4 types of cremation: Understanding the differences

Cremation costs can vary dramatically depending on location and level of services. There are 4 primary types of cremation services available.
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No-cost cremation with body donation to science

Science Care offers cremation at no cost to you or your family, when you decide to donate your body to science. Cremation is a required outcome of the body donation process, and cremated remains not matched with our program are returned to the family within 3-5 weeks of donation.

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

Cremation options not provided by Science Care

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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.

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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.

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Cremation without ceremony (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.

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Need help?

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.

“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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