Cremation Costs: Your Guide to Cremation Prices in 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Cremation now accounts for almost 55% of all end-of-life services in the United States, and the average direct cremation costs $1,100.

However, a direct cremation doesn't include several traditional practices such as viewing or memorial service, so you'll have to factor in these costs as well.

If you're pre-planning funeral arrangements, you're likely most concerned about the cost of these services because you want to relieve the financial burden for your family. Setting aside money to handle large expenses is always a smart thing to do, and a memorial service or funeral is no different.

The cost of essential cremation services can vary wildly, but don't waste precious time hunting around for the best rates. Keep reading for a quick, honest guide to cremation planning and costs.

Choosing a Service

When planning a cremation for yourself or a loved one, you will have to make several decisions that will affect cremation costs. The first thing to add to your checklist is deciding on the type of service you want.


Will you have a funeral service before cremation? If so, you'll rent or purchase a casket for this service. You'll also need to factor embalming costs into your budget.

You can purchase a casket that can hold remains during the cremation process or rent one and utilize a different container for cremation. 

Traditional Funeral Service

Just because you prefer cremation over burial doesn't mean you must give up a traditional funeral service. You can plan a funeral before cremation that allows for viewing, readings, and a eulogy. 

Direct Cremation

A direct cremation is the least expensive option because you don't have to plan for the cost of embalming, a casket, and a service. In this type of cremation, remains are cremated, and the ashes are returned directly to the family.

You'll have several memorialization options to choose from, such as a scattering or traditional burial, or unique urns and keepsakes.

Memorial Service Following Cremation

If you choose to have a memorial service after the cremation, the remains are not present. 

The memorial service can occur at home, a funeral parlor, at a church, or somewhere outdoors. This is less expensive than a funeral but still allows for a meaningful send-off.

These choices will affect overall end-of-life costs. While prices vary by region, here's a breakdown of the most common cremation costs:

  • Cremation: $800-3000
  • Cremation urn or box: $50-1000
  • Flowers for a funeral: $200-1000
  • Embalming: $100-800
  • Cremation Casket: $500-600
  • Rental Casket: $400-600

We’re Here to Answer Your Questions Regarding Cremation Costs

Schumacher & Benner has a private, on-site crematory, which means you or your loved one never leaves our care. You can rest assured knowing that our professional, trained staff handles each step of the process. 

Making end-of-life decisions is always difficult, even when planning ahead to budget for cremation costs. We're here to help you create a personalized service to celebrate a beautiful life. By offering unique memorialization features, we help honor lives in ways that are most comforting to family and friends. 

As you begin to make these crucial decisions, contact us to schedule a pre-planning consultation.

Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory is the only private on-site crematory in Pottstown, PA.That is why we can truly say, your loved one never leaves our care. Our funeral directors are crematory technicians certified by the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to help insure the highest standards.  

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