A Comparison Guide: Burial, Cremations and Donation

A Comparison Guide: Burial, Cremations and Donation

DESCRIPTION

  • The body is typically embalmed for preservation, placed in a casket and then a cemetery plot.

COST

  • Avg Casket: $2,000
  • Avg Funeral + Burial plot/Niche + Marker: $9,000

BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SOCIETY

  • May fulfill a cultural tradition, provides a final resting place such as a cemetery or mausoleum for loved ones to visit and can provide a sense of closure or final goodbye.

REMAINS

  • Buried

CHOOSING A PROVIDER

  • Ask for references or referrals. Select a provider that best meet your needs and preferences (cost, location, affiliations, personal wishes). Search online, call, or request to meet with a representative. Most individuals will qualify for whole body donation for medical research. Generally a donor must be an adult without any active contagious diseases and weigh less than 300 lbs. University donation may have additional criteria due to the need for donors with normal anatomy and inability to place more donors than required by the school annually. Contact the program of your interest for additional details as criteria may differ.

MEMORIAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS & FAMILY

  • Honorably discharged Veterans may be eligible for memorial benefits such as burial or internment of cremated remains in a VA national cemetery, a headstone or marker with an inscription, a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a committal service with military honors. Burial, cremation or donation arrangements will still need to be made separately. Benefits for eligible spouses, dependents and survivors may include burial with the Veteran and headstone inscription. Eligible spouses, dependents, and survivors may be buried in a national cemetery even if their Veteran loved one is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, or if their death occurs before the Veteran’s. Contact the nearest VA regional office, Veteran Service Officer or visit explore.va.gov for more information.

DESCRIPTION

  • The body is reduced to fine particles known as cremated remains which are then placed in a container, urn, interred or scattered.

COST

  • $500 to $3,000 depending on provider. Direct cremations will typically offer the lowest cost.

BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SOCIETY

  • May fulfill a cultural tradition, can provide a place for the loved ones to visit or allow multiple loved ones the ability to share cremains. Generally less expensive than burial and may reduce financial strain.

REMAINS

  • Returned to family within 1-3 weeks. Expedited service may be available for an additional cost.

CHOOSING A PROVIDER

  • Ask for references or referrals. Select a provider that best meet your needs and preferences (cost, location, affiliations, personal wishes). Search online, call, or request to meet with a representative. Most individuals will qualify for whole body donation for medical research. Generally a donor must be an adult without any active contagious diseases and weigh less than 300 lbs. University donation may have additional criteria due to the need for donors with normal anatomy and inability to place more donors than required by the school annually. Contact the program of your interest for additional details as criteria may differ.

MEMORIAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS & FAMILY

  • Honorably discharged Veterans may be eligible for memorial benefits such as burial or internment of cremated remains in a VA national cemetery, a headstone or marker with an inscription, a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a committal service with military honors. Burial, cremation or donation arrangements will still need to be made separately. Benefits for eligible spouses, dependents and survivors may include burial with the Veteran and headstone inscription. Eligible spouses, dependents, and survivors may be buried in a national cemetery even if their Veteran loved one is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, or if their death occurs before the Veteran’s. Contact the nearest VA regional office, Veteran Service Officer or visit explore.va.gov for more information.

DESCRIPTION

  • The body is gifted to an organization for the purpose of supporting medical research, education and training. The tissues not used are then cremated and returned.

COSTS

  • ($0) includes transportation, cremation, return of cremains and filing of the death certificate

BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SOCIETY

  • In addition to cremation benefits, the donor and family may feel comfort in knowing that the donation serves a purpose in helping to advance healthcare and serve future generations. Donation may also eliminate financial strain. Tissue may be gifted to educational, clinical, and research pursuits across the globe. Research institutions, medical facilities, device developers, universities, and additional providers extending care to the public will benefit and impact generations to come.

REMAINS

  • Returned to family in 3-5 weeks at no cost. Local providers may offer quickest return.

CHOOSING A PROVIDER

  • Ask for references or referrals. Select a provider that best meet your needs and preferences (cost, location, affiliations, personal wishes). Search online, call, or request to meet with a representative. Most individuals will qualify for whole body donation for medical research. Generally a donor must be an adult without any active contagious diseases and weigh less than 300 lbs. University donation may have additional criteria due to the need for donors with normal anatomy and inability to place more donors than required by the school annually. Contact the program of your interest for additional details as criteria may differ.

MEMORIAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS & FAMILY

  • Honorably discharged Veterans may be eligible for memorial benefits such as burial or internment of cremated remains in a VA national cemetery, a headstone or marker with an inscription, a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a committal service with military honors. Burial, cremation or donation arrangements will still need to be made separately. Benefits for eligible spouses, dependents and survivors may include burial with the Veteran and headstone inscription. Eligible spouses, dependents, and survivors may be buried in a national cemetery even if their Veteran loved one is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, or if their death occurs before the Veteran’s. Contact the nearest VA regional office, Veteran Service Officer or visit explore.va.gov for more information.

DESCRIPTION

  • The body is gifted to a university for the purpose of supporting education and training. The body is often embalmed and then cremated after 1-3 years. Cremated remains may or may not be returned.

COST

  • Most University body donor programs are no cost. Some universities may charge for transportation outside of a specific distance or a processing fee.

BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY & SOCIETY

  • The donor and family may feel comfort in knowing that the donation serves an important purpose in helping to train existing and future healthcare providers and serve future generations. Depending on the program, may eliminate or reduce financial strain. Tissue received will typically remain at the university to serve for its educational, clinical, and research pursuits. Students train using cadavers before they extend care to the public as licensed professionals.

REMAINS

  • If returned, typically will be provided to the family after use (1-3 years). Most programs will also host an annual memorial service for loved ones and donors.

CHOOSING A PROVIDER

  • Ask for references or referrals. Select a provider that best meet your needs and preferences (cost, location, affiliations, personal wishes). Search online, call, or request to meet with a representative. Most individuals will qualify for whole body donation for medical research. Generally a donor must be an adult without any active contagious diseases and weigh less than 300 lbs. University donation may have additional criteria due to the need for donors with normal anatomy and inability to place more donors than required by the school annually. Contact the program of your interest for additional details as criteria may differ.

MEMORIAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS & FAMILY

  • Honorably discharged Veterans may be eligible for memorial benefits such as burial or internment of cremated remains in a VA national cemetery, a headstone or marker with an inscription, a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a committal service with military honors. Burial, cremation or donation arrangements will still need to be made separately. Benefits for eligible spouses, dependents and survivors may include burial with the Veteran and headstone inscription. Eligible spouses, dependents, and survivors may be buried in a national cemetery even if their Veteran loved one is not buried or memorialized in a national cemetery, or if their death occurs before the Veteran’s. Contact the nearest VA regional office, Veteran Service Officer or visit explore.va.gov for more information.