How to arrange an affordable cremation in Philadelphia in 3 easy steps



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How to arrange an affordable cremation in Philadelphia in 3 easy steps

Cremation is becoming a more popular choice today and we are frequently asked about the simplest, and most affordable, way to arrange a cremation in Philadelphia.  Arranging a cremation is relatively straightforward, however there is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period in Pennsylvania before a cremation can be performed, and a cremation authorization form must be completed.

#1  Identify a cremation provider

Firstly you need to contact a local cremation provider, crematory or funeral home.  There are around 200 funeral companies in Philadelphia, so it can be a challenging task knowing where to start, which company to select and how to compare cremation services.  Here at US Funerals Online we conducted some research to locate a local, family-owned business that can offer an affordable cremation package to residents of Philadelphia.  Our aim being to help take away that stress at your time of need. If the cost of the cremation is a concern, then Szpindor-Meyers Funeral Home, is a family-owned funeral business that will offer you compassionate and affordable service – and their low cost direct cremation package is just $999.00

#2  Prepare the necessary documentation

Gather together the relevant documentation* required to compile the death certificate and cremation authorization form.  This way the funeral home can quickly process the necessary paperwork and obtain the cremation permit.  There is, of course, a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before the actual cremation can be conducted in Philadelphia.  A casket is not required for a cremation in Philadelphia, but a suitable combustible alternative container is generally used for cremation purposes.   If you do wish to have a casket, even just for the purpose of a viewing or service, your funeral home may be able to rent you a casket.

#3  Decide upon the type of service you require

Decide upon how you want to receive the cremated remains.  With a basic direct cremation package a temporary cremation container is generally provided.  You can choose to select a cremation urn, if you so choose, from your funeral home.  Alternatively you can purchase a cremation urn from an Urn retailer and transfer the remains, or choose to scatter the remains.  If you wish to hold a service before the cremation, then your funeral home will help you to arrange this.  Or if you wish, you may receive the remains and then conduct a memorial service at a later date.

These 3 simple steps will enable you to arrange an affordable cremation in the Philadelphia area.

* You will require the deceased’s social security number, birth certificate, and any discharge papers for a veteran.

Expert Author: Sara J. Marsden

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.

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Published:  04/09/2013

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