Like any other service, there are variables involved in cremation services. Are you having it all handled by a funeral home or directly with the crematorium? Are you signed up with a service, such as the Neptune Society, which handles all of the details for cremation? All of these will affect the cost involved in cremations. The minimum you can expect to pay for cremation is around $500-$700, and prices go up from there, even as high as $5,000. You can quickly research your area to find practical quotes, because where you live can affect the costs, too. Many folks sign up in advance with a service which handles all of the details, which can be a blessing in a time of grieving.