|Death is still
a little-discussed subject in our culture today. Yet it is a fact
of life and something many people suddenly find themselves having to face,
without ever having openly considered what the death-care process is.
Funeral providers in Brooklyn offer both immediate need, and pre-planning
funeral services. If you have been recently bereaved and are faced
with arranging a funeral, then US Funerals Online can help you locate the
services you require. If you are planning ahead for a cremation or
burial, this guide should assist you with deciding how to select a Brooklyn
funeral services provider, how much to expect to pay for a funeral and
help you understand what your legal rights are as a funeral consumer.
information by telephone. According
to the law, any consumer entering a funeral home and making inquiries must
be presented with a general price list (GPL). This must itemize the
costs of funeral services and the merchandise for sale from a funeral director.
What to do when a death occurs
It can be very daunting knowing
what to do first when a death occurs. When a death occurs in Brooklyn,
the determination of death must be made by the attending physician or the
coroner. If the deceased had a prepaid funeral plan, or had expressed
wishes, these can be implemented immediately and you will need to locate
the paperwork and contact the appropriate funeral home or cremation provider.
If the death is sudden and/or
the deceased had no funeral plan or life insurance, you may need to make
some rather quick decisions about how to proceed.
How much does a funeral cost
Funeral homes are required to
provide current retail price
We often get asked ‘what
is the cost of a funeral in Brooklyn?’ and this is unfortunately not a
straightforward question to answer. Unlike many other trades and
professions, average service charges can vary significantly. The
average cost of a funeral with burial, according the National Funeral Directors
Association is $7,360 (2017), but this does not take into account any cemetery
fees. This is what can significantly add to the cost of a funeral
as cemetery plot prices in Brooklyn can be quite expensive as a single
burial plot in Green-Wood Cemetery costs between $12,000 to $14,000.
In order for a cremation to
be performed, the legal next of kin must sign a cremation authorization
form and a cremation permit must be issued. A cremation cannot proceed
until these documents have been duly completed, signed and notarized.
Cremation services in Brooklyn
Cremation services are becoming
a popular funeral choice in Brooklyn, as a dignified cremation funeral
can be arranged for around $2,500 to $4,000. As there is no need
for a burial plot, a grave liner or a casket, this significantly deceases
the overall funeral costs. A cremation funeral can proceed very much
the same as a traditional burial, only the deceased is transported to the
crematory following a service. It is even possible to conduct a service
at the crematory if you so choose.
In recent years there has
been a greater demand for alternative and indeed more affordable funerals.
The average cost for a funeral with cremation is $6,260. (NFDA 2017).
The cost of a simple cremation (with no ceremony) can be under $1,000,
so a meaningful and affordable funeral can be achieved for a fraction of
the cost of an elaborate traditional funeral service. Indeed, a direct
cremation can be conducted for just $485 with DFS Memorials.
Brooklyn cremation services
with a memorial
A cremation memorial service
is generally where the deceased is cremated first and then a service is
held. This can be with, or without, the cremated remains present,
or can take the form of an ash-scattering ceremony.
Today we are embracing more
novel and alternative memorialization ceremonies. Life celebrations
that can even be held in locations other than places of worship.
Celebrants are leading and officiating at memorial services as well as
traditional clergy and ministers.
Brooklyn direct cremation service
providers – cremation costs
A direct cremation simply means
that an immediate cremation is conducted with no service, and minimal services
and intervention by a funeral home. The deceased is generally collected
from the place of death and transferred to the funeral home or crematory.
After all the required paperwork and preparation is done, the deceased
is cremated (most often in a simple cardboard container) and the cremated
remains are then returned to the family. A direct cremation in Brooklyn
costs $485. Contact your nearest DFS Memorials provider to arrange a low
Pre-Planning a Funeral in Brooklyn
Planning ahead can save your
surviving family a lot of stress and the emotional and financial burdens
of handling the funeral process and costs. All monies that you put
into a funeral plan in NY must go into a trust fund. Monies paid
to a funeral firm for a preneed contract must be deposited into a suitable
trust within 10 days of being received. There are various options
as to how you can make payment when preplanning a funeral from single pay
plans to automatic monthly bank withdrawals. Most funeral service
providers will tailor a plan designed to meet your budget constraints.
Caskets are not required by
law in Brooklyn, however, there may be cemetery or mausoleum restrictions
regarding caskets and outer burial containers or vaults. The law does not
require a casket for cremation but some type of container such as a cardboard
box or canvas pouch is usually required by the crematory.
Brooklyn Funeral laws governing
home death care, embalming & casket sales
New York is one of only 8 states
that does require that families employ the services of a licensed funeral
professional to conduct death care services. Therefore, you are required
to use the services of a funeral director even if you plan to conduct a
Embalming is the use of
chemicals, internally and externally, to disinfect and temporarily preserve
the body. There is no NY law that requires embalming. But most carriers
will require a body to be embalmed prior to shipping. The laws of the destination
country or state will apply. Because of the rapid deterioration of a body
after death, NY law requires that bodies held for over 24 hours or in transit
must be embalmed, refrigerated, or encased in a leak and odor proof container.
Donating your body to science
in Brooklyn – or ‘no cost’ cremation
You may choose to make an anatomical
donation to a medical or research institution in Brooklyn. Most major
medical colleges do accept body donation. You will also find that
there are companies in the U.S. who manage whole body donation programs
and offer ‘no cost’ cremations.
Filing for the death certificate
The funeral director generally
files for the death certificate on your behalf. It has to be filed
with 72-hours after the death has occurred. The funeral director
will need you to fill in a form with personal questions about the deceased
in order that he can file for the death certificate. Certain statistical
data is required to effectively complete the form. Death certificates
cost $15.00 per copy in Brooklyn, although veterans receive 3 free copies.
What to do if the deceased is
at the Medical Examiners
Although most deaths occur at
a hospital or nursing institution, if the death was at a residential address,
or as the result of an accident, the deceased will be taken into the care
of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. You may be asked to
visit the OCME’s Family Service Center to identify the deceased.
The Brooklyn OCME Family Service Center is located at Kings County Hospital
Center Campus, 599 Winthrop Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203.
You will need to employ the
services of a funeral director to arrange collection of your loved from
the ME’s office. The funeral director will obtain the death certificates
and required cremation or burial permits.
Brooklyn funeral home reviews
and or complaints
Our online review-based consumer
culture has reached the funeral business, and now you can review and compare
funeral homes in Brooklyn online. Directory sites often include local
business reviews and this can help you to learn about a funeral or cremation
provider. As with reviewing any service or product, some common sense
and integrity must be employed.
If you have a complaint
against a funeral director or a funeral establishment you should attempt
to resolve your complaint directly with the funeral home concerned.
If you do not manage to reach a satisfactory resolution, then you can contact
the NY Bureau of Funeral Directing. A formal complaint against a
funeral establishment must be put in writing to them, and include copies
of all documentation from the funeral home.
New York State Department
Bureau of Funeral Directing
875 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Link to complaint form -
We hope this guide to arranging
funeral or cremation services in the borough of Brooklyn has answered some
of your initial questions. Please use our funeral resource library
to access further articles to assist you with arranging a funeral.
Cemeteries in Brooklyn
Funerals and cremations available
in the neighborhoods of Bath Beach - Bay Ridge - Bedford-Stuyvesant - Bensonhurst
- Bergen Beach - Boerum Hill - Borough Park - Brighton Beach - Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Heights - Brownsville - Bushwick - Canarsie - Carroll Gardens
- City Line - Clinton Hill - Cobble Hill - Columbia St Waterfront District
- Coney Island - Crown Heights - Ditmas Park - Downtown Brooklyn - DUMBO
- Dyker Heights - East New York - East Williamsburg - Farragut - Fiske
Terrace - Flatbush - Flatlands - Fort Greene - Fort Hamilton - Gerritsen
Beach - Gowanus - Gravesend - Greenpoint - Greenwood - Homecrest - Kensington
- Madison - Manhattan Beach - Mapleton - Marine Park - Midwood - Mill Basin
- New Lots - Northeast Flatbush - Ocean Hill - Ocean Parkway - Old Mill
Basin - Park Slope - Prospect Heights - Prospect Lefferts Gardens - Prospect
Park South - Red Hook - Seagate - Sheepshead Bay - Starrett City - Stuyvesant
Heights - Sunset Park - Vinegar Hill - Weeksville - Williamsburg - Windsor
Terrace - Wingate
Beth Olom Cemetery, 2 Cypress
Hills Street, Brooklyn NY 11209 Phone: (718) 277-6255 [Jewish]
Canarsie Cemetery, 1370 Remsen
Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11236 Phone: (718) 251-6934
Cypress Hills Cemetery, 833
Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11208 Phone: (718) 277-2900
Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick
Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11207 Phone: (718) 455-5300
Gravesend Cemetery, Ave V &
Van Sicklen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 – 25th
Street, Brooklyn NY 11232 Phone: (718) 768-7300
Holy Cross Cemetery, 3620 Tilden
Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203 Phone: (718) 284-4520 [Catholic]
Maimonides Cemetery, 895 Jamaica
Avenue, Brooklyn NY Phone: (516) 775-6222 [Jewish]
Most Holy Trinity Cemetery,
675 Central Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11207 Phone: (718) 894-4888 [Catholic]
Mount Hope Cemetery, 927 Jamaica
Avenue, Brooklyn NY Phone: (516) 775-6222 [Jewish]
Salem Fields Cemetery, 775 Jamaica
Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11208 Phone: (718) 277-3898 [Jewish]
Washington Cemetery, 5400 Bay
Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11230 Phone: (718) 377-8690 [Jewish]
||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 10 years.
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