About Us

Beacon Direct Cremation is a family-owned direct cremation service. Our goal is to provide families in all of the Tampa Bay Area with a simple and affordable alternative to the "traditional funeral home" experience.

The families we serve have the ability to make the cremation arrangements in our newly renovated offices, or the comfort of their own home. Our Online Arrangement System allows nearly every step in the process to be completed online, via your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or even on a smartphone. You automatically receive copies of the documents as you complete them. In case you need help, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The proprietors of Beacon Direct Cremation also own and operate the largest privately owned crematory establishment in the state of Florida. Unlike other cremation establishments our fee INCLUDES the Transportation from the place of death to our crematory, Securing Death certificate necessary permits, the alternative container, refrigeration of the deceased as required by law, and a Black Sure Lock urn. We do not charge you extra when you pay with your credit card, and unlike other funeral establishments additional crematory fees do not begin unless the deceased is over 400lbs. We believe that families are best served if the cost for the services are fair, transparent and presented upfront. You can rest assured that the price quote you receive is accurate and final. We offer a wide variety of urns and personalized memorial products.

The Owner

Eric Kuge has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Florida since 1990. In 1993 he was selected to work in Japan where spending the next 6 years opening up western style embalming centers for a large Japanese company. While abroad he met and married his wife of 20 years Yuka. In 1999 they decided to return to the states with their daughter Maria. After returning to the Tampa Bay area, he worked as a funeral home chapel manager for a large corporation and a privately owned funeral home. After 8 more years working for others he decided to branch out on his own.

In 2007, he had the opportunity to purchase Palm State Crematory Services, a private standalone crematory located in Clearwater, FL. Since that time, they have overseen more than 30,000 cremations for local funeral establishments in the Tampa Bay area. After serving the industry for so many years, Eric found that he missed the one on one personal interaction with families, and decided it was time to offer affordable cremation services to the public through Beacon Direct Cremation.

“Just because you are spending less on end of life arrangements does not mean you should expect less from the provider.”

-Eric Kuge

Our Direct Cremation includes

  • Transportation from place of death to our family owned crematory
    (Your loved one never leaves our care)
  • Basic Alternative Cremation Container
  • Care and Refrigeration of your loved one
  • Securing all required authorizations
  • Filing the Death Certificate
  • Notifying Social Security Administration
  • Assisting with newspaper notices
  • Cremation performed by certified crematory professional
  • Cremated remains are returned to you in a simple container

Additional charges that may apply

  • Additional Transportation Charges May Apply
  • Certified Copies of Death Certificate (fees vary by County)
  • Medical Examiner Fee (if required, varies by County)
  • Newspaper Notices (fee charged)
  • Permanent Urn or Other Merchandise you may select