Cremation Services & Prices
Our most selected Cremation options
Simple Cremation Plan - $2,250 - When the family decides not to have a memorial service.
Cremation with Memorial Service - $2,800 - When the family decides to have a celebration of life memorial service held at the funeral home or Harris Family Ctr. Includes coffee, tea, citrus water.
Cremation w/ calling hours & memorial service - $3,400 - When the family decides to have calling hours for 3 hours (ex. 4-7pm) at the funeral home and a celebration of life memorial service the next day in the funeral home. Includes coffee, tea, citrus water.
*All cremations include our Cremation with Peace of Mind Plan, Cherry Stained Wooden Urn, cremated remains back within 24hours.
Comparing Prices of Funeral Providers
If you are comparing prices among funeral providers, it is important to recognize the differences in the overall level of service and the manner in which fees are quoted. Every funeral provider charges separately for two main components – professional services and merchandise. While one firm may have a lower service charge than another, their merchandise prices may be higher, resulting in a comparable total price. Our funeral homes’ prices are in the middle by comparison to others and represent what we think is the ideal combination of price and value.
We also believe in transparency and listing our prices. You will find our General Price List at the bottom of this page. While many funeral homes don’t list their prices on line we feel we have nothing to hide and want to be as transparent as possible. Please know that our price list is regulated by the FTC funeral rule and all of our prices are itemized. As the consumer, this may be hard for you to fully understand and may require clarification. Before making funeral arrangements please know we are here for you at anytime to explain these charges in person, over the phone or via email.
At Harris Funeral Home, we place the emphasis on service & care over merchandise, as our clients mainly value the positive experience with our staff, facilities and the thoughtful care we render.
Here are some questions you should consider when comparing:
1. Is the funeral provider’s pricing complicated by packaged offerings claiming to save expense? Are there any hidden fees?
2. Does the staff listen and comprehend my needs, responding with warmth and eagerness to assist, as if my family is their only concern of the moment?
3. Does the firm’s personnel have the knowledge and experience of various faith and cultural traditions, facilitating well-orchestrated ceremonies? Or, can the staff support us in meaningful ways for a non-religious ceremony?
4. Are the facilities, equipment, technology and procedures up to date?
Does the staff provide timely follow-up and assistance with details when services are completed?
5. Will the firm go out of its way to accommodate special requests and demonstrate creativity in tailoring services, or is it a “one size fits all” approach?
6. How much personnel is assigned to supervise memorial ceremonies?
7. Does the company operate its own business or is this “outsourced?”
We invite you to visit our facilities, meet our staff, and compare.
The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years. Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen for many different reasons.
What Cremation is: The remains of the deceased are placed in a container of the family's choice. Then it is placed in a cremation machine called a retort. The body is then reduced through intense heat (1850 degrees) to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble course sand, many people refer to this as ashes, however the correct term is cremated remains. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.
Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to do this today. Cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.
Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it. The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, it is now acceptable. In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted. In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden. Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
Is a casket needed for Cremation?
No, a casket is not required, however here in NYS an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard is required.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
No. In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, we allow the immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes they can; the cremation provider we use will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.
Can an urn be brought into church?
Yes, we actually encourage this and have made available an Urn Ark, which allows the family to carry their loved one into church and to the cemetery. It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service and allows the family to participate. We are proud to say that we are the only firm to have this unique feature and that there is no charge to use the Urn Ark.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
While laws vary state by state, for the most part cremains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, placed in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
We take this very seriously at our firm and we have designed our own personal guarantee called CREMATION WITH PEACE OF MIND. (please click the highlighted area to view our procedure and to ensure you that you receive your loved ones cremated remains and not of another.)
How long does the actual cremation take?
It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of 1850 degrees Fahrenheit.
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. All crematories will return the cremated remains in a black plastic container to the funeral home. At Harris, we will then transfer those into a cherry stained wooden urn at no charge to the family.