Cremation is a very affordable solution for families that have lost a loved one and are looking for a dignified alternative to costly funeral services. According to the National Funeral Director Association’s Cremation and Burial Report the average cost for a cremation in 2013 averaged between $2,260 to $3,250 – less than half the cost of a traditional funeral.
Cremation costs vary depending on location, the specific services or products you or your family choose, and whether you choose the options individually or as part of a package. Neptune Society can help your family plan a dignified and meaningful memorial at a competitive cost with a variety of individual and packaged cremation and memorial options to honor your loved one.
Costs and options to consider include:
Cremation Packages – Neptune Society offers several cremation packages to accommodate various needs and budgets. Upgraded packages also include additional products and services to ensure your loved one is remembered in a way that best meets your family’s needs.
Transportation and Relocation – Some cremation packages may include transportation from the place of death to the holding facility and crematorium, but one cost people don’t always consider as they make a cremation plan is the cost of transporting their loved one to a burial or memorial site after cremation. They also might not consider additional costs incurred if a death occurs after relocating or while traveling.
Urns and Containers – There are many affordable urns and containers available through the Neptune Society, as well as some unique alternatives that your family may wish to consider. Keepsake urns are also available in a variety of fine or precious materials. For more information contact one of our representatives today or view our catalog for free online.
A recent entry into the marketplace of affordable containers includes biodegradable urns that combine your loved one’s cremains together with fertile soil and tree seeds. This is a perfect option for nature lovers, allowing your loved one to become a beautiful tree that can be planted anywhere, providing shade, oxygen, and a serene spot to remember the life of the one you love for generations to come.
Another alternative, perfect for adventurous, ocean-loving families, is to have your loved one’s cremains mixed with concrete and added as a permanent fixture in the Neptune Memorial Reef. Your loved one becomes a permanent part of the reef, providing shelter and habitat for tropical fish, helping to prevent shoreline erosion, and contributing to “life after life.”
Memorials – Memorials can be simple or elaborate. An engraved memorial plaque might cost very little; a memorial statue or bench can cost thousands. Neptune Society offers a range of alternatives to meet your family’s needs, available individually or as part of a package.
Fees and Other Costs – In addition to the costs above, there are government fees required to cremate your loved one. These fees include a cremation permit or authorization from the county medical examiner, required in many jurisdictions, as well as the death certificate. These fees generally are minimal, although the cremation authorization in some jurisdictions may be as much as $300. Please note that fees and other costs regarding cremation will vary by geographical location.
If you are looking to control costs, Neptune Society’s cremation packages are an important option to consider. Individuals can also pre-arrange, which allows you to lock in the cremation services you want at today’s costs, before you have a need – keeping the financial burden on your family to a minimum after you are gone.
For more information about cremation costs and our cremation packages, please contact your nearest Neptune Society office today for a copy of our general price list.