Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

Cremation is becoming a more popular option for many families who are looking for an affordable alternative to a traditional burial. We at Neptune Society would like to help you better understand the process by giving you answers to your most frequently asked questions.

  1. How much will I spend on cremation service compared with a typical burial?

The first thing that most people ask about cremation is how much they will spend as opposed to a traditional full body burial. An average burial may cost around $6,862.00. This does not include additional expenses such as grave vaults, memorial markers, opening and closing fees, etc. This can actually costs six to eight times more than cremation services that Neptune Society offers. If you’re looking for affordable cremation options, please contact us today.

  1. What is Preplanning and why should I do it?

Pre-need or preplanning is one of the best ways to cover cremation expenses in the future. Preplanning cremation gives you the ability to create a sense of security knowing your family will not have to worry during a passing about payment and final arrangements. Prices are also locked in at today’s rates.

  1. What happens to my cremation plan if I relocate?

There’s always a possibility that in the future, you may change your mind or relocate. Neptune Society offers flexible prepaid cremation options to handle relocation or travel.

  1. What should I do when a death occurs?

The first thing you must do is call Neptune Society so we can assist you with your immediate need. Professionally trained staff will be dispatched to your location to transport the deceased to a climate controlled facility for proper care. Neptune Society will help you with the cremation process every step of the way.

Please contact your nearest Neptune Society office or fill out this form if a death has occurred.

  1. How is the deceased cremated?

The process of cremation is discussed further in this guide. In order to obtain the ashes of a loved one who has died, the cremation chamber uses high heat. Another process then takes place to further reduce the remaining fragments. The ashes are then placed in a container such as an urn.

  1. What should I do with jewelry and gold teeth during cremation?

When considering cremation as an option, we do not recommend leaving pacemakers, jewelry, gold teeth, or other important belongings with the deceased. Pacemakers pose a combustion hazard while jewelry and gold teeth oxidize so there will be nothing left. We do suggest, however, that if you are planning to put the urn in a columbarium or a similar setup to display such jewelry along with your loved one’s mementos.

  1. Can I use my veteran’s benefits if I choose cremation?

Veterans who qualify for cremation benefits according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ eligibility requirements will be able to obtain free space available in a National Cemetery accepting cremation services. A veteran may also qualify to obtain a free headstone or marker, burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate, $300 worth of reimbursement on the cremation service, along with (if you have applied) survivor benefits for his/her family.

  1. How do I know if I qualify for veteran’s benefits?

You can find out if a deceased veteran is eligible for burial or cremation benefits through this VA fact sheet.

Neptune Society can also assist you with determining which benefits you may be eligible for. We facilitate the process by making calls, gathering signatures, and helping you gather the necessary documents.

Watch this video to learn more about veterans cremation benefits.

  1. What is the Memorial Reef™? Can I be buried there and how?

The Memorial Reef is a wonderful option for families who wish to memorialize their loved one in a beautiful man-made reef located in Key Biscayne, Florida. Scattering or deployment of the ashes on the reef is an affirmation of renewal for those who believe in the process of life after life. Divers and families visit their loved ones in this site where marine life thrives. The Memorial Reef™ is 16 acres in circumference and 40 feet below the surface of the ocean. You may take a video tour of The Memorial Reef and learn more about planning a memorial here.

  1. How does a Neptune Society cremation compare to services from traditional funeral homes?

Cremation has gained popularity over the past few decades because many people are starting to understand its benefits. Not only can it be more affordable, it’s also environmentally gentle. With Neptune Society, the process is even easier, because we help you with planning, answering your questions regarding cremation, helping you with paperwork, and making sure the cremation of your loved one is carried out with utmost care and dignity.

Contact us today for more information about cremation services by requesting a free Cremation Answer Book and quote here.


The Neptune Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of affordable cremation services. Whether you have an immediate need or want to plan cremation services in advance, we are always available to assist you and your family.

Call 1-800-NEPTUNE (800-637-8863) today or contact us online to learn more.