My husband chose to be cremated. Part of his reasoning was because he felt it would be cheaper. But did you know that in order to be cremated, one needs a "cremation casket"? This is the casket in which the person's body goes into the crematorium.
I didn't know this either!
You can get a wide range of cremation caskets but the prices are comparable to the price of a regular casket. You can get real fancy shmancy cremation caskets too! I don't really understand the point of that, but it is an option available.
We went with one of the lower range ones which still cost nearly 1000 dollars (Cdn) ! There really wasn't anything much cheaper, give or take a few bucks. Alot of money for something that will be destroyed, if you ask me!
So, if you are planning to be cremated, keep this in mind as yet another expense that you will need to save up for.
(I should point out that when our daughter was cremated the funeral home took care of the costs. They often do for babies. Because of this, we were not aware that there is a cremation casket.)