What Residents Should Know About North Las Vegas, NV Cremations

By: Laura Sussman
Monday, September 24, 2018

Suffering the loss of a loved one is possibly the hardest experience that people are forced to endure. The sheer expense of a funeral is too often the insult to such an injury. A traditional funeral service will on average cost families around the country $7,000 at least and may run into expenses of $10,000 or more. Many traditional funerary expenses, however, such as a gravestone and embalming fees, can be avoided with a cremation service. This is the primary reason why the practice is rapidly increasing in popularity. However, not all Las Vegas, NV cremations are the same! 

The least expensive form of cremation is a direct cremation. Here, the body is cremated shortly after death. The procedure usually costs about $2,150. With this method, traditional funeral expenses, such as a casket, embalming fees, and visitations or viewings of the body, are avoided. 

The Federal Trade Commission has certain rules in place for direct cremations which are designed to protect consumers… 

  1. The cremation service cannot demand that consumers buy a casket for the procedure. 
  2. The service needs to make available a simple unfinished wooden box to contain the body during the cremation procedure. 
  3. If the deceased’s survivors supply a certain container for the remains, such as an urn, the cremation provider must return the remains inside of it. If not, the provider must return the remains in another kind of container, such as a cardboard box. 

A direct cremation occurs before any funeral or memorial service has taken place. Once the remains of the deceased have been returned to the family, they can then decide what kind of service, if any, to conduct. 

While these kinds of Las Vegas, NV cremations may sound cold on paper, they actually offer families flexibility with the mourning process as well as financial savings. For example, direct cremation affords families the opportunity to hold a memorial service in a place that was special to the deceased, where they may then spread the ashes. Alternatively, the ashes can be kept close at hand. 

For families that aren’t attached to the trappings of a traditional funeral service, direct cremation opens up options for a service that would be something closer in line with the wishes of the deceased. 

Nothing can ever ease the pain of losing a loved one, but it’s always necessary to be prepared for it with an understanding of what you want to do in the aftermath. Consulting with an experienced funeral director will always be helpful in that process. If you’re a resident and you’re thinking about a direct cremation or Las Vegas, NV cremations in general, don’t hesitate to contact Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services. The owner, Laura, has been a funeral director for ten years and will provide you with whatever answers you seek about the direct cremation process and how much the service costs. You can reach her by calling (702) 485-6500. The funeral home is located at 3975 S. Durango Drive, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

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