Price for cremation is certainly less than that of burial. However, it can vary from place to place and funeral home to funeral home. Cost of cremation can be less if it is arranged directly through crematory. It would be best to locate a funeral home or cremation services in your area and inquire about the pricing information.
For example, in Indianapolis area an average quality casket and vault costs around $4,000. The full cost of traditional funeral with burial including embalming and hearse rental can be in between $10,000 to $12,000. However, Indianapolis cremation services with a small memorial service can cost as little as $1,200. Tacoma cremation services also cost almost same. If you opt for a basic cremation without any memorial services, it may cost around $500.
Total cremation cost includes a number of charges other than basic cremation. Before cremating a body certain paperwork is necessary. Original death certificate and certificate issued by the medical examiner or coroner to release the body for cremation are necessary. To obtain these certificates certain fees are to be paid. Other expenses include cost of casket, transporting the body to the crematorium, removing pacemaker etc, refrigeration charges, and handling charges to the funeral director. Cremation urn and personalization may cost extra.
Sometimes people have to make tough choices while making funeral arrangements of their loved ones.