The Cost of Cremation

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Cremation services are more affordable than funeral services. However, you must remember that cremation is a business like any other, and so different providers will charge different prices. Sometimes the price difference for the same basic cremation service can be significant depending on the company. To avoid overspending on cremation services it’s important to shop around and even pre-plan, if that is possible.

Average Costs

There are no legal limits to the cremation services cost, which means that providers can charge as much as they want. The normal cremation prices are somewhere between $1,000 and $6,000. The difference in price is normally due to some providers offering additional services apart from the basic cremation, such as funeral director, memorial service, death notices and obituaries, funeral reception, funeral flowers, and of course an urn for ashes, if the ashes will be kept and not scattered. The funeral director’s fees, memorial service, and funeral reception are particularly expensive, and together they can easily add $3,000 plus to the cost of the cremation.

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Avoiding Outrageous Cremation Prices

Some companies may try to take advantage of your situation and charge you high prices for a simple direct cremation, even if you don’t add any of those extra services. As already noted, there are no state laws that put a cap on the cremation services cost, which means that a provider can charge $2,500 for the same service that another provider offers for only $900. (Given the nature of the service, there is basically no noticeable difference in terms of quality.)

Though cremation may be a special service, you must remember that it remains a service nevertheless. To avoid outrageous cremation prices you simply have to compare provides and offers to find the best option for your loved one.

Pre-plan to Get the Best Price

Pre-planning a cremation in advance is the best way to get a good price and all the options you need. It gives you the opportunity to find providers and compare their prices.

Moreover, you may be able to pay in installments over a relatively long period of time, which can give you the opportunity of getting more funeral services than you would be able to afford normally. Another great benefit of pre-planning is that it gives you the time to inform yourself about the services available, discover all your options, and make the right decisions. And, of course, it also saves your family the trouble of having to make important decisions for you, something that can add stress to their suffering.

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Helpful hub! I definitely prefer the option of cremation. I've also heard of people donating their bodies to science for medical research and then the state returns their cremated bodies to their loved ones 18-24 months later. It's a very frugal option. I won't be pursuing it, but I do have a relative who cannot afford burial. He has cancer and his immediate family will probably be pursuing that as a thrifty and scientifically helpful option.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks FloursihAnyway! It is definitely a personal choice for everyone, and cremation is becoming more common as there are so many options of how to celebrate your loved one with their ashes. Unfortunately for some the decision does come down to money but at least their are more affordable options and being able to help a cause through scientific research after your gone is very admirable.


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CyberShelley 2 years ago

The problem of course with burials is that we run out of space, and certain cities are opting for re using graves I think cremation is a much better option and easier to keep the remains more manageable.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks CyberShelley, great points!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

When my time comes, I opt for cremation. The simpler, the better. Your hub has some really helpful information. Well done and sharing.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I never considered pre-planning cremation...I just figured when the time comes the info will be readily available via the coroners, kind of like a to-go menu :) Thank you for the tips! I think cremation is the best way to go...


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much vocalcoach!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Sunshine625 for stopping by! I'm glad the hub was helpful :)

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