Arranging a low-cost cremation in Phoenix

Cremation is already a popular disposition choice in Arizona, with a cremation rate of over 60%.  This higher than average cremation rate may attribute to the very competitive price for cremation in Phoenix and Mesa. 

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. 

Direct Cremation Service $925 Call (602) 638-1151

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 direct cremation.  This is a service offering that represents the funeral home collecting the deceased and transferring him or her 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 direct cremation in Phoenix is around $925.00.

Comparing cremation services in Phoenix

There are around 30 funeral and cremation companies in Phoenix and around 20 in Mesa.  So, comparing cremation services and costs is no simple task.  Do check with at least 3 funeral homes before making a decision.  And be aware, that a simple cremation CAN be conducted for under $1,000.

Direct Cremation Service $925 Call (602) 638-1151

What is a direct cremation service?

A direct cremation is just a simple cremation with no ceremony or services performed before the cremation.  The deceased is transported directly to the funeral home or crematory, all the legal paperwork is submitted, a cremation authorization form signed by the next of kin, and a cremation permit obtained from the Maricopa county coroner.  The cremation is then scheduled, and after the cremation process, the cremated remains are returned directly to the family.

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Understanding what a direct cremation cost includes

A direct cremation package generally includes the following:

  • 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

The cremation permit and death certificate will often be additional ‘cash advance’ items that are additional to the direct cremation package price. 

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!

Death certificates cost $20.00 each and it is usually advisable to order a few copies, as you will need them to close down the deceased’s estate.

Can you still have a memorial service with direct cremation?

Yes, of course.  In fact, many families today opt for direct cremation and then conduct their own memorial service at a later date.  This can be a less stressful way and dealing with the immediate disposition and enabling family and friends to gather later to memorialize the deceased.

I want to pre-plan a simple cremation.  What is the best way to set up a cremation plan in Phoenix?

You can make pre-arrangements with a funeral home and/or crematory.  The terms and payment plans may differ depending on your requirements and age. And whether you make payment in full at the time of purchasing your pre-need plan, or opt to arrange a payment plan.

More cremation providers are now offering online arrangement services, so all this can be done from the comfort of your own home.  Pre-planning can provide you with funeral service coverage that will give you and your family peace of mind, reducing the stress associated with making last-minute funeral arrangements after a loved one has passed. To discuss your options for pre-planning a simple cremation in Phoenix, contact your local provider on (602) 638-1151.

If you travel (as 80% of adults do these days), you may wish to consider purchasing a Travel Protection Plan.  This is an affordable assurance policy that provides you with life time cover for funeral costs should you happen to pass away 75 miles or more away from your home in Phoenix.  The plan costs just $450 for a individual or $875 for a couple, and will cover all costs for a cremation at the place of death, or returning the deceased home to Arizona.  The cover is worldwide.  Read more about this affordable peace of mind death expense coverage here: Travel Protection Plan.

DFS Memorials in Phoenix

The DFS Memorials network has an independent affiliate funeral home in Phoenix.  They offer a simple, direct cremation in Phoenix for $925.  If you have an immediate need or wish to preplan a cremation, you can call on (602) 638-1151.

Their low-cost cremation is available throughout Avondale, Goodyear, Phoenix, Mesa, Sun City, Gila County, Maricopa County, Pima County & Pinal County.

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