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What traditional funeral costs can be avoided by direct cremation?

Because direct cremation does not include a formal funeral or any pre-funeral events, many of the costs of a traditional funeral are avoided.
  • The body is cremated soon after death, which means that you may engage the services of a crematory directly rather than a funeral home. This can potentially save you a significant amount of money.
  • The body is usually cremated in a simple container, rather than an expensive casket.
  • There is no viewing, visitation or wake before the cremation, which eliminates the need for embalming or other body preparations.
  • A memorial service may be held at a later date, which eliminates the need for an expensive casket and funeral arrangements.

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