What is the best price for a cremation or funeral in Southwest Florida?



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What is the best price for a cremation or funeral in Southwest Florida?

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:
  • 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
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.

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 have.

The cremation marketplace in South Florida

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 in Florida

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 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.

Related Articles:

DFS Memorials – affordable funeral & cremations in Florida
FLORIDA – Funeral planning guide
FCA: Deep Doubts About Neptune
Florida Weekly: Ashes to Ashes article on cremation

Published:  05-11-2016

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