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Cremation Cost

Cremation Cost

General Cremation Price List

These prices are effective as of October 1, 2012, but are subject to change without notice.

FTC DISCLOSURE 1: "The goods and services shown below are those we can provide to our customers. You may choose only the items you desire. However, any funeral arrangements you select will include a charge for our basic services and overhead. If legal or other requirements mean you must buy any items you did not specifically ask for, we will explain the reason in writing on the statement we provide describing the funeral goods and services you selected."

OUR TERMS: Payment is due at the arrangements conference, we accept cash, Verified check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.


Direct Cremation  - $1375 to $1395

The cost for a direct cremation includes the removal of remains from the place of death (within a 50 mile radius of Knoxville), use of thermal shelter facilities for 48 hours, local transportation to crematory, crematory fee, necessary authorizations, cremation permit and basic services of the funeral director and staff, and 1 Certified Death Certificate. This charge does not include the use of facilities and staff for any visitation or ceremony, public or private prior to the cremation.  If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you can use an alternative container.  Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering.)  The containers we provide are fiberboard or composition materials.

1. With container provided by the purchaser - $1375

2. With cardboard container selected from our funeral home (includes tax) - $1395

3. With an alternative container selected from our funeral home (casket* price not included) - $1375

*A complete list will be provided at our facility.

Direct Cremation with Private Family Goodbye at prescheduled time at crematory - $1895

(Includes dressing and cosmetizing of unembalmed remains, and upgraded container and tax increase, as well as the direct cremation)

We require that families take receipt of cremated remains within seven (7) days of the cremation.

Basic Services of Funeral Director & Staff - $643

Our basic services fee includes, but is not limited to: the services of our funeral directors and staff to respond to the initial request for service; arrangement conference with the family/ responsible parties; arrangement of services requested; preparation/ filing of necessary authorizations, documents and permits; customary sheltering of remains; recording vital statistics.

In addition, this fee includes a proportionate share of overhead expenses relative to operating our facilities, such as an answering service to respond 24 hours a day to calls; accounting and billing, administrative and secretarial costs; insurance and legal expenses, governmental compliance; maintenance and utility expenses, equipment and inventory expenses and similar overhead expenses necessary to operate Cremation Society of East Tennessee.

This fee for our basic services and overhead will be added to the total cost of the funeral arrangements you select.

This fee is already included in our charges for direct cremations.


Preparation Of The Remains

Embalming - $900

Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law.  Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with a viewing.  If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial.

Other Preparation of the body (Bathing, Dressing, Cosmetics, and Casketing) - 250

Thermal Shelter for remains (Per Day, After initial 48-hour period) - $125

Special Care of Remains for Autopsied or Tissue Donor Circumstances - $200

Special care for persons weighing over 300 pounds - $200

Removal of Medical Device - $135


Additional Services and Facility Fees

Home Removal or additional Person needed (Per Person) - $75

Additional Staff and Equipment for Memorial Service at another Facility - $400

Additional Staff for Graveside Service - $400

Use of Facilities and Staff for viewing - $355

(Family viewing of unembalmed remains during preset scheduled time at the crematory. Prior to cremation, includes dressing and cosmetizing of unembalmed remains)

Cremation Authorization retrieval ($10 per signature retrieval) - $10 & Up

Processing Insurance Assignment (upon verification of policy) - $75

Obituary Submission($50 for 1 paper, each additional paper $10) - $50 & Up

Local Delivery of Cremated Remains (50 mile radius) - $75

Packaging/Shipping of Cremated Remains via U.S.P.S. (Express Mail) - $75

Crematory Fee - $350


Automotive Equipment

Transfer of Remains to the Funeral Home - $350

Courier Vehicle for Express Death Certificates (7 business days or less) - $75

Hearse - $100

Mileage Fee for removal outside 50 mile radius of West Knoxville, One way per mile - $3


Immediate Burial  - $2,300 - $3,689

Our charge for immediate burial includes removal and shelter of remains, local transportation to the cemetery, basic services of staff and necessary authorizations.  This charge does not include the use of facilities and staff for any visitation or ceremony, public or private, prior to burial and are normally done without any rites or ceremonies.  The burial will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of our staff and cemetery. 

Immediate burial with casket provided by purchaser - $2,300

Immediate burial with cloth covered corrugated casket - $2,828

Immediate burial with casket selected from our facility - $2,300


Services Related To Another Funeral Home

Forwarding Remains To Another Funeral Home - $1,575

This charge includes the removal of remains from the place of death, basic services of the funeral director and staff, embalming, minimum shipping container, necessary authorizations, and local transportation to the airport.  This charge does not include visitations, rites, or ceremonies prior to forwarding of the body.


Additional Offerings

Urns - $35 - $3,200

Alternative containers - $18.31 - $165

Caskets * - $528 - $1389

Outer Burial Containers ** - $165 - $1495

Memorial Package - $145

Creating/Printing Memorials - $50

Acknowledgement Cards (25) - $25

Register Book - $45

*A complete price list will be provided at our facility

**A complete price list will be provided at our facility