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Church Funeral Service With Cremation

Many of the plans I've written over the last five years have been for people who want a traditional church funeral service with viewing but who do not want a burial or its associated expenses. This eliminates the cost of a burial vault, burial plot, and cemetery labor costs. (Or burial costs can be reduced by using a cremation burial space and a cremains vault instead). The casket cost is reduced through the use of a rental casket, normally a casket of high quality that is returned to the funeral home after the services are done. A cremation casket or other wood casket may also be purchased. After the rental casket is returned, a cardboard container is used for the cremation. Cremated remains are returned to the family in a plastic container, or an urn can be purchased.

The average cost of a church funeral service with cremation in the Salt Lake area is around $4,500 without casket. I have available the same with rental casket for $2,500 through Premier Funeral Services.

This is how it compares with other package services:

With Premier Funeral Services, the package is exactly the same as the traditional funeral service package for $1,850, except the full cost of a direct cremation (including all transportation and containers but not death certificates, sales taxes, or cremation permit) are included free (value $750). This is probably the best value funeral plan I've ever offered.

Here's how you can pay for it with the National Guardian Life Funeral Expense Trust. Prices are frozen or guaranteed, regardless of future price increases.