Like funerals, cremations can be customized for the individual and/or the budget. Some options you can discuss with your funeral director are:
Direct cremation is the most economical option available to families of the bereaved. Direct cremation provides just the essentials of a cremation. There is no viewing, no visitation and no funeral or memorial service.
A cremation with viewing is the same as a direct cremation but with a viewing of the deceased. This allows the family and (optionally) friends to pay their last respects to the deceased.
A cremation with a memorial service is another options where you can have a memorial service prior to the cremation for family and friends. The memorial service could also be a funeral prior to the cremation.
Viewing of the cremation is another option to consider. This will be a personal choice. Some people want to accompany the deceased through the process of cremation whereas others do not wish to witness the cremation.
Cremations have opportunities to save costs when it comes to urns and keepsakes. Keepsakes are not essential and can be excluded, however, some sort of Urn should be used for the ashes. Again, the cost of an urn is dependent on the material and extent of its decoration. You can discuss your options with your funeral director.