What is the cost of cremation vs. burial?
The vast majority of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck. Over half of the population of adult Americans rely for their survival on money that comes from the federal government. This includes financial assistance for low-income people and those with a disability. It also includes social security payments.
A recent federal survey concluded that 40% of adult Americans were not capable of covering a $400 emergency expense. These people may have a job but they do not have much put away in savings. Many in this group are called the “working poor.”
The average cost of a traditional funeral is around $11,000. The vast majority of Americans have no way to cover such a large, and often, totally-unexpected expense. Planning for final expenses, when a person is older and has an illness, is a logical thing to do. However, what about the younger, healthy people who die in an accident? For most people, coming up with $11,000 over a few days is literally impossible. What is the answer?
Low Cost Cremation
The average cost of a cremation is around $1,100 (in some areas this may be higher up to $3,000). Maybe a few people have to chip in together to cover this expense; however, it is a far cry from having to come up with $11,000. Many are choosing affordable cremation because it is the better choice when compared to wasting so much money on an expensive traditional funeral.
The National Cremation Research Council recently reported that the number of those choosing a simple cremation for their loved ones rose to over 40% from about 10% to 15% less than a decade ago.
Choosing a direct cremation process is the least expensive way to go. Also, just because one chooses to have a cheap cremation, this does not change the possibility of having a memorial ceremony or religious services that are desired. All major religions have officially supported cremation as a positive alternative to traditional casket burials.
The average cost of cremation includes these items:
- Body pickup and transfer directly to the crematorium, bypassing any funeral home expenses.
- Professional cremation services performed with dignity and respect.
- Delivery of the cremains in a basic container (sturdy cardboard box) or an optional decorative urn (additional expense).
Why should I choose cremation services near me?
Transporting a body is very expensive, especially when it needs to go across state lines. This is why it is important to work with a crematorium near where you live in your state. This will be easy to find if you use the locator on SimpleCremationOnline.com at https://www.simplecremationonline.com/local to find a crematorium in your area.
Another good reason to use direct cremation is if a person dies in a place that is not near where they would normally be buried. The cost of handling and shipping a human body are very high. It may cost up to $6,000 just to bring a body back for burial. A better idea is to have the body cremated first and then the cremains can be shipped for a much lower cost.