There are several memorization options for cremation, including scattering cremated remains or keeping them in an urn. Scattering can occur in a cemetery scattering garden, or at sea, or certain places with special meaning (please note that the scattering of ashes is prohibited in some areas). An urn can also be placed in a spot with special meaning, such as over a mantle in a home, or in an urn garden, community mausoleum niche, urn mausoleum (called a columbarium), or even buried in a gravesite space.
Compared to other burial options, cremation service costs tend to be less expensive, particularly when planning and pre-paying a cremation. Viewings and full funeral services can also be held.
Generally speaking, there are three types of cremation services. Deciding which one is best for you and your family is ultimately a personal choice.
Compared to a typical in-ground burial, the cremation process is generally more affordable. The national average for direct cremation is $650. This price is only for the cremation process and does not include the cost of the cremation urn or any type of memorial service.
The national average cost of a cremation urn is $273. This is just an average, and the cost of individual cremation urns can differ greatly based on material and customization options. We recommend you contact the cemetery of your choice to learn more about cremation options.
Read our FAQ below to learn more about cremation:
How Deep is a Cremation Grave?
The cremation urn should be placed at least 6 inches below the surface. So for example, if the urn is 10 inches tall, the cremation grave should be 16 inches deep. Cemeteries offer a few different options for burying an urn - this can include burying cremated remains in an urn garden or burying the cremains in a standard burial plot. Please keep in mind that if you choose a burial plot, the cemetery may still require a burial vault just like they would with a casket.
Is Cremation Accepted by All Religions?
Religions have different perspectives regarding cremation. For instance, Catholicism previously did not support cremation, but it is now accepted. Though the preference is for the cremains to be placed in a burial vault and buried. Mormonism also does not ban cremation.
Cremation is, however, prohibited for Muslims and some members of conservative Jewish sects, but traditionally all Hindus are cremated.
Cremation is also acceptable for Buddhists, Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and Methodists. We recommend consulting with the spiritual leaders of your community to learn more.
Does Embalming Occur with Cremation?
If it is a direct cremation, embalming is not necessary. However, if there is a viewing prior to cremation, usually an embalming is highly recommended.
Is a Casket Necessary for Cremation?
No, a casket is not necessary for a direct cremation. However, during the cremation process, the body will likely need to be placed in a combustible container. Additionally, if there is a viewing prior to the cremation, a casket will likely be necessary, and Catholicism prefers cremation remains be buried within a casket.
Is it Legal to Scatter Ashes?
The answer ultimately depends on where you are scattering ashes. Places you can scatter remains include scattering gardens that are specifically designed for scattering cremains (many cemeteries have private scatter gardens). You are also allowed to scatter ashes on your own private property.
While some public spaces allow you to scatter ashes, there are usually strict rules and regulations regarding how and where you can do it. Additionally, a permit is often times required. For this reason, scattering gardens is usually the ideal option.
If you think planning cremation service is the right memorialization option for you, download a free, no-obligation burial planning guide now to get more information about the various types of cremation, lock in today’s prices for cremation services, and have the peace of mind of knowing it’s all taken care of.
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