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Womne guide to affordable options for end-of-life care

Planning a funeral service and cremation can feel overwhelming, especially when you consider the costs involved. At Bay Cremation Care, we know that understanding the expenses involved in funerals and cremations can be confusing, and can cause additional stress at an already sad time. To help make things easier, we have put together this guide to affordable options for end-of-life care, looking at how cremation costs are broken down as well as some of the factors that can affect overall costs.

Funeral and cremation expenses to consider when planning a service

What exactly is involved in a funeral tends to vary. The deceased may have expressed their wishes for their funeral in their will, and these wishes can range from specific – for example, the type of casket they want – to more general, such as whether they’d like to be cremated or buried. However, it’s often the details of a funeral that have the most impact on the overall cost. 

When a person is cremated, their ashes are normally placed in an urn. Urn prices cover a wide spectrum, with the actual cost depending on factors such as the urn’s size and the material it’s made from. The same is true for caskets, so if you’re looking for ways to reduce costs, it’s a good idea to look into more affordable options.

You should also think about where the funeral is held. If it’s not at the same venue as the crematorium, you’ll be faced with the additional expense of transporting the body after the funeral service.

On the subject of crematoriums, you will also need to consider the fee for the cremation itself when calculating overall expenses.

Sometimes, when people are planning their own funerals, they opt to skip the funeral service altogether and go straight to being cremated. While this is definitely not for everyone, it’s something to consider if you’re not too concerned about having a funeral service and want to reduce end-of-life care expenses for your family. This means that they won’t have to worry about paying for things like flowers or finding a venue that can accommodate a large number of guests.

Here at Bay Cremation Care, our funeral home provides affordable funeral and cremation services in Tauranga. If you are looking for affordable options for end-of-life care in New Zealand, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you.