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.

What 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 $695 to $3,700. A direct cremation service is the least expensive cremation option and can be arranged for less than $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.

Choosing a Cremation Package

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, 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 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 means the costs are kept low, and a direct cremation can be conducted in Little Rock for just $695.

Call DFS Memorials now at (501) 203-9717 to arrange an affordable direct cremation.

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 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, you need to seek 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 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; you can arrange your 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.

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

Direct Cremation $695 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 public aid level (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 for those that qualify, and veterans are entitled to certain benefits.  Union, church, and charity organizations may assist a family with fundraising to pay for funeral expenses.  If finances are a concern – the most important thing is to try and keep your funeral costs down as much as possible.

Low-cost direct cremation services are 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.

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

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

With traditionalism in decline and families seeking alternative funeral options, especially those driven by cost, this article aims to help you understand some options that you have to save money when arranging a funeral or cremation in Phoenix.  A simple direct cremation service can be conducted for just $850.

How much does a funeral cost in Phoenix?

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

The average funeral cost is around $9,000 (according to the National Funeral Directors Association 2022).  This is for a typical burial service, including a viewing, ceremony, all associated professional services, and a standard casket.  This does not include any cemetery fees or cash advance items. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the average cost of a cremation in Phoenix?

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

As mentioned above, prices vary so much between funeral homes, which also applies to cremation providers.  A simple cremation can cost anywhere between $850 to almost $3,000 – depending on where you go.

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

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

Direct cremation is a term used by a funeral home to refer to their basic cremation service.  This is a cremation without any services.  The deceased is collected and prepared for cremation. All the necessary documentation is completed, and the cremation proceeds.

A basic cremation container is used, and the ashes are generally returned in a temporary box.  If you so choose, you can purchase a cremation urn from the funeral home.  You can arrange a direct cremation in Phoenix for just $850 complete.

Comparing cremation costs in Phoenix

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

The DFS Memorials provider offers a direct cremation for $850, a direct burial for $995

and a complete traditional funeral for just $4,495 

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

Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in January 2023. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.

Direct cremation services in Phoenix

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

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Cremation Choices in Albany, NY $895

Modern cremation has been in practice since the 1960s but has steadily grown in popularity. Since 2015 cremation has become the preferred method over burial. Read on to learn more about cremation costs in Albany and surrounding areas.

Now more than ever, consumers choose cremation over casketed burial for various reasons.

Cost is only one reason but a major contributing factor. We are all now demanding affordability and “best value” in our consumer choices, and death care is no different.

It is not acceptable to be paying more for services and products than we should be.  DFS Memorials understand this and can offer low-cost funeral alternatives to the residents of the Albany area, Schenectady area, Troy area, Saratoga area, Amsterdam area, Glens Falls area, Hudson area, and beyond.

What is a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is an affordable  ‘no fuss’ funeral alternative. The deceased is collected from the place of death and transported into the funeral home’s care.  All paperwork and permits are processed, and then the cremation is conducted. The cremated remains are then returned to the family.

How much does a direct cremation cost in Albany?

The cost of a direct cremation can vary greatly between funeral service providers. Any firm or director can charge what they wish for their professional services. Hence, it is generally wise to shop and compare. The highest price you can pay in the Albany area can be upwards of $3,000, with an average of about $2,000.

At DFS, we did price survey research to locate an affordable cremation provider. In partnership with an independent funeral director in Albany, we bring you a low-cost direct cremation service for just $895*.

Are there additional fees to the direct cremation service package?

Yes, third-party fees are charged on top of the $895, as these are fees paid directly to the county.

  • Death Certificates are charged at $10.00 each throughout Upstate NY.
  • In the City of Albany, NY, death certificates are $15.00 each.
  • Honorably Discharged Veterans qualify for 1 free copy.
  • Third-Party Crematory Fees (generally $355-$370)

In New York, a funeral firm/director cannot own and operate a crematory.

Therefore, the crematory fee is an additional fee charged by all funeral homes and directors.

There may also be a small fee for a cremation permit.

Roy Bordeau believes in simplicity and choice. Call him at (518) 205-3636  to learn more about how he can help save your family money on your funeral care.

He is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions.

“Respectful Of Your Needs, Mindful Of Your Budget”

We offer a basic simple, direct cremation from $895*

*Does Not Include Merchandise, Cash Advances, or additional services the customer may desire.

To learn more about how to plan and prepare to hold a Memorial Service following a direct cremation – visit our Guide to Memorialization and Cremation Tribute Ideas.

Understanding Cremation Costs in Baltimore, MD

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

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

How much does a funeral cost in Baltimore?

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

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

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

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

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

Eliminating these funeral merchandise items/services can save you a few thousand dollars on funeral costs in Baltimore!  Another way that cremation can save money is that it is possible to hold a memorial service (with the cremated remains present) without having to go ahead with a funeral ceremony immediately.

This can allow families time to make decisions.  Often this can mean that money-saving options can be more thoroughly explored.  Some families even choose to conduct their own memorial service, which can save on venue and staff costs, plus it also makes a service so much more personalized.

What are the average cremation costs in Baltimore?

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

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

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

Choosing a Cremation Package

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arranging a direct cremation in Baltimore

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

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

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

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

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

How do cremation providers compare in Baltimore?

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

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

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

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

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

*Price Index January 2022

Direct cremation costs in Tucson, AZ

This article explains 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 when you can arrange an affordable direct cremation service for just $899.

If you need immediate assistance, call your local provider now.  Or, read on to learn more about Tucson’s cremation costs and services.

How can you save money by arranging a cremation?

The traditional funeral is dying, replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services.  Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, COST is one of the biggest factors.  A traditional funeral can cost upwards of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees).  The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2022 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at around $8,000 (without any cemetery charges).

Yet a full-service cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000, and a simple direct cremation can be arranged for $899. 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 ensures that a professional takes care of the disposition element.  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 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

A low-cost, simple cremation is available in Tucson for just $899.  Cremation prices 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!

Call (520) 200-7742 now to arrange a direct cremation for just $899 in Tucson and surrounding areas.

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?

With cremation costs in Tucson varying so much, choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy.  As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, which can give a family assurance about their loved one’s care.  If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind or need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area, then DFS Memorials can help direct you.  We do the research to help save families stress and time, and 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 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 for just $899 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 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 other ways 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

Affordable Cremation Services in Pensacola, FL

Cremation is fast becoming the ‘preferred’ disposition choice for families in Pensacola.  The word is out that cremation offers a more affordable funeral alternative. When families either have not got thousands of dollars to spend on a funeral or simply do not want to spend unnecessarily, cremation offers a low-cost alternative. In this guide, we will explain how to arrange affordable cremation services in Pensacola and hopefully answer some other questions you may have.

How much does a cremation cost in Pensacola?

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 around $9,000 (NFDA 2022), and this does NOT include cemetery costs.  Many families today cannot afford an amount like $10,000 to $12,000 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 in Pensacola can cost anywhere between $1,095 and $4,000.  In order to help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a reputable cremation services provider in Pensacola who can offer a basic cremation package for just $1,095.

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

Cremation services in Pensacola

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

Visit our Guide to Cremation – Everything from when the Deceased is Collected to Receiving the Cremated Remains to learn all about the cremation process and different service options and understand the legal requirements to be met to conduct cremation.

This Ultimate Guide to Cremation from US Funerals Online may also be useful if you have other FAQs about cremation.

Direct cremation services

Direct cremation is probably the fastest-growing type of cremation service.  Direct cremation is the industry term for a basic cremation with no services.  The deceased is collected and transported to the crematory/funeral home, the legal paperwork is completed, and the cremation is 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. 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.

Florida is one state that licenses Direct Disposers.  A direct disposer ONLY offers direct cremation.  Because of the nature of solely offering direct cremation services, a licensed direct disposer can often offer very competitive direct cremation prices.

Call DFS Memorials now at (850) 290-5525 to arrange a direct cremation for just $1,095.

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; 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.

cremation-services-pensacolaHow 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 govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made along the way.

The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

What if I am unsure about cremation or the family cannot agree?

Cremation is such a final disposition, and 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, 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 enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members or scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is another option in Pensacola, especially scattering into the Gulf.  Read more about this in our guide to Ash Scattering.

preplanning-funeral-pensacolaIs it possible to preplan a low-cost cremation?

Yes, you can preplan simple, low-cost cremation services in and lock in on today’s prices.  A low-cost cremation plan is generally financed with an insurance or trust fund.

Alternatively, you can set down your wishes and put aside the necessary amount in a Payable on Death POD account.  This keeps your money in your control and safe. When the time arises, your beneficiary can withdraw the funds to pay for your funeral.

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

There is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period in Florida before a cremation can proceed.

What do I do if I cannot even afford cremation services in Pensacola?

Sadly this happens too often today!  Families experience the death and a loved one and do not have the money to pay for a funeral.  There is very limited financial support to assist families with funeral costs.

Social Security offers a $255 lump sum death benefit payment to those individuals who qualify. [Your funeral director can assist you in claiming this]

Some counties do offer indigent burial assistance, but this varies, so you need to consult your local county Human Services to find out what support may be available.

Veteran’s Funerals in Pensacola

If you wish to arrange a direct cremation for a veteran in Pensacola, we do offer discounts for veterans, and all vets qualify for a free cemetery plot, grave marker, and flag.

If you have further questions about cremation, you can check out the Funeral Resources section offered by US Funerals Online.

Want to know about Cremation costs in Santa Rosa, CA?

Are you looking for the most affordable cremation option?  Do you want to know what a cremation costs in Santa Rosa?  Then read on to find out more about cremation prices and options in Santa Rosa.

We have briefly outlined here how you can arrange a simple cremation for as little as $1,195 complete if keeping costs as low as possible is what you are looking for.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Santa Rosa?

As simple cremation is a popular choice for families in California, there are plenty of cremation providers to choose from.  Cremation costs can vary quite considerably between different funeral homes and cremation companies.  A basic cremation can be arranged for as little as $1,195 complete, but it can also cost much more than this.

Comparing cremation costs in Santa Rosa

More families are opting to shop around and compare cremation prices between funeral homes today to ensure that they have obtained the best price cremation possible.  This can be time-consuming and quite an overwhelming task, so we have conducted our own cremation cost research, so you don’t have to!

cheap-cremation-santa-rosaDirect cremation in Santa Rosa

A direct cremation is the lowest-cost cremation option.  The deceased is cremated without any ceremony and/or services, and the cremated remains are 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 fashion.

A family gathering for a memorial service can be held as and when the family chooses. An ash scattering or a keepsake urn can be alternative low-cost options once the direct cremation is performed.

Visit our Complete Guide to Scattering Cremated Remains to learn more about ash scattering.

Low-cost cremation in Santa Rosa

To arrange a low-cost cremation in Santa Rosa, you can contact your local DFS Memorials provider.

DFS Memorials Santa Rosa (707) 219-8935  –  Direct cremation $845

Is there any help with cremation costs in Santa Rosa?

Sadly more families are finding themselves struggling to meet funeral costs today.  Any financial assistance with cremation costs is managed at the county level and differs by state and county.  If you are struggling to pay for a funeral, you can try contacting human services or social services at your county office.

There is also a $255 death benefit from Social Security for those that qualify.  Some local organizations, such as charitable groups and union groups, sometimes offer financial support for the cost of a funeral.

Helping families Bennett Valley, Burbank Gardens, Cherry Street, Coffey Park, Fountaingrove, Dutton Ave, Hidden Valley, Juilliard Park, Lomita Heights, Montgomery Village, Moorland Avenue, North West Santa Rosa, Oakmont Village, Olive Park, Ridgway Historic District, Rincon Valley, Roseland, Santa Rosa Avenue, South Park, St. Rose Historic District, Stonegate, & West End arrange affordable cremations.

Direct cremation cost in San Francisco – $1,195

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

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

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

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

Understanding different cremation packages and services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oversize cremation in the Bay Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct disposers in San Francisco

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

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

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

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

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

Call DFS Memorials NOW at (415) 286-9121

To arrange a Direct Cremation for $1,195

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

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

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

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

Low cost cremation in Sarasota, FL

If you want to arrange a simple cremation at an affordable cost, then DFS Memorials can help you arrange a low-cost cremation for just $1,095. Call us today, and we can help you arrange a cremation without breaking the bank.

Cremations Services in Sarasota


Cremation is a popular choice for many Florida residents and retirees.  It offers a simple, no-fuss, and low-cost alternative to a traditional funeral.  Cremated remains can be interred, scattered, or mailed to another state.

If you have an immediate need or an imminent need for a basic cremation service in Sarasota,  – call your local DFS Memorials provider now at (941) 202-2575, and we can help you.

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

What is included in a simple cremation?

Our low-cost direct cremation package in Sarasota includes the following:

  • Arrangement of the cremation and completion of all required documentation
  • Refrigeration of the deceased for the mandatory 48 hours as required by law.
  • Transportation of the Deceased to the Crematory
  • Crematory Fee
  • Cremation Permit
  • Returning the Cremated Remains to the family either by delivery or certified mail.

Direct cremation in Sarasota

Direct cremation is fast becoming the most popular cremation choice today.  Why? Because it offers the cheapest and most flexible disposition option for families concerned about funeral costs and wanting a ‘simple’ solution.  Many Florida families choose a direct cremation and then arrange their own memorial services.

This helps them save a lot of money on cremation costs in Sarasota and puts the family firmly in control of the funeral service. Often, the price quoted for a direct cremation does NOT include transport and service fees. Some funeral homes advertise a lower price which isn’t the complete price with all fees included.

A low-cost direct cremation can be arranged in Sarasota for $1,095 complete.

Call (941) 202-2575  now!

If you want to learn more about cremation, what the process entails from when the deceased is collected to when the family receives the cremated remains, what cremation service options are available, and more about the legal aspects of conducting a cremation disposition, visit our Complete Guide to Cremation.

What laws govern cremation arrangements in Sarasota?

funeral-pricesFlorida law requires that there is a mandatory 48-hour waiting period from the time of death to when a cremation can be performed.

A cremation authorization form must be signed by the immediate next of kin. [You can pre-sign a cremation authorization form if you are preplanning cremation for yourself or an immediate relative.]

The Medical Examiner must issue a cremation permit to permit the cremation to go ahead.

What help is there towards cremation costs?

Families have very limited financial assistance to help them with funeral costs.  With many families struggling financially these days, a death can result in a crisis about how to pay for the funeral.  A cremation is a lower-cost option, and direct cremation is the cheapest option.

Some counties do have some funding to assist low-income families with funeral expenses.  You would need to contact your local county human services department to inquire whether there is any funding and whether you qualify.

Check here to see see what county-level assistance may be available to you.

There is also the $255 Social Security death benefit if you qualify.  The funeral director can assist you with notifying Social Security.

For further reading on Cremation Services and other FAQs about Arranging a Cremation – Check out this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023.

If you are considering scattering the ashes following a direct cremation, this Complete Guide to Ash Scattering can help you research options and understand how to scatter cremated remains safely.

*Plus county fees which are subject to change: death certificate $10 and Medical Examiner fees which vary by county.  Collier County – no fee, Lee County $45, Charlotte County – no fee, Hillsborough County $25 

What does a cremation cost in Denver, CO?

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

Cremation prices: what average cremation costs to expect

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

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

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

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

Different types of cremation packages 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding cremation laws in Denver

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

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

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

Comparing cremation prices in Denver

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

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

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