More and more families are choosing cremation today in large part because of the low cost of cremation versus traditional burial. As people become more cost-conscious about end-of-life services, nearly 40% of Americans today choose cremation over more expensive burial options. Since cost is one of the driving factors of choosing cremation, though, families face a balancing act between searching for low-cost cremation providers and selecting a cremation provider that offers the services they want. How do cremation costs relate to services?
Lower Cremation Costs = Fewer Services
In general, the low-cost cremation providers are able to offer inexpensive cremation prices because the prices they quote are for cremation only, or may include some services, but not everything that a family needs. For example, even a basic Illinois cremation comes along with:
- Transportation to the cremation facility
- A cremation container
- Cremation permit
- Staff or funeral director fees
Many of the so-called “low-cost” cremation providers quote cremation prices that don’t include even these basic fees. For many of the lowest cremation prices, the rate that families see is only for the cremation fee – not counting all other costs associated with arranging even a simple cremation.
When families want to add things like an obituary, a visitation with the deceased prior to cremation, or even a funeral, the cremation costs climb. When families are comparing cremation costs, it’s not necessarily that one cremation provider is inexpensive while another costs more, but it may be that there’s a disparity in services that accounts for the difference in cost.