A cremation is a method by which to conduct the disposition of a body through burning. It is an alternative method to a burial and can be conducted after holding a traditional funeral service. Because cremation is the very final disposition of a body it is governed by strict laws and regulations. In order to proceed with any cremation service, a death certificate must be obtained along with a permit from the county that the funeral director is required to have before performing any cremation service. All legal next-of-kin must sign a Cremation Authorization Form and must all be in total agreement regarding this procedure.
There are generally four types of cremation services and there many factors that impact the costs, but in this article we will focus on the direct cremation services.
Direct Cremation Process and Cost
Direct cremation is a cremation conducted with no ceremony, embalming, viewing or visitation. You may come across direct cremation services also referred to as a simple cremation, a basic cremation or no ceremony cremation. This is the least expensive cremation option and can usually be performed for under $1,000. However it is a good idea to shop around as prices can vary and certain firms will not include the actual crematory fee in their pre-priced package.
Our charge for a direct cremation services includes:
- Basic services of Funeral Director and staff
- A proportionate share of overhead costs
- Removal of cremated remains
- Transportation to crematory
- Cremation process
- Necessary authorizations and permits
- Cremation container
- Notifying Social Security Administration
- Medical Examiner Fee
The cremated remains are returned directly to the family once the process is complete.
Because direct cremation does not include a formal funeral or any pre-funeral events, many of the costs of a traditional funeral are avoided. For example, because the body is cremated shortly after death, you can proceed with the cremation service directly through the crematory, rather than a funeral home which can potentially save you a significant amount of money. The body is usually cremated in a simple container, rather than an expensive casket and because there is no viewing, visitation, or wake before the cremation, there is no need for embalming or any other cosmetic body preparations. The direct cremation service also gives you more flexibility to hold a memorial service at a later date, eliminating certain funeral arrangement costs.
Direct Cremation and Your Rights
Deciding on a disposition method for a deceased loved one, can be emotionally difficult and confusing. But as a consumer you have certain rights and understanding what they are can bring down your costs and remove any additional stress that comes with an expensive funeral.
- Funeral homes will usually offer specific plans that include certain services. Many of these come with a long list of services as well as a hefty price tag. While you might be encouraged to opt for one of these options, you should know that funeral homes are required to include direct cremation as one of their available services.
- During the cremation the body may be contained in a casket. While this comes with an extra cost, it is not required. If you do wish to use a container, the funeral home is required by federal law to have one available. These alternative containers may be made of pressboard, wood, or a sturdy cardboard casket.
- You cannot be denied the right to use your own urn.
The loss of a loved one is a stressful and emotional time. We make ourselves available 24/7 and guide the families we work with using the highest level of ethics, competence and compassion, providing personalized and professional cremation services in a comfortable environment at an affordable cost. Contact us today with any questions you may have.