Funerals do not need to be expensive affairs. Cremation offers a simple, dignified, and affordable alternative to traditional burial in Palm Bay.
If you need to arrange a funeral on a limited budget, then a direct cremation can offer a low-cost funeral option.
Direct cremation costs just $1,095 in Palm Bay. This is a cremation service without any ceremony offered by the funeral service provider. However, the family can choose to hold a memorial service after the cremated remains are returned.
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 the average cost of a funeral in Palm Bay?
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 the average funeral and cremation costs in Palm Bay for you.
The average cost of a traditional funeral in Palm Bay is $6,595*
So how do cremation costs compare in Palm Bay?
Cremation offers a cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can 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 Palm Bay is $5,182*.
Direct cremation services in Palm Bay, FL
Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’. The funeral home or direct disposer provides only the cremation service. No ceremony or funeral services are provided. The deceased is collected, cremated, and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.
Direct 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. It can even take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony, interment in a cremation niche, or scattering garden.
A basic direct cremation is available in Palm Bay for $1,095, although the average price for a direct cremation is $1,790. To help families arrange affordable cremation services, we have selected a licensed direct disposal establishment that can offer an affordable, simple cremation package.
Direct cremation means a family can manage to conduct dignified funeral services for as little as $1,095.
Call now at (321) 215-4844 now to arrange a low-cost cremation
Are there any additional fees to the simple cremation package?
For a cremation to be conducted, the county must issue a ‘disposition permit’.
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.
Potential additional charges could be incurred if the deceased weighs over 250 pounds or has a pacemaker that must be removed prior to the cremation.
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. Read this Ultimate Guide to Cremation 2023 for more information.
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 require all children to 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 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 48-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 Brevard county DFCS to find out what may be available to you locally at (321) 633-2007.
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 $1,095 with DFS Memorials is a dignified yet affordable disposition alternative if your family is struggling financially.
If you have further questions about cremation, feel free to call us at (321) 215-4844, and we will be happy to try and help you.
*funeral prices obtained from Funeralocity 2022