With increasing popularity, Americans are choosing cremation over traditional burial as their final form of disposition. Cremation provides a whole host of advantages that are appealing to the modern-day consumer, some of which are the fewer resources required compared to any other disposition option and the option for family members or friends to store or scatter the cremated remains. Nevertheless, budgeting for cremation can be a confusing process.
OneWorld Memorials offers years of experience in the memorial industry. In this planning guide, we take a closer look at cremation costs to help you determine whether it’s a viable option for you or your loved one. Please note, the costs of human cremation will depend on the competitive cremation market in your region, energy consumption, the type of urn you choose, as well as any memorial-related events. The costs we have collected for the purpose of this planning guide are based on average expenses reported by crematoriums and memorial homes throughout the country.
Cremation costs usually start around $600 to $700, but the average cost of cremation is reportedly $1,650. Standard services might include limited memorialization services and a basic urn. There are multiple forms of cremation. Direct cremation is the least expensive option, in which caskets, preparation, services, and transportation are often avoided. Direct cremation through a funeral home can cost between $1,600 and $3,000, whereas direct cremation through the crematorium of your choice can cost between $1,000 and $2,200. If you decide to use a casket, costs will increase exponentially. Burial plots or columbarium niches can range from $2,000 to $25,000 depending on the location. You might also have to pay for a protective container ($200 – $1,000), an urn ($150 – $1,000), and administrative fees ($350 – $750). Ash scattering can cost between $300 – $3,500 depending on travel arrangements and permits.
We hope that our guide to cremation costs offers the insight you need to make such a monumental decision. Before making any final arrangements, we recommend that you compare cremation prices on a local level. Contact funeral homes or crematoriums in your area. Research and shop for low-cost cremation urns. If you or your loved one can’t afford the costs of cremation, you may qualify for financial assistance. The Social Security Administration sometimes pays survivors one-time death benefits, and veterans may qualify for burial benefits at national cemeteries. If you are passionate about science, you can alternatively donate your body to a university-affiliated medical school. After using your remains for research, the medical school will cremate your body and bury, scatter, or return the remains to your family members. If you have any questions about this guide, please contact us today to learn more.