4 types of cremation

Cremation Options for Varying Budgets

Cremation costs can vary dramatically depending on level of services and location. Below, we outline a no-cost cremation service through Science Care, plus three additional options.
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No-cost cremation with body donation to science

Most affordable
Offered by Science Care
When you are accepted as a body donor with our program, Science Care handles all of the expenses associated with the donation, including cremation. Remains not matched with our program are returned to the family within 3-5 weeks of donation.


  • Honoring wishes to leave a lasting legacy for future generations
  • Cremation and transportation from the location of passing
  • Filing of the death certificate
  • Letter updating family members on the impact your donation has made

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Body donation is very time sensitive, and Science Care is unable to facilitate donation if the passing happened more than five days ago.

Not all states are eligible.
Most people meet the criteria for donation with Science Care, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Certain conditions such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, extremely high or low body mass index (BMI), or the state of passing could exclude donation.

Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.
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Additional Cremation Options not Provided by Science Care

Cremation with traditional service

Not offered by Science Care
Pays for staff services, transfer fees, embalming, body preparation, funeral service, casket rental, vehicle rental, and cremation.

Typically the highest cost of cremation. Incorporates the benefits of both a traditional funeral service and cremation. Cremation is performed following the funeral services.

Cremation with memorial service

$2,500 - $4,000
Not offered by Science Care
Typically more affordable than the cremation with traditional service option, as there is no casket and no embalming charges.

Cremated remains need not be present with this option. Cremation with a memorial service is another way to honor the memory of a loved one.

Cremation without ceremony

$700 - $1,200
Not offered by Science Care
After body donation to science (which includes cremation at no cost), this low-cost cremation option is the second most affordable.

This is also known as direct cremation. The body is cremated shortly after passing, without embalming, viewing, or visitation.

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Regardless of which cremation option you choose, Science Care is here to help. Just give us a call, and we can direct you to a provider who will meet your needs. We work with some of the best organizations in the country and are more than happy to refer you.

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“I do not want my children to be burdened with any arrangements. The less suffering to them, the better. I also thought medical science may benefit in helping others.”
— Marcia L., Florida

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