Published Dec 14, 2020
If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re concerned about how expensive funerals and burials are getting. We understand the sentiment of not wanting to spend so much on a funeral; it’s natural. But even if cremations are cheaper than conventional burials, funeral homes will try to package them in such a way that makes you spend more than you’d like. In this article, we’ll be talking about different types of cheap cremation options.
What are the cheap cremation options?
Here’s a list of the different cremation options starting from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
Donating your body to science
Besides being the cheapest option, donating your body to medical science is also an altruistic one. Medical research requires human bodies to develop cures, enhance safety technologies (as in seatbelts), and use them as cadavers for future medical professionals. For most organizations, this is a part of their no-cost program. And because of the extensive preparation and processing of human tissues, cremation is the only practical outcome. While you won’t be spending for the cremation and funeral of a loved one, the turnaround time could be much longer, as you’d have to wait for their body to be used before it is cremated.
A direct cremation is basically a cremation stripped of all other ceremonies like the visitation and memorial. It is a no-service cremation, often referred to as a “simple cremation,” “low-cost cremation,” or “direct disposal cremation.” If you don’t plan to have a funeral home host a memorial or funeral service, you can opt for this option and host one in your home instead. You should expect to spend in the $700 to $1,200 range, but this can vary according to location.
Cremation with memorial service
The primary difference between a funeral and a memorial is that the departed person’s body needs not to be in a memorial. In its place, the family may use personal memorabilia, or the person’s already cremated remains. Otherwise, the ceremony that takes place is quite similar, roughly even the same. A cremation with a memorial service can cost you an average of $1,600, but it may go as high as $4,000.
Cremation with funeral service and witnessed cremation
This is the most expensive option, but it’s also one of the most common ones. Of course, aside from spending for the cremation itself, you have to factor in the funeral service costs, embalming, and casket rental (because the body will be cremated following the service). The witnessed cremation option is usually offered to the closest family members to watch as the deceased’s body is placed into the cremator. At this point, close loved ones may say their final goodbyes and place keepsakes or objects into the cremator as well. The funeral home may not permit you to put in just any item, so you will need to ask permission first. For this option, you should expect to spend at least $5,000.
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Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.