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.

Simple Cremation Service PhoenixHow 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 cost of a funeral is $7,045 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2012).  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 $2,265 (not including cemetery costs).  Immediately this means that 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 fact, 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 a memorial service.  Instead of having to proceed with a funeral, a cremation can go ahead and a memorial service arranged at a later date with the cremation urn present.  This can be another way to save money and also make the tribute so much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Phoenix?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cost of a cremation 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 exactly what services are included with any cremation package.

As mentioned above, prices do vary so much between funeral homes, and this applies to cremation providers as well.  A simple cremation can cost anywhere between just over $700 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 lowest cost cremation option.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.  A 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, 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.  You can, if you so choose, purchase a cremation urn from the funeral home.  You can arrange a direct cremation in Phoenix for just $725 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Phoenix

Cremation prices do 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 price cremation possible.  Telephoning around, or conducting online research on cremation pricing can be time-consuming and quite an overwhelming task.  That is why we have conducted our own cremation cost research so you don’t have to!  The provider we work within Phoenix offers an exceptional value cremation package.

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $725, a direct burial for $795

and a complete traditional funeral for just $3,495 

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

The chart below includes a sample of some of the low prices for a direct cremation in Phoenix.  As you can see there are affordable cremation providers in Phoenix who can offer a direct cremation for under $1,000.

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in July 2020. 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 at a later date if they so 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 finding themselves 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.  To find out what may be available near you, and if you qualify, contact your Local County human or social services.  They can advise you 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 who may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

Serving families in Maricopa County, Arcadia, Biltmore, Central Ave, Copper Square, Desert Ridge, East Side, Golden Gate Barrio, Maryvale, Maryvale Village, North Phoenix, Northwest Phoenix, South Phoenix, & Southwest Phoenix

Cremation costs in Little Rock, AR

Today more funeral consumers are requesting simple cremation services.  This trend is said to be driven by several cultural changes – economic, environmental, people migration, declining religiosity, and baby boomers.  Whatever the reason, cremation is certainly changing our perspectives on funeral options and end of life alternatives.  This short guide aims to provide you with an overview of how to arrange a simple, low-cost cremation in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.

Simple cremation Little RockWhat is the average cost of a cremation in Little Rock?

One of the most common questions we are asked is ‘what is the average cost of cremation?’  A cremation can range in price from as little as $895 to $3,700.  The average cost for a direct cremation in Arkansas is $1,393.  The average cost of a cremation will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select, and what ancillary products or services you choose.  A full service cremation with tributes is likely to cost in the region of $3,500.

Cremation Packages

All funeral homes in Arkansas MUST have a General Price List (GPL) which outlines their prices.  Legally prices must be disclosed to you if you make an inquiry, either in person or by phone.  Unfortunately though not all funeral homes openly disclose cremation prices on their website, and sometimes it can even be difficult to extract a simple, complete price over the phone!

Some funeral homes do offer packaged service options, as opposed to the ‘a la carte’ style of a GPL.  A cremation package can offer a solution to making minutia detail over arrangements, and ensure you know exactly what price you are paying for a cremation service.

Generally most funeral homes or cremation providers package a basic, mid-range and full service cremation option.  A basic cremation would be a direct or immediate cremation without any ceremony, a mid-range cremation package would offer a memorial tribute service or private family gathering, and a full service cremation is everything that a traditional funeral would offer.

Direct cremation in Little Rock

Direct cremation is the fastest-growing cremation trend.  Why? Because it offers families a no-fuss, low cost funeral alternative, which manages the process of the disposition, and leaves the family in control of the personalization or memorial tribute.  With a direct cremation the deceased is collected, sheltered at the cremation facility/funeral home, cremated and then the cremated remains returned to the family.  A basic cremation container is used and the ashes are returned in a temporary urn.  This all means the costs are kept low and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $795 complete.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Little Rock?

Choosing a funeral home to deliver your cremation service is not always as simple as it may seem.  Most funeral homes offer cremation services today, but not all funeral homes with have their own crematory.  This can affect both the cost of the cremation process, and how comfortable you feel about the service levels/timescales a funeral home can provide.  If finances and a limited budget dictate your funeral spending – then you need to seek out a low cost cremation provider.  Be sure to check around and compare prices and ensure you compare like for like cremation packages and costs.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

You will generally save at least 40-50% by opting for a cremation instead of a traditional burial.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, burial vault or cemetery plot and this can save thousands of dollars.  A direct cremation can save you thousands on the cost of a full service cremation.  It is still a dignified option and you can arrange your own memorial tribute as and when the family chooses.  No need to pay a funeral home for elaborate chapels, guest books or memorial boards – you can hold a ceremony at a location of your choosing [sometimes at no cost] and make your own memorial memorabilia.

Low cost cremation in Little Rock

DFS Memorials has a low cost cremation provider based in Little Rock.

DFS Memorials Little Rock – Call (501) 203-9717

Direct Cremation $895 complete

I cannot afford a funeral. What financial assistance is there to help with cremation costs in Little Rock?

This is a frequent question we are asked. There is very limited financial aid to help families with funeral costs.  All states/counties have different rules and budgets for the level of public aid they have (if any).  If you are struggling financially and worried about how you can pay for a funeral, you may wish to try consulting your county social services or human services.   The state is responsible for dealing with indigent burials, but this is generally just for those individuals who become the responsibility of the state.

There is a Social Security lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  There are also union, church and charity organizations that may assist a family with fund-raising 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.

Low cost direct cremation services available to residents of Apple Gate, Birchwood, Breckenridge, Broadmoor, Brodie Creek, Candlewood, Capitol View, Capitol View/Stifft’s Station, Chenal Ridge, Chenal Valley, Cloverdale, Colony West, Downtown, East End, East Little Rock, Echo Valley, Fair Park, Geyer Springs, Gibraltar Heights, Governor’s Mansion District, Granite Mountain, Gum Springs, Hall High, The Heights, Highland Park, Hillcrest, John Barrow, Leawood, Mabelvale, Mushroom Pass, Oak Forest, Otter Creek, Parkway Place, Pleasant Valley, Quapaw Quarter, River Mountain, River Ridge, Riverdale, Robinwood, Rock Creek, Rosedale, St. Charles, Santa Fe Heights, South End, South Little Rock, Southwest Little Rock, Stagecoach, Sturbridge, The Heights and Hillcrest, the Villages of Wellington, Wakefield, West End and Woodland Edge.

Direct Cremation Services in Indianapolis – $750

The shift to cremation is sweeping across the nation as families demand more affordable death care alternatives. Cremation is now fast becoming a disposition choice for many families in Indianapolis. For those families who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply do not have the funds for a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

How much does a cremation cost in Indianapolis?

This is the question that most families want to know. As a nation of price-conscious consumers, we expect to check prices and compare deals. The purchase of funeral services is no different. Traditionally families felt it was inappropriate to make funeral price inquiries, but today this is changing.

A traditional funeral can cost $7,045 (NFDA 2012) and this does NOT include cemetery costs. Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to pay for a funeral. A cremation will cost at least half this amount, if not less, depending upon the type of cremation services selected and the crematory.

A basic cremation can cost anywhere between $750 and $4,000. In order to help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a family-owned cremation services provider in Indianapolis who can offer a basic cremation package for just $795. Affordable cremation memorial and full-service cremation packages are also available.

Call now on (317) 207-6929 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

Cremation services in Indianapolis

There are different types of cremation services so it is possible to arrange whatever type of funeral service you require – from simple cremation to a full traditional funeral or unique ‘life celebration’ events. A great thing about cremation is that it opens up so many possibilities in memorialization.

Direct cremation services in Indianapolis

indianapolis-cremation-servicesA direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service. Many of the DFS Memorials providers report that 80% of the cremations they do are direct cremations. A direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services. The deceased is collected, transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork completed and the cremation performed. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn. Most funeral homes offering a direct cremation package offer an inclusive price, where only cash advance items such as the death certificate and cremation permit fee are additional to the direct cremation package cost. Be sure to check this when consulting with a funeral home.

Arranging a direct cremation helps the family take care of the immediate disposition of the deceased in a dignified and economical way. This simple, ‘no fuss’ approach to death care is becoming more popular, with many families arranging their own memorial service or ash scattering ceremony once they have the cremated remains returned. Why pay thousands of dollars to a funeral director when you can conduct your own personalized service for a fraction of this cost?

Why is cremation so much cheaper than a traditional funeral?

There are a number of significant funeral merchandise items that are not required for cremation. No casket is required for cremation – a suitable cremation container is all that is required by law. No burial vault or cemetery plot is needed, and in most cases, the body is not embalmed. This eliminates thousands of dollars in funeral costs. Many families are now opting for direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) because they can then arrange their own funeral service once they have the cremation ashes back. With the decline in traditionalism and the rise in personalization, more families are opting to arrange something different as a life tribute.

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

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation. Strict laws do 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) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Not all funeral homes have their own crematory and sub their cremations to a local crematory. If you do have concerns about the continuity of care offered throughout the cremation process, you may wish to choose a funeral home that has their own crematory, so your loved one’s remains never leave their care!

direct-cremationWhat if I am not sure about cremation or the family cannot agree about cremation?

Cremation is such a final disposition, you do need to ensure that you are completely sure that this IS the ‘right’ disposition choice for you. Certain laws are in place to ensure this final disposition can only proceed if the legal next of kin has authorized it. A Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by the legal next of kin, and in the case of children, many funeral directors will prefer to have all children sign.

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

The options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one are one of the reasons cremation is becoming more popular. You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home. Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

Is it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?

Yes. You can preplan a simple direct cremation service. This is generally funded through an insurance product that will cover this cost when the need arises. All monies are secured in a trust fund.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation. However, expedited services can be arranged if required. In many states, a mandatory 24 hour wait period must occur after death but this does not apply in Indiana

What do I do if I cannot even afford a cremation?

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   Indiana has a program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) which will contribute $400 towards cemetery costs and $600 towards funeral costs. However, you do need to qualify for this support. You would need to contact Marion County Human Services to find out more.

What is the service area around Indianapolis?

The $650 direct cremation package is available throughout all of Greater Indianapolis and surrounding counties.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (317) 207-6929.

Affordable cremation services in Bloomington, Indiana

Cremation is increasing in popularity in Indiana.  It offers an efficient and inexpensive funeral alternative.  The interest in cremation has prompted families to seek out information on cremation in their area, especially to find out about cremation costs and cremation procedures.

This article can hopefully answer some of your questions about cremation services in Bloomington.

What types of cremation services are available?

Just as with a funeral service, there is a range of options in how you can arrange a cremation service. You can opt for a very simple cremation or you can have a full traditional funeral followed by a cremation.  Cremation offers families greater flexibility as a cremation can be conducted following death and then the funeral service arranged at a later date more suitable to the family.  Cremated remains can also be simply transported to another location for interment should this be required.

A basic cremation generally does NOT include any services or ceremony, a cremation funeral service is where the deceased is present during the service and a cremation follows, and a cremation memorial service is where the ceremony is held after the cremation, with or without the cremated remains present.

How much does a cremation cost in Bloomington?

The price of a cremation will vary between funeral homes in Bloomington.  The NFDA* surveyed the average cost of a funeral at $7,045 in 2012, and this does not include any cemetery costs.  In contrast, the average cost of a cremation is $2,250 according to the Cremation Association of North America.

Cremation costs in Bloomington start at $850 for a basic, simple cremation, but can range up to in the region of $3,500 for a cremation with a service.

Who can authorize a cremation?

The legal next of kin is required to authorize a cremation, and a cremation cannot proceed without this signature.   In Indiana it is now law (2009) that you can authorize your own cremation ahead of time by filling in an Indiana Designated Agent funeral planning form.  This can save the important decision having to be made by next of kin when the time comes, prevents any dispute between family members, and ensures you wishes are met.  Once the cremation authorization form is signed and complete, the funeral director can obtain a permit to cremate.

bloomington-cremation-servicesHow do I know that I am getting back the remains of my loved one?

This is a very valid question that many families ask when first considering cremation.  There are very strict protocols that govern how cremation is conducted by a funeral home or crematory, and all cremation operatives are accordingly trained.  Human remains MUST be cremated individually and the chamber (cremation retort) cleared completely before the next cremation.

An ID tagging process is employed and checks made each step of the way.  This ensures that the cremated remains you receive back are those of your loved one and nothing more!

Who offers the best cremation prices in Bloomington?

Our DFS Memorials provider offers the best cremation price in Bloomington.  We would challenge you to find a direct cremation for less!  As a full service funeral home, our provider can also assist you will cremation memorial services – all available at the best prices you will find.

DFS Memorials Bloomington – Direct cremation $850

Call (812) 213-2009

Cremation and personalization

Cremation offers families a wonderful opportunity in how we can personalize and memorialize our lost loved ones.  Of course, cremated remains can be kept close for those that would prefer to have their loved one nearby – whether in a keepsake urn, a cremation diamond, or other cremation artefact – or the possibilities for ash scattering are almost limitless.

Read this article on Ash Scattering for more information on what options are available and sensible guidelines for how to scatter.

Cremation niches or columbarium’s are now available in most cemeteries.  These offer a small interment site, generally above ground, where a cremation urn can be interred.  Many cemeteries will also facilitate the opening and closing of an existing family plot to inter a cremation urn if required.  There are fees for this though.  Cremation niches can cost anywhere between $500 and $5,000, so as with funeral costs, it is imperative to shop around and compare costs.

*NFDA – National Association of Funeral Directors

How to arrange a low cost cremation in Baton Rouge, LA?

simple cremationIf you are worried about funeral costs a simple cremation is a low-cost funeral alternative.  It offers a simple and affordable solution for families seeking to arrange a disposition on a budget.

If you are considering cremation and want to find out more about your options, and how much cremation costs in Baton Rouge, this brief article should help you.

How can I save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation works out much cheaper than a traditional burial.  There is no need for a casket, embalming, or cemetery fees, and this alone can save you thousands of dollars.  It is also possible to arrange a basic cremation with a funeral home in Baton Rouge, and then conduct your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This can be another way to save money and also make the tribute so much more personal.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Baton Rouge?

According to the Cremation Association of North America CANA, the average cost of a cremation 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 exactly what services are included with any cremation package.  It is possible to arrange a direct cremation in Baton Rouge for just $1,395 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Baton Rouge

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

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $1,395 and a complete traditional funeral for just $3,495, including a casket.  Providing affordable funeral options for families in Baton Rouge.

cremation-cost-baton-rougeDirect cremation in Baton Rouge

A direct cremation is the lowest cost cremation option.  The deceased is cremated without any ceremony and/or services, and the cremated remains returned to the family in a temporary urn.  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 at a later date if they so choose, or arrange a simple ash scattering ceremony.

Low-cost cremation in Baton Rouge

To arrange a low-cost cremation in Baton Rouge you can contact your local DFS Memorials provider.

DFS Memorials Baton Rouge (225) 224-0966  –  Direct cremation $1,395

Is there any help with funeral costs in Baton Rouge?

Unfortunately, more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral expenses today.  Any financial assistance with cremation costs is managed at the Parish level and differs by state and Parish.  You need to consult your local Parish human services or social services to find out if there is any support.  There is 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 who may be able to assist you in raising funds for a funeral.

Serving families in W. Baton Rouge Parish, E. Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish, Iberville Parish, St. James Parish and Livingston Parish and Port Allen, Scotlandville, Westminster, Inniswold, Shenandoah, Park Forest, & South Baton Rouge

Comparing cremation prices: How to find an affordable direct cremation

We are price-conscious, price-comparison consumers today.  In a short era, technology has changed many of our consumer habits.  These days we use a number of websites and mobile apps to compare prices for major purchases. And this trend has now impacted on the funeral industry.  An industry that has price-gouged consumers due to the mystery and misery that surrounds the purchase of funeral services. So, how can you compare cremation prices?

What options are available to compare cremation prices?

There are several options you can use to compare cremation costs.

#1 You can phone around a few local funeral homes and ask for prices.

All funeral homes are required by federal law to provide you with funeral prices when you make an inquiry.  They should be able to provide you with a copy of their General Price List. This can be time-consuming and a tad frustrating, as not all funeral homes will give you a simple price over the phone.

#2 You can use a funeral comparison concierge service

Everest’s Funeral Planning & Concierge Service will provide a price-comparison report for you, from up to 8 funeral homes with your specified zip code or mileage radius.  However, they charge a $29 fee for this service.

#3 Use an online funeral price-comparison website

There are an array of funeral price comparison websites today.  These provide a platform for consumers to find and check prices from funeral homes in a given area.  However, there are a few issues with these websites to consider.  Firstly, not all websites inclusively include ALL funeral homes in an area.  So, you may not see a true reflection of all local cremation prices.

Secondly, some of these websites monetize their platform by offering promoted listing for funeral homes that will pay.  This means you again may not see a true ‘un-biased’ representation of local cremation providers and prices.

If you are looking to compare cremation costs, the likelihood is that you want to ensure you do not overpay for a service.  Often, we no prior knowledge of arranging a funeral, we enter the process seeking guidance.

#4 Connect with the DFS Memorials network of low-cost cremation providers

DFS Memorials vetted and recruited local independent cremation service providers that met the criteria of offering their local community a ‘best price’ direct cremation.  So, the DFS Memorials website has conducted the price-comparison (to make it easier for you) and can connect you directly with a local, affordable cremation provider.

All local providers and their direct cremation prices are disclosed online.

How do you find the ‘best value’ cremation service?

Best value cremationCheap is sometimes cheap.  Corners are cut to offer budget services or products. “You get what you pay for” as we will often quip.  However, overpaying for a service can be annoying.

As mentioned above, funeral costs have long been shrouded in some mystery, allowing the industry to confuse families overpricing.

Why pay $2,700 for a simple direct cremation, when the exact same service can be conducted for $795?  So this is where the term “best value” or “best price” comes into play.  It is about comparing the exact same service package.  Cremation service costs can range significantly, and you can save money just by ensuring you have compared what prices are on offer locally.

Why choose direct cremation?

A direct cremation is the industry term for a simple cremation without any ceremony. It is the least expensive funeral option and the most simple, no-fuss option.  As the cremation rate continues to grow, it is largely direct cremation that families are choosing.  Why?  Namely cost, but also just out of the notion of simplicity.

A direct cremation can be arranged in most cities for between $500 – $1,000.  To find out your local direct cremation price, visit your state and city on DFS Memorials.

How much does a cremation cost in Cleveland, OH? $995

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

Changing death care rituals and economic reasons for choosing cremation

Deciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral. On average a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial, sometimes you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

The economy has certainly impacted on how we manage death care today. Many families simply cannot, or do not, want to spend unnecessarily on funeral costs. A cremation provides a simple, efficient and economical means to conduct a disposition.

So how much does a cremation cost in Cleveland?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Cleveland 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 Cremation Association of North America (CANA) quotes the average cost of cremation at $3,200, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Cleveland.

A direct cremation can be conducted in Cleveland for as little as $895. This is what is known as a “direct cremation”. No services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation and the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn. If desired the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.

What type of cremation services are available?

direct-cremationYou can select from a range of cremation services and packages. These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package. You can have a full-service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation. The change in the funeral industry today is the move towards ‘personalization’ and making a funeral service that fits the needs of the family, whatever they are.

Comparing cremation costs in Cleveland, OH

As mentioned the cost of a cremation can vary enormously – for the exact same service – but from different Cleveland 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?

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 Cleveland

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form. It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

ash-scattering-ohio-lake-erieWhat 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, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service in Cleveland

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low-cost cremation price now. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or make difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

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

It is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral. If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you. Social Security pay out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify) and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. To find out what may be available you should contact your County Human Services Department.

If the deceased is at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director to collect your loved one and take him or her into their care for funeral services.  Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Medical Examiners’ office, once the deceased body is ready to be released by the coroner.

The ME for Cuyahoga County is located at 11001 Cedar Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone (216) 721-5610

DFS Memorials’ low-cost cremation services are available to residents of Cleveland Heights, Detroit-Shoreway, Kamm’s Corners, Lakewood, Little Italy, Ohio City, Shaker Square & Larchmere, Tremont, University Circle and Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, and Medina County.

Understanding funeral & cremation costs in Los Angeles, CA – $625 direct cremation

Funeral costs are 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.  It can seem overwhelming trying to work out exactly what a funeral will cost in Los Angeles, and work out your options, especially if you have just lost a loved one.  So we have put together this guide to help you understand funeral costs in Los Angeles and, more importantly, how to save money arranging a funeral or cremation.

Cremation cost Los Angeles CAHow much does a funeral cost in Los Angeles?

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 is $7,360 (according to the National Association of Funeral Directors 2017), and this does not include any cemetery costs.  So a traditional funeral is likely to cost you somewhere in the region of $6,000 to $10,000.  Today when 78% of families are living paycheck to paycheck (CNBC Jan 2019), it is hardly surprising that paying out this amount for a funeral can seem insurmountable.

So how can you save money by arranging a cremation?

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, cemetery plot or full-size grave marker.  Eliminating these funeral merchandise items alone 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-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 is the average cost of a cremation in Los Angeles?

It is important to understand that cremation prices do differ quite considerably between different funeral homes in Los Angeles.  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 is $2,250 [CANA] for a cremation with a ceremony and a mid-range urn.    However, cheaper cremation options are available as outlined below, and you can arrange a cremation in Los Angeles for as little as $625 complete.

Choosing a Cremation Package

A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.  In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.  Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.  There are generally 3 main types of cremation options – a direct cremation (a basic minimal cremation), a cremation with a funeral service, or a cremation with a memorial service.  The difference is that with a direct cremation there is NO service or ceremony conducted by the funeral provider, although you can conduct your own memorial services afterward.  A cremation with a funeral service is generally where the deceased is present and the cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation with a memorial service is where the cremation is conducted first and a memorial service held with the cremation urn present.

cost-of-a-cremation-los-angelesArranging a direct cremation in Los Angeles

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

How do I choose a cremation provider in Los Angeles?

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

If you have decided upon a simple direct cremation at the most affordable price, then you may consider the services of a provider who specifically offers a direct cremation at a low cost.  The locale of the funeral home is not as essential if no services are being held.  And many funeral homes have extended their service area for direct cremation services.

The DFS Memorials provider for Los Angeles is an established funeral home with facilities for ceremonies.  DFS Memorials offers families a low-cost alternative in Los Angeles.

DFS Memorials LOS ANGELES  (323) 798-9055 Call with any questions you may have

Direct Cremation $625 complete  – – Immediate Burial $950

How do cremation providers compare in Los Angeles

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

Low cost cremation in Los Angeles

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in January 2014. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

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

An individual passing without any insurance, and family struggling to meet funeral costs is becoming a more regular occurrence.  Public aid can be a little patchy depending upon where you are but you can consult your local county human services or social services to find out if there is any financial assistance near you.   The state will meet indigent burials for those that become the responsibility of the State but there are general 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 Los Angeles serves families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County.

Understanding Direct Cremation: What is a direct cremation?

We are all becoming more familiar with cremation these days as the cremation rate increases in the U.S. and more people opt for cremation as a disposition alternative to a burial.  But people are not yet familiar with the term ‘direct cremation’.

What is a Direct Cremation?

A direct cremation sometimes referred to as an immediate cremation, is when a cremation is performed with minimal services from a funeral home and no service is conducted.  It is what is known in the funeral trade as a very basic cremation disposition.

The deceased is collected directly from the place of death and transported to the funeral home and/or crematory, the necessary documentation is completed, the mandatory waiting period passes and the deceased is cremated.  The cremated remains are returned to the family within 3-7 days.

Many funeral homes package a direct cremation offering and glamorize it with such names as A Simple Tribute, A Family Farewell, A Simple Goodbye, The Legacy Farewell, & Simply Farewell.  These names all symbolize a minimal service, minimal fuss disposition package – something many of us are opting for today!

Saving money on the cost of a casket

direct-cremation-costFor the purposes of the cremation, a basic cremation container is used to house the deceased’s body.  This is all that is legally required and a suitable “rigid, combustible” container is most often a sturdy cardboard container.  This means that no casket is required and eliminates the expense of purchasing a casket.  This alone saves around $1,000 – $4,000 in basic costs for the disposition.

If you did wish to have a brief family viewing before the cremation process, a funeral home can usually facilitate this using a rental casket or even a bed laid out in a viewing room.

The most affordable funeral option

A direct cremation can be considered one of the most inexpensive and affordable cremation options.  As only the minimal services of a funeral director are required and substitute funeral merchandise can be used, costs can be kept lower.  The cremated remains are generally returned to the family in a temporary cremation container, which can be a cardboard or plastic urn.  Of course, the family can opt to upgrade and select a wooden or ceramic urn if desired for an additional cost.   Some funeral homes serving families with direct cremations even offer to carry out an ash scattering or sea scattering these days for a small nominal fee.

What documentation must be completed legally before a cremation can be performed?

In order for any cremation to be performed a ‘Cremation Authorization Form‘ must be completed and signed by the legal next of kin.  A cremation permit must be obtained from the local county, and in some states, the coroner must sign the cremation permit.  This is largely to ensure there is no suspect reason why a body should not be cremated destroying all physical evidence.

There is a mandatory waiting period in all states before a cremation can be performed.  In most states this is 24-hours, but there are a number of states where a 48-hour mandatory waiting period must be observed.

Part 2 : How much does a direct cremation cost?

Average cremation costs in Alberta

Cremation is the preferred disposition choice in Alberta, with around 65% of the population choosing a cremation for their final disposition.  Cremation can be considered a more environmentally-friendly alternative to burial, and of course, cremation can also cost significantly less than traditional burial services.

Simple Cremation AlbertaWhat is the average cost of a cremation in Alberta?

The cost of a cremation can vary, depending on what cremation services provider you opt for, what kind of cremation services you choose and where in Alberta you live.

In the metro areas of Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer you can expect to arrange a simple, direct cremation for between $1,095 and $1,295.  Whereas in the more rural areas of Alberta you will find it difficult to arrange a direct cremation for this price.

Cremation Services Providers in Alberta

As cremation is such a popular choice for Canadians, most funeral homes in Alberta also offer cremation services.  Some have their own crematorium and others will use the services of a local crematorium.  Either way, you can rest assured that your loved one will be handled with the greatest care and respect, and strict cremation regulations are adhered to.  The cost of a cremation can be determined by whether the funeral services provider operates their own crematorium, so this is something you may wish to check.

Cremation with a service in Alberta

A cremation with a service involves a funeral service being held (at the funeral home or local church) prior to the cremation being performed.  It is possible to rent a casket for this purpose, as a casket is not required for cremation, so this can help to keep the overall funeral cost down.  The average cost for a cremation with a service in Alberta can range between $2,800 to $3,800.  The total cost will depend largely upon the ancillary services and the size of the room required for the funeral/chapel service.

Low-Cost Direct Cremation Services in Alberta

If you are opting for simple cremation services in Alberta, then a direct cremation may be for you.  This is a cremation without any kind of service.  The funeral home collects the deceased, conduct the cremation and return the cremated remains directly to the family.  The family can, of course, arrange their own memorial service with the ashes as and when they please.  The average cost of a basic cremation in Alberta is between $699 and $1,200.

Saving money on funeral costs in Alberta

Knowing your rights as a funeral consumer, and informing yourself of the options available to you, are key ways to stay in control of funeral costs.  The funeral industry is not the ‘nicest’ of industries, and unfortunately, most of us only come into contact with this industry at a time of distress.  We put our complete trust in the funeral arranger and often feel it is inappropriate to ask about costs.   In many ways, this is why families now appreciate being able to conduct funeral cost comparisons online, without having to deal with numerous phone calls to funeral homes.

low-cost-cremation-albertaIt IS possible to arrange a very dignified and inexpensive funeral in Alberta.  Simple, direct cremation is one way to dramatically reduce your funeral costs, but a traditional funeral service can also be arranged for under $3,000 if you select a low-cost funeral services provider and be sensible in your selection of a casket and ancillary products/services.

DFS Memorials is a network of family-owned funeral homes throughout Alberta who all guarantee to offer affordable funeral and cremation services.  If you need to save money on a funeral service, call your nearest DFS Memorials provider to arrange a low-cost cremation service.

If you need any assistance with planning a funeral or cremation in Alberta, you can contact a funeral advisor at DFS Memorials and we will do our utmost to assist you with your needs.

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