|It is no easy
task arranging a funeral or cremation, and it can be overwhelming knowing
where to start, that is why US Funerals Online has compiled this guide
to help get you started. Take a few minutes to read through our Nevada
funeral-planning guide and we will hopefully help to save you some money,
time and stress in arranging your funeral services.
How do you choose which funeral
home or cremation provider is right for your needs?
This is a very important question,
and is central to everything else coming together smoothly. Traditionally
many families choose their funeral home based upon recommendations from
family and friends. This is not always the case these days for a
number of reasons. There are around 95 funeral homes in Nevada, so
you need to focus on both your local area and what your personal requirements
are. Deciding what you need from your funeral director can help you
select who can best match your needs.
Nevada. A license should
be clearly displayed in the funeral home with the name of the licensed
How do I find a funeral home
or cremation provider in Nevada?
You are already at the right
place to begin locating a funeral home or cremation provider. Here
at US Funerals Online we have listed ALL funeral homes and cremation providers
in Nevada by city and in zip code order. This makes it exceptionally
easy for you to locate and compare funeral homes nearest to you.
Use the main cities list at the top right of this page, or visit our Nevada
funeral home directory pages.
The State Board licenses
all funeral establishments in
Do you want a burial or cremation?
This decision will underpin
many of the other decisions you need to make. Choosing between burial
or cremation is an entirely personal choice. If the deceased had
expressed a preference, this is straightforward, but if not you may need
to read a little more about burial or cremation before you decide.
The cremation rate in Nevada is around 70%, which makes it one of the top
five states with the highest cremation rate. Consequently, there
are many funeral homes or cremation societies offering cremation and at
very competitive prices. You may authorize your own cremation prior to
your death in Nevada.
If you are electing for a
burial you will require additional funeral merchandise such as a casket,
vault liner and cemetery plot. This is why burial is more expensive
than cremation in Nevada, as it is in all states. Home burial is
permitted in Nevada but you do need to notify the health division of Human
Services, and a cemetery deed must be drawn up.
What is the cost of a funeral
or cremation in Nevada?
This may be the important question
you are seeking to answer. As price-conscious consumers these days,
we all turn to the Internet to help answer our queries about how much something
costs. Unfortunately, not all funeral homes choose to publish funeral
prices on their websites or advertising literature, so it can be difficult
to find out prices without phoning the funeral home. Nevada has some
of the cheapest cremation costs nationally and budget direct cremations
can be purchased in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City starting at $399, and
a basic direct burial starts at $1,595.
If costs are a concern and
you are looking for the best value cremation service in Nevada, then visit
DFS Memorials and find your nearest provider who offers a basic affordable
What are my options for sending
or purchasing funeral flowers in Nevada?
Funeral flowers are an integral
part of funerals. They help to brighten up a somber event and are
a means by which we share our feelings of passion, love, and empathy.
Traditionally the deceased’s family will arrange any casket spray, but
other relatives or friends may chose to add their own floral arrangements,
standing sprays and wreaths. Your funeral director may be able to
offer you floral services, but do ensure their price is competitive.
It is an ancillary service that you will be charged for, and you may find
it can cost more than purchasing directly yourself. If you wish to
manage your budget on funeral flowers and wish to order inexpensive flower
arrangements, US Funerals Online has partnered with BloomsToday to offer
our customers a 25% discount on funeral
flowers in Nevada.
Is embalming required in
No, embalming is not required
by law in Nevada for the first 72 hours (unless by order of the Board of
Health). Some funeral homes may uphold a policy that requires embalming
if the deceased is to be stored on site. Refrigeration must be available
for bodies stored over 24 hours.
as little as $995. Most
retailers can also offer a next-day delivery.
What are my options for purchasing
a casket or alternative container?
A casket is not required by
Nevada law for a burial, but a rigid combustible alternative container
is required for a cremation. This alternative container can be a
rigid cardboard or plywood box. You have the right to purchase a
casket from a third-party casket seller and your funeral home must accept
it without adding a surcharge. This can make a significant saving
on your overall funeral costs. Typically a standard casket from a
funeral home can cost around $3,000 whereas you can purchase a standard
casket from a retailer or online from
What are burial and cemetery
plot requirements in Nevada?
There is no law that states
you have to have a burial vault, although many cemeteries in Nevada will
have regulations stipulating that a burial vault must be used.
The purpose of the vault is to assist the cemetery with maintaining the
integrity of the ground and prevent subsidence. It can help prevent
the leakage of embalming chemicals into the water table, but it has no
additional preservative qualities. In the main it is just another
additional expense that the cemetery can charge. You should also
check regulations about erecting a headstone, as these are carefully regulated
Can I preplan a funeral or
cremation? How does Nevada state law govern preneed plans?
Yes, you can preplan a funeral
or cremation in Nevada – this is generally referred to as a “preneed” contract.
In Nevada a preneed funeral contract can only be sold by an agent with
a valid certificate of authority to sell preneed. All funds are held
in trust. Only the net purchase price of the preneed contract must
be refunded if the contract is cancelled.
What are the laws for scattering
ashes in Nevada?
Nevada law allows for ashes
to be scattered on any private property with the property owner’s permission.
In addition you can scatter ashes by air, over a public waterway, or in
a Memorial Garden. If you wish to scatter cremated remains in a state
park in Nevada, you should obtain a permit form the park ordnance. You
must scatter ashes at least 100 yards from any road, trail, body of water
or developed facility. Aerial ash scattering over the Sierra Nevada
Mountains can start at around $225 but can cost up to $850 for an aerial
scattering over the Grand Canyon.
What help is available with
funeral expenses in Nevada?
There is a $255 lump-sum death
benefit payable from Social Security for a surviving spouse if qualifying.
There are certain benefits for veterans and you should contact your local
VA. There are two state-run veterans cemeteries in Nevada, one in Fernley
and one in Boulder City. A veteran, spouse, and certain dependants are
entitled to a free cemetery plot and marker.
Nevada has an indigent burial
assistance program that is managed at a county level. For those on very
low income and without income, the local county will cover the costs of
a direct cremation. You need to contact your local county Social
Services department to find out about applying for assistance with funeral
Are whole body donations
permitted in Nevada?
Yes you may donate your body
to medical research in Nevada. The following Nevada institutions offer
an anatomical bequest program:
You need to contact the institution
and determine their donor acceptance criteria. Do note that not all
donors are accepted at death and you may not have much control over the
time frame in which the donated remains are cremated and returned.
Medical Education & Research
Institute of Nevada (MERIN)
The University of Nevada School
US Funerals Online also partners
with Biogift.org to offer a body donation program nationally. The
benefits of this program is that it is a total ‘no cost’ program for relatives
with the cremated remains guaranteed to be returned in 3 – 4 weeks.
consider this, it can amount
to around $4,000 before any other funeral costs. The other option
is to have a direct cremation performed at the place of death and have
the cremated remains shipped back.
What do you do if your loved
one dies away from Nevada?
If your loved one has passed
away outside of Nevada and you wish to return he/she home for a burial,
you will need the services of a funeral home at the place of death and
your local receiving funeral home. It is advisable to employ the
services of a funeral professional who has experience with mortuary shipping.
There are significant ancillary costs for shipping remains, so you need
Where do I get a copy of
a death certificate from in Nevada?
You can obtain certified copies
of the death certificate from the Nevada Office of Vital records.
You can obtain copies in person or by mail to:
Office of Vital Records
4150 Technology Way, Suite
Carson City, Nevada 89706
If you wish to order online
or by credit card you need to do this via the VitalChek Network:
Copies of death certificates
are charged at $20.00 each.
What should you do if you
have a complaint about funeral services or products you have purchased?
In the main funeral directors
are committed to delivering excellent service, but sometimes things do
go wrong. If you have a complaint about services rendered by a funeral
home in Nevada, try and resolve it with the funeral director. If
your complaint is not resolved you may lodge a formal complaint with the
State Board of Funeral Directors, Embalmers & Operators of Cemeteries
and Crematories who will investigate.
State Board of Funeral Directors,
Embalmers & Operators of Cemeteries and Crematories, 4894 Lone Mountain
Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130.
For support with consumer
matters you can also contact the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Nevada (FCAN)
at P.O. Box 8413, Reno, NV 89507. FCAN is a non-profit organization,
established in 1966, dedicated to helping consumers in Nevada access economical
yet dignified funeral and memorial services. The Funeral Consumers Alliance
of Nevada serves Reno, Sparks, Carson City and surrounding areas.
||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:: 10/31/2013
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