Low Cost Cremations
Cremation is on the increase
in North America, and forecast to rise considerably over the next fifteen
years. It appears that Americans are shifting in their preference
for tradition and burial. The Cremation Association of North America
CANA (2010) has conducted research that has evidenced the following nine
factors as considerations as to why cremation is now on the increase:
1. People are dying
older and choosing cremation for themselves.
The Wirthlin Report (2006) sponsored
by the funeral industry, provided the five principle reasons why cremation
2. Migration to retirement
locations is on the increase.
3. Cremation has become
4. Environmental considerations
are becoming more important.
5. The Level of education
6. Ties to tradition are
7. Regional differences
8. Religious restrictions
9. Greater flexibility in
1. Saves Money (30%)
This report clearly highlights
that cost is the primary reason why cremation is on the increase.
Cremation is most certainly a personal choice, but the decision to opt
for cremation is increasingly one of cost as well. A simple, or direct,
cremation can start at as little as $500, whereas a basic burial will incur
costs of around $2,500. [These prices are generalized examples, and
funeral costs do vary considerably by State.] It is therefore quite
understandable how cremation is on the increase, as tough economic times
impact upon Americans’ pockets.
2. Saves Land (13%)
3. Simpler (8%)
4. Body Not in Earth (6%)
5. Personal Preference (6%)
A low cost cremation not
only saves the family money, it can offer a more flexible and personalized
funeral service. If you are considering cremation as an option for
a recent family death, or in pre-planning your own funeral arrangements,
then it is recommended you contact more than one funeral home to compare
DFS Memorials – a network of
low cost cremation & funeral providers
DFS Memorials is a nationwide
network of independent and local funeral homes and cremation companies
that offer low cost, direct cremations. This network can put you
in touch with a designated low cost cremation provider where you live.
Their ethos is to provide to families, at their time of need, access to
simple, transparent information about cremation services and costs.
All the providers in the network are licensed local, independent funeral
service homes that can fulfill an affordable, low cost simple cremation.
Trained compassionate Funeral Counselors are on hand 24 hours a day to
take your call, and assist you in arranging a simple, dignified and affordable
A direct or simple cremation
involves the collection and cremation of the deceased without any form
of faith or memorial service. It usually includes the basic services
of a funeral director, transportation of remains, the crematory fees, a
basic receptacle for the cremated remains and obtaining and filing all
necessary certificates and permits for cremation. The inclusive fees
may vary between providers, so do check the specifics of a direct cremation
from your local provider.
Although a faith or memorial
service is not included as part of a simple or direct cremation, a service
can be arranged if required at an additional cost. Alternatively,
you may wish to arrange your own memorial at a place and time convenient
to family members. Families conducting their own, personalized memorial
tribute in a befitting way to their lost loved one is also gaining popularity.
||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.
Last Revised: 06/08/2013