|As the cremation
trend continues to sweep across the United States, more people are seriously
considering the option of cremation for a loved one’s final disposition.
A significant influencing factor in this decision is simply cost.
The average cost of a cremation
in Virginia Beach is decidedly less than the cost of a burial. A
cremation can cost as little as $1,345 for a basic, direct cremation, although
the average cost of a cremation with a service is likely to run to over
The cost of a cremation in
Virginia Beach is higher than many other metro areas in the U.S. where
the cremation rate is much higher, and therefore the cremation industry
has become more competitive. The cremation rate in Virginia is around
30%*, but as with all states, this is increasing year-on-year.
Service Corporation International
(SCI) trading as ‘Dignity Memorial’ has 15 funeral locations in the Hampton
Roads area, and recently acquired the Cremation Society of Virginia.
As SCI also operate a branch of National Cremation Society in Virginia
Beach, this gives them quite a presence as far as cremation is concerned.
Compare cremation costs &
ensure you know who you are dealing with
It is important to check and
compare the basic cost of a cremation before you make any decisions.
The cost of a cremation will vary considerably between different cremation
providers in Virginia Beach.
It would be wise to establish
exactly what kind of company you are dealing with. Some funeral homes
can appear to be independent family-owned businesses but are in fact either
owned by, or affiliated with, a corporate funeral chain.
Some funeral businesses are
using the Internet to market themselves under different guises. It
is always recommended to check they have a local address and clearly identify
who they are.
Price comparison research and
funeral home reviews
We have conducted some cremation
price comparison in the Virginia Beach area and there are a number of providers
offering cremations at a more affordable cost. Basic, direct cremation
packages are available for just over $1,400 complete. Do be sure to check
EXACTLY what is included in the price you are quoted. Sometimes a
basic price may be quoted but then further fees added that increase the
A basic direct cremation
package will usually include:
It is possible to cut costs
by making all arrangements online, but many families prefer to conduct
an arrangement meeting at the funeral home, or at their own home.
Collection of the deceased from
the place of death
Storage of deceased prior to
Basic cremation container
Temporary container for cremated
Medical examiners fee
One copy of the death certificate
[Price comparison survey
conducted April 2013]
Reviewing funeral homes and
cremation providers has not generally been common practice. But as
we all become more conscientious consumers using online tools to assist
us share our experiences, there are a growing number of online reviews
of funeral businesses.
Use your judgment and integrity,
as online reviews are subject to being constructed, just as any online
reviewing tools are. In the funeral and cremation business word-of-mouth
recommendations are usually a significant way that people gauge the service
levels of a funeral home. It is always useful to ask around friends,
colleagues and associates to bench mark what experiences they have had.
Being educated and informed
about the various cremation options open to you, how the law governs cremation
in Virginia, and what costs to expect for a cremation means that you can
remain in control throughout the arrangement process.
* 27.22% in 2006 – Wikipedia
||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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