Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about cremation:
How much does a direct cremation in Dallas, Texas cost?
In 2020, the average cost of a direct cremation in the Dallas area is around $800. This price depends on the provider and can vary significantly. The least expensive cremation averages $695 and the most expensive run over $7,000. Additional costs can include a permit ($30) and death certificates ($21 for the first, $4 each additional). A consumer should always ask if there are extra charges that are not included in the basic cost.
How much does a cremation cost in the state of Texas?
In 2020, the average cost of a cremation without services is approximately $1,000 – $2,000, again depending the provider. Less expensive options can go as low as $695.
What is a cremation?
The Cremation Association of North America defines cremation as a “mechanical, thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments.” These fragments are then processed into the granulated cremains. Flame based cremation is the most common process.
What is a direct cremation?
It is a simple, inexpensive process that does not include any extra services. The loved one is removed, cremated and returned in a temporary urn. There are no pre-funeral events (like visitation, rosary or memorial), no casket, no embalming, no cosmetic preparation, and no funeral services.
What is a simple cremation?
A simple cremation, a basic cremation and a non-ceremony cremation are all terms which mean a direct cremation.
Can a direct cremation include a memorial?
A direct cremation can include anything which the surviving loved ones wish. The funeral director involved can explain this best – frequently direct cremations are followed by memorial services conducted at the convenience of the family.
What happens to the cremains after the cremation?
This is entirely dependent upon the family’s wishes or a plan requested by the deceased prior to passing. Many times the ashes are transferred to a more permanent urn (designed in any way the surviving significant others prefer) and kept in the home in a place of honor. Alternatively, cremains can be divided among the survivors. Pendants of all sorts are available so that the cremains may be worn respectfully. Scattering, provided the area is approved for this practice, is also common.
Can cremains be buried?
Absolutely. Many cemeteries have urn gardens set aside for this specific purpose.
Can cremains be scattered in the ocean?
There are laws and regulations which must be observed — the funeral director is best consulted on these matters.
Can cremains be launched into space?
Yes, there are companies that perform the service. The ashes are launched and eventually return to earth in the form of a shooting star. The creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, did this.
Can urns be designed in creative ways?
There are urn companies which will do this, check with the funeral director. The ashes of Prince, the celebrated singer/songwriter, are in an urn modeled after his elaborate Minnesota estate.
What is a columbarium?
A columbarium is a permanent structure — often a wall, but it can also be a building — which respectfully houses cremains in urns. On the other hand, a mausoleum is a building where casketed loved one are held.
How long does it take to cremate in the state of Texas?
Unless waived by an appropriate legal authority, the loved one cannot be cremated until a 48 hour period of time passes. Appropriate paperwork must also be completed before the process can begin. The funeral director can explain this in detail. A cremation is final disposition which may not be reversed.
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