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The True Cost of Free Cremations


A message from your trusted locally owned Southern Illinois Funeral Home


When death happens suddenly not every family is prepared emotionally or financially. We have learned of many horror stories through the years from those in our community. Often families are deceived by organizations that promote free cremation or low cost funeral services. And some are turned away from local providers due to lack of money. Understand we are here to help Southern Illinois families navigate the path of funeral services. There are many options for cremation and you deserve to have affordable funeral options...

Below are some examples of the myths of free cremation.

Call us at 618-542-2020 to learn why there is a difference...


Free Cremation
There are organizations and charities that offer to help those in need. They are not always automatic and not always free cremations, but we can help to see if you qualify. We have years of experience finding options for low cost cremations in Southern Illinois. We are a true servant to the Southern Illinois community and will never turn a family away with out affordable funeral options. That includes payment plan funeral options and low cost cremations.

Veteran Services
Veterans are very near and dear to our hearts. We know many families that have been lead to believe Veteran's qualify for a free cremation or burial. Veterans can be eligible to receive reimbursements for funeral services. But there are many requirements that have to be met. We educate Veterans families on those requirements. We also support Veterans with our free urn or free casket. Contact us for more details.

Body Donation
There are advantages and disadvantages of body donations. Understand even if someone applies for body donation today there is no guarantee of acceptance at time of death. There are very strict regulations in place, which can disqualify someone at time of death. When choosing body donation it can take anywhere from 4 weeks to 15 months before the loved ones ashes are returned. This free option does not always include basic services of the funeral director and staff including removal from place of death, filling of necessary legal paperwork, and open and clear communication. A local funeral home will always be available to answer your questions and concerns. Also check out our Low Cost Direct Cremation options.

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