Arranging a low cost cremation in Ft. Lauderdale $995

Cremation is a very popular disposition choice in Florida, and this brief guide aims to help you arrange a direct cremation in Fort Lauderdale for the low cost of $995.

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 quality service.

How much does a cremation cost in Fort Lauderdale?

Cremation costs can vary quite significantly, depending upon the type of cremation service you select and the service provider. The Cremation Association of North America quotes the average cost of cremation at $3,200, although it is easy to arrange a cremation for much less. Cremation prices in Fort Lauderdale can range between $995 and $2,200.

What is a direct cremation?

A 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.

To learn more about Cremation – What happens from when the deceased is collected by the funeral service provider to the family receiving the cremated remains – visit our Complete Guide to Cremation.

Can I still have a service with a direct cremation in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, of course!  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 from the full cost of a funeral service in Fort Lauderdale.

If you are in need of a low-cost cremation in Fort Lauderdale or have any questions about arranging a cremation service in Fort Lauderdale, call now at (954) 932-3363.  We are here 24/7 to provide assistance to your family.

What if the Deceased is at the Medical Examiners?

If the death was sudden, an accident, or unexplained, the deceased may be taken to the coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  Once this has been determined, the coroner will release the body to the funeral home or crematory.

Only a licensed funeral director can collect the deceased from the ME.  You will need to sign a Release Form, and the funeral director will make arrangements to transfer your loved one into their care.  As the death certificate and cremation permit will also be released with the body, this can expedite the process for arranging a direct cremation.

Understanding Cremation Costs in Baltimore, MD

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The high cost of dying is becoming a concern for many families today.  Not only can many of us not afford an elaborate and expensive funeral, but more people are deciding that they want something more simple and affordable that saves them spending thousands on funeral or cremation costs.

With over 70 funeral homes in Baltimore, it can be a minefield trying to identify exactly what a funeral will cost in Baltimore and work out your options.  So we have put together this guide to help you understand funeral costs in Baltimore and, more importantly, how to save money arranging a funeral or cremation.

How much does a funeral cost in Baltimore?

This is a question that funeral directors often seem to side-step answering!  Instead, they like to regale you with stories of how many generations they have been in business or how excellent they are at providing ‘special’ ceremonies.

I have no doubt that this is true, BUT this still does not always justify their pricing.  If a funeral director cannot simply answer a question about price…it should ring alarm bells!

The average cost of a funeral in Baltimore [a typical traditional burial] is $9,010*.

Cremation Service Baltimore MDSo how can you save money on funeral costs by arranging a cremation in Baltimore?

A cremation is likely to save you at least half the cost of a traditional burial funeral.  You immediately save on some of the largest outlays associated with a funeral.  With cremation, there is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, a cemetery plot, or a full-size grave marker.

Eliminating these funeral merchandise items/services can save you a few thousand dollars on funeral costs in Baltimore!  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-saving 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 are the average cremation costs in Baltimore?

The first thing to establish is that cremation prices do differ considerably between different funeral homes in Baltimore.  For this reason, an ‘average’ cremation cost has to be put into the perspective on what kind of cremation services are being assessed.

The average cost of a cremation funeral is $3,942* for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.  This is above the national average cost for cremation services.  However, cheaper cremation options are available, as outlined below.

Call (410) 670-4730 now to arrange a direct cremation in Baltimore for just $2,295 complete.

Choosing a Cremation Package

cremation-cedar-rapids-iowaA funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges, but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.

In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.

Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.  There are generally 3 main types of cremation options – a direct cremation (a basic minimal cremation), a cremation with a funeral service, or a cremation with a memorial service.

The difference is that with a direct cremation, there is NO service or ceremony conducted by the funeral provider, although you can conduct your own memorial services afterward. This is the best option to save on funeral costs in Baltimore.

A cremation with a funeral service is generally where the deceased is present, and the cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation with a memorial service is where the cremation is conducted first, and a memorial service is held with the cremation urn present.

To learn more about cremation services, cremation laws, and what happens throughout the cremation process – visit our Complete Guide to Cremation.

Arranging a direct cremation in Baltimore

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

The average cost of a direct cremation in Baltimore is $2,327* This reflects the huge range of pricing for a direct cremation in the city, starting from just over $2,000 and going up to $6,120.

help-with-funeral-cost-MDHow do I choose a cremation provider in Baltimore?

Choosing a cremation provider can depend upon what kind of cremation services you require.  If you are looking for a cremation with a ceremony or interment committal, then you will need a funeral home that offers the facilities for a ceremony, and that is in a good location for your family.

If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers 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.

How do cremation providers compare in Baltimore?

It is always wise to shop around and compare services and costs.  We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end-of-life services?  You will no doubt be surprised by how much the cost of funeral services can vary between funeral homes in Baltimore.

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

An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs, is becoming a more regular occurrence.  Not surprising when we learn that 76% of American families are living paycheck to paycheck [CNN Oct 2013].   Public aid can be a little patchy depending on where you are, but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if there is any financial assistance near you.   The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of Maryland, but there are generally eligibility requirements for any state funding for funeral expenses.

There is also the $255 Social Security lump sum death benefit for those that qualify, and various union, faith, and charitable organizations may offer some support to families to assist with covering funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Baltimore serves families in Annapolis, Baltimore, Barnesville, Beltsville, Bethesda, Bowie, Brentwood, Charlott Hall, Clarksville, Clinton, Columbia, Damascus, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg, Gambrills, Hyattsville, La Plata, Laurel, Laytonsville, Owings, Oxon Hill, Rockville, Silver Spring, Suitland and throughout Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Harford Counties. 

*Price Index January 2022

$1,095 Simple cremation in Lakeland, FL

If you have an immediate or imminent need for a simple, low-cost direct cremation in Lakeland, then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $1,095.

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

A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low-cost funeral. 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 $1,095, why should you pay more than this?

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

What is included in the Direct Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes the following:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of the death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return 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.

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 a 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, 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 same service, so comparing cremation prices between a few providers is wise to ensure you benefit from a value-for-money cremation service package.

As a simple cremation is a popular choice in Lakeland, especially with so many retirees, many cremation service providers offer 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 in Lakeland?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Lakeland, a direct cremation can be conducted for $1,095 complete, making this a very affordable funeral option.

If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider or direct disposer is your lowest-cost cremation in Lakeland. You can then arrange your memorial services once the cremated remains are returned. This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What help is there with cremation costs in Lakeland?

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 offset funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs, which can vary by county. Check out Polk County Assistance Programs.

Direct cremation cost in San Francisco – $1,195

Check out our guide to cremation costs in San Francisco. Cremation is not only a very popular disposition choice for families in the Bay Area, but it is also a very affordable funeral option today.  In some counties in California around the Bay Area, cremation accounts for over 90% of funerals conducted.

California has always been a ‘progressive’ state, and it seems Californians’ attitudes towards death rituals adopt a modern, and maybe less traditionalist, approach.  Still, what you can buy for your dollar in terms of cremation services can vary significantly, so we have put together this brief guide to help families understand cremation costs and services in San Francisco.

How much does a cremation cost in San Francisco/ the Bay Area?

This is never a straightforward question, as cremation prices vary between different funeral homes in the Bay Area.  The average cost of a cremation is around $9,000 (NFDA 2022), yet the cost for cremation can range from $1,195 to $6,000, depending upon the type of cremation service and the ancillary products.  It is fair to say that even comparing the same cremation service can produce various prices.

Understanding different cremation packages and services

You can customize your cremation service to personally fit your needs, but generally, there are 3 main types of cremation service.

  • Direct or immediate cremation (with no services or ceremony)
  • Cremation funeral services (ceremony held prior to cremation)
  • Cremation Memorial services (ceremony held after cremation)

It is not always easy comparing cremation services because funeral homes either offer a lengthy itemized general price list (GPL) or package together different services/merchandise.  It is important to carefully check exactly what IS included in any cremation package.

It is not uncommon to see a cremation service that appears to be at an affordable price, only to discover that it is not an inclusive price.  A funeral home can add ‘cash advance’ items to a quoted cremation price, and these will be items that the funeral director has to pay out to a third party.  This can include items such as the cremation permit, cremation fee (if the funeral home does not own its own crematory), and death certificates.

It is also wise to carefully check whether such things as additional refrigerated storage is included if the cremation cannot proceed within a certain timeframe or additional fees for transportation and collection.

Visit our Guide to Cremation – Everything from when the deceased is collected to the family receiving the cremated remains, to learn more about the process and steps.

Oversize cremation in the Bay Area

With a growing obesity issue, we are asked about cremations for overweight people more often these days.  A standard cremation is generally suitable for a person weighing up to 250 pounds.  For a person weighing over 250 pounds, an additional fee may be required if the crematory is suitable to handle an oversize person.

cremation-services-bay-areaModern cremation services & life celebration services

Cremation allows for much greater flexibility in how we approach our death care ritual.  If gathering the family together immediately is difficult, a cremation memorial service can be held at a date and time that is convenient.

It also means that a ceremony can be held when the family has had a chance to recover from the immediate shock of the bereavement, allowing for time and reflection to plan a befitting ceremony.  Today we are moving into an era where a life celebration is replacing the traditional funeral – more of an upbeat celebration of a life lived than a somber mourning event.

Families often choose to have the cremation performed and use the services of a celebrant to lead a memorial service.  Some families even opt to arrange their own memorial service – making it totally personalized.

Cremated remains can be shipped anywhere relatively inexpensively, so this also enables more flexibility in funeral services.  Mom or Pop passes in a state to which they retired but can easily and at minimal cost be transported back to their home state for a service and/or interment.

A direct cremation: the lowest cost cremation option in San Francisco

If just a simple, low-cost cremation service is what you require – the no-frills cremation – then a direct cremation is for you.  A direct cremation is where the cremation proceeds without any services, viewing, etc., and then the cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

It is also referred to as an immediate cremation, or many funeral homes in San Francisco will refer to it as a basic or simple cremation.  You can arrange a complete direct cremation within the Bay Area for $1,195.  This includes the collection of the deceased, storage for the mandatory waiting period, completion of all necessary paperwork, a basic cremation container, the cremation process, and returning the cremated remains to the family in a temporary urn.

Direct disposers in San Francisco

California is one of 2 states that licenses direct disposers.  A direct disposer is NOT a licensed funeral home, but he is licensed to conduct only direct cremations.  As they do not have to operate a funeral home, they can operate with a much-reduced overhead, enabling them to offer direct cremations at a reduced price.  However, you should note that this reduced price will reflect the level of service offered.  A direct disposer will not be able to offer any viewing and may add additional fees for incremental services.

cremation plan san franciscoHow do I choose a cremation services provider?

It can be confusing to decide which cremation provider to choose.  There are around 30 funeral homes in San Francisco, so start with your specific criteria to narrow your selection process.

If cost and value are important, you need to seek a low-cost cremation provider.  Generally, corporate funeral homes tend to be more expensive, although even some family-owned funeral homes can be as expensive.  Shop around some and compare costs and services.  Check for reviews and recommendations from family, co-workers, or support networks.

DFS Memorials does some of this for you.  So we check around, compare cremation prices and reviews, and select only reputable funeral homes that offer the best value cremation service to work with the network.

Call DFS Memorials NOW at (415) 286-9121

To arrange a Direct Cremation for $1,195

The deceased had no life insurance: Is there any help with cremation costs in San Francisco?

Any financial assistance available for funerals varies so much by state and county that you really need to speak with your local county human services or social services to find out what, if any, public aid may be available.  They can best advise on what is available and whether or not you would be eligible, depending on your personal circumstances.

There is the $255 Social Security death payment (if you qualify), and veterans qualify for a free grave plot, marker, and flag.  If you have concerns about how you can afford a funeral, then a direct cremation is your cheapest option.

Our $1,195 direct cremation is available throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz & Stanislaus counties.

What does a cremation cost in Denver, CO?

Do you need to arrange an immediate cremation or wish to preplan a simple, low-cost cremation – but want to find out what cremation costs to expect?  The price for cremation can vary depending upon which cremation services provider you select in Denver and what type of cremation service you opt for.

Cremation prices: what average cremation costs to expect

It will probably come as no surprise when I state that the cost of a cremation can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.

Every funeral home in Denver should have a general price list (GPL), and be prepared to disclose this with you when you make an inquiry.

Their GPL should provide an itemized breakdown of their service charges and merchandise prices.  Many funeral homes will also offer special cremation packages, where they offer an inclusive package of services from their GPL.  This can sometimes make it easier to arrange cremation services without running up a large funeral bill!

Funeral expenses are generally made up of components from the GPL.  There is a professional service fee (for the services of the funeral director and which generally includes a proportion of their overhead), fees for using the facilities, preparation of the body (cosmetology/embalming), transportation, memorial items (guest book/prayer items) and then additional ‘cash advance’ items which are payable to a third party and include such as permits, death certificates, obituaries, and flowers.

Different types of cremation packages 

Because there are so many cremation services and package variations, it can be quite difficult to quote general costs.  There are typically three main types of cremation services:

  • A basic cremation with no services – often referred to as a simple cremation
  • A full-service cremation – with a traditional funeral ceremony
  • A cremation memorial service – the cremation is performed, and a service is held later with or without the cremated remains present.

A basic cremation can start at around $1,195, whereas a full-service cremation may cost in the region of $3,000.  According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the average cremation cost is $2,250.

funeral-costs-denverWhat is the lowest cost of cremation in Denver?

The lowest-cost cremation option is a direct cremation, sometimes called an immediate cremation.   Direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with minimal services.

To save on costs, you could even opt for a direct cremation and hold your own memorial at home or a place of your choosing.

Understanding cremation laws in Denver

Funeral homes that operate a crematory have to adhere to a strict protocol that governs the cremation of human remains.  Before cremation can proceed, the next of kin must sign the cremation authorization form, and the deceased must be identified.

Throughout all steps of the cremation, procedure checks are in place to ensure the remains are identified.  A casket is not required for cremation, the law requires that just a rigid cremation container is required, and this can generally be a rigid cardboard container.

There is usually a mandatory waiting period of between 24-48 hours before a cremation can be performed.

Comparing cremation prices in Denver

Because the cost of cremation services in Denver can differ so much, it is recommended that you shop around and compare prices. However, it is important to ensure that you do compare like-for-like cremation services.

If a provider has a cremation package – check exactly what is included.  Sometimes, a simple cremation package may appear cheap but may have hidden costs.  Check that the cremation container is included and not an additional cost.  Also, be aware that cash advances, such as the death certificate and cremation permit, may be added to a package price, although some providers do include them.

Visit our Complete Guide to Cremation Services to learn more about cremation, the process, what happens at the crematory, options for getting the cremated remains returned, and laws that govern a cremation disposition.

Arranging a low-cost, direct cremation in Sacramento, CA

More families today are choosing cremation as their preferred funeral choice.  It can be much more affordable than a burial service and can offer much more flexibility.   California has a higher cremation rate than most states, with some counties running at an 80% cremation rate. You can arrange a direct cremation for a low cost of $1,195 in Sacramento.

What do I need to consider if choosing a cremation?

You need to consider what kind of cremation service you want and what type of cremation provider you wish to select.  There are various cremation service options, from a simple direct cremation to a full traditional funeral service followed by cremation.

You need to consider if you wish to employ the services of a funeral home or deal directly with a crematory and cremation company or cremation society.  As cremation is so popular in Sacramento, several cremation companies specialize in cremation only.

How do I select a cremation service provider in Sacramento?

Before committing to a cremation services provider, it is always wise to check around.  Ask family and friends about their experiences, or do some research online or by phone.  As with any other sector, there is the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly’.

What you get included in a cremation services package and what level of service you are given can vary by who you deal with.  Costs for a cremation service can also differ significantly, even for the exact same service.

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 are given back to the family.  There are some variances around these 3 main options, such as a private viewing before the cremation, an observed cremation, or a graveside interment of a cremation urn.

How much does a cremation service cost in Sacramento?

This is a question that is often asked, and the only true answer is that it can vary.  It is dictated by what kind of cremation service you select.  As I mentioned, direct cremation is the least expensive option, costing just $1,195 in Sacramento.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $2,500, and a full funeral with cremation afterward will cost around $3,000 – $5,000, depending on the services and products selected.

Direct cremation services in Sacramento, CA

If you are working to a budget for your funeral expenses, you may wish to consider a direct cremation in Sacramento.  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 to collect (or delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.

For your best price on a direct cremation, contact your DFS Memorials provider in Sacramento, who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $1,195.

Call now on (916) 229-6142 for immediate assistance

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

direct-cremation-servicesYou need to be aware of a few legal requirements if you are considering cremation. Firstly, the legal next-of-kin must all sign the ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ before a cremation can proceed.

Some states have a mandatory wait period of 24-48 hours after death before the cremation can proceed.  It can generally take this time anyway to get all the documentation in order and a cremation permit issued from the coroner.  The deceased will be refrigerated during this period and longer if required.

However, you should be aware that many cremation packages will only include refrigeration for up to 5 days and will charge you a daily rate thereon.

Death certificates cost $21.00 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 services provider for your needs and can save the surviving family the financial and emotional burden at the time of death.  There are various options open to you to plan ahead, so consult with your preferred services provider.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

As I mentioned earlier, there is versatility in what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath, or memorial reef ball.

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more.

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 inquire with the Sacramento County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available.  In these cases, often the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.

What is “no-cost cremation”?

Some funeral homes now offer this option in California.  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.

What do I do if I cannot afford a cremation?

Sadly, little state or county assistance helps a family pay for a cremation.  The county may be obligated to pay for indigent cremations, but in these cases, they are often unclaimed remains where there is no family.  You may wish to contact Sacramento Human Services to inquire as to what assistance may be available. Still, in reality, it may require the family to raise the basic funds to conduct a direct cremation.

Sacramento County Coroner is located at 4800 Broadway, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95820

Serving residents of Ben Ali, Boulevard Park, Colonial Heights, Curtis Park, Del Paso Heights, East Sacramento, Elmhurst, Gardenland, Land Park, Lavender Heights, Meadowview, Midtown, Natomas, New Era Park, North Sacramento, Oak Park, Pocket-Greenhaven, Robla, Southeast Village, Southside Park, Swanston Estates, Tahoe Park, Upper Land Park & Valley View Acres.

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 the 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 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 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 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.  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 offers a direct cremation for $1,714*, and Smart Cremation offers 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 the cremation services provider performs no funeral ceremony or services.

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 at (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 offers versatility in your options 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 to contact numerous funeral homes to inquire about costs.

direct cremationHow do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved ones’ 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 must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one 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 the medical examiner’s office issues a cremation permit.  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 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. 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?

Suppose the deceased was the victim of a crime, or there were unusual circumstances surrounding the death. In that case, 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 of liaising 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. The process of transferring 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 in 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 Funeral Resources section on US Funerals Online.

*Funeral prices obtained from online funeral price comparison survey 2022

Guide to Cremation costs in Orlando, FL

We have put together this short cremation information guide to help families understand cremation costs in Orlando.  Cremation is the preferred disposition choice of families in Florida, and fortunately, this has made the cremation market quite competitive.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Orlando?

This is a question that many funeral consumers are asking today.  We have all become more discerning consumers, and today we approach the purchase of a funeral as no different from any large purchase.

We expect to be able to check and compare prices and find a ‘best value’ funeral service.

The average cost of a cremation in Orlando is in the region of $1,800 if you take into account the full-service funeral homes.  However, many funeral homes and direct disposers offer low-cost cremation services, and it is possible to arrange a direct cremation in Orlando for $1,095.

How do I choose a Cremation Package?

When comparing cremation costs and services, you must compare like-for-like services.  Some funeral homes will package services to simplify families’ selection process.  However, not all funeral homes include the same services/products in a funeral package, so be careful to check this.

Direct cremation in Orlando

A direct cremation proves the cheapest way to conduct a cremation disposition.  It is otherwise known as an immediate cremation or sometimes referred to as a basic or simple cremation.  It just means that the funeral home handles the cremation-servicescremation without providing any ceremony or other services.

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

Afterward, the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary cremation urn.

Direct cremation presents a simple, no-fuss means to conduct a cremation at the time of death, allowing the family to gather at a later date/time to conduct their own memorial services.  It is popular in Florida, where many retirees and snowbirds may wish to have their remains shipped back to family in their home state.  It also facilitates a low-cost funeral alternative for families who cannot afford an elaborate funeral and need to keep funeral costs as low as possible.

A direct cremation is a no less dignified alternative to a traditional funeral.

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

This Guide to Cremation: What happens from when the deceased is collected to the family receiving the cremated remains will answer any questions you have about arranging a cremation and the whole process.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Orlando?

Choosing a cremation services provider can be difficult, especially if the family has not had any chance to preplan a cremation option.  If you are looking for a cremation service on the news of the loss of a loved one, this decision can be even harder when you are grieving and have to make a timely decision.

It can help you to select which funeral home to choose if you outline some criteria about the type of cremation service you require.  Do be aware of the distinction between selecting a funeral home or a direct disposer.  A direct disposer will generally not have a funeral home establishment and cannot offer such services as a viewing, visitation, or funeral services.

Sometimes families’ opt for a direct cremation but then choose to add on a private family viewing or a short goodbye service.

It can help to contact more than one funeral home to inquire and check cremation prices and services.  This will help to give you a better idea of how providers compare and give you a feel for what kind of service level you can expect.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation WILL save you money!  Generally, a cremation costs at least half the cost of a traditional burial service.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, a burial vault, or a full-size cemetery plot.  A cremation with a full service can usually be conducted for between $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon casket choices and other ancillary services.

However, as outlined above, you can arrange a simple cremation for under $1,100.  Other ways you can save money are to conduct your own memorial service and/or make your own memorial tributes.

Check out our Guide to Memorialization and Creating Tribute Services.

Low-cost cremation in Orlando

There are a number of low-cost cremation providers serving the Orlando area.  DFS Memorials only works with a local licensed direct disposal establishment that offers a complete direct cremation service with no hidden extras.

DFS Memorials – Call (407) 710-8865 

Simple Cremation  $1,095

Is there any help with cremation costs in Orlando?

Sadly we are asked this question so often today!  There is limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the public aid level (if any).

If you are struggling financially and are worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may want to consult your county social services or human services.   The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

Social Security will pay a lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify, and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising to pay for funeral expenses.  If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.

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

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Guide to affordable cremation in Savannah, GA

More families in Savannah and South Georgia are considering cremation as a more affordable alternative to a traditional funeral.  We have put together this brief guide to arranging a cremation in Savannah to help families understand about cremation costs and cremation laws.

Learn how to arrange a simple, ‘no fuss’ direct cremation service for just $1,095.

What types of Cremation Packages are available?

There are several different options if you choose cremation.  Firstly, a Cremation with a Funeral Service is basically the same as a traditional funeral. Only the deceased is cremated following the service, as opposed to being buried.

A visitation and/or funeral ceremony can be held with the deceased in repose, and then a transfer to the crematory can be conducted.

Another option is a Cremation Memorial Service.  This is generally where the deceased is cremated first, and then a memorial service is held with the cremation urn present. Memorial services can take many formats and can be held in different locations than just the funeral home, as there is no body present.

Life celebration memorials are becoming a more ‘vogue’ type of personalized cremation memorial service.  It is also possible to conduct a very basic cremation where no services are held.

The most economical and simple cremation service option is Direct Cremation. This is what is also known as a basic or simple cremation. Sometimes called a No Ceremony Cremation.  It is the cheapest cremation as it involves minimal professional services from the funeral director and generally only a simple cardboard cremation container and temporary urn.

Of course, you can choose to add incremental products or services, such as choosing an upgraded ceramic or wooden urn or having the ashes scattered by the funeral home.

Read our Guide to What Happens During the Cremation Process: From the Deceased being Collected to the Family Receiving the Cremated Remains to find answers to all questions about cremation services.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Savannah?

The average cost of a cremation in Savannah is in the region of $3,600.  This reflects the differing price range of cremation services available.  It is very important to realize that cremation prices can vary quite dramatically between providers for even the exact same service.

For this reason, it is essential that you conduct a little cost comparison.  A cremation with a ceremony is the most expensive type of cremation service, although this will still save you around 40-50% on the cost of a burial service.  The National Funeral Directors Association surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,848 (2021), and this price does NOT include any cemetery fees.

The cost of a cremation with a memorial service depends upon the location of the memorial service. For example – your church or a community venue may offer facilities for a memorial service for a minimal charge or even free.  A cremation memorial service can be conducted for around $1,500.

Direct cremation in Savannah

Direct cremation is the most affordable cremation option.  A direct cremation is when no services are held.  The deceased is collected from the place of death and transported into the care of the funeral home/crematory, all the paperwork is completed, and the cremation is conducted.  A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are returned to the family in a temporary urn.  A direct cremation can be arranged in Savannah for $1,095 complete, although a direct cremation can cost up to $3,000, depending upon the service provider.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Savannah?

Choosing a cremation service provider is not always that simple.  If you already have a funeral home in mind, and they meet all your needs, then maybe you are comfortable to proceed with arrangements.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind or because you need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area – then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families stress and time. We ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.

Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Savannah organized by city.

Comparing cremation costs and providers in Savannah

This is what many families are trying to do today in an effort to discover the most reasonably-priced cremation package.  When selecting a local DFS Memorials provider, we conducted some price comparisons to find a location in Savannah that offered the ‘best value’ cremation services.

The Internet can also provide a useful tool for searching and comparing prices, although not all funeral homes will disclose their cremation prices online.


Arrange a cremation onlineWhat if I cannot afford basic funeral services?  Is financial aid for a cremation available?

Sadly this happens more often to families when a death occurs, and they have no funds to cover the cost of a funeral.  There is limited aid available. There is some public aid for indigents who pass away in the state’s care and may have no relatives to claim their bodies.

Each state/county has different budgets and rules about what financial aid they can offer families in need.  You need to check with the Chatham county DFCS department.  A funeral director will also generally be aware of what support is available on a local level.

A $255 lump sum death benefit can be claimed from Social Security (if qualifying), and there are benefits for veterans.  There are also organizations, faith groups, and union groups that may offer financial support to those families in need.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation will save you money compared to a burial, although you can conduct an affordable burial, which can be done for much less than a full traditional funeral.  However, cremation offers a cheaper alternative than burial due to the fact that no casket or cemetery plot is required.

As mentioned above, direct cremation is the least expensive disposition option.  Suppose a funeral home or crematory handles the direct cremation for a low fee. In that case, the family can arrange their own memorial services, flowers, and any other ancillary services, and this can really save on costs.

Further Reading:

Funeral Planning Guide – Georgia: Full Guide answering many FAQs about arranging a funeral or cremation.

Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 – All you need to know (or didn’t know) about cremation.

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Cremation costs: How can I save money arranging a funeral in Phoenix, AZ?

The cost of dying these days is becoming as much of a concern as the cost of living!  Funerals can end up costing thousands of dollars of money we don’t have, or simply do not want to spend on death care.

With traditionalism in decline and families seeking alternative funeral options, especially those driven by cost, this article aims to help you understand some options that you have to save money when arranging a funeral or cremation in Phoenix.  A simple direct cremation service can be conducted for just $795.

How much does a funeral cost in Phoenix?

All funerals are NOT created equal! Yes, believe it or not, funeral prices differ dramatically, and you can end up completely confused by the array of prices and services! Funeral costs in Phoenix vary significantly, depending upon the funeral provider you select and the type of services you opt for.

The average funeral cost is around $9,000 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2021).  This is for a typical burial service, including a viewing, ceremony, all associated professional services, and a standard casket.  This does not include any cemetery fees or cash advance items. 

However, it is possible to arrange a traditional burial for half this cost by selecting a provider who offers more affordable funeral alternatives.  A complete traditional funeral can be conducted in Phoenix for $4,195 (not including cemetery costs).  Immediately this means you can save thousands just by shopping around and choosing a more affordable funeral home in Phoenix.

All funeral homes in Phoenix have a General Price List (GPL) that discloses all their services and itemized funeral prices.  By law, they must disclose prices to you, either in person or by phone, although you may find that not all funeral homes are willing to do so.  If a funeral provider is not open about disclosing prices when you make an initial inquiry – it should ring alarm bells!!

phoenix-cremation-servicesCremation: the low-cost funeral option.

If you wish to save money arranging a funeral – consider cremation.  Cremation is fast becoming a preferred choice for many families.  There are various reasons why we are now choosing cremation as a disposition option, but by far, the most common reason is the cost!

A cremation will cost you a fraction of the cost of a traditional burial.  In Phoenix, typically, you can save up to 75% of what it would cost you for a traditional burial funeral.  Cremation removes the need for cemetery expenses, as well as the need for embalming and a casket.  It can also offer families more time to prepare for a memorial service.

Instead of having to proceed with a funeral, a cremation can go ahead, and a memorial service arranged later with the cremation urn present.  This can be another way to save money and make the tribute much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Phoenix?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cremation cost is $2,250.  This is, of course, a national average cost, and the average cost of cremation also depends not only upon where you live but also on exactly what services are included with any cremation package.

As mentioned above, prices vary so much between funeral homes, which also applies to cremation providers.  A simple cremation can cost anywhere between under $800 to almost $3,000 – depending on where you go.

How to arrange a low-cost cremation in Phoenix, AZ?

If you are worried about funeral costs, then a simple cremation service is the cheapest option.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.

Direct cremation is a term used by a funeral home to refer to their basic cremation service.  This is a cremation without any services.  The deceased is collected and prepared for cremation, all the necessary documentation is completed, and the cremation proceeds.  A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary box.  If you so choose, you can purchase a cremation urn from the funeral home.  You can arrange a direct cremation in Phoenix for just $795 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Phoenix

Cremation prices vary by provider, even within Phoenix, so it is important to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that you have obtained the best cremation possible.  Telephoning around or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and overwhelming.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research, so you don’t have to!  The provider we work with in Phoenix offers an exceptional value cremation package.

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $795, a direct burial for $995

and a complete traditional funeral for just $4,495 

Call (602) 638-1151    –    Providing affordable funeral options for families in Phoenix.


Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in July 2022. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

Direct cremation services in Phoenix

As mentioned, a direct cremation is the lowest-cost cremation option.  Most funeral homes offer a direct cremation on the General Price List (GPL).  It is a simple process that manages the ‘mechanics’ of the disposition.  With the cremated remains returned, the family can then arrange to conduct the memorialization aspect of the funeral.

This enables the family to ensure that their loved one’s disposition is handled in a simple, dignified, and timely way whilst not overspending on funeral costs.  The family can gather for a memorial service later if they choose or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

I cannot afford a funeral: Is there any help with funeral costs in Phoenix?

Sadly more and more families are struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with funeral or cremation costs is managed at the county level, and the funding varies by state/county.  Contact your Local County human or social services to find out what may be available near you and if you qualify.  They can advise you on what help is available and whether or not you are eligible to claim.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify and certain benefits for veterans.  Other than that, you can try local charitable organizations, unions, and faith groups that may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

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