Death Care Network - End of Life Resource Center

Local Funeral Homes and Cremation Providers

death care servicesThe passing of a loved one is an emotional time and a pre-arranged funeral plan that has already been put in place is a tremendous, thoughtful gift that provides relief to those you care about most during such a difficult period. One of the benefits to planning ahead is that you are able to customize your funeral to ensure that all final wishes are known and that your personalized memorial service will happen just the way you want it to. All industries are subject to inflation and signing up for a pre-arranged funeral also locks in your costs at today's prices which can end up saving you and your family a lot of money.
A funeral or memorial service does not have to be a solemn occasion. For many folks, they prefer to view it as a celebration of life!

If you are either planning for the future, or looking for a  funeral home for a loved one, you have to find one that suits your needs in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Most of the time, any funeral service provider will have the services you are looking for, but you also have to make sure that they provide to your area, have the religious services you want and any other relevant information. Here are a few easy tips to help you find the right funeral and cremation provider.

 Local Funeral Homes and Cremation Providers

Metro Area  Population  Metro Area  Population
 Akron, Ohio  700,000  Atlanta, Georgia  5,400,000
 Baltimore, Maryland  2,700,000  Baton Rouge, Louisiana  800,000
 Birmingham, Alabama  1,100,000  Boston, Massachusetts  4,500,000
 Canadian Provinces  35,000,000  Cedar Rapids, Iowa  300,000
 Charleston, South Carolina  300,000  Corpus Christi, Texas  700,000
 Dayton, Ohio  800,000  Dallas, Fort Worth  6,000,000
 Des Moines, Iowa  580,000  Delaware  6,000,000
 Fort Lauderdale, Florida  300,000  Fresno, California  930,000
 Hartford, Connecticut  1,000,000  Jacksonville, Florida  1,300,000
 Kansas City, MO - KS  2,000,000  Las Vegas, Nevada   1,300,000
 Louisville, Kentucky  1,300,000  Minneapolis, Minnesota  3,000,000
 Montgomery, Alabama  260,000  Nashville, Tennessee  1,500,000
 Newark, New Jersey  400,000  New York, New York  8,000,000
 New Hampshire  1,300,000  Oakland, California  600,000
 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  1,350,000  Pensacola, Florida  460,000
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  6,000,000  Phoenix, Arizona  3,000,000
 Richmond, Virginia  1,200,000  Roanoke, Virginia  300,000
 Rockford, Illinois  350,000  San Antonio, Texas  2,200,000
 San Diego, California  3,100,000  San Francisco, California  600,000
 Sioux Falls, South Dakota  240,000  St. Louis, Missouri  2,400,000
 Tucson, Arizona  980,000  Wichita, Kansas  640,000

Years ago people never really thought of cremation as a viable choice after death. Families bought burial plots and had a traditional funeral complete with visitation at the funeral home and church service on the day of burial. Nowadays, people are choosing cremation as an option for many reasons. The stigma associated with being cremated and put into an urn earn to be kept by a loved one has dissipated about as quickly as the appeal of being buried in a traditional cemetery. 

Cremation is More Economical: Cremation is less expensive than a traditional burial. You can expect to spend upwards of $5,000 just from the services of the funeral parlor including embalming and casket, when you opt for a traditional funeral. This doesn’t take into consideration the burial plot, the church, or any other service you may need. Cremation on the other hand costs about one third of this price. There is no need to purchase a burial plot if you are cremated because a loved one can keep your ashes with them or they can sprinkle your ashes in accordance to your predetermined will. If you live in another part of the country from your family, cremation is a viable alternative that allows you to be buried in a family plot in another part of the country or world. It is a lot less expensive to ship cremains that it is to ship a body in a casket.

Cremation is More Environmentally Friendly: This is probably the last thing on your mind when thinking of burial, but cremation is much more environmentally friendly than traditional funerals. The traditional way of treating a body pumps it full of chemicals to preserve it. With cremation, there is no need to do this. The body is incinerated and the ashes collected in an urn. The urns are even environmentally friendly with choices made out of recycled and even biodegradable materials. If you choose to have your ashes scattered in a special place, you don’t have to worry about the impact of ashes on the environment either.

 This is one of the main reasons beyond the price that help people to decide on cremation. Many people do not see the appeal of being buried in a cemetery for eternity. The thought is that once the person is dead then there is no reason to preserve the body and bury it. The same purpose can be met by cremating the body and putting the ashes into an urn. If the family is set on a gravesite, then the ashes can be added to a burial plot, but a smaller one can be used which will also save money. Many religions are now allowing members to be cremated whereas before this practice was frowned upon. There are even memorial gardens being set up for members of the church who choose this option.