DFS Memorials Claims The Rising Cremation Rate Is Forcing Some Funeral Homes to Close Down

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DFS Memorials, the largest network of independent and low cost cremation providers, is witness to radical changes in the funeral industry. The cremation rate is increasing exponentially, resulting in a decline in profits for funeral businesses, and forcing funeral homes to close down.

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Our ethos at DFS Memorials is to deliver to people what they want or need, unlike many in the funeral industry, we do not believe in up selling.

“People are opting for simple cremation services these days,” said Nicholas Ille, founder of the DFS Memorials network, “so the average sale for a funeral home has declined from around $7,700 for an average burial service to $1,650 for a simple cremation service.” The recent CNN Money Feature ‘The High Cost of Saying Goodbye’ (Nov 9th 2012) highlighted how funeral homes had experienced a 27% decline in profit per sale in the last 10 years. In this same time span we have also seen the number of funeral homes decline from 21,107 to 19,680 according to the National Funeral Directors Association figures.

The funeral industry as a whole is in the midst of a revolution of change. For decades we have spent thousands of dollars on elaborate funerals. But the tough economic times and changing cultural and religious attitudes are causing more people to seek ways to save money on the cost of funeral services.

DFS Memorials is already witnessing funeral homes closing down, as they cannot compete with the statewide cremation societies that operate on lower overheads. Service Corporation International has even recently closed down three funeral homes in Wabash Valley, Indiana and yet opened up 10 new direct cremation Neptune Society service locations in response to this shift to cremation. Some independent funeral homes are opening up separate budget cremation arms to meet this need. The longer-term outcome of this change is that we will see more local funeral homes close down.

“As the cremation rate continues to soar, so we will see more funeral businesses close,” adds Nicholas, “which is why the DFS Memorials network is helping local funeral businesses and consumers connect.    We want to be able to connect people with their nearest, low cost cremation provider. But we also want to help the Mom and Pop funeral businesses stand a chance against the corporate death care entities. We believe that most Americans would prefer to be dealing with a genuine family-owned funeral business. Plus we know that in the majority of cases the Mom and Pop funeral business is likely to offer a more affordable cremation service.”

The DFS Memorials network was launched in 2011 by the team running US Funerals Online to meet the demand for connecting people with a local, affordable cremation provider. All members of the network are licensed, family-run funeral businesses who can deliver a basic cremation for between the price of $495 and $1,395 (depending on location). “Our ethos at DFS Memorials is to deliver to people what they want or need,” states Nicholas “unlike many in the funeral industry, we do not believe in up selling, and we are not in denial that the funeral business is going to return to the ‘golden times’, we just believe in offering a quality service at an affordable price.”

To locate your nearest DFS Memorials provider, or if you are interested in joining the network, visit http://www.dfsmemorials.com, or call (888) 586-4331.

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