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Budget Planning


We understand that you have many choices of funeral homes to care for you, your family, and friends, so we are grateful that you are considering selecting Olson’s to assist you in honoring your loved one. We have created four different options, highlighted below, as alternatives to the traditional full service care that we have always provided. We have taken into consideration the fact that the State of Illinois has been inconsistent with assistance for public aid recipients, that cost conscious concepts are part of what we need to offer, and that sometimes the families we serve simply don't want to meet face to face with a funeral director.  In addition to these offerings, we are always prepared to meet the families that we serve in locations other than one of our funeral homes.


Graveside Burial Package - $4,265.00 

While it is easier to provide more economic options when families consider cremation as an option to burial, we understand the importance of providing burial ceremony options. Please inquire about burial options that don't include any ceremony should that be something you desire.

We include:

  • - Limited service, only necessary staff in attendance and administrative assistance
  • - Cremation and posting of the obituary on our website
    - A one hour private family viewing in one of our chapels
    - Hearse and procession to cemetery if desired
    - Graveside ceremony

Because there are so many options, we do not include a casket, vault, or cash advances. Cash advances include things like honoraria, death certificates, and newspaper charges.


Cremation Without Ceremony - $3,127.07

Many funeral homes call this a “direct cremation,” but from the moment we receive the first call, we feel that we offer a little more care.

We include:

  • - Limited service, only necessary staff in attendance and administrative assistance
  • - Arrangements in our funeral home or location of your choosing
  • - Creation and posting of the obituary on our website
  • - A one hour private family viewing in one of our chapels
  • - Minimal cremation container, crematory charges, temporary urn, and tax


Because there are so many options, we do not include an urn or cash advances. Cash advances include things like permits, death certificates, and newspaper charges.


Simple Cremation Online - $1503.75

We are always searching for ways to serve the community better, and we think this new arrangement tool will help many families who simply do not want the in person advantage of a licensed Funeral Director.

We include:

  • - Limited service, only necessary staff and administrative assistance
  • - Minimal cremation container
  • - Online arrangements
  • - POSI- ID ®
  • - Permit, tax, and cremation

We have designed this program to offer you more than what we have stated above should you choose additional options. We do not include cash advances, obituary creation or submittal, Olson website, evening removals, or register book package. However many of these are available as additional options.


Northern Illinois Cremations - $1170.00

Several years ago the State of Illinois stopped providing funding to recipients of Public Aid for funeral or cremation/burial expenses (as of page creation). Funeral homes operating in the State of Illinois were left to figure out what to do. Olson Funeral and Cremation Services answered this calling by creating www.northernilcremations.com. Please note that this service is currently reserved for recipients of Public Aid Only. You must also have a valid case ID to be eligible for this program. We include very limited cremation services, minimal cremation container and cremation, temporary urn, permit, and a two person family identification.