When it comes to a funeral service, there are typically three components:
The Visitation and Funeral Service are completely optional. The only required part is the Method of Final Disposition, which is typically either burial or cremation.
When it comes to the Visitation and Funeral Service, if you choose to have a traditional service with a casket followed by cremation, you have the option to use a rental casket. The rental casket is oftentimes $1,000-$2,000 cheaper than an equivalent wooden casket and gives you all of the traditional appearance without the price. The inside of the rental casket is removable and functions as a cremation container, which saves you the money of having to buy a separate cremation container (cremation containers are required by state law).
Some of the largest cost savings of cremation come from not having to pay cemetery expenses if you choose not to bury the urn. Massachusetts cemetery expenses to purchase and open a grave can typically range anywhere from $1,000-$5,000. Not to mention the price of the headstone, which can also add thousands.
Cremation is very flexible and allows you to have a traditional funeral service, but also gives you the option to have a wider range of more contemporary services. Some of the more popular services are:
These are just a few examples of the endless possibilities that are available to you when you choose cremation. As always, feel free to call us with any questions you may have on service options and we would be more than happy to answer them.
Just like with any of our traditional services, our staff will be happy to help you with making sure your wishes are carried out. You can even pre-plan your services from the comfort of your own home by filling out our online pre-planning form. We are also available 24 hours a day by telephone or email to answer your questions to schedule an appointment for a free no-obligation consultation.