already a popular disposition choice in Arizona, with a cremation rate
of over 60% (1).
This higher than average cremation rate may attribute to the very competitive
price for a cremation in Phoenix and Mesa. In fact Phoenix is one
of only a few metro areas in the United States where you can arrange a
cremation for under $600.
More than ever today families
are looking to save money on funeral costs. The recent downturn in
the economy, and changing attitudes, has led people to explore other alternatives
than a traditional funeral option.
Families who are struggling
financially will ask for help with funeral costs, and when they have little,
if no, money – the simple question is ‘what is the cheapest cremation option?’
In addition to this, we are finding that more Americans are just choosing
not to spend on funeral costs.
What is the average cost of
a cremation in Phoenix?
As the low cost cremation market
is so competitive in Phoenix, we have looked at the prices for a basic
direct cremation in order to establish an average cost for a cremation.
This is a service offering that represents the funeral home collecting
the deceased and transferring he/she directly for a cremation. There
is no viewing or service, and as this requires the most minimal services
of the funeral home staff, it can be performed for the lowest cost.
The average cost of a cremation with no service in Phoenix is around $885.00.
Cremation price comparison survey
for Phoenix-Mesa area
Detailed below is a price comparison
survey of a select number of cremation providers in Phoenix who offer discount
[Cremation price data
collected April 2013]
Comparing cremation services
The chart above gives you some
assistance in comparing the basic cremation costs between a few cremation
providers in Phoenix. It is by no means exhaustive, as there are
around 30 funeral and cremation companies in Phoenix and around 20 in Mesa.
We have simply selected those cremation companies targeting the low cost
cremation market and offering affordable direct cremations.
Understanding what a direct
cremation cost includes
A direct cremation package
generally includes the following:
The cremation permit and death
certificate will often be additional ‘cash advance’ items that are additional
to the direct cremation package price.
An arrangement meeting
Collection of the deceased from
the place of death (sometimes a specific mileage radius is specified)
Storage of the deceased for
the mandatory waiting period
A basic cremation container
The crematory fee
A temporary container to return
the cremated remains in.
General assistance with completing
the necessary documentation for cremation
Be sure to check exactly
what is included in any price you are quoted. I have come across
cremation prices quoted that do not include the cremation container, or
the crematory fee!
DFS Memorials in Phoenix
The DFS Memorials network is
partnered with Abel Funeral & Cremation Services in Phoenix.
They offer a simple, direct cremation for $639. If you have an immediate
need, or wish to preplan a cremation, you can call (602) 638-1151.
Low cost cremation for $639
is available throughout Avondale, Goodyear, Phoenix, Mesa, Sun City, Gila
County, Maricopa County, Pima County & Pinal County.
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
– Funeral Planning Guide
of Funeral Homes & Cremation Providers in Phoenix
Memorials – low cost cremation in Phoenix