If you want to come in under the average cost of a funeral,you can do a free cremation. This generally is done through an anatomical gift organization or medical school.
Be aware that in most of these situations there is no timely return of the cremated remains of your loved one. If the return of the remains does not bother you please call your local medical school or anatomical gift organization.
Remember however please do a memorial service at a local church, community center or VFW hall. This way you will be sure to come in under the average cost of a funeral.
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Source: The funeral experience of your funeral guy.