What does a direct cremation cost in Deltona, FL – $895

Cremation service Deltona FLToday more and more families are deciding they want a simple and more affordable funeral option.  Be it that they cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on a funeral, or simply want a ‘no fuss’ alternative.  Direct cremation is the cheapest funeral alternative.

For those families in Deltona who do not want to overspend on a funeral, or simply cannot afford a costly funeral, cremation is a low-cost alternative.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Deltona?

These days we are discerning consumers, very mindful of costs, and people are now realizing they can price-shop for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?  The Internet offers a great tool to research funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes have websites, or put their prices online, so we have put this guide together to outline average funeral and cremation costs in Deltona for you.

The average cost of a traditional funeral in Deltona is $5,985*.

So how do cremation costs compare in Deltona?

Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.

No casket, cemetery plot or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses.

The average price for a cremation funeral service in Deltona is $2,940*.

Direct cremation services in Deltona, FL

Direct cremation is the funeral industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  Only the cremation service is provided by the funeral home.  No ceremony or funeral services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected, cremated and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.

Cremation prices in Deltona FLDirect cremation offers families lower cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue or even outdoors.  The service can be conducted with, or without, the cremation urn present, and can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony or interment in a cremation niche or scattering garden.

A basic direct cremation is available in Deltona for $895, although the average price for a direct cremation is $995.  To help families arrange affordable cremation services we have selected only family-owned cremation services providers who can offer a basic cremation package for just $895.

Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $895

Call now on (386) 487-2922 now to arrange a low-cost cremation

In order for a cremation to be conducted a ‘disposition permit’ must be issued by the county.  At present there is no charge for this.  Death certificates are an additional cost, as these are issued by the county, and are a third-party expense.  Death certificates cost $5 for the first certificate and $4 for each additional copy issued.

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

This is one of the most frequent questions families ask about cremation.  Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains and identity checks must be made all along the way.  The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation and only one cremation can be performed at a time.  The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.

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

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

You can authorize an agent for your final disposition or sign the authorization when you preplan a cremationash scattering detona

What can you do with the cremated remains?

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

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

Can I preplan a direct cremation at an affordable cost?

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

How quickly can a cremation be performed?

It generally takes a few days to make the necessary arrangements, complete all the legal paperwork and schedule the cremation.  However, expedited services can be arranged if required.  In Florida there is a mandatory 24 hour wait period after death before a cremation can be conducted.

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

There is very little ‘free’ money to help families with funeral costs.   What is available is constantly changing due to budget constraints, and varies by county.  Some counties do have a provision to assist needy or low-income families.  Contact Volusia county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally: Volusia County DFCS, 107 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Phone: (386) 423-3309

There is also a $255 lump sum social security death benefit payment if the deceased qualifies, and your funeral director can help you claim this.  So you may find that a low-cost cremation at $895 with DFS Memorials is a dignified, yet affordable, disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.

What is the service area around Deltona?

The $895 direct cremation package is in Deltona and surrounding counties.

If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us on (386) 487-2922 and we will be happy to try and help you.

*funeral prices obtained from online funeral price survey website 2018

Finding an affordable direct cremation service in Metairie, LA

Cremation Services Metairie, LACremation is now offering families a simple and affordable alternative to the costs associated with a traditional funeral.  This short guide should help you understand what options you have for a cremation service, how choosing cremation can save you on funeral costs, and answer some other questions about cremation.

If you have the immediate need of a low-cost cremation service, call your local DFS Memorials provider on (504) 215-8264.  Direct cremation service packages start at $1,550.

Why choose a cremation service?

The key reason more families are choosing a cremation service is cost.  A cremation service costs significantly less than a traditional burial.  There is no requirement for embalming, and a casket, burial vault and cemetery plot are not needed.  All of which reduce your overall cost for a funeral by at least half, if not two-thirds.

In addition to this, a cremation service offers greater flexibility as a service does not have to be held immediately, or remains can be transported back to a different state if necessary.

Can you still have a funeral service if you choose cremation?

Questions about cremationYes, a cremation funeral is just the same as a traditional funeral, only the deceased is cremated following the service instead of interred.

If you opt to have a cremation conducted immediately, you can have a service after the cremation with the cremation urn present.  This is known as a Cremation Memorial.

If you opt for a direct cremation, you can choose to arrange your own memorial service, after the cremated remains are returned to the family.  A direct cremation service is a cremation without a ceremony.  The funeral services provider simply conducts everything to take care of the cremation disposition, and then returns your loved one’s ashes directly to you.

What does a cremation cost?

This is the ‘million-dollar’ question, and what many people are using the Internet to establish right now.  The first thing to say is that the cost for a cremation will vary.  It will vary by cremation provider, by what type of cremation service option you select, and prices even vary by area.

To give you an idea of cremation costs, I can tell you that the average cost for a cremation memorial in Metairie is $5,546*, and the average cost for a direct cremation is $2,728*.

Cremation costs in Metairie, LAThe chart below gives some examples of direct cremation costs from a selection of funeral homes in Metairie.

Funeral Home or Cremation Services Provider Direct cremation Price
DFS Memorials LLC $1,550
Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home $2,595
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home $2,745
Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Crematory $2,845

 

What legally do you need to know about cremation?

For a cremation to be legally conducted it must be authorized by the immediate next of kin.  The funeral director will ask the next of kin to sign a Cremation Authorization Form.

There is generally a 24-72 hour wait period after the death occurred before the cremation can go Cremation Lawsahead, although this is mandated differently in different states.  The funeral director will need to obtain permission to cremate from the Jefferson Parish coroner, and obtain a cremation permit.

Once the wait period has expired, the cremation authorization form is correctly signed and notarized by the next of kin, and the coroner has issued the cremation permit, the cremation can be scheduled.

It will usually take 7-10 days to arrange a cremation, and the deceased will be sheltered in the funeral home in refrigerated storage.  If there are delays completing all the legal paperwork, it can take a little longer.  If the immediate next of kin are siblings (and there is more than one sibling), then all siblings need to sign the authorization form for a cremation to proceed.  This tends to be one of the main reasons that a cremation gets delayed, as there is disagreement between siblings on authorizing the cremation.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

There is a whole realm of options for how to memorialize with cremated remains.  You can, of course, inter the remains in a cemetery plot or cremation niche…. similar to a burial interment. Other options include: keeping the cremation urn at home, performing an ash-scattering or having a cremation tribute made from some of the remains.

A benefit of cremation, is that you do not need to make an immediate decision about the final disposition.  Sometimes it can be easier to hold onto the urn for a while whilst you have time to reflect and consider what is the most befitting disposition.

Is there any financial help for families who cannot afford a funeral?

Sadly, there is little financial support for those families who find themselves in the unfortunate position of losing a loved one and having no funds for a funeral.  What may be available varies so much by area.  You would need to consult with Jefferson Parish Social Services department.  Therefore, a direct cremation can offer a simple and affordable solution to handling the unexpected disposition of a family member if finances are an issue.

A dignified direct cremation can be conducted for $1,550 and then the family can arrange to hold their own memorial service.

There is the $255 lump-sum Social Services death benefit payment, if the deceased qualified, which can help towards the cremation cost.

For more information on cremation and what to do with cremated remains, check out the sections in our blog.

*Prices from Parting Funeral Survey 2018

Simple and low-cost cremation in Gulfport, MS: $995 direct cremation service

Cremation is becoming the increasingly popular choice for more Americans.  We are demanding more affordable, no-fuss and less traditional funeral services.  If you are in need of a simple cremation service in Gulfport, then DFS Memorials can help you arrange a direct cremation service for $995.

Simple cremation Gulfport MSWhat is the average cost for a cremation in Gulfport?

Funeral costs can vary tremendously!  In the same city, the cost of a funeral differs depending on the funeral home you choose, even for the exact same service.  With other products or services we purchase, we generally shop-around and compare prices.  This should be no different for funeral services and products.

However, for a long time it was ‘taboo’ to ask about pricing when arranging a funeral.  Today that is changing.  The Internet has provided a new tool to price-shop for funeral services.  But trying to wade through funeral home websites can be time-consuming and overwhelming, so DFS Memorials did that comparison for you, and selected a reputable and independent funeral services provider who is offering an affordable cremation service.

The average cost of a cremation memorial is $3,016*, but a simple direct cremation can be arranged for $995.

Why arrange a direct cremation?

A direct cremation is the most affordable disposition option available.  It is where the funeral home take care of everything to cremate the deceased but no ceremony or services are held at the funeral home.  This means your funeral bill can be kept to a minimum.  Once the cremated remains are returned to the family, a memorial service can be arranged at a later date, or the ashes can be scattered.

More families are finding that a simple alternative like direct cremation offers a more flexible approach to death care.  There is no immediate need to rush and conduct a funeral service.  Family and friends, if they wish, can gather together and create a personal memorial tribute as and when they feel ready.

Are there additional costs when arranging a direct cremation?

The direct cremation service package covers the basic services of the funeral director and the cremation.  Additional costs may include:

  • Additional mileage fees (outside of core service area)
  • County fees – death certificates/cremation permit
  • Barometric crematory fee (oversize individual)
  • Residential collection
  • Selection of cremation urn

cremation servicesWhat do you need to know about cremation?

Cremation is the incineration of a deceased body at extreme heat in a crematory, also known as a cremation retort.  Each human body is cremated individually, and the retort thoroughly cleaned before the next cremation takes place.

The remains from the cremation process still contain bone fragments, so the remains are then transferred to a machine that pulverizes the bones and ashes into what we know as the cremated remains ashes.

This process is regulated by the funeral industry and a crematory operative is trained to manage the process.  Embalming is NOT required for cremation.  There is a strict ID process that occurs throughout the cremation process that must be cross-checked at every point, so you can be sure the remains you receive back, are those of your loved one.  Generally, a rigid cardboard cremation container is used for cremation purposes.

Cremation planA Cremation Authorization Form must be signed by ALL surviving immediate next of kin for a cremation to go ahead.  This means if there are siblings, all siblings must agree on, and sign the authorization form.  If not, a funeral director will not proceed with the cremation.  The funeral home has to obtain a cremation permit from Harrison county to permit the cremation to proceed.  There is generally a mandatory wait period after the death before the cremation can take place.  This is 24-48 hours.  However, it usually takes at least that time to complete all the required paperwork.

Can I preplan a cremation service?

Yes, preplanning is a good way to ensure your wishes are met and your surviving family are not left with the burden of funeral expenses and decisions.  A cremation plan can be arranged in advance and the funds put into trust.

What help is there with funeral expenses?

Unfortunately, there is very little (and limited) financial support for families who are struggling with funeral expenses.  Harrison county social services would be the department that can advise you about any assistance locally.  There is a $255 Social Security lump-sum death benefit payment, if the deceased qualified, and the funeral home can generally help with claiming this.

A direct cremation can be the most inexpensive means to arrange a disposition if you are struggling with funds.

What if the deceased is at the Medical Examiner’s Office?

Only a licensed funeral director can collect and transport a body from the ME’s office.  As the county also provide all the required permits and paperwork to accompany the deceased, this can mean that the process to release your loved one into the funeral home’s care can often be expedited.

How do I find a cremation service provider?

Most funeral homes in Gulfport will offer a cremation service, even if they do not have their own crematory.  They will use the services of a crematory to conduct the cremation.  The important consideration is to compare what service and pricing you are being offered by service providers.  If you do require a simple and affordable direct cremation service, then DFS Memorials can assist you at a cost of $995.

For more information, call Wayne on (228) 206-6607.

*Prices from online funeral price comparison Parting 2018

Understanding cremation costs in Connecticut

simple cremation service connecticutThe cremation rate continues to rise, with more families considering a cremation service as an alternative to a burial service.  So how much does a cremation cost in Connecticut?  And how can you save money on funeral expenses by arranging a cremation service?

The national average cost for a cremation funeral service in 2017 was $6,260 [NFDA: 2018 Cremation & Burial Report].  This is for a cremation funeral where the deceased is cremated following a funeral service.  A cremation memorial service is usually less expensive, as a cremation is conducted before the funeral service.

So, let’s have a look at what you can expect for cremation memorial costs across Connecticut.

What can you expect to pay for a cremation in Hartford?

The cost of funerals is a little above average in Connecticut.  Funeral service providers report that gas prices are higher than average, making cremation prices higher than in other parts of the country.

The average price for a cremation memorial service in Hartford is $3,863*, with the average price for a simple, direct cremation service coming in at just under $3,000.  This does not account for the fact that there are several funeral homes offering a direct cremation for around $1,400.

Cremation Memorial ServicesThe price of cremation in New Haven, CT

The average cremation memorial in New Haven costs $3,718*, with surveys reporting the average price of direct cremation at $2,692*.

Cremation costs in Bridgeport, CT

The average price for a cremation memorial service in Bridgeport is $3,409*, with the average cost for a cremation reported at $2,370.  However, the lowest cost for a direct cremation service is $1,400.  This makes a direct cremation the most affordable funeral option in Fairfield county.

There are around 200 funeral homes across Connecticut with an annual revenue of around $200M.

CT Funeral Market

* Prices obtained from online funeral survey 2018 – Parting

How to arrange an affordable cremation service in Akron, OH

Direct cremation in Akron OHThis short guide aims to help you understand cremation options and costs in Akron.  We understand that many families today are seeking more affordable alternatives when it comes to death care.

The internet has provided a great way to research pricing and services for many sectors, yet still many funeral homes do not disclose their prices online.  Here, we inform you of what average costs are, and how to find the most affordable cremation option.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Akron?

Funeral prices can vary considerably, for the exact same service package, from different service providers.  For this reason, it is always advisable to compare prices from more than one funeral service provider.  To help you save time, we have compiled a brief overview of cremation pricing in Akron.

The average cost of a traditional funeral service in Akron, compiled from a list of Akron funeral homes indicates that the average price for a full-service funeral is $5,798*.  This does not include any cemetery fees.  The average cost of a simple, direct burial is $2,011*.

Cremation Service Akron OHWhat are cremation costs in Akron?

The average cost of a Cremation Memorial service is $2,926*, with the lowest price available at around $2,000.  A Cremation Memorial service is where the deceased is first cremated and then a service held with the cremated remains present.

The most affordable cremation option is a direct cremation.  This is where the deceased is collected, prepared and cremated with no services conducted by the funeral home.  The deceased is simply ‘directly’ cremated, and then the cremated remains are returned to the family.

The family, if they wish, can then hold their own memorial service at a place and time that suits them.  This can also save further costs on the overall price of a funeral.

The average cost of a direct cremation in Akron is $1,628*, although it is possible to arrange a direct cremation for as little as $745.

This is why a low-cost, no-fuss, direct cremation is the most affordable and simple disposition option for families with limited funds, or where no funeral services are required.

If you would like to know more about arranging a low-cost direct cremation in Akron, OH please call us.

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price survey May 2018

Funeral costs: Arrange an affordable funeral or cremation in Jackson, MS

Direct cremation in Jackson MSDeath can be an expensive business!  The average funeral costs $7,045 according to the National Funeral Directors Association’s 2012 figures, and this does NOT include any cemetery fees.

Apart from the fact that 76% of American families are struggling paycheck to paycheck these days [CNN Money Report], many are also finding what little finances they had in reserve can be depleted in end of life care for a loved one! Families simply do not have thousands of dollars to spend on a funeral today.

This all means our funeral purchasing habits ARE changing.  We are demanding more affordable funeral alternatives.  Mississippi has long been steeped in tradition and still has one of the lowest cremation rates in the nation, however, this IS changing.

Cremation vs. burial

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The shift towards cremation instead of traditional burial has started in Mississippi.  Many folks talk about the cremation trend being led by cultural changes – environmental concerns, declining religiosity and a more migrant population.  It is also driven largely by cost and flexibility.  It is reported that the cremation rate in Jackson has climbed by 11% in the last year alone.

How can I save money by arranging a cremation in Jackson?

A traditional funeral in Jackson is probably going to cost you upwards of $8,000 when you include in cemetery fees.  A cremation service can cost you anything between $995 and $4,500 depending on the type of cremation service.  So opting for a cremation is likely to save you anything between $7,000 and $3,500 on the cost of a traditional burial in Jackson.  The costs for the cemetery plot and burial vault are eliminated, as are the costs for a casket and embalming.

Arranging a low cost cremation or a direct cremation in Jackson

cremation-costs-biloxi-gulf-coastIf funeral costs are a worry to you and you are simply looking for the least expensive funeral option available to you – then a direct cremation would be your best option.  This is the most minimal cremation service offered and involves no ceremony or ancillary services being conducted by the funeral home.  The deceased is simply collected, prepared for cremation and cremated, using a basic cremation container, and the cremated remains returned to the family in a temporary cremation urn.  The funeral director will complete all the necessary documentation and process the cremation.  A direct cremation can be conducted in Jackson and all of South Mississippi for $995.  For this reason it makes for a very affordable funeral alternative.

Direct cremation and conducting your own memorial service

Some families are choosing to have the disposition taken care of by a direct cremation, and then conducting their own memorial service once they have the cremated remains.  I am observing even church ministers and pastors supporting families by conducting memorial services once the cremation disposition is performed.  Families can take control of the death care ritual by arranging their own memorial tribute service at a time and location of their choice.  Cremation also offers a greater flexibility in that there is no rush to hold a service immediately and more creative options are possible for a cremation memorial.

How do I find an affordable funeral provider in Jackson, MS?

Good question!  It can seem an overwhelming task checking out the list of funeral homes in Jackson to locate affordable funeral prices.  This is where DFS Memorials can help.  We have done this work to save you the task.  We have checked around funeral homes and selected a local, family-owned funeral home who can offer a low cost cremation or affordable funeral package.

Call (601) 228-2970    Direct Cremation $995

What if I cannot afford a funeral? What help is there with funeral costs in Jackson?

Sadly, we are asked this question all too often at DFS Memorials.  There is limited financial assistance available.  All states have a responsibility to attend to indigent funerals – that is for those individuals who become a responsibility of Mississippi State.  To find out what local level pubic aid is available for low income or no income families, you need to contact your local county Social Services or Human Services Department.  There is the Social Security $255 death benefit for those that do qualify.  Also some groups such as unions, charities and church groups may assist families in need with fund-raising to cover funeral costs.

DFS Memorials Jackson serves Hinds, Madison, Rankin Counties and Belhaven Heights Historic District, Downtown, Farish Street, Fondren District, Mid North District, Poindexter Park Historic District, Smith Park Architectural District, Spengler’s Corner Historic District, and West Capitol Street Historic District.

Arranging a low cost cremation in Boca Raton FL – $696

Cremation is a popular disposition choice in Florida, and the SE Florida area has one of the lowest cost cremation prices in the U.S. This is partly due to the fact that Florida is one of only 2 states where direct disposers are licensed.

A direct disposer does not have to operate a funeral establishment or an embalming facility to legally run a cremation-only business, and this can significantly cut down on overheads. However, be careful, as sometimes the seemingly cheap cremation price that a direct disposer offers will not include some services that a licensed funeral home includes.

Comparing the cost of cremation in Boca Raton, FL

We all like to price-compare these days and ensure we are getting value for money, and when finances can be tight, it can be just as important to make sure that you are not over-spending on a funeral. Prices for a cremation vary, different cremation service providers charge different prices, and the cost of a cremation service can depend upon what type of service you want.

It is possible to arrange a basic, simple cremation in Boca Raton FL for just under $700 complete. This is a direct cremation, where no service or ceremony is held before the deceased is cremated. Family can, however, choose to hold a memorial service once they have the cremated remains returned. A cremation with a viewing or service starts at around $1,295. A full-service cremation can cost anywhere between $1,595 and $3,500.

The $696 direct cremation offered by the DFS Memorials provider in Boca Raton is offered from an independent full-service funeral home.  This means that they do have the full facilities to offer additional services should you decide you require them.  However, their direct cremation package price remains extremely well-priced for those wanting a simple dignified cremation from a reputable local funeral home.

What is included in a direct cremation?

A simple direct cremation service includes:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of death certificate and cremation permit
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn
  • One copy of the death certificate

direct-cremationHow can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Boca Raton a direct cremation can be conducted for $696 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option. You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned. This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What help is there with cremation costs in Boca Raton?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255. The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security. Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Palm Beach County Human Services Department.

Direct cremation: 5 ways it can save you money on funeral costs

What is a direct cremation?

Direct cremation is the funeral trade term for a simple or basic cremation where no ceremony or services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is simply collected, cremated and the cremated remains returned directly to the family.

It is the least expensive disposition option that a funeral provider can offer a family, and it will be listed on a funeral home’s General Price List (GPL), but generally at the very bottom!  A direct cremation is not generally what the funeral director wants to sell you, unless that is if he specializes in offering direct cremation services.

How much is a direct cremation service?

This will depend upon the funeral services provider you select, and the area you are in.  Many metro city areas are becoming increasingly competitive for the cremation market, and therefore cremation prices are accordingly priced.  In most U.S. cities, it is possible to arrange a cremation for around $1,000, or slightly under or over.

Funeral service providers determine what price they wish to set their GPL at to make the profit-margin they need to cover their overhead and stay in business.  So, some providers are more expensive than others, as with other service providers.  Those that are corporate-owned and therefore have share-holders to report to, tend to focus on ‘up-selling’ a service or product for the incremental sales that can be garnered.

One important thing to do is to determine if you ARE dealing with an independent funeral business or a corporate funeral business.

So how are you going to save money by arranging a direct cremation?

What is a direct cremation?#1  The price for a direct cremation is the lowest cost disposition service offering

A direct cremation is the least expensive disposition option you have.  If you have financial concerns over the cost of arranging a funeral, then opting for a direct cremation will help you still have control over arranging a dignified disposition, without worrying about a huge cost.  The cost of a direct cremation does vary by area and service provider, but in high cremation rate states, such as Arizona, Washington, Nevada and Florida, a direct cremation can be conducted for as little as $595.  In many other large metro areas, the price for a direct cremation is still under $900.  Use the state links to the right to find your state and city and see what the price of a direct cremation is near you.

#2  You do not have to arrange a funeral or memorial immediately

Taking care of the immediate need to dispose of the body in a timely manner, can alleviate the added costs involved in gathering family together at short notice to conduct a funeral service.  Especially today when more families are spread apart.  Attending a funeral can be a cost that involves traveling costs and time off work.

So, arranging a direct cremation to be conducted, and then family planning to come together to conduct a memorial at a time and place that suits them, can save money all round.

#3  You can conduct your own memorial or personalized life celebration event

Once the direct cremation has been conducted and the cremated remains returned, family can choose to hold their own personalized memorial service.  They do not need a funeral director for this, and it can be a significant way to save on funeral costs.  You can hold a memorial service anywhere that seems befitting to the deceased, and in any way that would pay tribute to the deceased.

#4  All arrangements can be made without even needing to visit a funeral home

Arrange a cremation onlineIf you opt to arrange a direct cremation, all arrangements can be made online or by phone, there is no need to make visits to the funeral home.

Many modern funeral service providers now offer dedicated online arrangement services that even offer an additional discount for arranging online.  Arranging online saves the funeral staff time and therefore this saving can be passed onto the family.

Not having to make visits to a funeral home can also save you time and money….and make the process less overwhelming.  And obviously if the deceased happens to be in another state, this makes the process much easier without the costs of traveling.

#5  You can purchase an urn online to save on costs

With a direct cremation, the cremated remains are generally returned in a temporary cremation container.  This is how costs are kept down.  You can opt to purchase a cremation urn online and this can help to save on your overall cremation costs. Cremation urns can be bought online from discount providers for as little as $29.99.

So there are 5 reasons why arranging a simple, no-fuss direct cremation can help you save on money and stress when you need to make funeral arrangements, especially if you have financial restraints on what budget the family has to spend on funeral services!

You can use the state links to the right to find your state and city and locate your nearest low-cost direct cremation provider.

Guide to Affordable Cremation Services in Lancaster, PA

Direct Cremation in Lancaster, PADo you need to save money on funeral costs?  Looking for a simple and inexpensive alternative to a traditional funeral service?

Consider arranging a simple cremation service for $1,195.  More families are opting to conduct a simple, no-fuss direct cremation and then perform their own memorial service at a venue of their choosing. This all saves thousands of dollars on funeral expenses!

How funeral care is changing and economic reasons for choosing cremation

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

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

How much does a funeral cost in Lancaster?

This is not a simple question to answer as funeral costs can range significantly depending on the type of services and products selected, and the funeral services provider used.  The average cost of a funeral in Lancaster is $7,378*.

Cremation Service Lancaster PAHow much does a cremation cost in Lancaster?

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

It is important to state that cremation prices in Lancaster DO vary quite considerably between funeral homes, and depending what type of cremation service you opt for.  Not all funeral homes have their own crematory but will use the services of a local crematory.  The average cost of a cremation memorial is $4,293*, however, it is possible to find much lower-priced cremation services in Lancaster.

How much is a direct cremation in Lancaster, PA?

A basic cremation can be conducted in Lancaster for as little as $1,195 complete.  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 (717) 282-1833 to arrange a low cost cremation for $1,195

What type of cremation services are available?

You can select from a range of cremation services and packages.  These will start with a basic cremation without any additional services, which is the cheapest type of cremation package.  You can have a full service funeral that is followed by the cremation, a cremation followed by a memorial service, or just a viewing followed by a cremation.  Cremation does offer versatility in what options you have, and when and where any services can be held.

Cremation Service Lancaster, PAHow to compare cremation costs in Lancaster, PA

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

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

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

Understanding the legal requirements for cremation in Lancaster

As mentioned above, there are laws in place regarding the cremation of human remains. A cremation cannot be performed until a cremation permit is issued by the medical examiner’s office.  The legal next of kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form.  There is a mandatory wait period of 24 after death in Pennsylvania before the cremation can proceed.

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

What can we do with the cremated remains?

Cremation offers some greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once you have them returned.  You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.  However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.  There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, bird baths and paintings.

Preplanning an affordable cremation service

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

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

Cremation Laws in PennsylvaniaIt is sadly a reality that more folks are passing without leaving the means to pay for their funeral.  If you are faced with this situation, you need to explore what help may be available to you.

Social Security pay out a $255 lump sum death benefit (if you qualify) and your funeral director can assist you with this.

The support for indigent burials differs so much by state and county. Some counties do offer some financial assistance to low-income families, whereas in other counties only county indigent dispositions are conducted.  To find out what may be available you should contact Lancaster County Human Services Department at: 832 Manor Street Lancaster, PA 17604 Phone: (717) 299-7411

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

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

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

Address of county coroner’s office:  150 North Queen Street Lancaster PA 17603 Phone: (717) 735-2123

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

*Funeral prices obtained from Parting funeral price comparison survey 2018

$755 Simple cremation in Frisco, TX

Direct Cremation in FriscoIf you have an immediate, or imminent, need for a simple low cost cremation then we can help you arrange everything for one low price of $755.

Our attitudes to death and funerals are changing and many families are finding that cremation offers a more simple and affordable option. More families are deciding they just want a simple, “no fuss” option, one that can be delivered at a low cost.

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

When you can take care of everything for $755, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?

What is included in the $755 Simple Cremation Package?

Our simple cremation service includes:

  • Collection of the deceased from the place of death
  • Transfer to the funeral facility*
  • Shelter of the deceased
  • Filing of death certificate and cremation permit
  • A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
  • The cremation process
  • Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn

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

 Are there any extra costs?

The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding.  Death certificate fees in Texas are $21 for the 1st certificate and $4 for each additional copy at present.

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

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

Cremation planningComparing cremation costs in Frisco, TX

As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Frisco, there are several cremation service providers serving Collin County.  The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package.  The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Frisco is $6,110*, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $3,260*  It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.

A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs.  The average cost of a funeral in Frisco is $9,592.*

How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?

A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is.  In Frisco, a direct cremation can be conducted for $755 complete, making this very affordable funeral option.   If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Frisco, TX.  You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned.  This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.

What do I need to know about arranging a cremation?  What are the legal requirements?

A cremation authorization form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed.  If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out.  There is a 48-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.

What help is there with cremation costs?

If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255.  The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security.  Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.

There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county.   Check out Collin County Assistance Programs.

Collin County Human Services Department 210 South McDonald Street, McKinney TX 75069 Phone: (972) 424-1460

How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Collin County, 2300 Bloomdale Road 2104 McKinney, TX 75071 Phone: (972) 548-4185
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What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?

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

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

700 Wilmeth Road McKinney TX 75069 Phone: (972)-548-3775

Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (972) 332-0414 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.

*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2018