Affordable funerals: Cremation costs in Seattle?

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

Why choose cremation over burial?

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

Direct cremation Seattle-TacomaWhat are cremation costs in Seattle?

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

The popularity of simple cremation in Seattle has resulted in competitive cremation rates.  There is a demand for simple cremation services in Seattle, and it is possible to arrange a basic cremation for around $650.  A cremation with a memorial is likely to cost in the region of $1,299 and a full-service cremation starts at around $2,000.

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

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

The cost of a cremation service can vary considerably in the same area.  The cost of a cremation can vary between funeral service providers for the exact same service. A direct cremation service can cost from $650 to around $3,000.

DFS Memorial’s low-cost direct cremation package at $650 provides peace of mind at an affordable cost whilst dealing with a local independent funeral service provider. Advanced planning options are available.

What is included with a direct cremation in Seattle?

A direct cremation generally includes:

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

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

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

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

Life celebration and cremation

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

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

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

Cremation memorialization

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

Ash scattering in Seattle

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

Preplanning a basic cremation in Seattle

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

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

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

$650 low-cost cremation is available throughout King, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties and all of the Tacoma-Seattle area.

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

Arizona has one of the highest cremation rates in the U.S., with over 65% of families now choosing cremation for their final disposition.  This has made cremation much more competitive in the Tucson, and helped to bring the cost of a cremation down. This article runs through how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs, how arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution and compares some Tucson funeral homes direct cremation prices.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, to be replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, one of the biggest factors is COST.  A traditional funeral can cost in the region of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2012 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at $7,045 (without any cemetery charges).  Yet a cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000.  It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!

Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene.  Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put control of memorialization back in the realm of the family.  A direct cremation simply ensures the disposition element is taken care of by a professional.  Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when and if they see fit.  For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option.  For other families it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost!

Low cost cremation in Tucson

Low cost cremation is available in Tucson for between $455 and $995.  Cremation prices do vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low cost cremation equitably compares.  Check exactly what is included.  Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’, but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low cost price advertised.  Too often we have found what appeared to be a low cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!

Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00

What does a cremation cost?How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?

Choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, so this can give a family an assurance about their loved one’s care.  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 the 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 Tucson in zip code order.

How do cremation providers compare in Tucson?

The cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected, and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always wise to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Tucson can be conducted from around $585 with a local, family-owned funeral home.

Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?

Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days!  With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses.  If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment, and there are benefits for veterans.  Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years.  You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally.  This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some of the other ways that you can gain support towards funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Tucson serves families in Cochise, Graham, Pima, Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties and Armory Park, Avondale, Barrio Viejo, Central, Civano, Congress Street, Convention, Cragin-Keeling, Downtown, Eastside, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fairgrounds, Fourth Avenue, Menlo Park, Northwest, Old Fort Lowell, Old Pascua, Pullman, Sam Hughes, Santa Cruz Southwest, South Tucson, Sunnyside, Western Hills, & Winter-haven

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.

How much does a direct cremation cost?

Cremation Memorial ServiceThe price for a direct cremation ranges between $399 and $3,000.  Yes, I know that seems a staggering disparity of price for the same service, but a direct cremation can significantly range in price depending upon whom you employ to deliver a direct cremation.  Where the cremation rate is higher (certainly on the West Coast and Pacific), the competition for the cremation market has driven down the price for direct cremation, and some companies can even operate as Direct Disposers, reducing their overhead to such a minimum that they can reduce their price offering to their customers.  With no expensive funeral home, staff, vehicles and embalming equipment to maintain – operational costs are much lower.

In parts of Nevada, you can purchase a direct cremation for as little as $399 complete.  In most states and metro areas of the U.S. a direct cremation will cost between $700 and $1,000, so still, a very reasonable cost to arrange a complete disposition.  In some areas such as the Southeast and New England, a direct cremation tends to be nearer to the $1,500 price mark.

Visit this article on Cremation Costs in 2019 that has a direct cremation price comparison of a direct cremation in the top 20 U.S. cities.

Are there any hidden extras for a direct cremation package?

If you are purchasing a “complete direct cremation package” then there should generally only be cash disbursements that may be an extra cost.  Cash disbursements that the funeral home will ask you to pay separately for will include such things as the death certificate and cremation permits.  These vary in price by state and county.  A death certificate can be anything between $6 and $30, and a cremation permit can be charged at anything from $10 to $300, so it is important to establish this when you speak to the funeral home about direct cremation.

Average cremation costs 2018Disclosure of direct cremation prices

The funeral industry has long resisted openly disclosing prices.  Some claim it is because “no two funerals are the same”, but it is also generally accepted that this is because the funeral business can be BIG business with large profits. It has been reported by the industry that they can up-sell to 60% of families that request a ‘simple cremation’.  This means that when you approach a funeral home and say that you desire a ‘simple cremation’ they will often aim to encourage you to select incremental products or services to maximize their revenue.

Direct cremation should be listed on the General Price List (GPL)

The Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule means that a funeral home MUST disclose prices.  They must have a GPL and provide this to you on request.  A direct cremation is usually listed towards the end of the GPL, almost as the ‘poor cousin’ of funeral services.

Some progressive funeral homes and cremation providers are recognizing the demand, if need, to deliver to customers what they want.  They will openly display cremation prices and offer a simple and transparent direct cremation package.

If you come across a funeral home that is openly disclosing their prices, this will generally mean they understand the demand for affordability and transparency.  If a funeral home does not disclose prices on their website or advertising, and may not openly share a cremation price over the phone, this should probably ring alarm bells and signify that they have to justify their service charges.

Comparing like-for-like in direct cremation servicesArrange a cremation online

It is important to stipulate that what is considered a ‘complete’ direct cremation charge can vary.

You MUST ensure that you compare like-for-like direct cremation packages and prices.    As I mentioned above the price for a direct cremation can vary significantly, so you must check EXACTLY what is included in any direct cremation price.

Some funeral homes quote a direct cremation price which seems fair but they have excluded the crematory fee, especially if they do not have their own crematory and consider the crematory fee as a separate cash disbursement.  It has also been known for funeral homes to exclude the fee for the ‘alternative container’ required for the cremation, and this can be added as an extra for between $50 and $300.  It is quite typical for death certificates and cremation permits to be an additional cash disbursement cost, although funeral homes sometimes include one death certificate in a direct cremation package cost.

Do be aware that economies of scale do not seem to work the same in the funeral industry as they do with most corporate models.  The corporate-owned funeral establishments generally offer the more expensive direct cremations.  Therefore, it is very wise to compare prices for a direct cremation between several cremation service providers before signing a contract.

Understanding Direct Cremation – Part 3 : Comparing direct cremation costs and reviewing cremation providers

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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Simple cremation service available throughout Rocky View County, Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane, Crossfield, Irricana, Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Leduc County, Parkland County, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County and Red Deer County.

Average cremation costs in Boston, MA

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

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

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

What is the average cost of a cremation in Boston?

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

Cremation Packages

A funeral home must have a general price list (GPL) outlining their service charges but many funeral homes also offer cremation packages, where a price is offered for a complete cremation service.  In comparing costs and services between funeral homes, it is important to ensure you are comparing like-for-like services, especially when it is a quoted cremation package price.  Not all cremation providers quote a fully inclusive price when quoting a cremation package.

Cremation ServiceDirect cremation in Boston

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

How do I choose a cremation provider in Boston?

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

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

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

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

Direct Cremation $1,395

How do cremation providers compare in Boston?

It is always wise to shop around and compare services and costs.  We do it in any other large purchase we make – so why not when purchasing end of life services?  It can be quite a task trying to efficiently compare local funeral homes, so we have conducted a survey and provided a sample of the best prices we discovered for a basic direct cremation package in Boston.

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Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in November 2013. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

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

What about preplanning a simple, affordable cremation?

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

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

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

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

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

How to arrange a direct cremation in Sacramento for $795

Do you want to know how to arrange a dignified funeral at an affordable cost? We have put together this guide to help you understand how you can save thousands arranging a funeral.  In fact, you can arrange a simple, direct cremation in Sacramento for just $795.

Why choose cremation services?

direct cremation Sacramento CACremation offers a less expensive and more flexible alternative to a burial service.  Choosing cremation services can save you 40% to 60% (or sometimes more) on the cost of traditional burial services.  This is because a casket is not required, or embalming (unless required) and there is no immediate need for a cemetery plot or burial vault.  By eliminating these few services/products you can simply save thousands of dollars.

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

What different cremation alternatives do I have?

There are 3 main types of cremation service options.  A cremation funeral – where the funeral service is held with the deceased present and a cremation is conducted after the service.  A cremation memorial – where the cremation is conducted before a memorial service is held.  This can be with, or without, the cremated remains present and can often take the form of an ash scattering ceremony.  Or there is a direct cremation – this is where the deceased is cremated with no services, and the remains 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?

The cost of a cremation can vary quite considerably.  This will depend upon the type of cremation service you opt for and the cremation services provider you select.  A full-service cremation with a service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $5,000, depending upon the length of service held and what kind of casket you purchase or rent.  Direct cremation will cost between $795 and $2,500 (depending on the funeral service provider used).

funeral-pricesDirect 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 or collect (or if requested delivered/mailed).  A direct cremation can be arranged online or by phone without any need for you to visit a funeral home.  For your best price on a direct cremation contact your DFS Memorials provider in Sacramento who offers a complete direct cremation package for just $795.

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

How do I choose a cremation services provider?

This can sometimes be a daunting task when there are several funeral homes to choose between.  It may help to set yourself some clear criteria to help you select the provider that best suits your needs.  Which funeral services provider you select can be influenced by what facilities and services they offer, or what budget you have.

As we have highlighted, costs can vary quite significantly between funeral homes for the exact same service.  For this reason, we would recommend you compare some costs before making a decision.

Comparing cremation costs in Sacramento

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

When comparing costs and services check what IS included, especially with a budget direct cremation package.  Is a copy of the death certificate included?  Is the cremation permit an additional cash advance item or included?  What about if an out-of-hours collection is required? Is there an additional daily refrigeration charge if the cremation does not proceed after 48-hours?  A death certificate costs $21.00 for each copy.

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

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

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 a versatility on what you can do with cremated remains.  You can inter a cremation urn in a cemetery plot or niche, keep an urn at home, scatter the remains or create a cremation artifact such as a cremation diamond, glass paperweight, bird bath or memorial reef ball to name but a few!

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

Sadly there is little financial aid that supports those families that find themselves struggling with funeral costs.  Most counties do have a budget for indigent funerals but this is generally for those individuals who truly are indigent.  Some counties do have limited funds to help low-income families with cremation costs but this can vary county by county.  You would need to make inquiries with the Sacramento County Human Services Department to find out if any assistance is available to you.  In these cases often the most basic of funeral services will be supported, with limited control over what happens.  A low-cost direct cremation from a budget provider can be arranged for $795.

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.  So all-in-all they do still recoup their costs.  As we all know, there really is nothing that is truly free!

Arranging a low cost cremation or funeral in Jacksonville, FL

Today we are all more discerning consumers, and this concern for saving money even extends to purchasing funeral services.  An average funeral can cost $8,755 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2017) and yet this cost does not even include cemetery fees.  When many families are struggling paycheck to paycheck, overspending on funeral expenses is just not an option!

In this article, we aim to give you an overview of arranging a low-cost cremation or an affordable burial service in Jacksonville.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Jacksonville?

cremation cost jacksonville flFlorida is the ‘sunshine state’, and a popular retirement destination has a higher than average cremation rate.  In many cases, the family finds it more convenient (and cheaper) to arrange for a simple cremation and then ship or transport the cremated remains.  It is possible to arrange a basic cremation with a licensed funeral home in Jacksonville for $695.

The cost of a basic cremation can vary between different funeral service providers in Jacksonville, therefore an average cremation cost is nearer to $2,200.  How much your cremation will cost will largely depend upon what type of cremation service you select, and which provider you opt to conduct the service.

Florida is one of only 2 states that DO license Direct Disposers.  These are businesses that can ONLY conduct direct dispositions.  They are NOT licensed funeral establishments and cannot offer the additional range of services that a funeral home can offer.  Although a Direct Disposer may appear to offer a very competitive direct cremation price, you do need to consider what ‘hidden’ extras you may pay for, and the limitations of the service package that can be offered.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

A cremation can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of a burial.  Choosing cremation removes the need for a burial plot, burial vault, a casket, and even embalming.  It is possible to have a funeral services provider conduct the cremation for you, and then arrange your own memorial service.  This is a key way to save money whilst also personalizing a life celebration memorial.

Cremation & Funeral Packages in Jacksonville

affordable-funeral-jacksonvilleMany funeral homes offer cremation and funeral packages to simplify the selection of services for the consumer.  It is important to carefully check exactly what is included in any funeral services package.  Generally, you have a ‘simple’ or low-priced option for a cremation or burial.  This is commonly referred to as immediate cremation or immediate burial.  This budget funeral option will not include any services or ceremonies.

The mid-range cremation or funeral package will include a graveside service or memorial service.  A full traditional funeral package or Cremation Tribute will generally include all the trimmings of a full-service funeral ceremony.

How much will a traditional funeral cost in Jacksonville?

As mentioned above funeral prices can, and do, vary significantly.  A traditional funeral can cost anything up to around $10,000 when including in all fees and costs.  However, it is possible to arrange a traditional funeral on a budget and spend only a few thousand dollars for a dignified ceremony.

Direct cremation in Jacksonville

A direct cremation is a popular option in Jacksonville.  A direct cremation simply means that the funeral home handles the immediate cremation of the deceased without conducting any services or ceremony.  The deceased is collected, sheltered, and prepared for cremation.  A basic cremation container is used for the cremation and the cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Jacksonville?

It can be daunting knowing where to start if you need to arrange a funeral and do not have a preferred or recommended funeral home to contact.  It can help to make a list of questions and/or your criteria.  This can help you if you need to compare services and prices between funeral homes.  If the cost is an important factor and you need to arrange a low-cost funeral, then we would recommend you contact the DFS Memorials provider for Jacksonville.

Low-cost cremation in Jacksonville

DFS Memorials offers a complete direct cremation in Jacksonville for $695.

Call (904) 395-7939

Is there any help with cremation costs in Jacksonville?

There is very limited financial aid for 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.

Social Security offers a lump sum death benefit of $255 to those that qualify and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  There are also unions, 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.

Serving families in Duval County, Nassau County, St Johns County and Clay County, and Arlington, Brooklyn, Downtown, Eastside, Jacksonville Beaches, Lake Shore, LaVilla, Mandarin, Murray Hill, New Town, Northside, Ortega, Panama Park, Riverside and Avondale, San Marco, Sandalwood, Southbank, Southside, Springfield, St. Nicholas and Westside.

Arranging a Direct Cremation in Houston, TX – $640

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

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

Economic reasons for choosing cremation

Lowest cost cremation Houston TXDeciding whether to bury or cremate is very much a personal choice. For some families, the decision is dictated by the budget they have for a funeral. A cremation service will cost much less than a traditional burial funeral.

On average a cremation service is going to save you at least 40% on the cost of a burial, sometimes you can save as much as 60% on the cost of a burial service. More families are leaning towards cremation as it does offer greater flexibility. The funeral service does not have to go ahead immediately. A cremation can be performed and then a service held at a later date convenient to the family.

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

What is the cost of a direct cremation in Houston?

Firstly it is important to state that cremation prices in Houston DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending on what type of cremation service you opt for. Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory. Houston has become very competitive for affordable cremation services and you will find a number of cremation providers offering direct cremation packages in Houston for between $640 – $3,000.

direct-cremationA basic cremation can be conducted in Houston for $640. This is what is known as a “direct cremation”. No services are performed, the deceased is collected, transported to the funeral facility, prepared for cremation and the cremation is conducted.

The cremated remains are returned to the family in a temporary plastic urn. If desired the family can arrange a brief final goodbye viewing at the funeral home.

Call DFS Memorials now on (713) 309-6059 to arrange a direct cremation in Houston for $640

What type of cremation services are available?

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

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

cremation-service-houstonThis is probably the most common cremation question we are asked. Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks have to be made along the way. The cremation retort has to be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation can be performed at a time. The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements etc) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Houston

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office. The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form, and there is a mandatory legal waiting period in Texas of 48 hours after death before a cremation can go ahead.

It is not necessary to embalm a body for cremation and refrigerated storage is used to preserve the body until the cremation is performed. The funeral home will generally store the body for up to 5 days in refrigerated storage at no extra charge. If the cremation does not go ahead within 5 days, an additional fee for storage may be incurred.

What can we do with the cremated remains?

ash-scattering-texasCremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them returned. You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.

However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.

There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, birdbaths, and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable direct cremation service in Houston

If you wish to preplan a simple cremation you can lock in a low-cost cremation price of $640. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust. You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need, without having to worry about completing the paperwork or make difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death) which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.

Can an overweight body be cremated?

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

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

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

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. To find out what may be available you should contact Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery County Human Services Departments.

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

 *death certificates not included in basic direct cremation package

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