Arranging a Direct Cremation in Houston, TX – $640

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

This guide aims to help you understand how to arrange a cremation and save on funeral costs.

Economic reasons for choosing cremation

Lowest cost cremation Houston TXDeciding 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 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.

What is the cost of a direct cremation in Houston?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Houston DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending on 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. Houston has become very competitive for affordable cremation services and you will find a number of cremation providers offering direct cremation packages in Houston for between $640 – $3,000.

direct-cremationA basic cremation can be conducted in Houston for $640. 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 (713) 309-6059 to arrange a direct cremation in Houston for $640

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.

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

cremation-service-houstonThis 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 Houston

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, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Texas of 48 hours after death before a cremation can go ahead.

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?

ash-scattering-texasCremation 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, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable direct cremation service in Houston

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $640. 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.

Can an overweight body be cremated?

A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $640 is for a person who weighed up to 300 pounds. Over this weight, there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container and extra gas usage. The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased.

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 pays 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 Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery County Human Services Departments.

DFS Memorials low-cost cremation services are available to residents all residents of Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto counties. Large cities we service include Houston, Pearland, Conroe, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galveston, Lake Jackson, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Texas City, and The Woodlands. Surrounding cities included in our service area include: Alvin, Angleton, Bellaire, Clute, Dickinson, Freeport, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Marque, Richmond, Rosenberg, South Houston, Stafford, and West University Place.

 *death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

This package at $640 is available when the deceased is held in morgue facilities, either at the Medical Examiners or at a hospital morgue.  Additional fees may apply for a residential or nursing home collection.

$895 Low cost cremation in Daytona Beach, FL

Low cost cremation daytona beachIf 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 Florida, 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?

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 only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.

daytona-beach-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 Daytona Beach, FL

As cremation is a popular choice for residents of Daytona Beach, there are a number of cremation service providers serving Volusia County. The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package. It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Daytona Beach 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 Daytona Beach. 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 Volusia County?

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 varies across the country.   Check out Volusia County Human Services Department.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Ft. Lauderdale $596

low-cost-cremation-ft-lauderdale-flCremation is a very popular disposition choice in Florida, and this brief guide aims to help you arrange a simple cremation for the low cost of $596 complete. There are so many cremation service options and providers to choose from that it can be very overwhelming. At DFS Memorials we only work with licensed, reputable local cremation providers, and we specifically select a provider who can offer affordability and a quality service.

How much does a cremation cost in Ft. Lauderdale?

This is the million-dollar question. As cremation is so popular in Florida, and the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area is such a built-up area with a huge population, the cremation market is very competitive. Ft. Lauderdale is one of only a few cities in America where you can arrange a basic cremation for under $600.

Cremation costs can vary quite significantly though, depending upon the type of cremation service you select, and the service provider. The Cremation Association of North America quotes the average cost of a cremation at $3,200, although it is easy to arrange a cremation for much less. Cremation prices in Ft, Lauderdale can range between $596 and $2,200.

What is direct cremation?

direct-cremationA direct cremation is the simplest (and most economical) cremation option. It is a cremation without any services or ceremony. The deceased is collected from the place of death, transferred to the funeral location, and prepared for cremation. All the necessary paperwork is completed, and the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned directly to the family in a temporary cremation urn.

Can I still have a service with a direct cremation?

Yes, of course! You can add services to a direct cremation if you wish. So you could opt to add a viewing or a private family ID. Many families choose to conduct memorial services once they have the cremated remains returned from the crematory. You can use the services of a life celebrant or your minister to deliver memorial services, or (as more families are choosing) opt to arrange your own services. This obviously can save you a lot of money of the full cost of a funeral service in Ft. Lauderdale.

If you are in need of a low cost cremation, or have any questions about arranging a cremation service in Ft. Lauderdale, please call now on (954) 281-7747. We are here 24/7 to provide assistance to your family.