|This is a question
that frequently brings families to our website. Not only are more
families now considering cremation, they also want to weigh up the costs,
and in many cases find out what IS the best price for a cremation, wherever
they are located in southwest Florida.
It is generally common knowledge
now that cremation is cheaper than burial. A cremation can remove
the need for expensive cemetery property, a casket, grave vault and embalming.
Florida is a retirement destination,
and many retire and yet still have family across the U.S. Cremation
can be a simple and cost effective means by which to conduct the disposition.
As retirees may have limited family and friends in southwest Florida, there
is no need for elaborate gatherings and the cremated remains can be easily
returned to family at a minimal cost.
Cremation prices vary depending
on where in Southwest Florida you live
This statement should come as
no surprise. If you are reading this article it is probably because
you are already aware that the cost of a cremation varies considerably,
depending on where you live and which cremation provider you choose.
At US Funerals Online, we
always try and recommend that consumers shop around and compare cremation
costs. Do ensure that you are comparing like-for-like. The
confusion can arise when funeral homes and cremation providers can all
use different terms for their affordable cremation packages. There
has been considerable debate within the funeral profession as to what term
best represents a basic cremation. You will find the terms ‘simple’,
‘basic’, ‘low cost’, ‘affordable’ and ‘discount’ are all synonymous and
generally refer to offering a direct cremation. A direct cremation
is a cremation where there is no service. Family can opt to conduct
a memorial service with (or without) the cremated remains at a later date.
So how do you compare cremation
prices, and what exactly is a direct cremation?
Be clear to ensure you check
with your cremation provider what they are including in the price they
quote you. In our experience an inclusive direct cremation price
generally should include:
Some cremation providers include
the cremation permit and one copy of the death certificate within their
direct cremation package. However, this is not always the case, so
you should check this. Also, sometimes a price for a direct cremation
may NOT include the actual crematory fee, so be sure to clarify this.
It is possible to make all arrangements online, and this can be another
way by which to reduce the overall cost.
An arrangement meeting
Collection of the deceased from
the place of death (sometimes a specific mileage radius is specified)
Storage of the deceased for
the mandatory 48-hour waiting period
A basic cremation container
The crematory fee
A temporary container to return
the cremated remains in.
General assistance with completing
the necessary documentation for cremation
Cremation costs comparison around
Tampa Bay, Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral
In order to help families in
the task of finding the best price offer on cremation services in southwest
Florida, we have conducted some cremation cost comparisons.
The direct cremation price
comparison chart below gives you a guide to how the cost of a direct cremation
can differ in the Tampa Bay, Fort Myers and Naples areas.
[Cremation price data
collected April 2013]
DFS Memorials in Southwest Florida
DFS Memorials™ is a nationwide
network of low cost cremation and funeral providers. Members of the network
are all local, family-owned funeral businesses that can offer families
an affordable funeral alternative. The DFS Memorials member for southwest
Florida is Mortuary Services of Florida. Although based in
Fort Myers, Gina serves the whole of the southwest Florida area offering
the best price on direct cremations. A complete price for a direct
cremation is $795.00. Gina is available on (239) 244-2418 (24 hours
a day) if you have an immediate need or to answer any questions you may
The cremation marketplace in
The cremation rate is over 50%*
in Florida, and there are a number of funeral homes and cremation companies
competing for their share of this growing market. Florida is one
of only two states that actually licenses Direct Disposers. A direct
disposer is not a funeral director but he or she is licensed to conduct
direct dispositions. They do not have to operate overhead such as
a funeral home facility, livery etc and can therefore offer a budget cremation
price. Although direct disposers are legitimate, licensed businesses
they cannot offer the extended range of services that a trained funeral
director/establishment can. If you were to suddenly decide you needed
a viewing after the deceased was collected, a direct disposer cannot facilitate
this. So be sure to consider what your needs are before you make any decisions.
The corporate cremation business
There are four main corporate
players in the funeral industry – Service Corporation International (SCI),
Stewart Enterprises, Carriage Services and Stonemor Partners. The
largest by far is SCI who operate the Dignity Memorial brand of funeral
locations and The Neptune Society direct cremation locations. If
you are considering a direct cremation, we would strongly recommend you
compare prices between a corporate funeral location and a local family-owned
funeral business. You would be well advised to read the ‘Deep Doubts
About Neptune’ article in the resources below.
Death care need not be an
expensive affair. An affordable cremation, and dignified send-off,
can be achieved for a several hundred dollars. Hopefully having read
this article you are a little wiser about the options you have available
to you, and the costs you can expect.
In addition to the articles
listed below, you will find an extensive catalogue of resources in our
funeral library section.
*51.78% (2006) Wikipedia
$795 Cremation available
in Apollo Beach, Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Brandon, Cape Coral, Citrus,
Clearwater, Estero, Fort Myers, Gibsonton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lutz,
Marco Island, Naples, New Port Richey, Riverview, Palm Harbor, Pasco, Pinellas
Park, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Ruskin, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Sun
City Center, the Tampa Bay area, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hillsborough
County, Lee County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, Sarasota County and
throughout Southwest Florida
||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.
Memorials – affordable funeral & cremations in Florida
– Funeral planning guide
Deep Doubts About Neptune
Weekly: Ashes to Ashes article on cremation