by far the popular choice for many now on the West coast and the cremation
rate in the Bay area is around 60%, in fact, in Marin County it is nearer
to 90%. This means that there are many funeral and cremation companies
offering cremation. This benefits you as a consumer as this makes
the market competitive, and presents the opportunity to purchase a cremation
in the San Francisco Bay area inexpensively. In fact you can arrange
a direct cremation in the Bay area for under $700.00.
Choosing an affordable cremation
As cremation is so popular in
the Bay area, most funeral homes offer cremations, but there are also a
number of cremation only companies and direct disposal establishments.
You should shop around and compare prices before making any decisions about
which company to use. Try and check equivalent cremation prices from
at least 2 – 3 cremation companies. Be sure to check exactly what
is included in the cremation price you are quoted. Sometimes what
may seem a cheaper price can have hidden added extras. Not every
cremation company or funeral home that claims to offer “affordable” cremation
will prove to be the best price. Support local funeral and cremation
businesses, as you will often discover that they are in fact cheaper than
the corporate cremation businesses such as the Neptune Society run by Service
Corporation International (SCI).
Consider a direct cremation
& arrange your own memorial service
A direct cremation is the lowest
cost cremation option. It simply means that the deceased is collected
as soon as possible after death and transferred to the cremation establishment
or crematory. The deceased is held in refrigerated storage for the
legal 48-hour period that must elapse before a cremation can be performed.
The cremation is carried out and the cremated remains made available for
collection or can usually be shipped if required, or scattered.
The benefit of arranging
a direct cremation is that the disposition is managed as quickly as possible
and with minimum fuss. This can ease quite a lot of anguish at the
time of bereavement. Once the cremated remains are returned back
to the family, a memorial service can be conducted. You can choose
to conduct a memorial service with, or without, the remains present.
However, arranging your own memorial service is a significant way to save
money on your overall funeral costs and make your ritual much more personal.
Life celebrations are a great
way to pay tribute to a lost loved one. You can conduct your own
celebration or enlist the services of a practicing celebrant.
Do not spend unnecessarily on
If you want to arrange a low
cost cremation, you will need to keep your selection of cremation merchandise
to the basic products. All that is required for the cremation process
is an “alternative cremation container”. Cremation companies ordinarily
supply a strong cardboard container, but the option to purchase a casket
is often made available at an additional cost. Similarly, the cremated
remains are returned in a temporary container, but a selection of cremation
urns will be available for purchase at an additional cost.
Do not feel under pressure
to purchase a cremation urn immediately. You may even find that you
can purchase one from an urn retailer at a discounted price. Depending
on what you plan to do with the ashes, you may not even require an urn
The DFS Memorials provider
for the Bay area offers a direct cremation for $698.00* and will normally
try and collect the deceased within an hour of receiving the first call.
*Not including death certificate,
cremation permit & sales tax
Affordable cremations are
available in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marln, Sacramento,
San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz & Stanislaus
||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.
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