At the difficult moment a loved one passes away, it can feel overwhelming with all of the decisions that need to be made. Making these decisions without all of the required information, at a time you are grieving, can be very tough. Knowing that your loved one wants to be cremated is the first step. Within cremation there are a number of options available to you.

Historically, the person organising the funeral will call a funeral home, who will provide information on their selection of cremations with a memorial service. Prior to contacting the funeral home, you should understand the difference between a Bare Cremation and a more expensive traditional cremation.

What’s the difference between a Bare Cremation and a funeral home cremation?

Traditional cremations are typically coordinated by working with a funeral home. They will offer large service packages that encompass more than just the cremation. These service packages may include:

  • Embalming and dressing your loved one for a viewing of memorial service;
  • Offering a private viewing for friends and family before the cremation with the option of an open or closed casket;
  • A traditional funeral and/or memorial service that takes place in their home or chapel;
  • They will also look to add on extra services of your choice including a rental casket, flowers, catering, a decorative urn, and other options.

Bare Cremation offers a more straightforward and cost-effective alternative. It’s services focus on providing the basic fundamentals of cremation including:

  • Dedicated arranger
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Private cremation
  • Death certificate and registration
  • Return of your loved one’s ashes
  • Ongoing support
  • Simple arrangement without leaving your home online or over the phone, so you can be present with your family instead of comparing traditional funeral homes

Another major difference between Bare Cremation and a funeral home cremation is timing. Funeral homes typically operate on a strict schedule, which has benefits for some families. However others can feel rushed through the process. Bare Cremation offers flexibility, as you don’t have to worry about organising a memorial service in a span of a few days. Once your loved one is cremated, you can take your time arranging a more personal memorial service without the pressure or restrictions of a funeral home’s schedule.

How do I get the ashes back?

All cremation providers should include transportation in their service package, along with giving you specific information on where and how they will deliver your loved one’s ashes to you.

Direct cremation providers will typically deliver the ashes back to you immediately after the cremation has occurred. This can be in the form of hand delivery, or via tracked and registered mail. In both cases, the utmost care is taken to ensure that you receive the cremated remains in a timely and secure manner. In most instances, traditional funeral homes will have your loved one’s ashes delivered back to their funeral home for you to collect. In general, when working with a traditional funeral home, transportation fees tend to be higher.

What is the cost of funeral home cremation and Bare Cremation?

The cost of every funeral home service is different. Prices between homes vary and depend on how elaborate a service you are looking for. Each additional feature (flowers, casket, celebrant etc.) will have extra fees, which are unique to that home. A service fee is also added, which can vary substantially between providers. A good source for general costs is Regardless of what type of memorial service you choose, the cost will be much lower – starting at $1099.

Bare Cremation offers a more affordable alternative, with base prices from $1099 depending on state and location. A good Bare Cremation provider will still ensure that both you and your loved one are treated with the utmost respect and given the high-quality care you deserve.

Which is the best option – Bare Cremation or funeral home cremation?

Ultimately, this comes down to personal preference.

If you are conscious of not spending too much on the cremation and ceremony, then a bare cremation is likely the best option for you. Also, if you’d prefer to wait and decide what memorial would be most fitting for your loved one, then a Bare Cremation provides you the all the benefits of a funeral home-led cremation, but without the time pressure to decide on a ceremony. Finally, more families are moving towards more personalised, nature-based ceremonies. In this instance, a Bare Cremation is best.

If you would like a more traditional ceremony at a funeral home or chapel, then using a funeral home to provide the cremation and memorial services is a good option. Also, if you would like to have a private viewing of your deceased, prior to the cremation, then a funeral home is preferred over Bare Cremation. Be mindful that there are significant service charges applied as part of working with a funeral home, so if budget is a concern, you will have to contact multiple funeral homes in your area to secure the best price.

We hope this article has provided you a better understanding of bare and direct cremations. Our article What is a Bare Cremation? also offers more information on direct cremations.

If you have any further questions or to get a quote for a cremation visit the Bare Cremation website or call 1800 071 176. Want to see what our direct cremation service will cost in your area? Get a free quote here:

About Bare Cremation

Bare Cremation is Australia’s most affordable, and least traditional, funeral director. Our mission is to ensure every Australian has the option of an affordable, seamless and stress-free funeral service that can be arranged online or over the phone in minutes, at a fraction of the price of traditional funeral homes. We’ve cut out the need to go to a funeral home and made a complicated process simple by offering an affordable, transparent and easy alternative. Find out more by visiting the Bare Cremation website.