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Tips For Receiving Affordable and Free Cremation Services

You probably wouldn’t expect a funeral and cremation provider to offer tips for lowering the costs associated with cremation services. However, at Phaneuf, we strive to provide clients and the community with the information and resources they need to make the right decisions when it comes to planning for end-of-life services. The costs of funeral services, cremation services and burial services can be overwhelming, though they don’t have to be. There are many ways to make cremation services more affordable, and in some cases, you can even get them for free.

The fact of the matter is, the more services that you choose to include with your cremation, the more the costs will rise. Many funeral and cremation providers, like Phaneuf, offer packages at different price points, each of which feature a different level of services, so that you choose one that works best for your budget. There are a few inexpensive options for cremation services, and if eligible, you may even be able to receive a free cremation and/or burial services.

Low Cost Cremation Services

If you’re looking for the cremation option with the lowest price, direct cremation may be the right service for you. It is essentially just what it sounds like. There are no additional services, such as a memorial service or viewing. Instead, the body is cremated upon death, and the remains are provided to the family in a simple container, to be kept or scattered as they wish.

Veterans Burial Benefits

When buried in a national cemetery, the United States government offers free burial benefits for Veterans (whether casketed or cremated remains) which include:

  • a gravesite in one of the 135 national cemeteries (where space allows)
  • opening and closing of the grave
  • perpetual care of the gravesite
  • a Government headstone or marker
  • a burial flag
  • and a Presidential Memorial Certificate

Spouses and dependents of Veterans may also be buried with the Veteran, with inscription, and will receive perpetual care, at no cost. Funeral and cremation services outside of the above, however, are the responsibility of the family of the Veteran.

Donate Your Body to Science

For those looking for a simple cremation, without added services, and for the best possible price – $0 – you may wish to consider body donation. In most cases, the cremation itself is covered 100%, and most of the cremated remains are returned to the family of the deceased (upon request), typically within 4-6 weeks. It’s important to note that your family members may only receive some of your remains, depending on what the body was used for.

There are many reasons to donate your body, in addition to receiving a free cremation. You can also help medical students and researchers to make medical advancements of all kinds, including finding cures for critical diseases. There is, however, no guarantee that the facility or organization to which you pledge your body will be able to use it. While most bodies are eligible for donation, there are certain instances in which a body may not be eligible, such as bodies with HIV 1 or 2, AIDS, or Hepatitis B or C for example. In some cases, you may have to pre-register your body to have it donated, while in other cases, facilities will accept donations at the time of death.

If you are considering donating your body to science, it’s important to make sure your loved ones are aware of your decision, so that they can facilitate the donation after you’ve passed away. Otherwise, there could be some unnecessary confusion.

There are many facilities which welcome body donations. A few of them include:

Each of these facilities outlines the requirements for body donation, such as registration forms, body eligibility, and what to expect.

A Free Cremation Option (most of the time)

Most of the time with body donation, the only thing you or your family would need to pay for would be additional services, such as a memorial service after the body has been cremated. Everything is usually covered by the medical facility to which your body is donated. However, there are some institutions which would not cover all of the costs, so it’s important to do your research before pledging a body donation.

Donating your body to medical research is a wonderful option for those who don’t want to pay for cremation services, or simply want to contribute to advances in medicine. It’s a good idea, though, to have a backup plan, in case your body is not able to be donated for some reason. Talk to your local funeral and cremation services provider to discuss what options make sense for you.

Preplanning your final arrangements ensures that your family understands your final wishes and alleviates a great deal of stress.

  • Johnny McCarron Reply September 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    It was very helpful to learn how cremation services can be much cheaper than a traditional burial. I feel like this is an option that would relieve a lot of stress for my family while allowing them to say goodbye in their own way.

  • Madison White Reply December 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I never knew that you can opt for a direct cremation if you’d like a simple cremation that’s affordable. My grandfather has his idea of preparing for his funeral. He mentioned to me that he wanted his body to be cremated immediately. Because of this, he asked for my help to find him a funeral service that he can talk to about an affordable cremation services. For him, there’s nothing wrong with being prepared whatever happens. I will make sure to share your blog with so he can think of the direct cremation services.

  • Bobby Saint Reply March 10, 2018 at 1:49 am

    I appreciate you sharing some tips for receiving affordable cremation services such as considering direct cremation. There are no additional services given if you choose this option, which means what you basically just need to pay for is the container where the ashes will be kept. I would definitely take this into consideration if we ever lose a pet. Thanks.

  • Paul Reply January 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Great and informational post! Many people still have a preference for burial for religious or sentimental reasons, but if your priority is finding something that’s affordable, easy, and flexible, while still being meaningful, then direct cremation is likely to be your choice.

  • Rhianna Hawk Reply January 14, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    My mom wanted to be cremated when she died because she didn’t want to be a financial burden on us, so it’s very true that cremation services are much lower in cost than a traditional burial with a casket and everything, as you said. My dad and I are talking about getting cremation services for her now, and that free cremation option you mention with the donation of the body is something we may well consider for sure. The fact that they would pay for a memorial service as well as the cremation is really impressive, and I think my mom would have wanted something like that if possible.

  • Sam Gibson Reply January 22, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    My family just found out that my grandmother has a terminal disease and doesn’t have a long time left to live. She mentioned that she would like to have a funeral that doesn’t cost a lot of money. It was interesting to read that if you choose a direct cremation which would just include the ashes in an urn and not include things like a memorial service or viewing could be a low-cost alternative. Once you have the ashes, it seems like the family could then plan their own special memorial at their home or a special spot outdoors.

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