Cedar Rapids Area Cremation and celebration of life options 

Other useful pages 

Page I setup for where to Donate Things but also could be a good place to get things Free or cheap :)  

Page I added for Student Discount

Page for  Low Income  Resources 



 

I set this page up as a general guide and resource 

You can also call 211 on your phone and they can give you more info on this too.


 Budget guidelines


Cremation

Is the lowest cost best option for most people with limited money and just what most people will do in the future.

If you don't have any money see what your County  can do for you Iowa City Johnson County has a budget of $3k or so per person that they will pay for Cedar Rapids Linn county has around 1k budget link  It also good to get a Will setup you can get a free one here 

https://www.freewill.com/    


Standard market rate best option I have used is 

  Iowa Cremation for $2379.00 (USD) limited direct cremation I am sure it has gone up since that time as that was a number of years ago. I used theses guys when my mom passed away and they did a good job had no problems.

Website https://www.iowacremation.com/  Phone 1-888-871-3361 


Facility Rental

Fee $550 a day I was able to get it for much less but it was a group that I was a member of for years.  I think indoor place with A/C is ideal depending on the person but a park celebration and location could be a very low cost way too do it too. 


500 full colored printed  8X10 handouts $330 Copy Works 

Website https://www.copyworks.com/ Phone (319) 373-5335


Flower 

Pierson's Flower Shop  $220 for a nice display of roses that is with delivery charge 

 Webpage https://epiersons.com/  phone (319) 395-0995



Newspaper  Gazette

Printing cost $400 for obit in Sunday paper had them do a quick run the 1st weekend and then a full run with Full Color pic the 2nd weekend DO NOT call the Gazette have Iowa Cremation handle it and just pay them later.  Gazette Cost is $25 for online placement plus 50 cents per word and photo charges This is a good avenue for people to find out a lot of older people read the Sunday Newspaper still. you can sign up for Free to get Gazette  Obituaries Newsletter

Delivered to your inbox every day. https://www.thegazette.com/ 


Headstone 

Eastern Iowa Monument a nice upright headstone with India granite cost around 4K or so 

 Website  https://easterniowamonument.com/  Phone  319-373-0417


 Food catering Hy-Vee $1,200 


Sam's Club 

Paper plates & towels, pop, water, chips cookies, etc. $300


Burial Plots

My parents and I bought burial plots in spring 2021 in a small township cemetery near where I grew up. The total cost for the 2 plots for $1,000.  The cemetery was around before the civil war in the 1840s was when they 1st started using it. 


Amount cost 

So the amount rounding up cost with out headstone or burial plot 6k or so. half of that was the cremation. 


then another $500 for the plots and 4k for the head stone so this could cost 10k fairly quick 


Obituary & Newspaper 


Template 


Person, age, of town, Iowa passed away on month day, 20XX. A Celebration

of Life will be held at venue  (full address with town) on

Wednesday May 17  from 3:00 – 7:00 PM.

person was born in town  to parents  on month day, 19XX,

and spent their childhood living in town, Iowa. they completed their elementary grades at

 School in town  and graduated from  High School in 1971. She

went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa and earned her bachelor’s degree and

master’s degree in education


On April 5,1981 she married husband, and for

most of the XX years, they lived in town. She worked at XX place and then at XX place. 

She liked to do XX in her free time as well as volunteer for XX cause 


She is survived by her husband person; son person of town; brother person

(person) last name of town; two sisters, and many more 




Utilities & subscription services to cancel 


Phone internet water gas electric trash service etc

Netflix Amazon Prime and other subscription  services watch the credit cards and let them shut down.  


Telecommunications & social media 


Internet discount 

  


Telephone 


  Make sure you keep there phone number active for a number of months after they pass away in case people try to reach you after a number of months it may be best to make there old number a Google Voice number and then have them use a Red Pocket phone or something like that on the back end or just run it as 2nd line for yourself. 



Email addresses 

check them login 

online accounts 

 digital afterlife 



Donations  and where things you don't want should go?

 

asking for donations either to help the family or to a nonprofit 

donating things that will no longer be needed or wanted around the house etc...


Here is a link to https://crmoms.com/in-and-around-cedar-rapids/spring-cleaning-donate-stuff-cedar-rapids/ 

I also setup a page on my site about this Donate page 


Elder help 


Aging Services

UnityPoint Health - AbbeHealth Services - Aging Services enhances the lives of older adults by providing services and resources to assist them in remaining independent  Phone (319) 398-3647 Website 


Heritage Area Agency On Aging

Heritage Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit organization providing innovative services and access to local resources that improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities and family caregivers.  Phone: (319) 398-5559  https://www.heritageaaa.org/ 


Tax Help 


The volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) Trained and certified volunteers provide free tax preparation for individuals

and families you may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) so not only is this free but it could get you money back and help with Medicaid or ACA discount.   Here is the local website   https://www.uweci.org/what-we-do/our-programs/vita/ 



Additional links 


Linn County has https://www.linncounty.org/130/Community-Resources  this page with a lot of local information 


https://howtogeton.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/how-to-be-poor-in-america/


https://www.traviswalkerlaw.com/25-steps-for-estate-planning/