Funeral Cost versus Cremation Cost | Neptune Society


Funerals cost thousands more than cremation

Average Cost of a Traditional Funeral (Before Burial) $6,560
Average Cost of Cremation < 1/3 of funeral costs


Funeral Costs

Traditional funeral and burial costs have increased 27% over the last decade.

In 2010, the median cost of a funeral was $6,560, before adding the cost of burial and a cemetery plot. Before reaching a final number, funeral homes build from a basic services cost and add each additional service:

  • embalming, an additional $628 (on average);
  • a wake at the funeral home adds $395,
  • use of the hearse, another $275.

Choosing a casket is a substantial decision that greatly affects funeral costs. While low cost simple wood caskets may be purchased for less than $1,000, a substantial metal casket will run several thousand dollars.

Burial and cemetery costs – the burial vault, cemetery plot, and headstone – double funeral costs, bringing the total cost of the average funeral and burial to over $10,000.


Cremation, A Simple and Affordable Alternative

With direct cremation, there is only one decision and one cost.

The Neptune Society charges one affordable cremation price that includes all services. With one phone call and for one low price, the Neptune Society will arrange transportation of the deceased for cremation, conduct the cremation, and return the cremated remains to the designated loved one. Simple, easy: one low price for one all-inclusive service.

  • Easy
  • Affordable
  • One decision
  • One cost

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. The Neptune Society has simplified the cremation service and cremation fees so that this, at least, is easy.


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