Death is expensive. Especially if the cause of death has required hospitalization and other medical needs. The remaining family needs to decide the options whether to bury their loved one in the traditional way or go through the process of cremation.
So, what is the cost of human cremation or traditional funeral services?
It depends on your preferences and budget. The cost varies depending on the different factors like the type of service you want, the price of the casket, container or urn and the method you want for the burial. Of course, there are available options that can help you save money. But usually, the remaining relatives go to the extreme of getting the best service for their loved ones as final gesture of love and affection.
In comparison to traditional burials which can cost $6,000-10,000, the process of cremation is cheaper. The actual cost of cremation is $600-700. Funeral homes also offer package cost of wake services and cremation which cost thousands of dollars. They also offer direct cremation.
Direct cremation is the cheapest and the simplest form of preparing the beloved for his or her final journey to the spirit world. It cost $1,100 based on the figure released by Cremation Research Council.
It is exclusive of the cost of traditional wake service before the process. The basic expenses that family pays are fees for picking up the dead body from your home, service charge and storage fee. Refrigeration is necessary to preserve the body while the pre-cremation process is being done. Some crematories charge extra for witnessing service fee if the relatives want to watch the incineration process. They also have the option of pressing the button of the crematory chamber to start the process.
This method of incineration spares the family on the costly expense of caskets, embalming and other professional charges of funeral homes. It just requires a container to take the corpse to the crematory and some essential arrangements before the process. Say for instance, the funeral home where the traditional wake will be done does not have its own crematorium; there is a transfer fee to be paid by the family. They must also secure necessary permits such as Coroner’s certificate, Municipal registration and others.
To avoid hidden charges, the Federal Trade Commission requires funeral and cremation service providers to give the General Price List to the customers upon request. It gives the departed relatives to choose their options and maximize their budget to get the best service for the beloved before getting the services of the funeral home.
The disposal of the remains also entails expenses such as selecting an urn or container. A biodegradable urn is necessary if you want to bury the ashes in a burial plot or float it into the body of water. But of course, you can dispose them simply using the cardboard box the crematory provides. There is also the cost of yacht services if you desire to scatter the ashes into the sea or the private plane fee for the aerial scattering of ashes. This is done by professionals who provide certificates of time and place for scattering the ashes. It costs $250 or more.
The relatives can also purchase or rent space in a columbarium or entombed the ashes in a crypt of a mausoleum. Another option is bury it in the garden of the crematory. However, the least expensive is to select a beautiful, aesthetic urn and display it in a special place in your home. This is also the most endearing act that the family can do for their departed loved one because it shows love to be with him or her; a proof of wanting to be near on what remains.