Cremation is growing as the preferred choice for saying goodbye to a loved one. In 2016, for the first time in recorded history, cremation rates surpassed those of traditional burial. They are projected to hit 89% of elections by 2030. This is for a number of reasons, the two primary being the recent recession (cremation is generally the most cost effective option) and environmental impact (cremation requires less chemicals and remains take up less space in an overpopulated world).
Cremation services can be arranged by funeral homes that would take care of all of the details including timing, transportation, and direct contact with the provider. Going through a funeral home, while less stressful, can also be quite a bit more costly. However, it can be a difficult process finding the right provider for you and your family, which is where iMortuary comes in. We connect people with personally screened and reputable providers who can help get them through this trying time in a kind and efficient way.
Just as it is in every industry, there are great cremation service providers, and there are some that are less ideal to work with. While it may not seem like a huge decision when considering the future, finding a good provider that will work with you in a thoughtful and convenient way is imperative while dealing with the loss of a loved one. Planning how to honor your loved one is a stressful and painful process, so you want to ensure that you are working with the best and most professional cremation service provider. A good provider will give you ease of mind during a difficult time. IMortuary is here to help you find the best local provider that will fit all of your needs.
To find cremation options, many consumers turn to web-based searches, like "cremation planning," when they are unsure where to begin their cremation planning. Our connection service only represents personally-screened and endorsed cremation providers. When you search our database, you'll know that any of the choices presented to you would be a solid choice for handling a painful process.
We can streamline your search so that you are only talking to reputable, quality providers that use fair and ethical business practices. To find cremation and funeral services, many consumers get options and pricing from several funeral homes. We help cut out the middleman by helping individuals and families make contact right away and directly with the best local cremation providers.
While a Google search may give you a list of all of the cremation service providers near you, it won't make it easy to decide which you should choose. Your best option for finding a good local crematorium is iMortuary. We've helped over 14,000 people find funeral services since 2007. Every provider we recommend has been pre-screened to ensure that they use fair and ethical business practices. Your search will be streamlined. Instead of dozens of options, you will only see a couple of the best options with a variety of pricing structures.
To find local cremation options, simply enter some information on our website about what you are looking for and iMortuary and some providers may be in touch with pricing information.
A decision about the cremation provider or funeral home should be an informed combination of services offered and price information. First, consider where the cremation or funeral services provider operates. With so many cremation providers to choose from, we recommend that you call us for help with making a selection and planning funeral arrangements. We can connect you quickly with funeral professionals who have been endorsed by our team of funeral service experts and personally screened. Our free cremation planning service will help you identify a cremation partner that serves your location. Because we represent many quality funeral and cremation service providers throughout your area, your funeral arrangements will be in good hands.
Whether you pursue cremation or traditional burial after the death of a loved one is a deeply personal decision. The providers recommended by iMortuary will be able to supply you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision.
Pros to Cremation
Costs - Just like anything, you can add options to a cremation to make it more costly. These would include a memorial service in an expensive location with catering ect, an elaborate headstone, and using the services of a funeral home to arrange everything. However, typically cremation is the most cost effective choice for honoring a loved one. On average, cremation costs between $600 - $3000 for the cremation process. In comparison, the average cost of a funeral is $7,500 (with top costs including a burial plot and a casket).
Environment - Compared to a traditional burial, cremation is a greener option. The chemicals used for the burial are harsh and very long-term. Once the burial is complete, the cemetary can no longer be used for anything else and it must be maintained with more pesticides and chemicals.
The process of cremation is relatively free from harm, and the remains take up very little (or no) space in an already crowded planet.
Flexibility - When a family elects to have a traditional funeral, the whole process must happen quickly (within a week or two). With cremation, loved ones can take their time to decide how they want to proceed. They can choose to have a memorial service within the week, or they can wait several months if it's more convenient.
Options - Loved ones have several options when it comes to how they honor a loved one's ashes. They can display them in their household as art. They can scatter them in a much loved location or at sea. They could also choose to house them in a cemetery with a headstone. One of the more recent trends is to have the ashes pressed into a gemstone to wear as jewelry. This is a beautiful way to honor your loved one and keep them close.
Pros to Burial
Religion - Burial conforms to most religious beliefs and is more generally accepted. There will be very little questioning should you choose this option.
Emotional Reasons - To many people, viewing a burial is a necessary way to say goodbye. There is a emotional reaction and letting go that happens with the ceremony. This can be more difficult to achieve with cremation and should be considered very tactfully when making a decision.
Finality - Burial is less final than cremation. With cremation there is no option to exhume a body, so consider whether there is any reason why you may need to do that. With cremation, the body is completely gone. There's no possibility to view the loved one once it is complete.
Our endorsement process ensures that we help you find a cremation or funeral home provider offering pre arrangement options on a payment plan, custom quotes with options for savings, direct cremation, direct burial, and full service traditional funeral arrangements. We rely on the reputation built by the provider among industry experts and consumers.
Your free, no obligation connection with one of our cremation providers is designed to streamline your decision-making and ease the burden of funeral planning. Having helped thousands of consumers, we understand the process and are ready to help your family when you choose to make funeral arrangements.
According to the Cremation Resource Council, the average cost for cremations in the United States is $1,100. This does not include the price of a funeral or memorial service and/or a viewing before the cremation process. This cost is low because there is no need to embalm the body or purchase a casket and burial plot. Some families do decide to rent a casket for a viewing service.
Prices range from $600 - $3000 for cremation services based on several factors:
Region - Averages range vastly between states. What you pay in your state will likely vary quite a bit from that of a relative in another state.
Location - Cremation in a city will likely be more costly than one in a less bustling area.
Provider - Companies that are more established with a higher reputation can sometimes have higher costs. Larger cremation providers often have discounts available.
Funeral Home - If you arrange to have the cremation through a funeral home, it can add additional costs because they are a middleman of sorts. You will typically need to rely on them for everything from the cremation process to the memorial service.
Veteran Services - Burial in a national cemetery or a special ceremony can have additional costs. However, some veterans are eligible for partial or full coverage under the VA due to their military benefits.
The ideal for choosing cremation services for your loved one would be finding the best provider at the best price. This is where iMortuary comes in. All of the providers that we recommend have been vigorously screened and are solid companies to work with. We offer quotes and thorough information so you know you are finding the best provider for your loved one.
While cheap cremation doesn't always mean it's the best cremation, we'll help you find the best and most cost effective company to work with.
Pre-planning a future funeral is highly suggested. This allows you to save money (on average $1000) and stress. It gives you ease of mind to know that everything will be taken care of upon your death. iMortuary offers the support necessary when your life has been disrupted by the death of family member. They also have valuable tools for saving money with pre-planning a funeral. There are several reasons to consider pre-planning:
Settling on cremation as your way to honor your loved one is only the first step in the process of planning. iMortuary can assist you in the process of finding cremation services, planning a service that portrays the vibrant life of your loved one, and deciding how to honor the ashes of that loved one.
iMortuary has supported almost 15,000 family people in planning and pre-planning funeral services since 2007. We are here to lend our expertise to you and your loved ones.
* Based on NFDA 2009 data for average funeral costs and represents only basic funeral services.