Cremation costs: Average cost
of cremation in Pittsburgh
With cremation on the increase
in Pennsylvania, more families are seeking out information on cremation
costs in Pittsburgh. This article aims to provide families with an
overview of cremation costs and cremation options in Pittsburgh.
Families can save hundreds of dollars by selecting an affordable cremation
services provider, but many families do not know where to start in comparing
cremation services, or understanding how best to select cremation services
and cut costs.
What is the best way to compare
cremation costs in Pittsburgh?
It can be a daunting task trying
to compare cremation services and costs between different funeral homes
and crematories in Pittsburgh. We have put together a cremation cost
comparison for the top low cost cremation providers in Pittsburgh to help
give you an idea of how cremation costs compare.
Disclaimer: This cremation
cost information was obtained from providers in October 2013. 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
Hopefully this information
can assist you make an informed decision about which cremation service
provider offers the best value cremation service in Pittsburgh.
What is the average cost of
a cremation with a service in Pittsburgh?
Average cremation costs can
often be a misleading figure as the cost of a cremation can vary so much
between different providers. The cost of a cremation with a service
differs in price depending upon what type of graveside, chapel or memorial
service is selected. To give you a general guide – a cremation with
a simple service can start from just over $1,000 but range up to just under
$5,000. The simpler the service and the less ancillary products such
as obituaries, guest book, memorial folders, the more the overall cost
What is the cost of a direct
cremation in Pittsburgh?
The cremation cost comparison
chart above is based on a comparison of direct cremation services from
a number of the lowest cost cremation services providers in Pittsburgh.
As you can see, one of the best prices for a direct cremation in Pittsburgh
is $695.00 complete, however, the cost for a direct cremation can range
up to over $2,000. It is imperative that you compare like-for-like
direct cremation packages and ensure that you are being quoted for a complete
service with no hidden extras!
How do I find an affordable
cremation service provider in Pittsburgh?
The DFS Memorials provider for
Pittsburgh offers one of the most competitive prices for a direct cremation
and understands your family’s need for affordable funeral services.
As a family-owned funeral home, they are here to lend compassionate and
inexpensive funeral services to support your family in their time of need.
DFS Memorials - Greater Pittsburgh
Direct Cremation $695 – Traditional
Phone: (412) 203-5809
What help is there with cremation
costs in Pittsburgh?
Each state has its own indigent
burial assistance program, although this is generally to cover the funeral
costs for those indigents that become the state’s responsibility.
To inquire if you qualify for any financial assistance with cremation costs,
you need to contact your local county Social or Human Services. Sometimes
limited funds are available for those on welfare or low income. There
is also the lump sum Social Security death benefit of $255 if you qualify.
How can I preplan a simple cremation
Preplanning is a great way to
ensure your wishes are met and your family are saved from the emotional
stress, and financial responsibility, of meeting your funeral expenses.
You can set up a preneed contract through a funeral home, and indeed these
can often be transferred from one funeral home to another, should you so
Alternatively, you can document
your wishes and set aside the funds required to meet your needs in a Totten
Trust, otherwise known as a POD account (Payable on Death). This
is considered by many funeral consumer advocates as a safe and convenient
way to preplan your funeral.
||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.
Published: October 27th 2013
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