How much does cremation cost?
Well, that is one of the most requested questions that we receive on a daily basis. To quickly answer the question, a 2011 survey conducted by the National Cremation Research Council, revealed that the average price of direct cremation (without a viewing or memorial service) is $1,110.
We underlined the words, direct cremation, to emphasize that direct cremation is the immediate disposition of the body, without a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony. So, if you desire more than direct cremation and want a viewing (if permitted, with our without embalming), a visitation with the body present, a ceremony with the body present, a memorial service or graveside service and inurnment, you will pay more than just the price of direct cremation. Additional considerations should include: the cost of urns, keepsake jewelry and keepsake urns, reef balls, scattering services, obituaries, death certificates and memorial service items used during the service.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, all funeral and cremation providers must provide the consumer with a written price list (General Price List) prior to any discussions about their services. Further, the FTC mandates that direct cremation include the following services for one price:
- Basic services of funeral director and staff
- A proportionate share of overhead costs
- Transportation of the body to the funeral home or crematory from the place of death or medical examiner’s office (often referred as the removal of remains).
- Transportation to crematory
- Necessary authorizations
- and the crematory fee
Funeral and cremation providers must also disclose every cost and price for the services they provide. So, if your need for cremation, funeral or memorial services has not already occured, please ensure that you receive a General Price List prior to any discussion on services. An informed consumer is safe consumer.
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