The Differences Between Cremation And Burial – Choosing The Best Option For Your Loved One

When someone passes away, it might be hard and confusing for the family to decide which preparation to choose between cremation and burial. Recently, cremation has become the most popular choice over burial. However, whether to choose cremation or burial depends on several factors.

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The Remains of The Deceased

With traditional burial, the deceased is placed into the ground and rests there. The body remains intact. On the other hand, cremation is the process in which the body is burned into ashes. Both processes can take place immediately after the death and can be held with other funeral services.

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In addition, in case of burial, it provides a gravesite for the family to visit. However, most families that live far away can only visit on special occasions. With cremation, the family has several options to choose what to do with the ashes afterward: scattering, keeping the ashes at home, or burying the ashes.

Learn More: What to Do with The Ashes Afterwards.

Cremation Cost vs. Burial Cost

In general, cremation is cheaper, which makes it become the most popular choice these days. The cost of cremation in Florida can be as low as $800 and usually less than $2000, whereas that of a basic burial ranges from a few thousand.

Learn More About Cremation Cost Breakdown: How Much Does Cremation Cost?

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Below is the cost breakdown for a basic burial service:

    • Fee for basic service – $4000
    • Transportation of the body to the funeral home – $300
    • Car for the transportation of flowers and other belongings – $130
    • Preparation of the body – $200
    • Embalming – $700
    • Use of the staff and facility for the viewing and funeral – $900
    • Hearse – $300
    • A memorial print package such as memorial directories, registration book, acknowledgment cards – $150

Those do not include:

  • Grave plot- $1000
  • Burial vault – $1300
  • Opening and closing fee – $1200
  • Casket (metal) – $1000 – $15000
  • Headstone – $1500

Environmental Impact

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There has been continuing debate over this topic. Basically, either option leaves behind some consequences because they both release pollutants during processing. However, we are looking forward to some technological advances that make both funeral methods environment-friendly at an affordable price.

Conclusion: Choosing From Cremation and Burial

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In addition to the three basic factors above, there are more that people need to consider when making decisions. In most cases, which to choose significantly depends on the family’s financial status, the deceased’s will, and sometimes, religions and beliefs.

In Florida and across the U.S, there has been a substantial increase in cremation because of the cost and its convenience.

If you have difficulty choosing between options or need consultation, Going Home Cremations, with 20 years of experience in cremation and funeral services, is willing to help. We work and give you advice in your best interest.

For further information, please visit Our Affordable Cremation Page or Call Us For A Free Consultation!

What Is The Cheapest Way To Be Cremated?

If you want to save, direct cremation is a good option. Direct cremation is the cheapest way to be cremated.  On average, people generally pay $1,500 for Florida’s direct cremation and about $1,000 at Going Home Cremations.

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What is Direct Cremation? 

Direct cremation is cremation without ceremony and funeral services. After passing away, the body is taken directly to a crematory for the cremation process – there are no attendees, embalming, viewing, or visitation.

This can save families thousands of dollars as well as make the cremation process faster for families in case they need death certificates for estate matters.

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Advantages Of Direct Cremation 

Direct cremation offers a few advantages.

Firstly, it’s the cheapest alternative to traditional cremation and burial. The cost is cut down because it does not include a memorial service.

Secondly, direct cremation process is very fast, with the actual cremation only taking between one to three hours and the whole process can be done days earlier than other options.

Another advantage is that, once the cremation is completed, the family can still have their own service. However, it saves a considerable amount of time and money.

Direct Cremation – The Cheapest Way To Be Cremated

Regarding regular cremation, the body is transported from the hospital or hospice to a funeral home. The funeral home then performs normal funeral body preparations like embalming, dressing, and body preparations for cremation viewings. This can cost upwards of $7000.

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The cost of cremation is higher due to the following payments:

  • Expensive Casket (The family can choose a simple and plain casket, which is more affordable.)
  • Embalming
  • Funeral Home Charges
  • Cosmetic and Dressing
  • Funeral Chapel or Church

Also, the environmental concerns of embalming have also made cremation and traditional burial less popular.

Direct Cremation Cremation Services In Florida 

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Direct cremation has become more and more popular now in Florida. The average cost of Florida direct cremation falls at $1500. Here at Going Home Cremations, we offer at the price of about $1000 for a Florida simple cremation.

 

For further information, please visit Our Affordable Cremation Page or Call Us!

How Much Does Cremation Cost in Florida?

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The average cost of cremation in Florida ranges from $700 to $3000. The cremation cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars or can reach thousands of dollars depending on the type of cremation, cremation service provider, and add-on cremation services you would like to have.

Cremations that fall below the $700 price, in general, have a lot of additional fees, so in truth, their direct cremation (the cheapest cremation) prices when everything is said and done are closer to $1200.

 

Cremation Cost Breakdown

Cremation Cost: The cost to have your loved one cremated, which is the biggest cost.

Transportation: The cost to have your loved one picked up and brought to the crematory.

Refrigeration: In the state of Florida, there is a mandatory 48 hour waiting period before your loved one can be cremated.

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Death Certificates: set by each county in Florida

Paperwork fees

Obituary: Obituaries can be a surprisingly expensive cremation add-on, which may cost close to $1000. However, at Going Home Cremations, we include a premium obituary for free.

Urn: The price may vary and it can be very expensive.

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Here At Going Home Cremations,  We Include An Urn For FREE In The Cost Of Our Cremation.

What Is The Cheapest Way To Be Cremated?

If you want to save, direct cremation is a good option.

With direct cremation, there is no ceremony – the body is taken from where the person died, directly to the crematory, and not prepared for viewing. This can save families thousands of dollars as well as make the cremation process faster for families in case they need death certificates for estate matters.

Read More About Direct Cremation Here!

 

Cremation is becoming more and more popular compared to traditional burials.

Is it cheaper to get cremated than buried? A typical cremation costs about 25 percent of a traditional burial. This might be another reason that explains the rise in cremation’s popularity.

More Americans are choosing cremation over traditional burials. A survey was conducted by insurance firm Choice Mutual, studying 1,500 people in the U.S. on their burial preferences and practices. Results show that 44% of Americans plan on being cremated, increasing from the 1960s, while traditional burials were the second most popular choice, with 35% of Americans preferring this method.

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Since 2015, cremation has become the top choice for families when it comes to cremations vs burials. It’s predicted that within 20 years over 80% of people will choose cremation as their final wish once they pass away. In Florida, it seems like cremation is getting close to the 80% already, due to the lower costs compared to normal funerals and the ease of arranging direct cremations in Florida. Especially areas where “snow bids” tend to migrate like St. Petersburg, Tampa and Fort Meyers, Florida. One of the biggest issues for Florida families is figuring out what’s an appropriate price to pay for cremation in Florida.

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At Going Home Cremations, we offer direct cremations in St. Petersburg, Fort Meyers, Trinity, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, Florida. But most importantly, we want all families searching for Florida direct cremations to understand the average cost of a cremation in Florida so they can make the best choice for their families.

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Going Home Cremation: Our Selection of Urns for Cremation.

Types of urns for cremation

At Going home cremation we offer a wide variety of cremation urns.

Not everyone will purchase an urn, but if you need an urn our prices are very affordable and our selection is quite vast. We also offer a basic urn at no cost when you arrange a cremation with us.

To see our specific urns, go to our cremation urn catalog on our website and please call Going home cremation at 941-320-1179 for pricing.

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Types of Urns:

Cremation urns can range from solid marble urns to urns made out of cardboard for scattering at sea.

Scattering Urns:

Many families choose scattering urns in Florida because they do not want to put the ashes in a cemetery. Scattering urns can be made of cardboard and paper mâché so that they will disintegrate in the water.

We also have scattering urns that are made out of salt. The reason they make urns out of salt is so that it melts when it hits the water. Salt urns are not urns you want to have in storage for very long because they will disintegrate.

Wood Urns:

Many people choose wooden urns. Wooden urns come in many different colors and types of woods from Oak, Cherry, Pine and hardwoods. You can engrave wood or you can put plaques on wooden urns. A lot of people decide to use wooden urns and display them on the fireplace mantle or a bookcase.

Polystyrene Urns:

Another very popular urn is made out of man-made polystyrene. Those urns will go in the ground and will not disintegrate. A lot of times the man-made urns will resemble marble and can come in single and double urns are and are extremely durable.

Metal Urns:

Metal urns are a great long lasting durable option for urns. Metal urns tend to be some of the most ornate type of urns you can purchase as well.

Going Home Cremation’s most popular urns are found on page one and are our metal urns in the shape of a vase and have many different flowers, scenes, and designs.

Keepsake Urns:

Going home cremation also offers a large variety of keepsake urns and keepsake necklaces and jewelry. Many people want to put a tiny bit of the ashes in a necklace to wear. We have necklaces that are made of stainless steel that are very affordable at $89. We also have a large variety of sterling silver and solid gold necklace urns which can run into the hundreds of dollars.

Keepsake urns are a great option if multiple people in your family want ashes. You can have keepsake urns that match the larger main urn or each keepsake can be different than the other.

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If you purchase an urn at Going Home Cremation you can take $100 off any of our urns in our catalog if you were also selecting to do your cremation services for your loved one with our company.

Please call Going Home Cremation for any questions you may have on any type of cremation urns.

Can You Have a Cremation Without a Service in Florida?

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At Going Home Cremations there are common questions we get from families when they are arranging a cremation. One of the most common ones is if they have  to “have  a cremation without a service” or “a cremation without a funeral” or a “cremation without a ceremony”. We wanted to answer this common cremation question for families when unfortunately, the time comes and they need to finalize cremation arrangements for their loved one.

The answer: No, you do not have to have a service when you cremate your loved one.

In Florida, you can have a cremation without any type of service or ceremony. This type of cremation is called a direct cremation, and is different than they type of cremations you get at a funeral home.

Direct cremations are cremations where your loved one will be cremated in Florida and there will be no viewing or service associated with the cremation. This type of cremation, a direct cremation, is being coming more popular for families in Florida. The popularity is for a few reasons, but the main reason is that direct cremations are much lower in price compared to a cremation with a formalized funeral service. For example, a cremation with a service can easily be $4,000-$5,000 whereas a direct cremation will be closer to $1500-$2000. The cost difference is due to not having a service and also you do not need to embalm your loved one if there is no service or viewing.

Another benefit of direct cremations are they tend to occur faster than normal cremations with a service. You do not need to wait to have your loved one embalmed or wait for the service. Furthermore, your loved one can go direct to being cremated, which will help you receive your loved ones ashes in a much more timely manner.

Especially during the time of COVID, it can be even more difficult than normal to have a formalized viewing or service when arranging a cremation. The issue with social distancing is another reason why direct cremation is becoming so popular in Florida. Furthermore, as a family you can have a direct cremation of your loved one and then hold a service yourself once COVID is no longer a major concern or even hold a virtual service. Both of these options, where as a family, you do the service without funeral professionals, you can save considerable money and ensure your close friends and families safety.

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If you arrange a cremation at a funeral home, they tend to be very pushy about services. So please be aware, in Florida, you do not need to have a service or a funeral for a loved one if you do not want to. If a funeral home is pushing you to have a service, we would suggest to possibly seek another facility to help you have a direct cremation of your loved one.

At Going Home Cremations, we offer direct cremations in South West Florida.

The Difference Between a Cheap Cremation And An Affordable Cremation In Florida

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Arranging a cremation for your passed loved one can be daunting, especially trying to disseminate why the prices of a cremation can vary widely. Today, we will explain why cheapest is not always the best when it comes to arranging a cremation after your loved one has passed. Even when it comes to the funeral industry, there’s an old saying, you get what you pay for. This is true in all aspects of life and it can be especially important to understand when arranging a cremation for your loved one.

There are cremation service companies in the Florida that advertise cheap cremations that out the door are $495. However, if you start asking questions to these cremation companies you find out some facts you really need to think on before sending your loved one there. When you start to investigate, these are companies that are cremating your love ones in storage facilities in storage units.

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Before the cremation, they are refrigerating your loved one and keeping the bodies in a 12 x 24 storage unit in a refrigeration box. If you take a look at their website or their marketing materials, you will not easily be able to find out those details. This is where it is VERY important when you are trying to find where to arrange your loved one’s cremation, you ask questions and look at their reviews. If you have been speaking to a facility that does cremate your loved one in a storage facility you need to ask yourself is this what you want for your loved one?

On the other side, some cremations are done at your local Florida funeral home. Those cremations usually tend to run $3000 to $4000. However, you will be comforted knowing that your loved one will be cremated at a funeral home and not a storage unit. But in that comfort, you will be paying huge markups for the cremation and funeral homes have a tendency to upsell products pretty aggressively.

You might be thinking then what is the solution to arranging a cremation for my loved one where I know they are cremated respectfully but you won’t be dealing with significant markups? This is where direct cremation facilities come into play. Now the tricky part, is you still need to verify with every facility where their cremations occur. But a great way to tell, is generally a more respectful cremation facility will have their cremation costs be between $1000- $2000. These direct cremation facilities are usually companies that are working out of a nicer facility as well. They have numerous staff members, and positive reviews on line. These type of cremation facilities can do an Honorable and dignified cremation for your family.

At Going Home Cremations our cremation prices are lower than about 80% of the funeral homes and cremation providers out there. We have all five-star reviews and a very good, long-standing reputation. We go above and beyond to help your family through this very difficult time. We are an alternative to high priced cremations through funeral homes and very cheap cremations through a storage unit in Florida. Feel free to call Going Home Cremations so we can answer any questions for you.

What Is Involved in A Direct Cremation in Florida?

When you’ve had a death in your family, one of the most daunting aspects if figuring out how to be dealt with your loved one’s body. There are so many choices: cremation, direct cremation, green burials, traditional burials and so on. One of the biggest trends you will see while performing your search is how popular cremation has become in the United States.

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Cremation has become the most popular form of a final disposition choice within the US. In 2019, 54.6% was the cremation rate in the United States. It has been forecasted that by 2035, the cremation percentage for Florida families will be 79.1%. Florida has the second-fastest increase rate in cremation as the choice for families. This is mostly attributed to the direct cremation option families are picking in Florida.

 

Before we dive into what is involved in a direct cremation, let’s first get to the main reason so many Floridians are choosing direct cremations in Florida. The Price!

The 2019 median cost for final disposition arrangements varies greatly, the average cremation price is $5,150 and the average burial cost is $7,640. Whereas the average direct cremation cost in Florida is $2,800 (Our direct cremation cost is $795). Now we will go into the details on what you get in Florida with a direct cremation and why the price is so much lower for a Florida direct cremation compared to a normal Florida cremation or Florida burial.

 

1. With a Florida direct cremation, your loved one’s body gets picked from where they passed away and gets transported directly to the crematorium. In other forms of cremation or burial, the body would first be brought to the funeral home for embalming for a viewing. Embalming is an incredibly time intensive task that can cost thousands of dollars and is also very harmful to the environment due to the chemicals used in the embalming process.

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2. The time from start to finish for a direct cremation can be much less. There is always a waiting period after your loved one dies in Florida to get medical examiner approval of a direct cremation. Once the Florida direct cremation facility gets the medical examiner approval, the cremation can occur right away. On average, the whole Florida direct cremation process can take between 5 to 7 business days.

3. Due to the current COVID environment, most funeral homes are not allowing viewings. So, if you chose a direct cremation, you do not need to worry about social distancing and the issues that arise from having a funeral.

4. Now more than ever, families from all around the US are choosing to move to Florida. That can create some issues if there is a death in the family, because of a distance. When families in Florida choose a cremation, they can ship or fly ashes to other parts of the country for minimal costs. Whereas, if a family chooses a burial, in most cases that’s not a feasible option.

At Going Home Cremations, we have been helping families with cremations in South West Florida for over twenty years. We can help you save money without sacrificing care.

The Differences Between Direct Cremation and Cremation

The Differences Between Direct Cremation and Cremation

At Going Home Cremations, we know it can be very confusing to understand the differences between what a direct cremation is and what a cremation is. At the time your loved one passes in a hospital or hospice, there are so many options on what to do once your loved one passes. One of the first things you will realize is you have the option between a burial and a cremation. If you pick a cremation, you then need to figure out if you want a direct cremation or a cremation.

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The biggest different between a direct cremation and a cremation is that a cremation is MUCH MORE expensive. This is due to a normal funeral being involved with a cremation. With a cremation, the body is brought from the hospital or hospice and sent directly to a funeral home. The funeral home then performs normal funeral body preparations like embalming, dressing and body preparations for cremation viewings. This use to be the most popular way to handle a cremation, but due to costs that can be upwards of $7000 compared to $1000 for a direct cremation, it is falling out of favor.

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The cost are so high due to families paying for a funeral director, casket, embalming, and then on top of that a cremation, when all is said and done.  Also, the environmental concerns of embalming have also taken cremation out of favor compared to direct cremation. With a normal cremation, there is the option of a viewing for a family, like what would be expected if a burial was chosen

In a cremation, a family can choose to have a funeral like what would occur in a burial or have a viewing. This will change the costs for a cremation as well. In a viewing, there is less body preparation compared to a full funeral. With a viewing, it is possible to not have the body embalmed. Whereas, a normal funeral with a cremation, there is an embalming.

Direct Cremation

In a direct cremation, the body is taken from where the person died, directly to the crematory. This is the biggest difference between the two, because in a direct cremation the body is not prepared for viewing. This can save families thousands of dollars as well as make the cremation process faster for families in case they need death certificates for estate matters.

Once the body is at the crematory, the cremation process is very fast, with the actual cremation only taking between one to three hours. Once the body is cremated, the rest of the direct cremation process is very fast. One additional advantage of the direct cremation is that once the cremation is completed, the family can still have a service but save considerable amount of time and not be on a time crunch for scheduling a service.

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On average a direct cremation in Florida can start around $1000, which is much less than what a cremation in Florida would cost. Additionally, during the time of COVID, it does not make much sense to have a cremation or burial due to social distancing rules. It is important to note, no cremation will occur less than about 5-7 business days. This is due to a medical examiner looking over what the doctors notes are about the cause of death.

At Going Home Cremations, we can help you arrange a direct cremation for your loved one in Florida.