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Old 09-18-2012, 04:47 AM
 
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How much cheaper would you estimate? I heard they've jacked up the price of cremation as more people opt out of expensive burials.
I think you are right. The last time I had charge of someone's funeral. It was a cremation with ashes returned in a plastic bag which was inside a cardboard box. It was a few hundred dollars. Only a couple of years later someone else did the same thing at the same funeral parlor, and the cost was almost double.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Not.here
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I recently made arrangements for the cremation of a relative. It was slightly under a $1000 and scattering ashes in the ocean was another couple of hundred.

That's going to be my choice also, dust to dust...... make that dust to water.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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There are no worms six feet down- cremation is just a foolish attempt to avoid death ....as if some how you escape the gloom of decay...It is un-natural..With decay- nature slowly cremates you - with cremation- a human being has to set the process in motion...the match must be struck- All I own in this world is a grave in the family plot...I hate the fact that they force you to be put in a box- I would like a simple white satin shroud...and be put in the cool earth....The other rule I don't like is that our grave yard now insists we buy these expensive concrete vaults to put the coffin in...saying that it is for health reasons...

The ground is dry and sandy...on high ground and the place has been in existence for 200 years without a problem...On the other hand if I could have a tomb...I would like that...who knows _ I might just be Jesus after all...LOL.
Most bizarre statement of the day. Death is death, and it occurs when your heart stops beatings and your synapses stop firing. After that, it doesn't matter what the final disposition of your body is.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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How much cheaper would you estimate? I heard they've jacked up the price of cremation as more people opt out of expensive burials.
They have it just cost my mother almost $1800 for a direct cremation of my father. They came to the house all of 5 miles to pick him up, next day Mom went to funeral home to sign papaers, pick out an URN and she didn't go fancy as she plans on scattering the ahes, then to the crematory in the same county, 20 miles at most.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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My parents had expensive burials. Their wishes and they paid for it but I thought it was an incredible waste of money.

No way do I want that for me.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Here and There
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For those asking for cost, calling hours/funeral (with casket rental) and the cremation/urn cost us approximately 8K. As for myself, I could care less about calling hours/funeral. I prefer a "Celebration of Life" get together with stories and laughter, oh, and alcohol of course
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Burial is a waste of land. It should be for the living. And I don't want my family to have to "visit" me. Remembering is quite enough.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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Burial is a waste of land. It should be for the living. And I don't want my family to have to "visit" me. Remembering is quite enough.
Great point and I repped you for that.

It would bother me while I was living that there should be a permanent space for my dead remains.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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How much cheaper would you estimate? I heard they've jacked up the price of cremation as more people opt out of expensive burials.
Cremation: $800-1,000
Burial: $5,000-10,000

Our cremains will be interred in a nearby veterans National Cemetery beneath a two-sided headstone memorializing my military service on one side and my wife's service as a midwife on the other. This will be free of any cost to us or family.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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Our church has a memorial garden that is for the members that have been cremated. The ashes are brought to the church in a plain simple wooden box. A small hole is dug, and while the service is conducted, the box is placed and the dirt pushed back in. Later, a simple plague will be placed on the site. All the funeral home is paid for it the simple box and the cremation.

We have one spot where both husband and wife were placed at the same time. I don't remember which died first, but they were interred together during the same burial service. I like that idea.
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