Let Heritage Cremation Provider Clarify The Difference Between Cremation Services and Funeral Services
As cremation is becoming more conventional for the care of a departed loved one, Heritage Cremation Provider receives many questions about the reasons that people are choosing cremation services as their end of life option. Below discover why almost 50% of the population is now choosing cremation instead of using traditional funeral homes, and a breakdown of cremation pricing.
Flexible Arrangements with Cremation Services
The average family now lives farther apart than ever before, and where someone grew up may now be across the country from where their parents, brothers, sisters, and other family members or friends are. Cremation services offer the flexibility of scheduling actions that work out best for the family, even over long distances.
Cremation services also allow for more options than conventional funeral services do. A family may choose to have any one of the below services when they choose cremation:
- Direct cremation with no memorial service
- Memorial gathering following cremation services with or without a viewing
- Scattering of the Ashes
- Permanent Reef memorial
- Full funeral rites before a cremation
- Preservation of the ashes in a cremation urn
- A selected permanent place of rest
- Your loved ones’ ashes in an urn that can stay with you
Affordable Costs from Cremation Services
The cost of cremation services are less than half of the cost of a full funeral home service, which saves thousands of dollars. When a loved one has a funeral service followed by a burial in a cemetery plot, or mortuary there are many expenses involved that are not necessary with a cremation. See below:
Necessary Funeral Services Costs
Embalming – This must be performed if there is going to be a viewing at a funeral home, (with either a closed or open casket), followed by a burial, and placement in a mortuary, or even cremation (except for in the state of Michigan). This can cost anywhere from $200-$700. Embalming is not necessary when cremation is performed without a funeral
Washing, dressing, cosmetics, and placement of the departed in a casket for an open casket viewing costs $95 to $1100, or more.
These processes are not necessary when using cremation services.
A casket is needed to have a viewing, and for burial. Cost for the least expensive pine casket is approximately $499.00, the cost of cloth covered particle board is approximately $980, and solid oak is approximately $3000.
A casket is not necessary for cremation services.
A hearse, for transportation of the departed to and from the funeral home and cemetery rental cost range from approximately $300 to $500.
A hearse may only be needed to transport the departed to the crematory.
Funeral Homes may charge by the hour when it comes to visitation in a private room cost per hour is approximately $125.
A Cemetery Plot is used for a traditional burial which can cost from approximately $3,500 -20,000.
For an outer burial container, or vault, used for lining the cemetery grave space cost depends on which type of liner or vault is chosen, range is approximately $975 -$2915.
A Headstone or Grave Marker Cost depends on size approx. $400 -$10,000. If someone wants to bury their loved ones cremated remains in a cemetery the cost of an urn burial plot is approximately $600.
Necessary Cremation Services Cost
A basic cremation package from Heritage Cremation Provider starts at a cost of $695 and includes the following:
- Obtaining certified necessary paperwork
- Transportation of the departed to the crematory
- Assistance with filing paperwork for Veterans Benefits and Social Security Benefits
- A container for the transportation of the departed
- A container for the cremation process
- A rigid container for the return of the departed
Both the cremation services and the funeral home services and costs listed above include tasks that are absolutely necessary to complete either a cremation or a funeral.
It is easy to see why many people choose cremation services based on the cost alone, but there are other reasons why people who have lost a loved one choose to use one of the many cremation options that are available.
Care for the Environment
Many people are concerned about "green burials", they do not want their final footprint on the earth to leave chemical residue from the embalming process, or use land resources. For them cremation services are the perfect choice.
When using Heritage Cremation Provider for cremation needs, all faiths and cultures can be certain that they are getting the most trusted, family owned cremation provider, who will take care of their needs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One of our professional staff members will answer a call day or night and offer compassion and answers to any questions. With a few simple responses, we can begin the process of creating affordable, dignified cremation services tailored to meet anyone's needs.