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What is Direct Cremation

It's no secret: cremation rates continue to soar, and one of the reasons for its growing popularity has to do with its lower cost of cremation. For families and individuals concerned about the cost of end-of-life care, we're here to say direct cremation could be their best option. If you'd like to know more about this affordable cremation option, we urge you to read further. You'll discover the answer to the question "what is direct cremation?", and learn exactly what services are included when you select direct cremation over other cremation service alternatives.

Cremation is the Less Expensive Alternative

NBC Anchor Tyler Mathisen, in "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry" (published online in January of 2013) simply says "Cremation is cheaper than burial". He goes on to tell his readers: "The average cost of a funeral today is about $6,500, including the typical $2,000-or-more cost of a casket. Add a burial vault, and the average jumps to around $7,700. A cremation, by contrast, typically costs a third of those amounts, or less." For families and individuals concerned about the cost of end-of-life care, we're here to say direct cremation could be their best option.

What's Included in Direct Cremation?

Here's the truth of direct cremation: it involves only the minimal services required. That is to say, when you choose this most basic cremation alternative, only the following services will be provided:

  • The local pick-up and transportation of the deceased to the provider's facility (either a funeral home or crematory)
  • The completion and filing of all legally-required documents, including the death certificate and authorization for cremation
  • The respectful care and placement of the body in what's called an alternative cremation container (which is a thick-walled and lidded cardboard box)
  • The actual cremation of the body and the processing of the cremated remains
  • The return of the cremated remains (commonly and wrongly called "ashes") to the family in a basic cremation urn (which is simply a plastic or cardboard box)

What are the Additional Benefits of Direct Cremation?

While the low cost of direct cremation is certainly a benefit, and for many it's the primary benefit; there are others you should also consider. When you select direct cremation for a loved one (or as part of your pre-arrangement planning):

No embalming is required. Since there is no public event, such as a viewing or funeral service, where the body will be seen by family members and guests; there is no need for extensive body preparations.

The purchase of a casket is unnecessary. The body is cremated in a simple cardboard container, rather than a traditional casket. And the money you save can later be used to purchase a more appropriate cremation urn in which to safeguard your loved one's cremated remains.

How to Begin

Assess which factors are most important to you (see Making the Decision for guidelines). If you (or your family) are struggling with making the cremation decision, or would like more information about direct cremation, we invite you to call us at (561) 747-9883 to discuss your cremation options in greater detail.

Online Sources:

Raymond, Chris, "What is Direct Cremation?", About.com, accessed 2014

 

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