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Are there any hidden charges if we choose Georgia Cremation Centers?

Posted on June 8, 2016

Georgia Cremation Centers charges are the same whether your loved one passes away during the day, at night, on weekends, or on holidays. Our charges are the same 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays. Be aware when visiting other providers’ websites that they may charge an additional charge for what they refer to as “after hours” removal.

 

Also, our charges are the same whether you make cremation arrangements by email, over the phone, or in person with one of our trained and certified cremation specialists. Be aware when visiting other providers’ websites that they may charge one fee for “online” arrangements and a higher fee for arrangements requiring assistance from their staff.

 

Don’t be caught off guard by “lower prices” before discovering the hidden charges of other firms. Georgia Cremation Centers believes in transparency and up front pricing providing you the best possible service for the money you spend. When using our quote calculator, you will see exactly the total for the selections you have made.

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What is the radius of miles that Georgia Cremation Centers will go without charging an additional transportation fee?

Posted on May 12, 2016

Georgia Cremation Centers has always had a standard radius of 75 miles that we will travel to take a loved one into our care without charging any additional transportation fees. If we do have to travel outside that 75 mile radius, an additional fee of $5.00 one way beyond the 75 miles would be charged. We are different than most other providers because others charge the additional fee if over a 10 mile radius. Thus making you pay more if you live outside a 10 mile radius of their firm. Don't be caught off guard by lower prices before reading the fine print of other firms. Georgia Cremation Centers believes in transparency and up front pricing providing you the best possible service for the money you spend.

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What is the difference between Georgia Cremation Centers, a cremation society, and a funeral home offering cremation services?

Posted on March 19, 2015

In the State of Georgia, a facility can only use the term crematory if it has an on-site crematory. So any facility with cremation service or cremation services in its name does not have its own crematory. Therefore, the facility must contract with a third-party crematory that may cremate for as many as 15 - 20 other area funeral homes.

 

Georgia Cremation Centers is not a third-party crematory, and we choose to offer cremation services only to our client families. Since our crematory is on-site, your loved one remains in our care from the moment we take him/her into our care until the process is complete and the cremated remains are returned to you.

 

A cremation society is typically a cremation provider who like Georgia Cremation Centers offers cremation services at a significantly lower price than the traditional funeral homes. However, most cremation societies require you to pay a membership fee to receive a discounted members cremation rate. Georgia Cremation Centers does not believe in membership fees. We offer the same low price to everyone!


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I made my pre-arrangements with another facility who charged me $2,595 for just a basic cremation and your charges are only $695. Can I transfer my pre-arrangements to GCC?

Posted on February 27, 2015   /  Posted in Company News

Yes, you can easily transfer your pre-arrangements to Georgia Cremation Centers.

 

If your funds were placed by the facility with an insurance company, simply contact the insurance company and let them know you wish to change the provider for your pre-arrangements to Georgia Cremation Centers. When your cremation is performed by GCC, the leftover funds would be refunded by the insurance company to your beneficiary.

 

If your funds were placed in a trust account with a bank (also known as POD account), you can cancel the account and make arrangements with Georgia Cremation Centers. You would pay $695 for a basic cremation with GCC which would be placed in a single-pay, paid up life insurance policy, and you would keep the leftover funds.

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Does my family have to go to Georgia Cremation Centers to sign the legal documents authorizing my cremation and to create my obituary?

Posted on February 12, 2015

We do not require families to come to GCC to sign paperwork or to create an obituary. However, families are always welcome to meet with us in person if they wish. Unlike some cremation providers, our charge for a basic cremation is the same whether we handle everything by phone and email or if you meet with one of our directors in person.

 

When a death occurs, two forms need to be signed by the legal next-of-kin of the deceased. These are the "Authorization for Cremation and Disposition" and the "Identification Acknowledgement" forms. We can collect all of the information for these documents, the death certificate, and obituary over the phone or by email. These legal documents can then be emailed to the next-of-kin for their electronic signature.

 

Unlike other cremation providers, we assist your family with creating an obituary and placing it in the newspapers of their choice. We charge only the actual cost for each newspaper. We also handle the death certificate process at no additional cost.

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What happens if I make my pre-arrangements and I die out of state? Will my family have to purchase cremation arrangements in that state?

Posted on January 30, 2015

If you have made your cremation arrangements with Georgia Cremation Centers and paid for those arrangements in advance, you can be cremated in another state without your family having to pay for another cremation should your death occur out-of-state.

Georgia requires funds paid to a crematory or funeral home in advance (known as pre-need or pre-arrangements) to be with a third party to provide for the security of your funds. Crematories and funeral homes are prohibited from placing your money for your pre-arrangements into the business' checking accounts.

You should also make sure that the crematory or funeral home is licensed with the Secretary of State as a licensed pre-need dealer.

We place your money with Homesteaders Life in paid up life insurance in your name, so you actually own the policy and remain in control of your funds until your death. Checks for your pre-arrangements are made payable to Homesteaders Life, not Georgia Cremation Centers.

We don't have access to your funds until we provide proof of your death to Homesteaders Life. Should your death occur out-of-state, the provider who performs your cremation would send proof of death to Homesteaders Life, and payment would be released to them.

If you move from Georgia, let us know where you are moving, and we will be happy to assist you with transferring your pre-arrangements to a cremation provider in your area.

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How is GCC so much less expensive than traditional funeral homes?

Posted on November 6, 2014

There are several reasons why Georgia Cremation Centers is up to 75% less expensive than traditional funeral homes. Here are just a few of the reasons:

First, we are less expensive because of our ownership. While many of the area funeral homes are owned by out-of-state corporations, GCC is family owned. And even those area funeral homes who are not owned by out-of-state corporations use a pricing structure similiar to the corporate owned funeral homes.

Instead of trying to maximize profits for a board of directors concerned with stock prices or following the pricing structure of the corporate funeral homes, we have formulated a fair pricing structure. We use this fair pricing philosophy when determining our charges for our services and for merchandise such as cremation jewelry, urns, and memorialization.

Second, we are less expensive because of our lower overhead. Whether corporate-owned or locally owned, traditional funeral homes typically have large, expensive buildings to maintain. And they typically have a large staff and a large fleet of expensive hearses and limousines. Simply put, they are geared for providing expensive, traditional funerals where Georgia Cremation Centers is specifically designed to meet the needs of families choosing cremation.

We constructed a smaller, state-of-the-art facility which houses our offices, our on-site crematory, and a large family room in which those who wish may hold services - formal or informal. We served over 300 families this past year with our two full time staff, and we provide unique, personalized memorial services in our family room. We don't have expensive hearses or limousines so we discreetly take your loved one into our care using our unmarked minivan.

Third, we are less expensive because our crematory is on premises. Most funeral homes do not even own their own crematory. They must use a third party cremator - a facility that offers cremation services to funeral homes only - and pass that expense on to their families. And corporate-owned funeral homes use a centralized crematory so your loved must be transported to the undisclosed location of their crematory for the cremation to be performed.

And finally, we are less expensive because we built our crematory in the middle of our cemetery at Rolling Hills Memory Gardens. We don't have the additonal overhead of expensive real estate affecting our pricing as do many of the new, large traditional funeral homes. So in addition to the benefit of a lower, fair pricing philosopy, we are surrounded by the beauty and serenity of our cemetery.

If you have questions or would like additonal information about Georgia Cremation Centers, please call us at 678-398-9266 or email us at info@georgiacremationcenters.com.

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Is Embalming required when choosing Cremation?

Posted on July 16, 2014   /  Posted in What to Know

Embalming is the temporary preservation of the body for funeral purposes. Embalming is not required and the cremation process can take place without embalming. Refrigeration is most commonly used as a temporary holding facility before the cremation process takes place. If a family is selecting a public viewing and a funeral service lasting several days, then embalming may be needed.

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Pre Planning

Posted on October 4, 2013   /  Posted in Planning

When a body is cremated, the remains are burned to ash (sometimes called “cremains” or "cremated remains"). The cremated remains may be buried in the earth, interred in a columbarium, kept by the family in an urn, scattered or a variety of other creative ways of memorialization.

In order to consider all of your options and make the best choices for you and your family, it can be helpful to ask yourself lots of questions about how you'd like the cremation to be. By looking at the range of choices available to you, you can hopefully come to clear a decision about they type of plans you'd like to make. Then you can begin to learn about the cremation products that you'll need to purchase to facilitate the cremation.

Types of services around cremation

As with burial, you can have any type of service you'd like around a cremation. Many people incorrectly believe that choosing cremation means that you can't have a traditional funeral. In fact, cremations commonly take place after a traditional funeral. Alternatively, you can choose to have a direct cremation (with no service beforehand) followed by a memorial service at a later date.

  • If you would like to have a funeral service before the cremation, where would you like that service to take place?
  • If you would like to have a memorial service after the cremation, when and where would you like that service to take place?
  • If you will be burying or entombing cremated remains, would you like there to be a service around the interment?

If you're planning on burying the cremated remains (either in a cemetery, in a columbarium, or in another location) you can also have a service around the interment, called a graveside service. To learn more about different types of services you can have contact Georgia Cremation Centers for more information.

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Georgia Cremation Centers now open

Posted on September 11, 2013

With the rise in families choosing cremation we see the need for an alternative to the traditional funeral home. Georgia Cremation Centers has been established to offer low cost cremation arrangements with savings up to 75% over the average funeral home cost.

GCC serves all of Atlanta and the 40 counties surrounding that area. With basic cremations starting at $695 we can offer 100% Dignity with 75% less the cost. Since we own and operate our own crematory, your loved ones never leave our care.

We are located at 4325 Hwy. 92 in Acworth, Ga. You can call us at 678.398.9266.

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