Direct Cremation

Whether you are limited on funds, or just like the simplicity of cremation, or are environmentally conscious, you may choose a direct cremation. By law, every funeral home and cremation provider must offer a Direct Cremation package as a “minimal service.”

What is Direct Cremation?

Direct Cremation is the cremation of a body in the days immediately following a death. Direct Cremation, sometimes called “simple cremation”, does not include the use of a funeral home or its staff to facilitate any viewing, visitation, funeral or memorial service at the funeral home or graveside.

Direct Cremation is Affordable

Direct cremation does not include a funeral or memorial service at the funeral home, therefore, the use of the funeral home’s staff and facilities can be skipped avoiding many of the costs that come with a “traditional” or full service funeral. In some states, in addition to full service funeral homes there are direct cremation providers who exclusively offer direct cremation, further reducing costs.

Direct Cremation Is [Slightly More] Environmentally Conscious

Since direct cremation takes place in the days following death, it eliminates the need to preserve the body. By foregoing embalming you decrease the amount of harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde and methanol, that are put back into the environment. You also don’t need to take up land resources via a cemetery plot or purchase a casket, vault or grave liner, saving additional resources. However, cremation requires intense energy, giving off high quantities of CO2, making it less environmentally-friendly than some expect.

Cremation Saves Space

After the body is cremated, the ashes can be placed in a vessel of your choice or scattered, providing many options for long term storage of ashes or other creative ways to spread remains. By eliminating the use of a burial plot, you can reserve more land for later use.

Cost of a Direct Cremation

Prices for direct cremation with our funeral home is $818.31 This price includes the removal of your loved on from the place of death; refrigeration, alternative container, medical examiner and crematory fees, filing of the death certificate, 1 certified copy of the death certificate and sales tax. Our funeral home and will travel 30 miles without additional charge.

Depending on the state, the cost of the cremation (a crematory fee) may or may not be included. You should read the General Price List description carefully to see if the cost of cremation is included in the direct cremation price. If it is not stated, you should inquire with the funeral director and expect to pay the crematory fee in addition to the Direct Cremation. Crematory fees usually are $200.

What is Excluded in the Cost of Direct Cremation?

Direct cremation is the least expensive disposition option as it eliminates some of the most costly expenses involving death – embalming, use of the facilities and staff of a funeral home, a casket, cemetery, and burial vault or grave liner. When selected as the means of final disposition, the body is taken to a crematory from their place of death, and cremated in a simple container, often called an “alternative container” or “cremation container” which is typically made from cardboard or other lightweight fiberboard. There is no viewing, wake, or funeral service, memorial service or graveside service of any kind and no need to purchase a casket or cemetery plot. If you elect to bury the cremated remains, there may be additional fees in order to purchase an urn and/or urn vault, tombstones or grave markers and to purchase and open and close a cemetery plot or niche.

 

Arranging a Direct Cremation

Our funeral home will be able to handle all aspects of a cremation. Many crematories operate on a “wholesale” basis meaning they do not work with the general public and will require you to obtain the assistance of a licensed funeral director. The funeral director can assist you with completing the death certificate, obtaining necessary permits and authorization and transporting the body to the crematory.

Service Options with a Direct Cremation

If you are interested in a direct cremation but want to have a service as well, a memorial service or celebration of life can be held at a later date in your home, place of worship, park, or anywhere else of your choosing. If you chose to purchase a cemetery plot or niche at a columbarium, you may inquire about the cost of having a graveside service or small ceremony at the location you selected.

Contact Our Funeral Home at (405) 787-9300 to Learn More about Our Cremation Services