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Neptune Memorial Reef, off the coast of Florida, is an underwater city that will eventually be able to accommodate the cremated remains of more than 100,000 people. The artificial reef attracts tropical fish and scuba divers and is designed to withstand a Category 4 hurricane. (Photo courtesy of Neptune Memorial Reef)
As one might expect , the cost for cremation varies from state to state and from provider to provider. The following estimated cost-range reflects the old adage, "you get what you pay for." i.e. the simpler the cremation, the lower the cost; the more up-scale services provided, the higher the cost.
Low End $700 - $1,500: Includes the transfer of the body, refrigeration, document processing, simple box for the crematory, the cremation, and a plastic urn to take home.
High End $15,000+: Includes the basic services, transfers, refrigeration or embalming, solid mahogany casket for crematory, the cremation, complete memorial service ceremony, a granite, solid bronze, polished brass, marble or custom hardwood urn, and internment niche.
Transportation And Relocation Protection Plan $500 - $5000: So, what happens if there is unexpected death while traveling? The cost of returning remains can exceed several thousand dollars. The process entails managing numerous remote organizations, each with its own procedures, paperwork, and required payment.
With the purchase of the Transportation and Relocation Protection Plan, no additional out of pocket expenses will arise, if death should occur while traveling anywhere in the world, or in the event of relocation within the continential U.S.
If you prefer to have the cremated remains scattered at sea by the cremation provider, the cost by those providing such services range from $300 - $1,000 depending upon the day of the week requested and number of witnesses.
Cremation has tripled in popularity during the past three decades. Over the past decade views on cremation have undergone radical changes. As a result, cremation is now an accepted alternative and its popularity has been steadily growing. In fact, it's been estimated that at the present time approximately one-third of all U.S. deaths involve cremation and that number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years.