Burial best fits families wanting a traditional viewing or funeral service. The body is typically embalmed for preservation, placed in a casket, and then a cemetery plot. A newer and less traditional approach is Green Burials, an eco-friendly biodegradable casket option, that is generally less expensive. Average cost is usually $9,000-$10,000.
Cremation has grown to be the most common end-of-life choice, offering a variety of options for final disposition. The body is reduced to fine particles known as cremated remains. Remains are placed in an urn, interred in a tomb or mausoleum, or scattered over a favorite place. If direct cremation is chosen, using a cremation service versus a traditional funeral home can help to reduce costs. Usually $1,100-$3,700.
Donation To Science
This is one of the most cost-effective options for end-of-life. Most who register will be accepted. Return of remains vary by program. Unless you register or enroll with a program that offers guaranteed acceptance, donations can be declined at the time of passing (based on needs in current research projects), so alternate arrangements are recommended.