4 Ways to Ease the Cost of Cremations

Posted on January 7, 2019 by Cameron Naugle under Cremation
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Inflation is real, and is affecting everything from education to cremations. A simple cremation in Orange Park, FL can cost around $1,100, and that’s not including any extra money for a service or memorial. With the cost of cremation getting so high, its no wonder that people are looking for help to pay for them.   

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Here are 4 ways you can get help paying for or lower the cost of a cremation:  

    • Preplanning – Check the deceased’s papers and information to see if they made any plans to help pay for their cremation. They might have put in place things such as:  
      • Prepaying programs 
      • Funeral insurance 
      • Life insurance  
      • Payable-on-death bank account  
    • Fund Raising – Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your community, neighborhood, friends or other family. You’d be surprised how quickly people will chip in. Get creative with fund raising like:  
      • Car washes or bake sales 
      • Church groups or donations  
      • Memorial funds at the deceased’s workplace or bank 
      • Crowd funding websites like GoFundMe.com or GiveForward.com 

Social media is also a great tool to make your need known and get more people involved. Don’t be afraid to share any fund raising, or write posts about your need.   

    • Government Assistance – Local, state and even federal government programs can help pay for funerals and cremations. Check with your local social service, county treasurer, or public fiduciary to see if any systems are in place. These programs have varying requirements, especially since local government budgets are tight and they are making such programs more difficult to qualify for. Be sure to double check that you are eligible.  

The Social Security Administration can also provide assistance. Call to report a death and you may be eligible for a lump sum of $225 or other survivor benefits. Other federal programs that can help include:  

      • Medicare 
      • Medicaid 
      • The Bureau of Indian Affairs 
      • The Railroad Retirement Board 
      • Veteran’s Administration  
  • Low Cost Options – If you still can’t get enough funding, there are tons of low-cost funeral and cremation options you can choose from, including:  
    • Memorial service at home or a community center 
    • Pot-luck food for the service  
    • Service at a church or other religious establishment  
    • Body donation to a medical school or other organization (Science Care is the world’s largest body donor program) 
    • Direct cremation 
    • Burial on family land or a family plot  

There is no shame in asking for help paying for a cremation or other death-related service. Use any of these ideas to get you started. You can also reach out to Naugle Funeral Home & Cremation Services for more assistance or ideas. Located at 808 Margaret St Jacksonville, FL 32204, we offer a range of Orange Park, FL cremation services. Give us a call today at (904) 683-9288 to learn more about how to help ease the cost of a cremation, or about what we can do for you.  


Cameron Naugle

Paul (Cameron) Naugle, Jr., a fourth generation funeral director was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Wolfson High School and then went on to graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services in Atlanta, Georgia where he was part of the National Mortuary Honor Society (Phi Sigma Eta). He then graduated from The University of North Florida with a degree in Business Administration. He is a licensed funeral director as well as a licensed embalmer. He took over the position of President and CEO of Naugle Funeral Home and Cremation Services in 2012, following in his father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s footsteps. Cameron is married to Katherine Schnauss Naugle, an estate planning, probate and elder law attorney in Jacksonville and has two amazing children. He enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys his hobby of restoring and showing his antique cars. Cameron is a member of the Southside Businessmen’s Club of Jacksonville, as well as a member of the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association (FCCFA).

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