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Dignified Cremation- $3,995

The Basic Service Fee includes gathering vital information, filing, and retrieving requested copies of death certificate, filing for veteran’s death benefits, assisting with filing life insurance claims and with placing obituaries. This package also includes local transportation, refrigeration, and crematory fee.

Payment is expected once arrangements have been completed.

  • Arrangement time with a licensed funeral director, to be determined by your needs
  • Use of our parlor for a private viewing for 10-12 immediate family members and spending up to one hour with your loved one, Monday thru Friday during regular business hours (weekends are available for an additional fee)
  • Beautiful hardwood tray for viewing, with fiberboard cremation insert for cremation
  • The return of death certificates, as well as your loved one’s cremated remains, will be expedited pending final cremation approvals
  • Use of our on-staff grief counselor
  • Your choice of any urn up to a credit of $250 from our selection catalog
  • If you would be interested in a celebration of life service or a traditional cremation service, please give us a call.

Simple Cremation – $3,395

The Basic Service Fee includes gathering vital information, filing, and retrieving requested copies of the death certificate, filing for veteran’s death benefits, assisting with filing life insurance claims and with placing obituaries. This package also includes local transportation, refrigeration, and crematory fee.

Payment is expected once arrangements have been completed.

  • Arrangement time with a licensed funeral director, to be determined by your needs
  • Private family-only ID viewing may include up to 5 or 6 immediate family members and you may spend up to 20 minutes with your loved one, Monday thru Friday during regular business hours (weekends are available for an additional fee)
  • Cardboard cremation container
  • The return of death certificates, as well as your loved one’s cremated remains, will be expedited pending final cremation approvals
  • Use of our on-staff grief counselor
  • Your choice of any urn up to a credit of $200 from our selection catalog

Direct Cremation- $2,595

A Basic Service Fee is the first line item on a funeral home’s General Price List, and it includes sitting down face-to-face with a licensed funeral director, and he or she taking care of all of the necessary paperwork regarding a death, which includes gathering necessary information for the death certificate, filing it with the state of Florida, retrieving requested copies, applying for flag from VA, and assisting with placing obituaries. This package also includes local transportation, refrigeration, and crematory fee.

Payment is expected once arrangements have been completed.

  • Arrangement time with a licensed funeral director, to be determined by your needs
  • Requested ID view may take place for 1 immediate family member, once all final cremation approvals have been received and deceased is in Cardboard cremation container, ready for cremation
  • Death certificates, as well as your loved one’s cremated remains, will be returned within days of receiving final cremation approvals
  • Use of our on-staff grief counselor
  • Your choice of any urn up to a credit of $125 from our urn catalog

Limited Cremation (online arrangement only)- $1,295

This is our most basic cremation package, as we discount all of our itemized fees due to limited services provided, and there is no Basic Service Fee. We would use Docusign for all paperwork and signatures. You would send back to us the information needed for the death certificate, and we will file it and retrieve requested copies, and also assist with placing an obituary. This package also includes local transportation, refrigeration, cardboard cremation container, and crematory fee. 

Payment is expected once arrangements have been completed.

  • We will complete everything online or over the phone. Please make sure the information you send us is legal and correct. Changing anything on a death certificate once it is filed with the state is time consuming and can be expensive
  • We may also provide other services upon request for additional fees
  • We have a catalog with many options of urns to choose from

 

“When everyday words and actions are inadequate, the ritual of ceremony provides a needed structure of what to say and do.”

~ Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Grief Counselor and Grief Educator

Why Choose Milam?

Before choosing a funeral home, ask, “Is the funeral home independent and locally owned and operated?” We are proud to be a family-owned and operated funeral home. Established in 1926, we are the third generation in the Family funeral service. It is very important to choose a funeral home and a funeral director you have faith in. The time surrounding the death of a loved one is difficult, and the most important responsibility of any funeral director should be to have empathy and make this difficult time a little easier and less stressful. Our licensed professionals are not commission-driven, so every family is treated with the utmost dignity and respect and with no sales pressure.

You can expect that your services will include arranging a time with a licensed funeral director to determine your needs. You can also expect the use of our parlor for a private viewing for 10-12 immediate family members and spending up to one hour with your loved one. In addition, our funeral planning team will handle the return of death certificates, as well as your loved ones cremated remains, which will be expedited pending final cremation approvals. And your family can always meet with our on-staff grief counselor.

Whether you choose funeral or cremation, you can be sure that your loved one is in good hands. In addition, any program can be customized to fit the personality of the deceased. You will find that veteran resources, military honors, and any other accommodations are handled beautifully by our funeral planning team. We take the stress off your hands so that you can focus on your family.

Our staff at Milam Funeral and Cremation Services stays involved in the Gainesville, Alachua, Newberry, High Springs, Hawthorne, Williston, Micanopy, Waldo, McIntosh, Ocala, and La Crosse communities. It is our wish that every family knows our trusted business when a need arises, saving them the stress of researching funeral homes.

Whether you would like to start preplanning funeral services or have just learned of a death, Milam Funeral and Cremation Services can help. Choose the most convenient location, whether it be the Newberry location at (352) 472-5361 or the Gainesville funeral home at (352) 376-5361.

Choosing a professional funeral director who handles every family and every request with compassion and understanding may be the most important decision a family has to make. Please read our comparison chart below for FUNERAL SERVICE PROFESSIONALS and DIRECT DISPOSERS.

If you are in immediate need or have a question please call us any time, any day and one of our representatives will be able to assist you.

FUNERAL SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

Education:

  • Intense 2 years education for an AS degree, followed by a 1-year state-certified on the job training internship, as well as passing the National Board Exam, then the State Law Exam. This state-required education and training lasts a minimum of 3 years before a state license will be issued. 
  • Renew state license every 2 years.
  • Renewal requires 12 CEUs, including 1 communicable disease course.

Services:

Pick up from place of death, refrigerate or embalm, cremate, give families an opportunity to see and spend time with their loved one once more, meet with families to gather information for death certificates, help with obituaries, help file life insurance, and help with veteran survivor benefits. We are generally able to return loved ones’ cremated remains rather quickly, depending on how swiftly the paperwork is processed. We help families and other survivors begin to heal, by offering various ways to gather with each other and with friends, and help plan meaningful events, such as funerals, viewings, visitations, receptions, etc. We also help families hold a more traditional service with or without a viewing, even when cremation is the option for final disposition. Ceremonies help begin the healing process.  

DIRECT DISPOSERS

Education:

  • 1 semester containing 2 classes: Mortuary Law and Ethics.
  • Renew license every 2 years.
  • Renewal requires 7 CEUs, including 1 communicable disease course.

Services:

Very limited to only picking up from place of death, refrigerate, gathering information for death certificate, and cremation. Because Direct Disposers generally run at a much higher call volume than a funeral home, it may take weeks to return loved ones’ cremated remains. Make sure you ask how long it will take before your loved ones’ cremated remains will be returned.

(F.S. Chapter 497.601)

There can be many reasons why prices vary amongst providers. As a licensed funeral home, we can provide many things that the direct disposer cannot by law offer to you, such as announcements of memorial services in the newspaper, opportunities for family members to gather and say goodbye, as well as professionally conducting memorial services.

Per Florida Statutes, F.S.497.601(2):

Direct disposers or funeral directors functioning as direct disposers may not, in their capacity as direct disposers, sell, conduct, or arrange for burials, funeral services, memorial services, visitations, or viewings; hold themselves out to the public as funeral directors, or use any name, title, or advertisement that may tend to connote that they are funeral directors. These prohibitions shall apply regardless of the fact that such individuals may be licensed as funeral directors.

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In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!

In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!