Your Guide to Reducing the Cost of Cremation

by | Feb 26, 2024 | Cremation Service

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Modern families are looking for ways to reduce costs on everything. Given the high cost of living today, everything from having a baby to burying a loved one must be done with economy in mind, hopefully without sacrificing the traditions and family values.

Cremation is one of the most popular options for families on a budget. However, even cremation can be costly if a family is not financially prepared for more than everyday expenses. Thankfully, there are many ways to chip away at cremation costs in Hayward without compromising the respect and reverence the deceased deserves.

Direct Cremation

There are many ways to incorporate cremation into funeral traditions. However, the most inexpensive way to do so is through direct cremation. This means that the family pays only for the cremation itself, receiving the remains in a basic receptacle rather than holding a traditional burial service, viewing, or other ceremonies.

The benefit of this choice is that you can choose to hold a private gathering before or after the cremation. This means you can still enjoy the opportunity to gather, grieve, and give thanks for your loved one, all without the rigid and expensive funeral traditions you might want to avoid.

Apply for assistance.

If your family still cannot afford cremation for your loved one, there are many options available for financial assistance. Depending on their age, how they died, and other factors, your loved one might be eligible for one or more of the following benefits:

• Veteran’s Administration (VA) death benefits for veterans

• Social Security Administration (SSA) one-time death benefit

• Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) funeral cost assistance for those who die as the result of a natural disaster

Additionally, there are many religious and community resources available for families who find themselves unable to afford burial expenses. The Sorensen Chapel is well-known for providing these services in many areas. Discuss these options with them to find out what help might be available. No family should ever forgo a respectful, reverent burial because of financial hardship.