becoming a preferred funeral option for families across the U.S. today,
and even in Atlanta cremation is now being chosen by more families.
The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and Industry watchdogs
cite cost as one of the primary reasons why more of us are opting for cremation.
This is quite understandable considering that a cremation costs around
a third, if not a quarter, of the cost of a traditional burial, and at
a time when more families are struggling financially.
This article aims to explain
what your options are if you are considering a cremation service in Atlanta,
what costs to expect for a cremation and how to save costs on a funeral.
How much does a cremation cost
This is the question that many
families turn to the Internet to find out. It may be that you have
no idea how much cremation is, or you have already been quoted a price
for a cremation and want to know whether this is a fair price.
A cremation can cost anywhere
between $795 and $3,500 depending upon the type of cremation service you
select, and the cremation service provider who serves you. There
are budget cremation providers who specialize in offering simple and affordable
cremation services, and many of these keep their costs down by arranging
everything by phone or online. They offer direct cremations for between
$795 and $1,295. Then there are the larger funeral homes (with a greater
overhead) that will generally charge between $2,000 - $3,000 for a direct
What type of cremation service
can I have?
There are 3 main types of cremation
service – a funeral service followed by cremation, a cremation with a memorial
service (generally after the cremation and with the cremation urn present)
or a direct cremation, which is a cremation without any ceremony.
You can also customize a cremation service to suit your needs.
Do I need a casket for a cremation
No, you do not need a casket
for a cremation as it is not incinerated with the body. All that
is required by law is a suitable combustible cremation container.
This is usually a cardboard or plywood box. If you are holding a
funeral service before the cremation and wish to have the deceased laid
out in a casket, some funeral service providers in Atlanta offer rental
caskets for this purpose.
The fact that you do NOT
need a casket is one of the reasons why a cremation can be so much cheaper
than a burial, and a way to keep the funeral costs down.
What is the cheapest cremation
I can arrange?
The most economical cremation
you can arrange is a direct cremation. This is the term given by
the funeral industry to a basic cremation. This is a cremation without
any services and where the cremated remains are generally returned in a
temporary urn. Of course, you can choose to add a ceramic or wooden
urn to a direct cremation package for an additional charge, or you can
purchase your own cremation urn for the crematory to deposit the ashes
A direct cremation is still
a very dignified disposition of remains. Crematory regulations and
practices must be adhered to, and the deceased is treated with the same
procedures and dignity as he/she would be for any other funeral service.
Can I still have a memorial
service if I opt for a direct cremation in Atlanta?
Yes certainly. More families
are choosing to opt for direct cremation and then conduct a memorial service
or ash-scattering service at a later date. You can have a memorial
service at whatever venue you choose, it does not have to be a funeral
home or chapel. In fact as Life Celebrations become more popular
for funeral services, more families are opting to personalize a memorial
service, and conduct services themselves or with the assistance of a funeral
Comparing cremation costs in
At US Funerals Online we believe
every family should be able to compare cremation costs between cremation
service providers without feeling that it is undignified to inquire about
cremation prices. We also believe that you should be able to arrange
a simple cremation for a low cost and not spend unnecessarily on funeral
costs. For this reason we conducted some cost comparisons of direct
cremation packages from a selection of low cost cremation providers in
Disclaimer: This cremation
cost information was obtained from providers in November 2014. Prices are
posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically
providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices
are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral
DFS Memorials in Atlanta
DFS Memorials can offer you
a complete direct cremation for $795. If you have the immediate need
of a low cost cremation service, call now on (404) 445-0239, or call with
any questions about preplanning a simple cremation today.
Make your own memorial tributes
to keep funeral costs down
Making your own memorial tributes
not only keeps costs down, it can also be a super way to really personalize
a tribute. We have a detailed article ‘How
to create your own memorial tributes’ which thoroughly discusses how
you can make your own prayer cards, candles, memory boards and other memorial
stationery and tribute ideas.
Cremation offers an inexpensive,
dignified and versatile funeral alternative. You can save thousands
of dollars on the cost of a traditional burial, plus there are numerous
options with what you can do with the cremated remains instead of interment.
Cremated remains can also be transported anywhere in the continental USA
using the United States Postal Service for between $50.00 - $75.00.
Check out our section on
‘Cremation’ in our Library to read more articles about cremation, ash scattering
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
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Published: November 24th