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It's no secret: more families and individuals are choosing cremation than ever before. Tyler Mathisen, in the 2013 NBC News online article, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry", shares these cremation statistics: "Every year in America, 2.5 million people die. In 2011, the last year for which numbers are available, 42 percent were cremated, according to the funeral directors association. That's double the rate of just 15 years ago." He goes on, getting specific."In some states, largely in the West, the cremation rate tops 70 percent. In Washington, it's 72 percent; in Nevada, almost 74 percent. (The lowest rate of cremation is Mississippi's, at 15.7 percent.)" He argues, as do many people, that cremation costs are the reason why the number of families choosing cremation nearly doubled over fifteen years. If cost of cremation is of critical importance to your family, we encourage you to read further.
It's important to realize there are no standardized cremation costs; every crematory, funeral home, or cremation provider offers cremation services and products at differing price points (depending on their location).
The cost of cremation commonly ranges from a few hundred dollars for direct cremation (when contracted through a low-cost third-party cremation provider), to a few thousand dollars (when ancillary services or products are selected). Certainly, while cremation prices differ depending upon the area served; commonly cremation will cost you far less than that of a traditional, casketed burial.
The price you'll pay for a cremation, at its most basic, will cover the cremation process itself, and the completion of all the necessary paperwork. But, you can incur additional charges above and beyond this amount, for things like:
The cost of cremation can vary widely; so it's important you "ask around". Do your online research: visit the websites of each of the providers you've targeted, connect with your social media network to ask for their input. Pick up the phone and make the call, speak with a company representative. (You may want to read these Questions to Ask before you begin, as cremation costs are just a part of the big picture.)
Knowing what's important to you and your family is the start to any inquiries you make. Certainly it's safe to say that you're concerned about ethical business practices and processes; after all, you do not want to entrust your loved one's final care to a crematory or cremation provider operating without strict guidelines. (If you're interested in learning more about our professional ethics, we invite you to read Our Code of Ethics.) Let's look beyond our philosophical code, and focus on the fundamental questions to ask a crematory or cremation provider. CANA, the Cremation Association of North America, advises consumers to ask the following questions (to which we've added some of our own):
In addition to asking these questions of crematory operators and cremation providers, you should also make some personal inquiries: ask your friends and neighbors for their recommendations or seek the advice of your pastor or clergy person. And here's something very important to remember: never choose a crematory or cremation services provider based on the price they charge.
We believe you should have the funeral you want with a quality of service that you feel good about at a reasonable price. We believe that we are the best suited funeral home in Manhattan to provide this and here's why:
There are many benefits that come from working with a reliable and experienced funeral home for your cremation service over other third party direct cremation providers.
Our team of funeral professionals
Because we are a full-service funeral home, we possess the space to hold beautiful services that celebrate the life of the deceased and help your family give them a meaningful and dignified goodbye. Our large facilities are designed with families in mind and are decorated to provide you with a comfortable and relaxing space. Whether you are interested in a more traditional funeral service or personalized celebration of life, our facilities can meet the unique needs of each family we serve.
No Third Party Sub Contracting.
|At Provenzano Lanza Funeral Home, we have dedicated staff to serve your family. Unlike other companies that subcontract work, our staff is responsible for every aspect of the cremation process. Our experienced professionals provide the utmost attention to detail when caring for your loved ones’ remains. This means you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is being cared for with respect and dignity.|
We've suggested you "call around" to find the most appropriate and affordable cremation services for your needs; so it makes sense for us to offer this second recommendation: reach out to us first. When you call upon one of our experienced funeral professionals, you'll not only have access to our current list of our cremation cost & prices, you'll have an educated, insightful ally to help you make the decisions best suited to your situation. And at times like this, a trusted ally can make all the difference. Call us at 212-473-2220. We'll be privileged to serve you.
Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry", January 22, 2013