Finding a low cost funeral or
cremation option in the US
If you are pre-planning or have
an immediate need to arrange a funeral service in the United States, US
Funerals Online is here to help guide you. If funeral costs are a
determining factor, as they are to so many today, then we can help direct
you towards how to save money by finding a cheaper funeral or cremation
in the US.
Opting for a simple, direct
Reducing the cost of a funeral
does not mean that it should be any less dignified, or that you have to
compromise in quality. Many more families in the US today are opting
for a simple burial or a direct cremation, not only to arrange a more affordable
funeral, but also to reduce some of the unnecessary rituals associated
with a traditional funeral service. A simple burial may just involve
the collection and preparation of the deceased, a basic casket, or even
a rental casket and transfer to a burial plot with a simple service.
A simple burial in the US is generally available for around $2,000-$3,000.
The cost of the burial plot is additional to this basic price.
Choosing a direct cremation
A direct cremation is the absolute
low cost option for a funeral or disposition. In this case the deceased
is collected, the body transferred to a crematory or crematorium for cremation,
(usually in a temporary container), and the cremated remains returned to
the family in a basic urn. Families can then arrange their own memorial
service. A direct cremation in the US can be arranged for as little
as $495 (depending on the area*). Arranging your own memorial service
can again significantly help reduce your overall funeral costs. Read
our article on DIY Funeral Care: Family-directed Funerals to learn more
about how you can manage your own funeral services and save money.
Compare prices between funeral
homes & cremation providers
We would highly recommend that
you compare prices between funeral homes in the US, as general price lists,
do vary considerably. The funeral home should happily quote you a
price for their basic funeral services, and if they seem reluctant to specify
an exact cost for a cremation or burial, ask for a printed price list.
Always check exactly what is included with any direct cremation or direct
burial package price.
*Typically a direct cremation
can be obtained in areas of the U.S. where the cremation rate is high,
such as California, Florida, Nevada & Arizona, for as little as $495.
In most areas the average price is around $800, and in some areas, where
the population is smaller or the area more affluent, a direct cremation
can be much higher.
||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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