For centuries, human beings have been cremating remains, and in some cultures and religions this is standard burial procedure. In the US, both burials and cremations are common, but often cremation is chosen over burial because it can be a much more affordable option. If you’re planning a funeral and you want to know all that goes into a cremation, read through this blog. We break down all the costs associated with a traditional cremation, and we also provide other useful information that may help you with planning.
Cremation involves a range of steps, and at each step there are expenses. That being said, you may not need all the steps, so the price here may not be relevant to your situation. In general, you can pay between $6,000 and $8,000 overall for cremation, though this overall cost can be significantly reduced if you don’t have a wake. This breakdown is not exhausting and the prices here may be different in your area:
The average cost of a funeral and whole-body burial is between $7,000 and $12,000. This cost is based on a variety of factors, including: funeral home services, graveside services, the cost of the casket, the cost of the burial plot, and the cost of the headstone. There are also expenses for storing the body, embalming, transportation, and the services provided by the funeral director and their staff. If you choose to get an urn or a casket from a third-party, you may save money.
A cremation casket is a special kind of casket that’s designed for cremations. It has no metal parts and it’s pretty much just a standard pine box. You can expect to pay around $1,200 for one of these caskets. If you don’t want to buy a casket for viewing, you can rent one and then use the cremation casket later. Renting a casket will cost between $400 and $600, though the price may be higher depending on the quality of the casket.
There are a variety of urns that can be used. Urns can cost as low as $100 to as high as $2,500. A lot of factors determine how much the cost of an urn is, including the material it’s made out of, whether it’s being buried or not, the size of it, and how much cremation was. You can get a companion urn, an earth-friendly urn, a cremation box, or jewelry that holds the ashes.
The most common reason given for choosing cremation over whole-body burial is cost. You can save thousands doing a cremation. Moreover, some cultures and religions call for cremation over traditional burial.
Call (718) 444-1818 to learn more about how we do affordable cremation in Brooklyn. We’ll present you your options and explain everything we offer. And please: accept our sincerest condolences for your loss.