In New Jersey, more than 50% of people are now choosing cremation over burial and entombment, a trend that is matched nationally as well. In fact, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is predicting that over 70% of deaths in America will result in cremations by 2035. There are a several reasons for this shift from traditional burial and entombment:
- Our population is becoming more secular.
- Families are moving away from community roots to retire and take jobs in other parts of the country.
- Our contemporary culture puts more emphasis on a deceased’s spirit rather than the body.
In general, there are no differences in professional services and fees between burial and cremation. For example, a day of visitation and a ceremony the next day costs the same whether it’s a cremation or burial. However, the disposition costs will vary greatly between burial or cremation. Cemetery fees for a burial can be $2,000 to $4,000 more than a cremation.
Cremation With Full or Partial Services
Cremation with Full Services includes a period of visitation and then a ceremony, with the body present, followed by a cremation. This type of service costs approximately the same as a full-service burial and can range from $7,000 to $12,000.
Cremation with Partial Services typically has the cremation occur as soon as possible, with visitation and ceremony occurring after the cremation without the body present. Many times an urn is present holding the cremated remains. These services can range from $4,000 to $9,000 and often the ceremony is held in a place with a lot of sentimental attachment, such as a favorite restaurant or park.
Direct Cremation is the most simple and least expensive way to prepare a decedent for final disposition. Families concerned with budget, location or timing often elect for the simplicity of direct cremation, as there is no visitation or ceremony included. The cost of a direct cremation can range from $1,400 to $4,000.
At Bradley Funeral Homes, we have two choices for direct cremation. You may make arrangements at the funeral home with a funeral director, or you may make all of the arrangements yourself on our website, SimpleCremationNJ.com, and take advantage of considerable savings.