The average cremation in Thornton, CO and the rest of country costs about 20% less than the average funeral service. That’s some good news if you’re looking for respectful but still affordable after death services. But what goes into that 30% less cost? Keep reading to learn more.
There are a few basic cremation services that make up the least expensive or average versions of cremation. These most common and basic cremation costs often include:
- Disposition Method – Cremations may have additional costs because of how the cremains are handled after the cremation. Disposition methods can range from affordable options like the bereaved picking up the cremains themselves, to more expensive options like mailing the cremains, or traveling to scatter them in a special location. Scattering ceremonies can sometimes costs thousands of dollars depending on the bereaved’s preferences.
- Crematory Fees – The crematory fees cover the cost of the cremation itself and a temporary container or urn to hold the cremains until their final disposition.
- Cremation – Generally the cost of the cremation itself includes transferring the body from the place of death to a funeral home or holding place, as well as body identification, legal form processing, transferring the body to the crematory, the cremation and delivery of cremated remains to the designated party.
- Cremation Container – Cremation containers are combustible containers usually made of materials like wood, cardboard, cloth covered wood fiver, plywood, or other flammable materials. The body is placed in the cremation container for the cremation process to protect the body during transportation and to maintain the deceased’s dignity. Cremation containers can cost as little or as much as you want, as they range from basic free ones provided by the crematorium to more ornate wooden containers.
- Number of Death Certificates – Most funeral homes and crematories charge a fee per-copy for the death certificate. This fee can be anywhere from $5-$20, so be sure to check with your provider for a specific number. The more copies of the death certificate you want the more expensive it will be.
- Additional Fees – There may be additional fees for permits or extra costs depending on the state. For example, in Pennsylvania, one must file a cremation permit for $5.
You can also add on a wide range of additional services to these basic cremation costs including church services, memorial services, urns and more, depending on your needs and preferences. Cremation services are generally very cost effective but can cost more if you choose to spend more on extra goods or services.
Be sure to get a quote from your cremation provider as fees and costs vary from crematory to crematory, as well as from state to state. If you have more questions about Thornton, CO cremation, CremateSimply® is here to help. You can stop by and visit us or give us a call. We would be happy to give you more information on our services or give you a specific quote based on your needs.