How to Save the Most Money On Las Vegas Cremation Services

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, December 17, 2018

More people have turned to Las Vegas cremation services in recent years as a way of saving money on funerary expenses. In Nevada, 70% of deaths now result in a cremation service of some kind. The rise in the popularity of cremations isn’t hard to comprehend when you look at the amount of money that can potentially be saved compared to a full service, traditional funeral. The least expensive kind of cremation is a direct cremation. 

In a direct cremation, the body is cremated very shortly after death. The only expense associated with the procedure (aside from a few administrative costs, such as procuring the death certificate) is the cost of the cremation itself.  

The Federal Trade Commission has a few regulations in place to protect consumers and ensure the transparency of the direct cremation process. 

  1. The funeral home or cremation provider cannot mandate that you buy a casket for the procedure. This is significant, because a casket by itself can cost thousands of dollars. 
  2. The cremation provider needs to make a simple wooden box available to contain the body of the deceased during the cremation process. 
  3. The cremation provider needs to return the remains of the deceased in whatever vessel his or her family provides. For example, if a special urn is given to the provider, the remains must be returned in that vessel. If no vessel is provided to contain the remains, they will be returned to the family in a container from the provider, which usually comes in the form of a cardboard box. 

A direct cremation takes place before any funeral or memorial service occurs. Once the remains are returned, his or her survivors can then decide what they wish to do with them. While this option might seem impersonal, having foregone the traditional funeral service with a wake or eulogy, some families might actually find it more comforting. The remains can be spread in a place that was significant to the deceased. Alternatively, they might be kept close at hand in a personal memento of special value. Families are also afforded the opportunity to customize a memorial service that could be equally comforting and less expensive. 

If you’re thinking about having a direct cremation, you should never actually go through with the procedure without first talking to an experienced funeral director. If you have any questions about Las Vegas cremation services, including direct cremations, please don’t hesitate to speak with Laura Sussman of the Kraft-Sussman Funeral Service. Most of her clients come to her for cremations, and with nine years of experience as a funeral director, she’ll answer your questions with empathy, professionalism, and sensitivity to the needs of you and your family. You can contact her by calling (702) 485-6500. The Kraft-Sussman Funeral Service can be found at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

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