For those planning a funeral with limited financial resources, it is prudent to evaluate the cost of cremation urns and memorials compared to a casket and headstone. Cremation offers the most versatility and opportunity to control costs for those on a budget, while burial costs mount quickly.
Cremation urns vary dramatically in cost based on an array of factors. The size of the urn, the materials used in its construction, and the simplicity of its design all play a role in cost. Families can buy a simple scattering urn made of biodegradable materials for as little as $50 to $100. A wide variety of urns is available in the $100 to $400 range, although families will pay more than $1,000 for fine or precious materials.
Memorials are as simple or as elaborate as families wish. An engraved memorial plaque costs as little as $100; a memorial statue or a memorial bench is in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.
Caskets are unquestionably more expensive than cremation urns. Many caskets are priced in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, with a select few options for a budget between $500 and $1,000. More elaborate caskets that include precious woods and materials can easily skyrocket to $14,000.
Headstones tend to cost more than cremation memorials. Prices vary, depending on the region and material, but the least expensive headstones are typically priced in the $200 to $500 range. More elaborate upright markers range from $1,000 to $3,000, with prices quickly escalating for fine materials or elaborate details.
When comparing goods costs between cremation urns and memorials and caskets and headstones, it’s easy to see cremation is the more affordable option.