Simple and affordable cremation services in Macon, GA

Direct cremation Macon GAFunerals need not be as expensive as many of us have been led to believe.  Although the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,045 in 2012, without any cemetery fees included; in reality, a simple funeral service can be arranged for half this amount, or even less.  If you want to arrange an affordable cremation service in Macon, this guide should help you understand how to save on your funeral expenses.

How much can I expect to pay for a funeral service in Macon?

The cost of a funeral can vary quite significantly.  This will depend upon the type of funeral service you opt for and the funeral service provider you select.  If you do any research with local funeral homes you will discover that the price for a funeral package will vary from different providers, even for the exact same services!  Whilst the NFDA can quote the average cost of a funeral at $7,045, it is absolutely possible to arrange a funeral for considerably less than this.

How much does a cremation cost in Macon?

Cremation services in Macon range from $900 to $2,895, again depending on the type of cremation service chosen.  A full-service cremation costs more than a simple direct cremation.  The lowest cost option is a direct cremation which costs $850 and includes:

  • Professional services of our highly trained funeral directors and staff
  • Transportation of your loved one from the location of death (additional fee if over 40 miles)
  • Alternative cremation container and temporary box
  • Preparation of all required documents and authorizations
  • Coordination with the cemetery for burial, if desired.

How do I select a funeral services provider?

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

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

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

Generally, a cremation will work out less expensive than a burial, namely as no immediate cemetery fees are required for cremation.  However, a dignified burial can be achieved at a very affordable cost.  An immediate burial with no services costs far less than a traditional burial. This is where the deceased is transferred immediately to the cemetery for burial.

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

What is ‘direct cremation’?

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

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

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

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

What can I do with the cremated remains?

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

What if the deceased had no life insurance & I do not have the money to pay for a funeral?

Sadly more folks are passing today without life insurance or having put in place the provision or plans for their funeral care.  If this happens the responsibility falls to the next of kin to make funeral arrangements and pay for funeral expenses.

You should avoid incurring debt to cover funeral costs, so it is essential to minimize whatever expense your family has to pay out.  Simple direct cremation is the lowest cost option, and once you have the cremated remains back you can always conduct your own memorial service (or ash scattering) which saves you the cost of paying a funeral services provider for their services and chapel.

There is the $255 lump sum death benefit from Social Security if you qualify to claim this and the funeral director will generally assist you with this.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is held in the custody of the County Coroner at Bibb county Medical Examiners office, you will need the services of a licensed funeral director.  The Medical Examiner can only release the body to a licensed funeral director.  The funeral home will ask you to sign an authorization to release form stating that said funeral home is authorized by the legal next of kin to collect the body.  Most funeral homes are familiar with the process (and the staff) at Bibb county coroners’ office and can arrange a prompt release of your loved one.

Do I need a funeral home if I just want cremation?

This is a question I have been asked more than several times by families.  With the increasing interest in direct cremation, a family may question their need to deal with a funeral home at all.  Now this may all depend on which state you are in, and whether your funeral services provider has their own crematory.

Do I legally have to employ a funeral director?

In most states, you do not.  In fact, there are only 8 states that have laws in place specifically requiring you to employ a funeral director for death-care services.  A list of these and their specific funeral laws can be found here on a guide to DIY Funerals – Home Funeral Care.

Can I transport the deceased direct to a crematory?

In those states that do not require a funeral director to legally transport the deceased, it may be possible for you to transport the deceased in a suitable cremation container or casket directly to the crematory.  Of course, moving a dead body is not for everyone.  There are considerations to make about how easily the body can be moved, and public health and safety aspects of managing a corpse.

What is a ‘direct’ cremation?  And what services do the funeral home offer?

A direct cremation is where only the cremation is facilitated by the funeral services provider.  No visitation, viewing or ceremony is held.  The deceased is transferred from the place of death to the funeral home or crematory.  There he or she is placed in refrigerated shelter for a few days while all the correct authorizations and permits are obtained.  Once all legal requirements are met, the deceased is cremated in a basic cremation container.  The cremation ashes are then returned to the family in a temporary cremation urn.

Cremation planningThe funeral director arranges the transportation of the deceased, assists the family with completing the necessary arrangements, authorizations and submission for the death certificate.

A direct cremation service from a funeral home is a minimal service level package.  As the cost for a direct cremation service is at an ‘entry point’ level, so too are the services that the funeral home offer.

Some funeral service providers offer more than one direct cremation package. From a minimal direct cremation service where most of the arrangements are made online, to concierge services where more support and extra benefits such as copies of the death certificate, obituary notice and upgraded cremation urns are offered.

What are the benefits of employing a funeral director to conduct a direct cremation?

Employing a funeral home, or funeral director, to conduct a direct cremation service does mean that you are using the services of a licensed professional with experience.  Although, in many states it is not a legal requirement, it can still be a preferred option to let someone who knows exactly what they are doing to handle everything.

Cremation LawsThe funeral director will already have processes in place for collating the data required legally to issue a death certificate, and obtain cremation authorizations and permits from the county.

Also, it can take several days to complete these before the cremation can go ahead, so you can be assured that your loved one is sheltered with care. In many states there is a mandatory wait period after death before a cremation can proceed. (24-48 hours)

With direct cremation gaining more popularity as the ‘simple’ cremation option, so more funeral service providers are offering competitive direct cremation packages.  So, you may find that for under $1,000 in many cities, it is much simpler to employ a cremation provider to handle everything!

Do you need a casket for a cremation?

Cremation ContainerThe simple answer is no.  Legally there is no requirement for a casket.  Generally, for a direct cremation a simple cremation container is used.  This is a reinforced cardboard container, often with a plywood bottom.  This burns easily during the cremation process.  Alternatively, simple plywood or pine coffins can be used.  A direct cremation is offered at such an affordable price because only a basic cremation container is used.

More funeral homes are also offering rental caskets for their cremation families.  A ceremonial cremation rental casket is designed to house the basic cremation container inside for the purpose of a viewing or ceremony, then the cremation container with the body, simply slides out and can be moved to the crematory for cremation.  This means that even if a funeral service or viewing is required prior to cremation, you do not need to purchase a casket, and can reduce overall cremation costs.

What can you do with the cremation ashes if you opt for a cremation without a ceremony?

This is another question I am asked about frequently with more families choosing a simple cremation.  Less families are concerned about interring cremation ashes, especially sometimes with the costs involved.  What had been an inexpensive cremation can become costlier with cemetery or columbarium cremation niche fees.

Some families just want to scatter the ashes after some kind of family memorial service.  All of which makes the whole disposition process inexpensive and personal.  There is also no time-frame to have to do something with the ashes.  This can allow family members to take time to grieve and decide on some befitting final resting place at a later date.

There are also many different cremation artifact products now where some of the ashes can be blended into a keepsake memorial.

The growing market for simple and direct cremation is changing how funeral homes operate, and giving more control and options to families.   If you need to find out the cost for a direct cremation in your area, use the state links to find your nearest city and DFS Memorials provider.

Affordable direct cremation service in Long Island, NY

Simple cremation service Long Island NYDirect cremation offers families a simple and affordable alternative to the costs associated with a traditional funeral.  This guide should help you understand what options you have for a cremation service in Nassau county, how choosing cremation can save you on funeral costs, and answer some other questions about cremation.

If you have the immediate need of a low-cost cremation service, call your local DFS Memorials provider on (516) 406-8141.  Direct cremation service packages start at $895.

Why choose a cremation service?

The key reason more families are choosing a cremation service is cost.  A cremation service costs significantly less than a traditional burial.  There is no requirement for embalming, and a casket, burial vault and cemetery plot are not needed.  All of which reduce your overall cost for a funeral by at least half, if not two-thirds.

In addition to this, a cremation service offers greater flexibility as a service does not have to be held immediately, or remains can be transported back to a different state if necessary.

Can you still have a funeral service if you choose cremation?

Yes, a cremation funeral is just the same as a traditional funeral, only the deceased is cremated following the service instead of interred.  If you opt to have a cremation conducted immediately, you can have a service after the cremation with the cremation urn present.  This is known as a Cremation Memorial.

If you opt for a direct cremation, you can choose to arrange your own memorial service, after the cremated remains are returned to the family.  A direct cremation service is a cremation without a ceremony.  The funeral services provider simply conducts everything to take care of the cremation disposition, and then returns your loved one’s ashes directly to you.

Questions about cremationWhat does a cremation cost?

This is not a simple question to answer.  The first thing to say is that the cost for a cremation will vary.  It will vary by cremation provider, by what type of cremation service option you select, and prices even vary by area. In NY state a funeral service provider is not allowed to operate a crematory, so the crematory fee is always considered a ‘third-party’ fee and will be added to your funeral home charge for a cremation.

To give you an idea of cremation costs, I can tell you that the average cost for a direct cremation in Nassau county will range from $895 to $2,800, depending on the funeral home you choose.

What legally do you need to know about cremation?

For a cremation to be legally conducted it must be authorized by the immediate next of kin.  The funeral director will ask the next of kin to sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  There is generally a 24-72 hour wait period after the death occurred before the cremation can go ahead, although this is mandated differently in different states.  The funeral director will need to obtain permission to cremate from the county coroner, and obtain a cremation permit.  Once the wait period has expired, the cremation authorization form is correctly signed and notarized by the next of kin, and the coroner has issued the cremation permit, the cremation can be scheduled.

It will usually take 7-10 days to arrange a cremation, and the deceased will be sheltered in the funeral home or crematory in refrigerated storage.  If there are delays completing all the legal paperwork, it can take a little longer.  If the immediate next of kin are siblings (and there is more than one sibling), then all siblings need to sign the authorization form for a cremation to proceed.  This tends to be one of the main reasons that a cremation gets delayed, as there is disagreement between siblings on authorizing the cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

There is a whole realm of options for how to memorialize with cremated remains.  You can, of course, inter the remains in a cemetery plot or cremation niche…. similar to a burial interment. Other options include: keeping the cremation urn at home, performing an ash-scattering or having a cremation tribute made from some of the remains.  DFS Memorials offers an optional sea scattering with a direct cremation service for an additional $290.00.

A benefit of cremation, is that you do not need to make an immediate decision about the final disposition.  Sometimes it can be easier to hold onto the urn for a while whilst you have time to reflect and consider what is the most befitting disposition.

Is there any financial help for families who cannot afford a funeral?

Sadly, there is little financial support for those families who find themselves in the unfortunate position of losing a loved one and having no funds for a funeral.  What may be available varies so much by area.  You would need to consult with Nassau county Social Services department.  Therefore, a direct cremation can offer a simple and affordable solution to handling the unexpected disposition of a family member if finances are an issue.

A dignified direct cremation can be conducted for $1,135 (with all fees included), and then the family can arrange to hold their own memorial service.

There is the $255 lump-sum Social Services death benefit payment, if the deceased qualified, which can help towards the cremation cost.

If you need further assistance, check our our DFS Memorials Cremation Blog for more articles on cremation.  If you need to arrange a simple and affordable direct cremation, contact DFS Memorials on (516) 406-8141.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Boca Raton FL – $696

Cremation is a popular disposition choice in Florida, and the SE Florida area has one of the lowest cost cremation prices in the U.S. This is partly due to the fact that Florida is one of only 2 states where direct disposers are licensed.

A direct disposer does not have to operate a funeral establishment or an embalming facility to legally run a cremation-only business, and this can significantly cut down on overheads. However, be careful, as sometimes the seemingly cheap cremation price that a direct disposer offers will not include some services that a licensed funeral home includes.

Comparing the cost of cremation in Boca Raton, FL

We all like to price-compare these days and ensure we are getting value for money, and when finances can be tight, it can be just as important to make sure that you are not over-spending on a funeral. Prices for a cremation vary, different cremation service providers charge different prices, and the cost of a cremation service can depend upon what type of service you want.

It is possible to arrange a basic, simple cremation in Boca Raton FL for just under $700 complete. This is a direct cremation, where no service or ceremony is held before the deceased is cremated. Family can, however, choose to hold a memorial service once they have the cremated remains returned. A cremation with a viewing or service starts at around $1,295. A full-service cremation can cost anywhere between $1,595 and $3,500.

The $696 direct cremation offered by the DFS Memorials provider in Boca Raton is offered from an independent full-service funeral home.  This means that they do have the full facilities to offer additional services should you decide you require them.  However, their direct cremation package price remains extremely well-priced for those wanting a simple dignified cremation from a reputable local funeral home.

What is included in a direct cremation?

A simple 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
  • One copy of the death certificate

direct-cremationHow can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Boca Raton a direct cremation can be conducted for $696 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option. 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 in Boca Raton?

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 Palm Beach County Human Services Department.

Low cost cremation service in Lake Placid, FL – $895

Are you looking for a simple, low cost cremation service? Need a no-fuss package for one low cost that covers all you need to arrange a cremation? DFS Memorials in Lake Placid can help you arrange a direct cremation service for just $895 complete.   We provide a very professional service, with funeral directors who have over 35+ years’ experience in the funeral industry, and we understand that families today want simple and affordable funeral alternatives.

What is included in the $895 direct cremation service?

  • Our simple cremation service includes:
  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of death certificate and cremation permit*
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

How do we proceed with arranging a direct cremation service?

You can call into our arrangement office to make arrangements but there is no need for a funeral home visit, if you just wish to arrange a direct cremation. We can make arrangements over the phone or online. We arrange for the collection of the deceased from the residence, hospital, hospice or nursing establishment where they passed.   Once the deceased is in our care, we file for the death certificate, notify Social Security and apply for a cremation permit from Highland County Coroner.

direct-cremationA ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by the next of kin before the cremation can take place. We can complete this for you, and will need all the deceased’s personal details. This form can be emailed or faxed for a signature, or you can call in to complete this.   Florida has a mandatory 48-hour waiting period after the death has occurred before the cremation can take place.

Once this 48-hour has elapsed, and all the necessary legal paperwork is in order, the cremation is scheduled at the crematory. This can generally take 2-5 days, but an expedited service can be arranged if required. After the cremation has been conducted, the cremated remains are prepared, and made available for collection, or can be shipped to the family.

Comparing cremation costs in Lake Placid

You will find our $895 direct cremation package is very competitively priced as value for money.  We handle everything with compassion and caring – just what you would expect from a local Mom & Pop business.  Feel free to compare our direct cremation price to against over funeral and cremation providers in Lake Placid.

If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation in Lake Placid, call us now on (863) 226-4757, and we would be happy to help.

*additional fees may be incurred dependent on Highland County permit fees

Death certificates in Florida cost $10 each

Arranging a simple cremation in Albany, GA

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 arranging a funeral.

Why choose cremation services?

Cremation planning Albany GACremation offers an inexpensive and versatile alternative to a burial service.  Opting for cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.

No casket is required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these products and services saves thousands of dollars.

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

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

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

How much does a cremation cost in Albany?

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 $995 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral home used).

Direct cremation services in Albany, GA

direct-cremation-albany-gaIf 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.

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 Albany, 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.

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $25.00 for the first and $5.00 for each additional copy.

What legally do I need to know about arranging a cremation in Albany, GA?

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 no specified mandatory wait period after death 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 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.

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.

cremation-costs-albany-gaWhat 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 Dougherty County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available to you.  In these cases often

The body is at the Medical Examiners Office

If the deceased is at Dougherty Medical Examiners and you are trying to arrange collection and affordable cremation services, please call your local DFS Memorials provider who is familiar with all the procedures for authorizing a release of the body to a licensed funeral director.

Dougherty Medical Examiner: 225 Pine Ave, Albany, GA 31701 Phone: (229) 438-3974

$895 Simple cremation in Lakeland, FL

Affordable cremation Lakeland FLIf you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $895. Cremation is a popular choice in Lakeland, and we understand that many families just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low cost funeral. The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted. Or, of course, cremated remains can be shipped to another state for those residents of Florida who are transplants.

When you can take care of everything for $895, dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $895 Simple Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes:

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

Are there any extra costs?

The additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. Death certificate fees in Florida are $10 per copy at present.  There is also a $100 processing fee.

lakeland-fl-cremation-servicesCan 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.

Comparing cremation costs in Lakeland, FL

As cremation is a popular choice for residents of Lakeland, there are a number of cremation service providers serving Polk 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.

As a simple cremation is a popular choice in Lakeland, especially with so many retirees, there are a number of cremation service providers offering affordable cremation packages.   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 Lakeland a direct cremation can be conducted for $895 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation in Lakeland. 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 Polk County Assistance Programs.

Arranging cremation services in Des Moines, Iowa

Want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral in Des Moines at an affordable cost? This short guide will help you through the funeral-planning process and answer questions about the cost of cremation in Des Moines, how to choose a cremation services provider, what you need to know about cremation and how to save money by arranging affordable cremation services.

Why choose cremation services?

cremation-services-des-moinesCremation offers a less expensive and more versatile alternative to a burial service.  Opting for cremation services can save you around 50% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  No casket is required, or embalming (unless specifically required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  Eliminating these products and services can save thousands of dollars.

A cremation can offer a more flexible alternative that can accommodate families who have moved away from Iowa, 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 service options do I have?

There are generally three main categories of cremation service options:

cremation-services-des-moines-iaCremation Funeral Service : This is where a cremation is held after the funeral service. The deceased is generally present during the services and transferred to the crematory after the funeral service.

Cremation Memorial Service : This is held after the cremation.  The memorial service can be held with, or without, the cremated remains present.  Often this can take the form of an ash-scattering or cremation urn interment ceremony.

Direct Cremation Service : The cremation is conducted without any service or ceremony and the cremated remains are transferred directly back to the family.

There are variations on these cremation service options, such as options offering a family a private viewing prior to cremation, or enabling family to view (or commence) the cremation process.

How much does a cremation cost?

The cost of a cremation can vary considerably and this will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for.  A full-service cremation with a ceremony will cost in the region of $4,995, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  A direct cremation will cost between $895 and $1,105.

Direct cremation services in Des Moines

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 and includes 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 to 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.

Comparing cremation costs in Des Moines

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

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

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

cremation-plan-des-moinesThere 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 Iowa there is a mandatory 48-hour wait period after death before the cremation can proceed, however, 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.

In Iowa death certificates cost $20.00 each.  This is often considered a ‘cash advance’ item and not included in a quoted cremation price.  The funeral director will generally obtain the death certificates on your behalf.

Can I preplan a cremation?

Yes you can prearrange a cremation.  Advance planning can help to ensure you get the most appropriate service 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 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 Polk County Human Services Department 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 a budget provider can be arranged for $895.

There is also a $255 lump sum death benefit payment from Social Security (if qualifying) and your funeral director will assist you with submitting this claim.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option.  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!  You should always have a Plan B if you decide you wish to opt for body donation at the time of your death, as not all donors are actually accepted at the time of their donation.

If you have any further questions about arranging a cremation service in Des Moines, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions on (515) 200-2959

How to arrange a low cost cremation in Waco, TX

Cremation is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional burial in Waco.  Although the cremation rate in Texas is still way below the national average, it is growing exponentially, as families choose less expensive funeral options.  As acceptance of cremation grows, and more families decide that they cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on funeral expenses, we are sure to see cremation become a preferred choice.

Why choose cremation?

There are several reasons cited as to why families today choose cremation.  The most common reason is price.  A cremation will cost significantly less than a traditional burial.  A cremation will generally cost at least half the cost of a traditional funeral – if not less.  So opting for a cremation is a sure-fire way to make a funeral more affordable, just the savings on such items as the casket, embalming and the cemetery fees, saves thousands of dollars.  Yet a cremation service can be just as traditional and dignified as a burial service.  Other reasons why cremation is becoming more accepted is a declining religious traditionalism, a greater interest in more environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional burial, and a more transient population.   For many individuals cremation is just a personal choice that offers a simple, less costly and more flexible means to conduct a funeral.

How much does a cremation cost in Waco?

funeral-costs-wacoThis is the all-important question that many families wish to find the answer to!  Too often funeral homes do not disclose cremation prices in their marketing literature or websites.  It is important to understand that the cost of a cremation in Waco can vary considerably, depending upon the funeral provider you select.  It is fair to say that the average cost of a cremation is around $3,200 for a cremation with a service and a standard urn.  However, you can pay more, or less, than this for a cremation service.  It largely depends upon the professional fees a funeral home charges and the ancillary services/products you select (such as if a ceremony is conducted, the type of cremation urn, whether memorial products and an obituary are included).

A basic cremation service: Arranging a direct cremation in Waco

The lowest cost cremation in Waco is what is known as an immediate cremation or a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected and cremated without any viewing or ceremony.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a basic temporary urn (unless a cremation urn is selected).  This can be arranged in Waco for $795 complete. This form of arranging a simple cremation enables families to conduct death care at a low cost and arrange their own memorial service or ash scattering at a time and place convenient for them.

How can I compare cremation costs between funeral homes in Waco?

One thing we have always recommended families is that you should consult more than one funeral home and compare funeral quotes.  Now we understand that this can seem daunting if you are grieving and do not want to make numerous phone calls or visits.  For this reason DFS Memorials wanted to take the hassle out of shopping around for cremation prices.  We selected a licensed funeral home in Waco that we know offers one of the best prices on cremations.  This means we can direct you straight to a local, family-owned funeral company that will offer you exceptional value for money as well as meaning your needs are being serviced by a local business.

Call (254) 221-6609 to speak with a funeral director

Direct Cremation Service – $795

I cannot afford a funeral: What help is there towards funeral costs?

More families today are finding it a struggle to meet funeral costs, especially if they were unexpected.  So what can you do if you can’t afford to pay for a funeral?  Any public aid for funeral expenses is very patchy at best, and varies by each state and county.  All states do have a responsibility to care for indigent funerals, but this is generally for those who become the responsibility of the state, and not generally for those who just do not have the savings to meet the cost of a funeral.  Some funeral homes will offer payment plans, or funeral financing, but it is not always easy to get approval.  Local organizations and charities often have some funding to assist those on welfare with funeral expenses.  If you are worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you really need to focus on keeping your funeral costs as low as possible.  A direct cremation will be the lowest cost funeral option you can do.

Also remember that there is the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify, and that veterans are entitled to some benefits.

DFS Memorials serves families in the counties of Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill & McLennan counties and throughout Alta Vista, Austin Avenue, Baylor, Bellmead, Brazos, Brook Oaks, Brookview, Carver, Castle Heights, Cedar Ridge, Dean Highland, East Riverside, Elm Mott, Heart O’ Texas, Hewitt, Ignorant Holler, Kendrick, Lacy-Lakeview, Landon Branch, Mountainview, North Lake Waco, North Waco, Northcrest, Oakwood, Parkdale, Richland Hills, Robinson, Sanger Heights, Timbercrest, University, Viking Hills & Woodway with low cost funeral and cremation services.

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