To Arrange a Low Cost Cremation
Dealing with a death &
making funeral or cremation arrangements
Dealing with a bereavement
that has recently occurred, or is imminent, is an extremely distressing
time. For those who have not had to deal with making the necessary
arrangements following a family death, this can be an additional stress,
especially with the need to take care of matters in a timely manner.
With funeral expenses having
the potential to run to thousands of dollars, it is imperative to check
around before selecting a funeral provider. More families are finding
themselves concerned about the cost of a funeral today, making it all the
more imperative to do some research and consider the options available
for arranging a funeral within a budget.
If like many people today,
you want a simple, direct cremation at an affordable price, then how do
you find a reputable direct cremation provider in your local area?
Opting for a direct cremation
Many local funeral homes in
the U.S. do provide a direct cremation, although they may not generally
publicize that they offer this service. Funeral homes operate as
businesses and in the main seek to maximize what profit they can make on
a funeral. It can be daunting and intimidating to have to contact
several local funeral homes in the aim of finding one that will offer a
simple low cost cremation. A direct cremation is the least expensive
funeral disposition arrangement.
Should I compare prices between
As mentioned above it is generally
recommended to check around and compare prices for a cremation between
cremation providers and funeral homes. All funeral homes are obligated
by law (FTC Funeral Rule) to disclose prices from their General Price List
(GPL) to consumers either by phone, on their website, or in person.
If you are researching online what you may have found is that not many
funeral home websites DO disclose process online.
If you phone or email a funeral
home asking for cremation prices, be sure to demand that they give you
a full price, and use the correct terminology to ensure you are getting
the right price for the service you require. Check for what is included
and what is not. Death certificates and cremation permits are generally
not included in a direct cremation price, although some cremation providers
will offer a package for direct cremation that will include the cost of
the permit and 2-3 death certificates.
The DFS Memorials network
was established to remove the need for making several phone calls to compare
prices. Basically, we do that for you. Each local area DFS
Memorials funeral home is selected for the network based on fulfilling
the requirements to offer a ‘best value’ basic cremation for the area.
Memorials now to find your nearest low-cost direct cremation provider.
DFS Memorials – the network
of independent, low cost cremation providers
DFS Memorials is a network of
licensed local funeral homes that are affordable cremation providers.
The network operates in the U.S and Canada and consists of member licensed
funeral providers who believe that people are entitled to quality funeral
services at a low price.
All providers in the network
are experienced, family-owned funeral businesses that offer a fixed price
for a simple, direct cremation. No added extras unless you require
them! A direct cremation does not include a memorial service for
the deceased, and a basic direct cremation package will generally include
collection of the remains, the completion of all necessary documentation,
the cremation of the remains and the return of the cremated remains to
the family within 5-7 days (in a basic cremation urn).
If you are looking for a
direct cremation at an affordable cost, then simply visit the DFS Memorials
web site and search for the affordable cremation provider in your local
area. The site will identify for you the low cost cremation funeral
provider nearest to you. The ethos of the DFS Memorial Network
is to connect people with a trusted and licensed low cost provider at their
time of need, and to make the process of selecting a funeral provider a
simple and affordable one.
Low Cost Cremations in the
U.S start from $495.00, depending on which state you are in. Generally,
in most cities the cost is between $695 - $995, although some cities are
Can I still have a funeral
service if I choose direct cremation?
Yes, you can still arrange to
conduct a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned
to you by the funeral home. This can be at your place of worship,
community center, at your home or anywhere you choose. This can significantly
help to keep costs down, and it can be more personal if family gather and
arrange their own memorial instead of letting a funeral home lead it.
Is there assistance to help
families with cremation costs?
In all honesty, there is limited
financial assistance to help families towards their funeral expenses.
This is also very inconsistent across the states. A few states do
provide some financial assistance alongside Medicaid, but in many states
the criteria to qualify for financial assistance means many families do
not receive much help.
In this situation, the best
thing to do is to try and arrange a low cost direct cremation and hopefully
spread the cost between family members. In many cases a funeral director
will not proceed with cremation or collection arrangements until the full
fee for a direct cremation has been paid up front.
Simple cremation from the
Medical Examiner’s office
If the deceased was transferred
to the Medical Examiner and you are seeking a quick and simple cremation
once the body is released, you can generally arrange a budget direct cremation,
often at a lower cost than a direct cremation with collection from an institution
or residential address.
This is because the local
funeral homes have relationships with the Medical Examiner to obtain cremation
permits and have the body released. The ME’s office has staff to
assist with the transfer of the body to the funeral director so the cost
for collection can prove less.
||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.
Memorials – network of low cost cremation providers
Last Revised: 06/22/2017