Breaking Down Cremation and Why it’s the Least Expensive

Man carrying an urn to a bed of white rosesThe number of consumers opting for cremation as their and their loved one’s final method of disposition continues to rise. There are many different factors contributing to this trend, from religious components to space concerns (claustrophobia), convenience, and flexibility.

However, the primary reason is still the cost. Here’s why:

Cremation: The least expensive option

Lindquist Mortuaries and Cemeteries, along with other cemeteries and mortuaries, says that many people from Ogden choose cremation over a traditional funeral because of the cost. Compared with a burial, cremation costs 50% less. This is especially true for the “direct” type of cremation, which involves cremating the body immediately without having to embalm it and having no funeral service prior to the cremation.

As this final disposition method eliminates the need for embalming, graves, and headstones, the expenditures associated with one’s passing decreases significantly.

The cremation rules the Federal Trade and Commission implements

Before you select a funeral home, it’s important to have some knowledge of the rules and regulations set by the Federal Trade and Commission (FTC) for this particular service.

Although standard cremation eliminates the need for purchasing a casket, families still need one for the visitation and funeral proceedings. A highly reputable funeral home offers rental caskets, which you can use prior to the cremation.

If you want a direct cremation and choose not to have visitation and other ceremonies, it’s a must that the funeral provider offers an inexpensive container, such as an unfinished wood box or non-metal enclosure. The provider will then cremate it with the body.

The Funeral Rule for direct cremations

It’s vital that you know more of the FTC’s Funeral Rule, as it impacts the overall cremation expenses. For instance, even when you go with direct cremation, the funeral director may not inform you of the need for an alternative casket, since the state or local law doesn’t require them to do so.

One thing remains certain: The service provider should still disclose in writing that you have the right to purchase the aforementioned alternatives.

More people are accepting cremation for themselves and for their loved ones. Before anything else, know what it involves.