rate in the U.S. has now reached over 50% as more families are choosing
cremation as an alternative to a traditional burial service. Many
funeral service providers are reporting much higher cremation rates, with
some funeral homes now finding 70-80% of their funerals involve a cremation.
It is even more interesting
to realize that there is a demand for simple, affordable and ‘no fuss’
cremation. More families are choosing the cremation option of a ‘direct
cremation’. A direct cremation is where no ceremony or funeral services
are included. The deceased is collected from the place of death and
simply directly cremated once all the required legal paperwork and permits
Direct cremation is the funeral
industry term for a direct disposition with no services. It is also
referred to as a simple cremation, clinical cremation, or direct disposition.
So, let’s take a closer look
at how direct cremation is changing the way families can arrange a funeral.
Why is direct cremation proving
Many of the funeral service
providers in the DFS Memorials network report that around 80% of their
cremation cases are direct cremation cases. So why is direct cremation
proving such a popular option for families today?
There are two significant
reasons why direct cremation is becoming popular.
Direct cremation makes funeral
Although many funeral homes
do not want to acknowledge it, more and more families simply cannot afford
the cost of a full traditional funeral today. A traditional funeral
costs in the region of $6,000 plus cemetery costs, meaning that in total
funeral expenses can amount to around $10,000. And this is being
on the conservative side of the full cost of a traditional funeral.
Reality is that many families
are struggling just to make ends meet today, and if the deceased had not
made any financial provision, or pre-need funeral plan, often times the
next of kin cannot immediately afford the expense of a funeral.
Cremation has made death
care more affordable. In general terms a cremation will reduce the
cost of funeral expenses by at least 30%, if not more.
Direct cremation offers the
most affordable funeral option. Due to the limited services delivered
by the funeral director, a direct cremation package will normally cost
under $1,000. In many cities in the U.S. now as direct cremation
gains popularity, a direct cremation package can be purchased for between
$600 - $995. This obviously makes direct cremation a much more affordable
option for those families concerned about what money they have to pay for
DFS Memorials is a network
of local, independent funeral homes that all offer an inexpensive direct
cremation package. Visit DFS Memorials NOW if you have the immediate,
or imminent, need for a simple low-cost direct cremation.
cremated remains returned to
the family, who can then decide when, and how, to arrange a memorial service.
Many families are choosing to conduct their own memorial services at places
that were more relevant to the deceased than the local funeral chapel.
Arrange memorial services at
a time, and place, that suits the family
Direct cremation offers a greater
flexibility about making funeral memorial arrangements. There is
no need to rush to make funeral service arrangements and for family and
friends to try and attend a funeral on short notice.
Instead the cremation can
be conducted and the
Cremation also offers a greater
flexibility of memorialization options in terms of memorial artifacts that
can be made from cremated remains. Instead of interring remains in
a cemetery plot, it is possible to have a memorial made that you can keep
with you wherever you are.
Memorial diamonds, glass
goblets or paperweights, jewelry, birdbaths, wind-chimes, portraits…..the
list of what you can do with cremated remains to memorialize is growing
every day as cremation becomes more popular.
So, if you are considering
your funeral plans and have decided upon a simple cremation, then a direct
cremation plan may be the way to go! For more information about cremation,
visit our Cremation section in our
Library, or contact your nearest DFS Memorials cremation provider to find
out more today.
||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.