Aquamation VS Cremation Cost: Which is Better?
According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the average funeral cost in the U.S. is $8,000. Local cremations in North Carolina can cost as much as $4,000 for a simple direct cremation. There are more affordable cremation options, but there are often additional costs and hidden fees.
At Endswell Aquamation, we charge $2500 for the aquamation service. This includes transportation, aquamation, death certificates, and the return of remains in an eco-friendly bamboo urn.
The best choice is the one that’s right for you and your family. You may want to consider your traditions, your values, your financial situation, as well as other practical matters. Often, people choose aquamation because they see this decision as their last act on the planet. Aquamation is a humane, eco-friendly way to return to the earth.
Do you have questions about the service? Contact us. Our staff is here to answer any questions you might have about advanced planning, end-of-life planning, and the aquamation services at Endswell Water Cremation.
Aquamation Produces More Ash Than Cremation
Aquamation and cremation both produce bone remains. Many people think that cremated remains, often called cremains, are a fine ash or powder. However, when the bones are removed from the cremation chamber, they are often still intact and recognizable as bones. Crematoriums use cremulators to pulverize the bones, as required by law. Similarly, aquamation facilities are required to reduce the bones into a fine powder before returning them to the family.
The ashes from aquamation look more pristine and uniform than cremains. The cremation process chars the bones. Cremains are often course and dark, from the intense heat in the cremation chamber.
Aquamation produces 20% to 30% more ashes than cremation. Because the ashes are not subjected to the high heat of a crematorium, they retain a lighter color. With more ashes, you may want to consider a beautiful one-of-a-kind aquamation urn.
Is Aquamation Legal In North Carolina?
Yes, Aquamation has been legal in the state of North Carolina since 2018.
It is also legal in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. Other states are currently working to legalize aquamation.
Are You Planning an Aquamation?
Contact us at 919.907.9777. We can answer any questions you have about the aquamation process as well as Endswell Aquamation services.