What is the Average Cost of Cremation?
For many years, we have read that the national average cost of cremation is around $2,500 and wanted to find out if the average is true. On January 27, 2011, the National Cremation Research Council conducted a national price survey to ascertain the cost of direct cremation from over 80 cremation societies and the results were quite interesting.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, all funeral and cremation providers must provide the consumer with a written price list (General Price List) prior to any discussions about their services. Further, the FTC mandates that direct cremation include the following services for one price:
- Basic services of funeral director and staff
- A proportionate share of overhead costs
- Transportation of the body to the funeral home or crematory from the place of death or medical examiner’s office (often referred as the removal of remains).
- Transportation to crematory
- Necessary authorizations
- and the crematory fee
Funeral and cremation providers must also disclose every cost and price for the services they provide. So, if your need for cremation, funeral or memorial services has not already occured, please ensure that you receive a General Price List prior to any discussion on services. An informed consumer is safe consumer.
/// CRC Staff.
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