As cremation has become significantly more popular in the United States, one wonders what has accounted for the trend. Conventional wisdom suggests that cost has something to do with it. Given the kinds of expenses often associated with funerals, many look for any conceivable way to reduce those costs. Cremation can certainly help. If you or someone you know is looking into cremation services in or near Blairsville, GA, rest assured there are nearby professionals who can walk you through the process and address any questions or concerns you may have. They can also discuss costs with you. Cost certainly isn’t the only reason to think about cremation, and it is also possible to spend quite a bit of money on the heels of cremation depending upon the kinds of products and services you select.
As a general rule, however, cremations are often less expensive than a more traditional burial. You need not have the body embalmed, and you need not worry about transporting the body to and from a funeral service (unless you wish to hold such a service immediately prior to cremation). Cremation also assures that you need not worry about purchasing a casket that could become fairly expensive, particularly in the event you want something that looks especially classy or fancy. Note, however, that some urns can become fairly pricey, as well. The good news for those on a tight budget is that you can do a lot of things with those cremated remains, including choosing an alternative container that isn’t so pricey.
So the verdict when it comes to cost? Yes, cremation generally isn’t as expensive.
As NBC News reported, “Cremation is cheaper than burial. The average cost of a funeral today is about $6,500, including the typical $2,000-or-more cost of a casket. Add a burial vault, and the average jumps to around $7,700. A cremation, by contrast, typically costs a third of those amounts, or less. In a tough economy like the current one, cost counts—a lot.”
And what accounts for the costs associated with cremation?
NBC News continues, explaining, “In most states, whether you have a viewing or not, you will have to buy a cremation container, usually wood fiber or cardboard, for $100 or so. It is burned with the body. If you keep it simple, though, the average cost of a cremation, including a basic memorial service, runs about $1,600. If you go for a so-called direct cremation, without a memorial service, the cost can drop well below $1,000.”
Ideally, cost won’t be your only consideration. There are any number of other factors you may consider when thinking about cremation or burial. But many of us don’t have the luxury of ignoring finances altogether, particularly when we are considering family in the process.
If you are seriously considering cremation services in the Blairsville, GA, area, consider reaching out to Just Cremation – Cremation Society. We look forward to working with you and your family in order to address your needs in a caring and compassionate fashion. You can visit us at 55 Kimsey St, Blairsville, GA 30512 or place a phone call to (877) 788-0485.