Cremation Costs Vary Significantly

By now you have no doubt come to realize that cremation costs vary greatly from provider to provider. This variance is significant and can have an extremely important impact on the direction you choose to go in selecting your cremation provider. You should consider a number of factors in making this selection, and price is certainly one of them. Only you can determine what is important to you and your family when making this decision.

Cremation Cost Ranges

Direct Cremation (Direct Cremation implies that there will be no embalming, visitation, or funeral with the body present – the body will be taken directly to the crematory - if there is to be a memorial service or celebration of life, the funeral or cremation provider will not be involved – some providers may allow a small viewing prior to the cremation but there may be additional charges).

Direct Cremation Price Range in Oregon
Just under $600 to over $3,000

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service (The direct cremation guidelines are the same as above, only the provider would assist with a memorial service or celebration of life service which may or may not be held in their facility).

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service Price Range in Oregon
Just under $900 to over $5,000

Traditional Funeral followed by Cremation (This type of service usually includes embalming, viewing, a funeral in a church or funeral home, and cremation after the funeral – some providers would suggest a “rental casket” and others would expect you to purchase a “cremation casket” for the funeral which may or may not be cremated)

Traditional Funeral followed by Cremation Price Range in Oregon
Just under $2,600 to over $8,000

The reasons why some providers charge so much more:

The reasons why some providers charge so much less:

The reverse of all the information listed in the previous section regarding crematory ownership, transportation, the ownership of funeral establishments and marketing will generally hold true.


Not all cremation consumers want to limit their options for memorials and funerals simply by choosing cremation.  Many prefer a traditional church funeral followed by cremation and others need the viewing time as part of their way to manage their grief.  Viewing the body may allow the family and friends time to pay their respects and say goodbye and, in some instances, may be preferred religiously.

Certainly, there are many reasons that you may wish to have your loved one’s body prepared for viewing and placed in something presentable and respectful for a viewing and/or a funeral prior to cremation.


Most cremation providers have access to what is commonly known as a rental casket.  The name ”rental casket” is a bit of a misnomer in the fact that you are actually renting the wooden outer casket shell only.  You are purchasing the interior (insert) of the unit which is a corrugated cardboard liner intended to be cremated after it is removed from the outer wooden shell.  Some providers will call this combination a viewing casket, chapel casket or any one of a number of names, but it is most likely the same concept as we have described here.

cremation rental casket



Many years ago the casket manufacturers introduced new lines of caskets made specifically for cremation.  They were made of many types of materials, including natural hardwood as well as engineered woods and composite woods.

All of this was done for two reasons:

Although cremation caskets are still manufactured and distributed and sold by many funeral homes, the concept has failed horribly and, given the “green” movement of today, will likely be gone soon.  The cremation consumer simply doesn’t understand or accept the concept of purchasing a cremation casket and then cremating it within hours.  After all, most people choose cremation for its simplicity and economy.

Few things today could be considered “less earth friendly” then cutting down trees, adding resins and fasteners and finishes and man hours and electricity to produce a casket – then placing it on a truck and shipping it across the country (or a cargo ship across the ocean) - and then spending hours cremating it with our precious natural gas.  Need we say more?