Affordable funerals: Cremation costs in Seattle?

The cremation trend is sweeping our nation and is already a popular disposition choice in Washington with 6 in 10 families opting for cremation for their end of life disposition choice.  Why is cremation the preferred choice for Seattle families?  Cremation offers a simple, affordable and flexible funeral option.  Read more to find out about cremation costs in Seattle.

Why choose cremation over burial?

Several reasons are cited for why families are now choosing cremation rather than burial.  Cost is by far the most common reason why a family will now opt for cremation.  A cremation generally costs at least one-third of the cost of a traditional funeral.  Traditionalism is also in decline as is religiosity, and we are now much more environmentally aware.  Cremation offers a cheaper, non-secular and eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial

cremation cost seattle-tacomaWhat are cremation costs in Seattle?

This is the ‘magic’ question that most families want to answer now before they proceed with making funeral arrangements.  We live in an era where price comparison is the norm, and finding a deal is an important aspect of how we purchase services and products.  A funeral can be a large purchase for many families and one that they do not want to spend unnecessarily on.

The popularity of simple cremation in Seattle has resulted in competitive cremation rates.  There is a demand for simple cremation services in Seattle, and it is possible to arrange a basic cremation for around $600.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $1,299 and a full-service cremation starts at around $2,000.

A direct cremation is a term used for the simplest and most economical cremation service.  No services are offered with a direct cremation.

How do the cremation costs compare in the Seattle-Tacoma area?

The cost of a cremation service can vary considerably in the same area.  The cost of a cremation can vary between funeral service providers for the exact same service. A direct cremation service can cost from $600 to around $3,000.

DFS Memorial’s low-cost direct cremation package at $600 provides peace of mind at an affordable cost whilst dealing with a local independent funeral service provider. Advanced planning options are available.

What is included with a direct cremation in Seattle?

A direct cremation generally includes:

  • Collecting the deceased
  • Preparing all the necessary paperwork (death certificates, cremation authorization, cremation permit, etc)
  • Preparation of the body for cremation
  • Storage of the remains until the cremation can be performed*
  • A basic cremation container
  • The cremation fee
  • A temporary urn (to return the cremated remains to the family)

The fees for the death certificate and cremation permit are ‘cash advances’ and are an extra fee added to most direct cremation packages.

To arrange a low-cost cremation call us now on (206) 745-9744

Additional costs may be incurred or option for a residential removal, additional mileage (if outside a service area), extended storage (if cremation cannot be performed after a mandatory waiting period), oversize cremation fee (for individuals weighing over 300 lbs) and the selection of a cremation urn.

Life celebration and cremation

Today we are moving into an era where funerals are less somber events and more of a celebration of a life lived.  Cremation offers a great opportunity to be able to arrange a life celebration ceremony.  A memorial service does not have to be held immediately when family and friends are still in the midst of their immediate grief but can be scheduled at a later date.  A celebrant can work with the family to plan a Life Tribute almost equivalent to how a wedding planner would stage a grand wedding ceremony!

cremation-services-tacomaWhat can you do with the cremated remains?

Cremated remains can be interred in a grave or columbarium, stored at home in a cremation urn, scattered or converted into a myriad of cremation artifacts.

Cremation memorialization

“Personalization” is the buzz phrase in the funeral industry today.  As funeral profits have declined with lower-cost cremation services, many funeral homes in Seattle have looked towards personalization and the many cremation memorialization industries to help make incremental revenue.  Many families want to do something unique with the cremation ashes, and these days the options are almost limitless!  You can have a cremation diamond made from around $3,000, have ashes embedded into a memorial reef for around $6,000 or have cremation ashes blast into space or tattooed into your body!

Ash scattering in Seattle

For those that want a simpler and less expensive memorialization option – ash scattering is proving to be a memorialization alternative.   Cremated remains can be scattered at sea in the Puget Sound or over land in a favorite spot of the deceased.  Read this guide on Ash Scattering for more information.

Preplanning a basic cremation in Seattle

Preplanning your funeral wishes can save a family from the decision-making process at a time of immense distress, and ensure your wishes are met.  You can set up a prepaid cremation plan where the funds are put in trust or take out an insurance that covers your cremation needs.

Alternatively, you can prearrange with a cremation provider and put the required funds aside in a payable on death (POD) account.  This ensures your money remains in your control and any interest accrued stays with you.  At the time of death, the named beneficiary can withdraw the funds and pay the funeral home.

Cremation is revolutionizing how we view death care, how much it costs and how we memorialize in the 21st century.  To find out more about cremation services in Seattle – call us now on (206) 745-9744

$600 low-cost cremation is available throughout King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties and all of the Tacoma-Seattle area.

Average cremation costs in Boston, MA

As more and more families opt for cremation over a traditional burial, we find families are seeking out information to help them better understand their options.  This article provides a brief overview of cremation in Boston, how you can save money by arranging cremation services and helps you to compare cremation costs between funeral service providers in Boston.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

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

What is the average cost of a cremation in Boston?

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

Cremation Packages

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.

Cremation ServiceDirect cremation in Boston

Direct cremation, or immediate cremation, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for funeral consumers.  A direct cremation is the simplest, and least expensive, option.  It involves the funeral home collecting the deceased, transferring him/her into their care, completing all the necessary paperwork and conducting the cremation (after the legal waiting period of 48-hours).  A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary urn.  Direct cremation in Boston can cost anywhere between $1,395 and $3,000.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Boston?

Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of 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 Boston is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies, yet covers a wide service area into all of Eastern Massachusetts.  DFS Memorials offers families a low-cost cremation in Boston.

DFS Memorials BOSTON  (617) 221-7778 – Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $1,395

How do cremation providers compare in Boston?

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?  It can be quite a task trying to efficiently compare local funeral homes, so we have conducted a survey and provided a sample of the best prices we discovered for a basic direct cremation package in Boston.

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Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in November 2013. 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.

Hopefully, this can assist families in understanding the differences in cremation costs on a local level.

What about preplanning a simple, affordable cremation?

Most budget cremation packages offered are an ‘at need’ price.  If you wish to purchase a simple cremation plan, you can expect the cost to be higher.  How much a cremation plan will cost will depend upon how it is funded and your age at the time of purchasing a prepaid plan.  Do consider that an alternative is to document your funeral wishes and put aside the appropriate funds to cover a basic cremation in a POD account [Payable on Death or Totten Trust].  Your money is safe and accumulating interest for you, and your surviving family/beneficiary can access the funds when the need arises.

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

Sadly more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral costs.  Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are.  In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will pay for part of the cost of a funeral for MassHealth (Medicaid) members and other low-income, financially qualifying individuals. The DTA will pay up to $1,100 for funeral expenses that do not exceed $1,500.  You must inform your chosen funeral director that you are claiming a Medicaid or MassHealth funeral and the funeral director will then bill the DTA.  The deceased’s family must pay the remaining $400 to the funeral home.

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 Boston serves families throughout Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk & Worcester Counties and Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West End and West Roxbury.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Jacksonville, FL

cremation cost jacksonville flMore families today are looking to save money on the cost of a funeral, and turning to the Internet to conduct cremation price comparisons.  The only problem with this is that many funeral homes in Jacksonville do not disclose funeral prices on their websites.

Although the FTC rule made it federal law for funeral homes to have a general price list and to make this available to families either in person or by phone, still too many funeral homes choose NOT to include this on their website.  This makes it difficult for families at the time of need to effectively use the Internet to price shop for funeral services.

We at DFS Memorials wanted to simplify this and help families by easily connecting them with a local Jacksonville funeral home that offered the best value cremation services.  We wanted to take the hassle out of funeral price shopping for families.

Low-cost cremation services in Jacksonville

We conducted some research and cremation cost comparisons to establish a preferred low-cost cremation provider for the Jacksonville area.  The cost of a basic cremation can vary considerably depending upon the funeral home you select but you can arrange a basic direct cremation in Jacksonville for around $695.

An affordable direct cremation package will generally include:

  • Collecting the deceased from the place of death
  • Refrigerated storage for the mandatory waiting period
  • Completion of all the necessary documentation & authorizations
  • A basic cremation container
  • The cremation
  • A temporary container to return the cremated remains to the family

Cheap direct cremation from a Direct Disposer in Jacksonville

Florida is one of only two states where Direct Disposers are licensed and can operate without funeral home facilities.  Cremation costs from a Direct Disposer may initially seem much cheaper, but I would suggest you carefully check the small print of an offered budget cremation from a Direct Disposer.  It is not unknown for charges such as refrigeration or out-of-hours collection to significantly increase the cremation cost.

The DFS Memorials provider for Jacksonville is a local, family-owned funeral home that can offer full-service cremation services but also understands the need for cremation services that meet every budget.  This enables DFS Memorials to offer families in Jacksonville a simple, dignified direct cremation for just $695 complete (with no hidden extras).

$695 complete direct cremation available to the Greater Jacksonville area and throughout the neighborhoods of Arlington, Avondale, Barnette Office Park, Belfort Station, Brooklyn, Cecil Field Naval Air Station, Central Civic Core District, Church District, Downtown, East Jacksonville, Empire Point, First Coast Center, Institutional District, La Valla District, Mandarin, North Jacksonville, Oakland, Ortega, River Park, Riverside, San Marco, Sherwood Forest, South Bank Dist, South Jacksonville, South Side, Springfield, Springfield Historical District, St. John Quarter Historic District, Stadium District, Waterleaf, and West Jacksonville

Guide to arranging a cremation in Las Vegas

The cremation trend is changing the way we think about arranging a funeral.  And opting for a simple, direct cremation is allowing families to save thousands of dollars on funeral costs, whilst also giving them back more control over the funeral and memorial process.

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Direct cremation price Las VegasDeciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral and a cremation service will cost 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 choosing cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead a cremation can be performed and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted on how we are changing our approach to 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.

How much does a funeral cost in Las Vegas?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected, and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Las Vegas is $6,641*, but the lowest cost is $4,050.

How much does a cremation cost in Las Vegas?

A cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars.  Generally embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Las Vegas DO vary 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 average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,651*, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Las Vegas.

cheap cremation las vegas nvHow much is a direct cremation in Las Vegas, NV?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Vegas for as little as $795.  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.

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.  Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have, and when and where any services can be held.

How to compare cremation costs in Las Vegas,

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers.   Ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

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

direct cremation Queens NYThis 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 Nevada

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains.  A cremation cannot be performed until the death certificate has been issued by the county and 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

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price.  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 making 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. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available you should contact Clark County Social Services Department at:

500 S. Grand Central Pkwy, las Vegas, NY 89155 Phone: (702) 455-0000

The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.  You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director.  Many funeral homes are familiar with the process to liaise with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible.  You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly and the process to transfer the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of county coroner’s office: Clark County Medical Examiner 1704 Pinto Lane, Las Vegas, NV, 89106

We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions, and provided some help to understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Las Vegas, NV.  If you need to research more information on funeral-planning, please visit the Library section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2019

$895 simple cremation service in Cape Coral, FL

This brief guide aims to help you arrange a simple cremation in Cape Coral for the cost of $895.  If you are concerned about the cost of a funeral in Cape Coral, or merely do not want to spend unnecessarily on death care costs, then we can help you arrange everything for one low cost. Cremation is already a popular option in Florida, and yet the cost of a cremation service can vary considerably!

How much does a cremation cost in Cape Coral?

Cremation service Cape Coral FLAlthough the funeral industry is being dragged into the 21st century screaming and kicking, it is still pretty much resisting open price disclosure.

The FTC funeral rule means that a funeral home MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which must clearly outline their fees and that they should openly provide you with a GPL if you make an inquiry (by phone or in person).

However, the reality is that many funeral homes still do not put prices on their website and may even not be open about revealing full and complete costs when you call.  For this reason we have put together this guide to give you an idea of what costs to expect.

A full cremation service can amount to around $3,000, but a simple cremation can be performed for a fraction of the price.  If you opt to employ the services of a local, family-owned funeral home that understands the need for simple and affordable funeral services, and is not looking to nickel and dime families, you can conduct a basic cremation for as little as $895.

More families are choosing cremation as a disposition option as it is so much more affordable than a burial.  A cremation will cost you at least half of the cost of a traditional burial, if not more.  This is largely because you remove the need for several of the expensive purchases required for a burial – casket, grave liner and cemetery plot, plus also the cost to embalm.

Save money by arranging a direct cremation in Cape Coral

The most affordable cremation option is called a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, transferred to the crematory and cremated in a simple cremation container, and then the cremated remains returned directly to the family without any viewing or service.   A memorial service can be arranged at a later date if the family so desire, and the family can even arrange their own memorial service, which can be another way to save on the cost of a funeral.

cremation-service-cape-coralHow do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s remains?

This is a question that many families ask.  Be assured that strict legislation governs how human cremations can be conducted and only one person can be cremated at once.

What do I legally need to know about arranging a cremation in Cape Coral?

As a cremation is so final there are laws that govern how a cremation can proceed. All crematory operators are certified and a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by the legal next of kin, or authorizing agent, before a cremation can be conducted.  A cremation container is required but this need not be a casket and can be a simple reinforced cardboard box, and embalming is not required prior to cremation.  This all helps to keep the costs down.  There is a mandatory waiting period of 48 hours before a cremation can proceed after the death.

The cost of Cremation Permit fees and death certificates in Lee County

The only additional fees to be paid with a simple cremation are the fees that Lee County charge.  This is the fee for issuing a death certificate, and the Medical Examiner’s fee for issuing the cremation permit.   A death certificate costs $10.00 and Lee County Medical Examiner’s office charge $45.00

What can we do with the cremated remains?

This is another question that is frequently asked.  Cremation opens up more possibilities about how to conduct the final disposition of remains.  Arranging a simple low cost cremation can save you money, and there is no reason why you cannot conduct your own memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned.  There is no reason why a memorial service needs to be held at a funeral home.  It can be held outdoors, at a community venue, golf clubhouse or your place of worship.

ash-scattering-cape-coralYou can inter cremated remains in an existing grave plot or a cremation niche, or choose to scatter in a designated memorial garden.  However, there will still be a charge for interment or scattering in a designated cemetery.  You can keep the cremated remains at home in a cremation urn or you can choose to conduct your own ash scattering ceremony.  If you choose to scatter on private land you need the landowners consent.  You can scatter cremated remains on public land but you do need to observe some ‘common-sense’ ash scattering guidelines.  You may need to check whether a permit is required for municipal or state owned public spaces.  Of course, you can scatter of the coast into the Gulf of Mexico if you wish and there are numerous boat charters in the Southwest Florida area that offer this service.

cremation-plan-cape-coralCan I pre-arrange a simple cremation plan?

Even a basic low cost cremation can be preplanned and prepaid.  This is all carefully legislated and an insurance product can be used to fund a cremation plan.  You can even preplan a basic cremation for $895 by completing all the necessary documentation ahead of time and making payments on a payment plan.

Arranging a Veteran Funerals in Cape Coral

Certain benefits are available to Veterans.  A Veteran is entitled to a free cemetery plot and grave marker. In some cases a funeral home will offer a discount on services to a Veteran.

What does it cost to cremate an overweight person?

The cremation cost advertised by funeral homes is generally for a body weight of up to 300 pounds.  For a body over this weight, an extra charge may be levied, but this will depend on how large the deceased was.

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

It can be distressing enough to deal with a death, but even more upsetting if there are no funds to cover the cost of a cremation.  Sadly this is happening more often for families today.  If the deceased had no life insurance, it is likely that the funeral home will need full payment for a direct cremation when you sign the funeral contract. There is a $255 lump sum death benefit payment form Social Security (if the deceased qualified) and the funeral director can help submit your claim for this.  If you have concerns about how you are going to pay for a funeral – visit this guide on ‘Options for paying for a Funeral’.

If you have any further questions about arranging a funeral or cremation in Cape Coral, whether you are preplanning, or a death has just occurred – Call (239) 244-2418  Our funeral director is on hand 24/7 to answer any questions you have.

$1,330 Simple cremation in Raleigh, NC

If 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 $1,330.  Families’ attitudes to funerals are changing and cremation offers families greater flexibility in arranging end of life services.   We understand that many families just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

Direct cremation in Raleigh NCA direct cremation package can help you arrange a low cost funeral.  The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.

When you can take care of everything for $1,330, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $1,330 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

*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area

Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in North Carolina are $10 per copy at present.

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

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

Comparing cremation costs in Raleigh, NC

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Raleigh, there are a number of cremation service providers serving Wake 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 benefiting 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 Raleigh a direct cremation can be conducted for $1,330 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation services provider, is your lowest cost cremation in Raleigh.  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 Wake County Assistance Programs.

Guide to cremation and cremation costs in Reading, PA

Simple cremation Reading PAOver 50% of families are now choosing cremation for their funeral needs.   A major reason for this is that cremation is way cheaper than a traditional burial.  It is also a lot more flexible and can facilitate an immediate disposition of the deceased without the immediate need for a funeral service.

This short guide aims to give you an overview of cremation and cremation costs in Reading.  If you are looking for a more affordable funeral option, then we can help you understand how to arrange a dignified cremation service for just $1,295.

How much does a funeral cost in Reading, PA?

A traditional funeral can amount to thousands of dollars, depending on how expensive a casket is chosen and cemetery plot fees.  The average cost of a funeral in Reading is $7,788*, with the lowest cost offered at $3,995.

How much does a cremation cost in Reading, PA?

Cremation costs less than a traditional burial as it is not always necessary to have a casket.  A cremation can legally be conducted using a cremation container (a reinforced cardboard box).  This saves a large expense ($1,000 – $3,000 for a casket).  If you do wish to hold a service before the cremation, a casket may be required, although some funeral service providers will offer rental caskets for this purpose.

average cremation cost reading paThe average cost of a cremation service in Reading is $4,685*, although it is possible to arrange a cremation memorial for around $1,595 with an affordable cremation provider.

If you are looking for the most affordable cremation option, this would be a ‘direct cremation.  We often refer to this as a simple cremation.  This is where no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  They simply collect the deceased, shelter him/her whilst the legal paperwork is completed, conduct the cremation and return the cremated remains directly to the family.

Of course, the family can then choose to conduct their own memorial service as and when desired.  This can be carried out at a place of worship, home, community location or just a special place to the deceased and their family.  This can save significantly on funeral costs.

The cost of a direct cremation in Reading is $1,295.

Why choose cremation?

Cremation has been around for centuries in some cultures.  In some countries, and indeed in some states in the US, cremation has been the preferred disposition choice for families for some years now.  Now it is becoming the preferred choice for the majority of Americans, even in once-traditional areas.

Cremation is convenient, affordable and more environmentally-friendly.  It costs approximately half, or even less, than a traditional burial.  For those families who just want simplicity and ‘no-fuss’ it is proving the disposition preference.  For families where money is a concern and they lack the funds to pay for a full funeral, it offers a much more affordable alternative.

How can I compare the cost of a cremation in Reading, PA?

It can be an overwhelming trying to call around and compare cremation prices, especially if the death has already occurred or is imminent.   You can often find that not all funeral homes will answer questions about cremation prices simply!

This is why we conducted funeral price comparison for DFS Memorials to locate a best-value funeral service provider.  We have included below a sample of cremation prices in Reading to give you some idea of how cremation costs compare.

Cremation prices in Reading PA

All prices were accurate from funeral home GPL at time of publishing (August 2017).  However, prices can and do change, so please check directly with a funeral service provider to verify current price.

What do I need to understand about cremation?

As cremation is a very final disposition of the body, there are strict laws and codes governing the cremation of human remains.  Licensed funeral homes and crematories must abide by these laws.  Legally the next of kin must sign to authorize a cremation before it can proceed.  A ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ must be signed by ALL legal next of kin.

If you are considering preplanning a cremation, you can pre-sign and authorize to relieve your family of this decision, and prevent disagreements between family members.

There is generally a legal wait period after death before a cremation can proceed.  In Pennsylvania, the mandatory period is a minimum of 24-hours.

That being said it usually takes longer than this to complete arrangements and have legal documentation certified.  The funeral director has to submit to Berks County for the death certificate and obtain a permit to cremate.

All human cremations are handled in a very dignified manner, and many ID checks are made along the way.  Only one human body can ever be cremated in a retort at one time.

The DFS Memorials provider for Reading operates his own crematory on-site, which is another assurance that your loved one never leaves the care, or shelter, of the funeral home.

Is there any financial assistance for funerals in Berks County, PA?

“The deceased had no life insurance.  What do we do?”  We are asked this question so often these days.  Unfortunately, there is very little financial assistance available to just help a family struggling financially to pay for a cremation.  Berks County has a program to assist with indigent funerals but this is only for indigents they become responsible for.

What other financial assistance may be offered by a county can vary considerably, so we would recommend you contact Berks County Assistance Office on the address below:
Reading State Office Building
625 Cherry Street
Reading, PA 19602  Phone: (610) 736-4211

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the county morgue.  As they will be dealing directly with the county coroner it does expedite the process for the legal documentation.

Hopefully you now know how to arrange a simple cremation for an affordable price with a reputable, local funeral home in Reading.  You understand the importance of comparing cremation costs, as not all cremation providers charge the same for a cremation service.

If you have any further questions, please call your local DFS Memorials provider on (610) 273-8022 and they will be happy to assist you.

*Prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2017 [Parting]

Arranging a low cost cremation in Columbus, OH

If you are worried about how much a funeral is going to cost, you may need to find the cheapest cremation option available to you.

Many families today just want a simple and affordable alternative.

This short guide we have put together should help you understand cremation costs in Columbus and what options you have.

How much does a basic cremation cost in Columbus?

low-cost-cremationThis is a key question many families use the Internet to try and find out.  It is not always easy checking and comparing cremation prices online, as not every funeral home has a website, or better still, puts their cremation prices on it.  So we have put together what information we can to assist you compare cremation costs from providers in Columbus and understand how to arrange a low cost and dignified cremation service.

The cost for a cremation in Columbus does vary between funeral homes, and even for the exact same service.  We have included a sample cremation price comparison chart below to give you an idea of how a few funeral homes who offer more affordable cremations compare.

A direct cremation in Columbus will cost anywhere between $695.00 and $4,150, depending on the cremation provider and the type of cremation package you select.  The standard cost of a cremation is $3,177 [based on average costs from providers in Columbus].

Cremation Services in Columbus

Cremation packages range from a full service cremation funeral to a simple immediate cremation service.  A full service cremation funeral is much the same as a traditional funeral, only the deceased is cremated after the service instead of buried.  A cremation with a memorial service is usually where a service is held after the cremation with the cremated remains present.  There are also simple cremation services where minimal services or ceremony is held, and these are the least expensive cremation options.  A basic cremation is sometimes referred to as a simple cremation or an immediate cremation.  The trade term for a basic cremation is a direct cremation service.

Direct cremation in Columbus

You can conduct a direct cremation in Columbus for around $600  However, you can pay over 5 times this fee if you do not shop around and compare direct cremation costs.  As I have already mentioned, the cost for a direct cremation can vary quite significantly between different funeral service providers.  The majority of funeral homes in Columbus charge between $1,099 and $2,405 for a basic direct cremation.  The average cost for a basic cremation in Columbus is $1,880.  To give families an overview of pricing, I have listed a selection below.  The funeral homes that offer a more affordable cremation option are compared in a chart in the next section of this article.

Funeral Services Provider                                             Direct Cremation Price

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Services                   $2,405

Egan-Ryan Funeral Services                                           $2,295

Rutherford Funeral Homes & Crematories                      $1,995

Weir-Arend Funeral Home                                                $1,795

Moreland Funeral Home                                                  $1,570

Novak Funeral Home                                                       $1,500

Deyo-Davis Funeral Home                                               $1,495

Newcomer Funeral Homes & Crematories                      $1,295

Long Funeral Home                                                          $1,150

Quint John & Sons Funeral Home                                   $1,099

How do low cost cremation providers compare in Columbus

There are a number of funeral homes that do offer a basic cremation for under $1,000 in Columbus.  The DFS Memorials provider for Columbus offers the most affordable direct cremation package at $599 complete.

D W Cremation [Diehl Whittaker]             $1,295
Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society        $1,195
Caliman Funeral Services                         $795
Heritage Cremation Society                     $795

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in December 2017. 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.

Choosing a cremation provider in Columbus?

It can be mind-blowing deciding which funeral home to select.  Just these few cremation companies I have outlined here demonstrate the choices put before families.  We are moving away from ‘tradition’ and the notion of just choosing the nearest funeral home to conduct services.  Several funeral companies in Columbus now offer basic cremation services throughout the whole state of Ohio – so the whole notion of the local is not once it was!  It is important to have a clear idea of what you want from a cremation provider.  If price is king, then check you are dealing with a reputable company.  Several funeral providers in Columbus that offer low cost cremations are actually long established local funeral homes that offer a budget cremation arm.

Low cost cremation in Columbus

DFS Memorials Columbus offers one of the best prices for a complete cremation package.  There are NO hidden fees. You just need to pay for the death certificate/s.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Columbus?

We are asked this question frequently these days and the honest answer is that there is some help available (should you qualify) but it is so patchy what level is available by area.  Our best advice is that you contact your local county Social Services or Human Services and inquire about public assistance funerals or financial aid for a funeral.  Each state does have an obligation to deal with indigent burials but this is generally only for those unfortunate individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

There is $255 from Social Security as a lump sum death benefit if you qualify and a funeral director can generally help you with claiming this.  If you are purchasing a basic cremation most funeral homes will require payment upfront.  However, there are payment plans and even finance that can help you spread the cost of funeral expenses.  Special rates and discounts are offered by some funeral homes to certain union groups or in special circumstances.

What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.

As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner

DFS Memorials Columbus service area includes –

Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Madison and Pickaway Counties and all of the Greater Columbus area. Outside of this area – please call to check additional mileage charge.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Arlington, VA?

As the cremation trend continues to soar in Virginia, we find more families turning to the Internet to research information and compare cremation costs.  We have put together this short guide to cremation services in Arlington to assist families who are seeking out an affordable cremation option.

Cremation Packages & costs

The first thing to clarify is that quoting an ‘average’ cost for a cremation should really take into account exactly what type of cremation service is being considered.   All funeral homes and crematories have a general price list which lists their services.  In compliance with the FTC’s funeral rule, they must provide you with pricing information, either by phone or in person.  Many funeral homes now package together basic services into cremation packages to make it easier for a family to select a service and understand the complete cost.

The average cost of a cremation in Arlington is around $3,000 for a cremation with a service and a mid-range cremation urn.  What you need to understand is that the cost of cremation can vary in price between different funeral homes in Northern Virginia for the exact same service.  There are 3 main types of cremation service:

  1. A cremation with a service/ceremony (which is very similar to a traditional funeral service) and is where the service is held with the deceased present and the cremation is performed after the service.
  2. A cremation with a memorial service, which is where the cremation is performed before the service.  The memorial service is held with (or without) the cremated remains present, or as part of an ash scattering ceremony.
  3. A direct cremation sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation.  This is where the deceased is cremated and no services are conducted by the funeral home.

Direct cremation services in Arlington

bajo-costo-de-cremación-chicagoThere are a number of cremation providers offering direct cremation in Arlington and North Virginia.  The cost of a direct cremation can vary by thousands of dollars, so it is important to check around and compare some prices before committing yourself.  Generally a direct cremation should include everything to collect the deceased, prepare the paperwork, a cremation container, the crematory fee and returning the cremated remains in a temporary urn.  Cash advances such as the death certificate and permits are not always included in a quoted direct cremation price – so be sure to check this!

How do cremation providers compare in Arlington

We conducted a survey of funeral service providers in the Arlington are who all offered ‘affordable’ cremation services.  The chart below presents a sample of direct cremation costs from these providers.  As you can see, the cost for a direct cremation can vary depending on the provider.cremation-cost-comparison-arlington-va

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in November 2015. 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.

We hope this information can assist families with making informed decisions about purchasing funeral services.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Arlington?

It can help to outline what your specific needs are.  What type of cremation service do you require?  Do you wish to have a service or a short private viewing?  If you are just seeking out the most inexpensive option, a direct cremation provider does not have to be a local company.  Ensure you are dealing with a reputable funeral home with a physical location.  Many cremation societies can appear to be offering discounted services, but this is not always the case.  For example, Service Corporation International (SCI) now owns the Cremation Society of Virginia.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation will save you at least half of the costs of a traditional funeral, if not more.  If you opt for a direct cremation, you can conduct your own memorial services, which can save you even more money.  No casket is required for a cremation.  All Virginia law stipulates is that a ‘rigid, combustible container’ be used for encasing the body during cremation.  Even if you decide to hold a visitation or service prior to a cremation, it is possible to use a rental casket.  Just be aware that some funeral homes can charge $500-$800 just to rent a casket!  Eliminating the need for a casket, and expensive cemetery plots, can mean that a cremation is a much cheaper alternative.

Low cost cremation in Arlington

If you are looking for a low cost cremation, then direct cremation is your lowest cost cremation option.  The DFS Memorials provider for Arlington serves all of Northern Virginia and offers an extremely competitive price for a complete service.

DFS Memorials Northern Virginia – Call (703) 997-9323

Direct Cremation $1,345

Is there any help towards cremation costs in Arlington?

If you qualify you can claim $255 death benefit from Social Security.  Each state and county has its own budget for indigent funerals, although in many areas this is now being cut.  Financial assistance for a cremation can sometimes be obtained from union groups, faith organizations or charities.  To inquire about any public aid for cremation costs, you need to contact your local county Social Services or Human Services.

Serving families in Alexandria, Arlington, Chantilly, Dale City, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas, Vienna, Warrenton, Woodbridge and throughout Arlington, Caroline, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Greene, King George, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren Counties.

Provider Direct cremation price
Murphy Funeral Home $3,800
Everly Funeral Homes $2,495
Pierce-Price Funeral Home $1,995
Advent Funeral & Cremation Services $1,995
Funeral Choices $1,825
Northern Virginia Burial & Cremation Society $1,470
Going Home Cremation Service $1,395
DFS Memorials Arlington $1,345

Selecting Affordable Cremation Services in Santa Barbara, CA – $845

This brief guide is aimed at helping families understand how to save money by choosing simple and affordable cremation services.  Direct cremation is proving the popular disposition choice for many Californians now, and a direct cremation service can be arranged in Santa Barbara for just $845.

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is a personal choice.  For some families the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral and a cremation service will cost 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 choosing cremation as it does offer a greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately.  Instead a cremation can be performed and the immediate disposition of the body dealt with and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has definitely impacted on how we are changing our approach to 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.

How much does a funeral cost in Santa Barbara?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected, and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Santa Barbara is $6,610.

How much does a cremation cost in Santa Barbara?

cremation plan santa barbaraFirstly, a cremation WILL save you on funeral costs.  There is no requirement for a casket, cemetery plot or burial vault, which alone saves thousands of dollars.  Generally embalming is not required when a cremation is performed, so all-in-all you can save on many funeral expenses, meaning that a cremation will cost at least half, if not less, than the full cost of a burial funeral.

It is important to state that cremation prices in Santa Barbara 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 average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,620, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Santa Barbara.

Neptune Society offer a direct cremation for $1,714* and Smart Cremation offer a direct cremation for $2,200.  DFS Memorials offers an at-need direct cremation service for $845.

How much is a direct cremation in Santa Barbara, CA?

The average price for a direct cremation in Santa Barbara is $1,892.  A direct cremation is when no funeral ceremony or services are performed by the cremation services provider.  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 (805) 265-9651 to arrange a low cost cremation for $845

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.  Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have, and when and where any services can be held.

How to compare cremation costs in Santa Barbara, CA

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different cremation service providers.   Ensure that you compare like-for-like services.  Some cremation service providers include crematory fees and cremation container costs in a direct cremation package, and others do not always include these fees.  Death certificate fees and cremation permits are often additional ‘cash advance’ items.

We compared direct cremation prices in Santa Barbara to find the most affordable cremation service provider, so you do not have the arduous task of contacting numerous funeral homes to inquire about costs.

direct cremationHow 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 Santa Barbara

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.  There is a mandatory wait period of 24 hours after death in California before the cremation can proceed.

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.  Visit our section on Memorialization to read more about what you can do with cremated remains.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low cost cremation price.  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 making 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. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available you should contact Santa Barbara County Human Services Department at:

234 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, USA

The deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  What do I do?

If the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death, the deceased’s body may be taken into the care of the coroner for an examination to determine the cause of death.  You will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to coordinate the release of your loved one from the ME’s office.

A deceased person can only be released into the care of a licensed funeral director.  Many funeral homes are familiar with the process to liaise with the ME to have the body released as quickly as possible.  You may also find that a simple, direct cremation can be arranged at a very low cost when the deceased is in the Coroner’s morgue as all the paperwork can be expedited quickly and the process to transfer the deceased to the funeral facility is simplified.

Address of Santa Barbara county medical examiner/coroner’s office:

66 South San Antonio Road, Santa Barbara, California, 93110

We hope this short guide has helped answer some of your immediate questions, and provided some help to understanding how you can arrange an affordable funeral or cremation service in Santa Barbara, CA.  If you need to research more information on funeral-planning, please visit the Library section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2017