.  It offers a simple, no-fuss, and low-cost alternative to a traditional funeral.  Cremated remains can be interred, scattered, or mailed to another state.

If you have an immediate need or an imminent need for a basic cremation service in Sarasota,  – call your local DFS Memorials provider now at (941) 202-2575, and we can help you.

The DFS Memorials provider, Mortuary Services of Florida, is a licensed Direct Disposer Establishment as licensed by the Florida State Board F438949.  Licensed to conduct direct cremations only.

What is included in a simple cremation?

Our low-cost direct cremation package in Sarasota includes:

  • Arrangement of the cremation and completion of all required documentation
  • Refrigeration of the deceased for the mandatory 48 hours as required by law.
  • Transportation of Deceased to the Crematory
  • Crematory Fee
  • Cremation Permit
  • Returning the Cremated Remains to the family either by delivery or certified mail.

Direct cremation in Sarasota

Direct cremation is fast becoming the most popular cremation choice today.  Why? Because it offers the cheapest and most flexible disposition option for families concerned about funeral costs and wanting a ‘simple’ solution.  Many Florida families choose a direct cremation and then arrange their own memorial services.

This helps them save a lot of money on cremation costs in Sarasota and puts the family firmly in control of the funeral service. Oftentimes, the price quoted for a direct cremation does NOT include things such as transport and service fees. Some funeral homes advertise a lower price which isn’t the complete price with all fees included. The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation price of $995 complete, with no added fees or charges.

A low-cost direct cremation can be arranged in Sarasota for $995 complete.

Call (941) 202-2575  now!

What laws govern cremation arrangements in Sarasota?

funeral-pricesFlorida law requires that there is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period from the time of death to when a cremation can be performed.  A cremation authorization form must be signed by the immediate next of kin. [You can pre-sign a cremation authorization form if you are preplanning cremation for yourself or an immediate relative.]  The Medical Examiner must issue a cremation permit to permit the cremation to go ahead.

What help is there towards cremation costs?

Families have very limited financial assistance to help them with funeral costs.  With many families struggling financially these days, a death can result in a crisis about how to pay for the funeral.  A cremation is a lower-cost option, and direct cremation is the cheapest option.

Some counties do have some funding to assist low-income families with funeral expenses.  You would need to contact your local county human services department to inquire whether there is any funding and whether you qualify. Check here to see see what county-level assistance may be available to you.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify.  The funeral director can assist you with notifying Social Security.

For further reading on Cremation Services and other FAQs about Arranging a Cremation – Check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2022.

If you are considering scattering the ashes following a direct cremation, this Complete Guide to Ash Scattering can help you research options and understand how to scatter cremated remains safely.

*Plus county fees which are subject to change: death certificate $10 and Medical Examiner fees which vary by county.  Collier County – no fee, Lee County $45, Charlotte County – no fee, Hillsborough County $25 

$795 complete: Low-cost cremation in Austin, TX

cremation-cost-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 low-cost cremation service in Austin.  The average cost of a funeral (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2021 is $7,848 and this does NOT include any cemetery costs.

What is the average 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.

Direct 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 a low cost of just $795.00.  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 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 a low cost in the Greater Austin area.

Direct cremation service $795   Call (512) 253-1110

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 $795 cremation is available throughout Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Lee, Burnet, Blanco, and Hays Counties and Austin, Texas, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Georgetown, & Cedar Park.

Understanding funeral & cremation costs in St. Louis, MO

If the high cost of a funeral is a worry to your family we hope to guide you on how to arrange the lowest-cost cremation service in St Louis.  The Internet provides a great tool to help you find out about funeral prices and cremation costs before contacting a funeral home or crematory in St Louis.  To help you understand more about funeral costs and what your options are, we have put together this guide.  It gives you an overview of what cremation costs are in St Louis and, more importantly, how to save money arranging a funeral or cremation.

How much does a funeral cost in St Louis?

This is the vital question that we all want to know…how much is it going to cost me?  Indeed we have all become such savvy shoppers today, with an expectation to compare prices and deals.  The funeral industry has resisted this and there are still more funeral home websites that do NOT disclose funeral prices than there are those that do.  There is good reason for this, as the funeral industry resists changes occurring that mean they can no longer have an ‘open check’ from a family to “just do Mom a great send-off!”

The average cost of a funeral is around $9,000 (according to the National Association of Funeral Directors 2019), and this does not include any cemetery costs.  So a traditional funeral is likely to cost you somewhere in the region of $8,000 to $12,000.  Today when 76% of families are living paycheck to paycheck (CNN Money report 2013), it is hardly surprising that paying out this amount for a funeral can seem insurmountable.

Tip: If a funeral home does not openly disclose cremation prices on their website, or over the phone, it should ring alarm bells that they are not likely to be offering services in the ‘affordable’ bracket!

So how can you save money by arranging a cremation?

You will save at least half the cost of a traditional funeral by arranging for a cremation service.  Why? Mainly because you eliminate some of the largest expenses related to a funeral service.  There is no need for a casket, burial vault, embalming, or a cemetery plot.  This alone will save you thousands of dollars!

save_money_cremationAnother significant way that you can save money by arranging a cremation is that it removes the need to hold a service immediately.  A simple cremation can be conducted to deal with the disposition of the body, and the memorialization (the service/ceremony) part of the ritual can always be performed at a later date.  This removes the need to make instant decisions (which can sometimes prove costly) at the time of death, and when you are feeling emotionally vulnerable.  Of course, you can also choose to hold your own memorial service which can save you even more money on the overall funeral costs.

What is the average cost of a cremation in St Louis?

It is important to understand that cremation prices do differ considerably between different funeral homes in St. Louis.  The ‘average’ cost of cremation has to be put into the perspective on what kind of cremation services are being assessed.  The Cremation Association of North America [CANA] records that the cost is $2,250 for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.    However, cheaper cremation options are available as outlined below.

Call DFS Memorials now on (314) 200-2604 to arrange a direct cremation for just $995 in St Louis

Choosing the best Cremation Package

A 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 afterward.  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 is held with the cremation urn present.

How to arrange a direct cremation in St Louis

Direct cremation is fast becoming the preferred, and most affordable, cremation option for families today.  It offers a dignified, yet efficient and cheap, way to conduct a disposition.  In the Greater St Louis area, you can arrange a direct cremation for $995, which can make handling funeral costs within the means of many families.

How do I choose a cremation provider in St Louis?

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 a 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 St Louis is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies.  DFS Memorials offers families a low-cost alternative in St. Louis.

DFS Memorials ST LOUIS  (314) 200-2604  Call with any questions you may have

Lowest cost direct cremation $995 complete

How can I compare cremation providers in St Louis?

It is always wise 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 St Louis.  At DFS Memorials we conducted research to find the best cremation prices in St Louis 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 St Louis?

An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs, is becoming a more regular occurrence.  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 the State 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.

Provider Direct cremation price
Cremation Services of Metro East $1,695
Kutis Funeral Home $1,395
Kriegshauser Bros. Funeral Home $1,299
St. Louis Cremation $1,195
Heartland Cremation & Burial Society $1,045
DFS Memorials $995

Baue Funeral Homes and Crematory charge $2,795 for a direct cremation.

DFS Memorials St. Louis serves families throughout the Greater St. Louis area, Alton, Belleville, De Soto, Eureka, Festus, Granite City, Pacific, Sullivan, Swansea, Warrenton, Washington, Wentzville and St. Charles, Franklin, Warren, Lincoln, Ralls, Audrain, Jefferson, and Washington Counties.

Online Cremation Arrangements or Pre-planning online

If someone had told me 10 years ago that a family would make online cremation arrangements for a funeral without ever visiting my funeral home, I would have said they were crazy!”  stated Vincent, the DFS Memorials funeral director for New York during a recent conversation we had.

A fourth-generation funeral director he has witnessed a significant change in the industry over the last decade, and now embraces how the Internet is revolutionizing what he, and his family,  has known as a traditional business for generations.

He is one of a number of more progressive funeral professionals who recognize how embracing and utilizing technology can help them be on the cusp of great change within death care in the U.S.

The COVID pandemic further pushed the funeral industry to adapt to change.  A change in technology, and being able to offer online cremation arrangements, and remote document signatures. The pandemic also gave the cremation rate a driver. Many families had no choice but to arrange a cremation to take care of a family member’s immediate disposition.

cremations-onlineThe Rise of Online Funeral Arrangement

There is no doubt, nor room for debate, that we have become a culture of online consumers.  According to a study by BIA/Kelsey 97% of consumers now use some form of online media to research products and services, and it is widely accepted that with smartphones and tablets, we are all much more intuitive to that ‘instant gratification’ of information….wherever we are!  Whilst 93% of the U.S. population is now online, a study by Pew in 2021 reported that 85% of U.S. adults now own a smartphone, whilst 53% own a tablet.  This clearly demonstrates that our access to online technology significantly positions the majority of us to make purchase decisions online.

A few years ago the notion of Online Funerals was often synonymous with the notion of webcast funerals – the live streaming of a funeral service over the web.  Today online funerals take on a whole new meaning as families can conduct all arrangements for a funeral without ever needing to visit a funeral home.

Why Arrange a Cremation Online?

The cremation trend can be seen as attributable to this rise in making funeral arrangements online.  Cremation has brought about a more simplistic and flexible approach to a funeral.  We often hear people (especially the Baby Boomer generation) say “I just want a simple cremation”.  Opting for cremation as a simple, no-fuss disposition means that it can be easily facilitated by making arrangements with the funeral home or crematory either online or by phone.

One of the fastest-growing sectors of cremation is direct cremation.  This is a basic cremation with no services. As no services are held, and an immediate cremation is performed after any mandatory period has elapsed, those families opting for a direct cremation often feel there is little value in visiting the funeral home.

Keep funeral costs down: Stay in Charge of the funeral decision-making process!

In many cases, the family has opted for the lowest cost cremation because they could not afford anything else, and the last thing they want is to enter a funeral home and feel uncomfortable asking for low-cost services!  Being able to make all the arrangements online can alleviate them from the human emotional aspect of dealing with a funeral salesperson.

Many funeral homes that offer online cremation arrangements offer very simplistic interfaces that enable the family to make their choices from clearly marked selections – be it choosing a cremation package, selecting an urn, or posting an obituary.  The simple online arrangement option means that you can calmly and more objectively work through the arrangement details and make decisions from the comfort of your own home.

Read our post on What happens during the cremation process? From the Funeral Home receiving the deceased for a cremation to giving the family the cremated remains to understand more about the whole cremation process.

3 Simple Steps to Arranging a Cremation Online

It can be as easy as 1-2-3!  Those funeral homes that offer online cremation arrangements generally have a completely automated system that requires you to follow the steps required to complete the arrangement process.

step-one#1  You need to submit the necessary personal information about the deceased in order that the funeral home can obtain the death certificate, notify social security and obtain the necessary authorization and permits to conduct the cremation.

 

step-two#2  Secondly, you will be asked to complete a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’.  This must be completed by the legal next of kin, and the person thereby authorized to make funeral arrangements.

 

step-three#3  Finally, you will need to make a selection of what kind of cremation package you require and any cremation merchandise you require, such as cremation urns or any additional copies of death certificates.

Generally, once you have completed the online forms and submitted the information, a funeral director will contact you to finalize the arrangements and complete the payment process.  The whole online process should take no longer than about 20 minutes to complete.  Payment can be made by credit card, or by sending in a check or money order.  In some cases, you can pay with PayPal or Bitcoin!  How easy is that?

What about Human Interaction?

Some of my co-workers are skeptical about the future growth of online arrangement tools.  “What about the human interaction?” they claim, “People still want to talk to someone”.

Almost all funeral homes that offer online funeral arrangements tools also offer a funeral director at the end of the phone should you have any questions or queries.  For many funeral homes where revenue is declining as families turn to cremation [average funeral home revenues are down 37%], being able to offer online arrangements enables them to keep cremation prices down and minimize their overhead.

If for any reason you feel uncomfortable about completing arrangements online, you should first consult with the funeral home.  In many cases talking to a funeral professional can help to salve any concerns you may have.  I have known of funeral directors who will actually complete the process online with the family on the end of the phone.

I know of several funeral homes offering online arrangements that DO require the family to phone first for a secure password to access the online arrangement tool.  This is to help prevent unnecessary spam use or competitors soliciting information.

Save on Cremation Costs: Discounts for Online Cremation Arrangements

Don’t we all love a deal these days? How about $100 off if you arrange online?  Several of the cremation providers we work with offer specially discounted cremation prices for those families that will complete the arrangement process online.  The savings that they can make on overhead can be passed on to the families they serve.  It may well be that their web advertised direct cremation price is an “Internet-Only” offer, or you will be offered some kind of cash discount off the cost of cremation if you DO complete all the arrangement process online.

A Word of Warning:  Watch out for Add-On Pricing!

As a final note – do be aware that in some cases that enticing low-cost cremation price may be a very basic price, and you may find add-on items bump this price up as you complete the online process.  It is wise to ensure you have read the full breakdown of what is included with the package you are selecting before starting the online process.

Check that the package includes the cremation container, any crematory fee, and at least 1 copy of a death certificate.   A temporary cremation urn (a plastic/cardboard container) is generally provided with a direct cremation but you can select an upgraded urn.

For those that are comfortable with making purchases online, organizing the elements of a simple cremation disposition online may come relatively easily, for others this may still seem too giant a leap of custom and culture.

However, the fact that a significant number of progressive and entrepreneurial funeral businesses are now offering this as an alternative option to traditional methods of funeral arrangement certainly does signify that there is a demand in the funeral marketplace.

The separation between the disposition (cremation) element of the funeral ritual and the memorialization (service) highlights how the funeral industry is to some degree fragmenting.  Today many families seek the disposition only element from the funeral home and then organize the memorialization themselves.  Whether this is by enlisting a funeral celebrant, a local minister or simply arranging their own secular memorial service.  Being able to organize the disposition online via a simple e-arrangement system, can help make this a simple process to manage.