The Cost of Cremation
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.
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.
- Urns for Cremations and Keepsakes
Gate City Cremations offer various urns for cremations for your loved ones.
- For many, traditional burial a thing of the past
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- Crematory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A crematory is a machine in which cremation takes place. Crematories are usually found in funeral homes, chapels, cemeteries, or in stand-alone facilities. A facility which houses the actual cremator units is referred to as a crematorium.
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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