Enduring the loss of a loved one is never easy, much less having to make the difficult decisions that follow.
Deciding on services after the passing of your loved one can be overwhelming with many costly features and expenses.
If you are thinking about cremation, there are several options to ensure you choose an affordable cremation.
Let’s take a look at the cremation process and what costs to consider before deciding on cremation for your loved one.
The Cremation Process
The human body begins to slowly decompose immediately after death. The cremation process uses high heat and flames to condense the body into bone fragments.
This is a simpler and more efficient way of disposing of a body rather than a ground burial. In order to preserve the body for a traditional funeral or a burial, it needs to be professionally embalmed.
What Determines the Cost of Cremation
There are several factors to consider when breaking down cremation costs. Depending on the type of cremation, desired memorial service, and type of urns, the cost will vary.
Traditional vs Direct Cremation
Traditional cremations are carried out after the body has been prepared and viewed during a funeral or memorial service. As previously mentioned, this process requires professional embalming of the body, just as it would if the body was being buried.
A direct cremation is performed soon after death and does not require embalming. It also alleviates the need to provide aesthetic services, hair care, and proper dress of the body prior to a memorial service.
The cremated remains of the deceased are given to the family and they decide on services afterward, honoring the ashes as desired by the family.
The cost of direct cremation ranges from $600 to $1000, while traditional cremation with funeral services can cost upwards of $7,000. Undoubtedly, direct cremation is a more affordable cremation option.
These can be basic, unadorned, or elaborate, according to your personal choice. These also come at an extra cost in addition to the cremation, as your service provider will return the ashes of your loved one in a temporary plastic bag or container.
This is where you can choose what kind of keepsake you would like as an urn.
They can range from $20 to upwards of $300 dollars depending on the material. A good quality urn made from wood, brass, metal, or ceramic ranges from $150 to $400, while an urn made of bronze will likely cost a little more.
If you’ve chosen to cremate a loved one, you can still hold a memorial service in their honor. Memorial services will come at an additional price on top of the cremation itself.
With direct cremation, family members can choose when they would like to hold a service as it gives them more time. The services can be simple or more elaborate and range from $900 – $1,600.
However, depending on the services desired such as visitation, staff, and refreshments, there will be additional costs for these.
If you are planning your own personal service at home and lessening the burden of cremation costs, there are hassle-free options for you.
Honor Your Loved One With a Dignified Cremation
A cremation service can incur some additional costs, however, it is the most cost-effective option. You can lessen your family’s financial burden by opting for cremation and focus on honoring the memory of your deceased loved one.
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