The average cost of cremation is 50 to 80% LOWER than the average ground burial cost. The low cost of cremation is rapidly becoming the major factor in the growth of cremation throughout North America.
- People like the savings in energy, materials and land as well as the low cremation costs.
- The flexibility in location and dates of services as well as final placement of cremated remains also add value to the choice of cremation.
Your local cremation provider can provide the most up-to-date information. Start your search for cremation costs by using our local search on cremation.com
Almost 25,000 cremation funeral homes are listed. Look at a few of the websites in your hometown to narrow down your search, and then contact the most promising firms. You will have already gained a lot of information from the website, which makes your discussion with the Funeral Director more fruitful.
By law, any customer entering a funeral home is entitled to a copy of the firm’s general price list which includes the cost of all services, including the cost of cremation and merchandise offered by that firm.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has enacted a Funeral Practices Trade Regulation Rule which requires funeral providers to disclose general itemized price information about cost for services, merchandise provided and the cremation costs. The Rule specifically requires a funeral provider to indicate the cost of Direct Cremation:
- where the purchaser provides the cremation container; or
- where the purchaser selects a casket from the funeral provider.
You may request this information at any time from a funeral provider and it must be given to you. However, if it is not offered at the time you are engaging the services of a funeral provider, it could be a violation of the Rule. Laws vary from state to state.
Remember, while the average cost of cremation is low, actual costs in any given area can vary widely. Be sure to research local funeral homes in your area for their cremation costs.