4 types of cremation: Understanding the differences

If you are searching for a cremation provider, you will find no shortage of services available. Cremation costs can vary dramatically depending on location and level of services. There are 4 primary types of cremation services available:
4 types of cremation

1. Cremation with traditional service

Typically the highest cost of cremation. Incorporates the benefits of both a traditional funeral service and cremation, including embalming and a casket rental. Cremation is performed following the funeral services. Find out typical costs.

2. Cremation with memorial service

With a memorial service, the cremated remains need not be present. Cremation with a memorial service is a way to honor the memory of a loved one in much the same way as you would during a funeral service. Find out typical costs.

3. Cremation without ceremony (also known as direct cremation)

With direct cremation, there are no ceremonial services involved. The body is cremated shortly after passing, without embalming, viewing or visitation. Next to whole body donation, which includes cremation at no cost, this is the cheapest and most affordable cremation option. Find out typical costs.

4. Cremation with body donation to science

With whole body donation to science through an organization like Science Care, cremation is offered as part of a no-cost program. Cremation is an intrinsic part of the body donation process. Due to the extensive preparation of the tissues, cremation is a required outcome. Cremated remains not matched with our program are returned to the family within 3-5 weeks of the donation.

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.

Body donation to science benefits include:

  • Honoring your wish to leave a lasting legacy for future generations
  • Cremation and transportation from the location of passing
  • Filing of the death certificate
  • A simple process (joining the registry is not required to donate)
  • Letter updating family members on the impact your donation has made
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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