Times are changing and our attitudes to death and funerals are fundamentally changing too. More families are deciding that cremation offers a more simple and affordable option. Cremation can offer a much more affordable and “no fuss” alternative to a traditional funeral service.
A direct cremation package can help you arrange a low-cost funeral. The direct cremation takes care of the immediate disposition of the deceased, and once the cremated remains are available, a memorial or ash-scattering service can be conducted.
When you can take care of everything for $639, and are dealing with a family-owned funeral business, why should you pay more than this?
What is included in the $639 Simple Cremation Package?
Our simple cremation service includes:
- Collection of the deceased from the place of death
- Transfer to the funeral facility*
- Shelter of the deceased
- Filing of death certificate and cremation permit
- A cardboard cremation container for the cremation process
- The cremation process
- Return of the cremated remains in a temporary cremation urn
*an additional mileage fee can apply if outside our basic service area
Are there any extra costs?
The only additional fees are county fees, which are subject to change and payable to the county in order to facilitate the cremation proceeding. Death certificate fees in Arizona are $20 for the 1st certificate and $20 for each additional copy at present.
Can we still have a funeral service if we arrange a direct cremation?
Yes, of course. You can arrange a memorial service once you have the cremated remains returned. A memorial service is the type of funeral service where the deceased’s body is not present. You can hold a memorial service with, or without, the cremation urn present. A memorial funeral service can also take the shape of an ash scattering ceremony, or a candlelit vigil or tribute. We have some useful resources to help you plan and make your own memorial tributes in our Memorialization section.
Comparing cremation costs in Gilbert, AZ
As cremation is becoming a popular choice for residents of Gilbert, there are several cremation service providers serving Maricopa County. The cost of a cremation can vary significantly, for the exact same service, so it is wise to ensure you do compare cremation prices between a few providers to ensure you are benefitting from a value for money cremation service package. The average cost of a cremation memorial service in Gilbert is $3,595, and the average cost of a direct cremation is $995* It is important to check that a direct cremation package includes everything.
A cremation significantly reduces funeral costs. The average cost of a funeral in Gilbert is $6,470.
How can you save money when arranging a cremation service?
A direct cremation is the most economical means of disposition there is. In Gilbert, a direct cremation can be conducted for $639 complete, making this very affordable funeral option. If you need to keep funeral costs down, then a simple cremation arranged through a cremation provider, is your lowest cost cremation option in Gilbert, AZ. You can then arrange your own memorial services once you have the cremated remains returned. This significantly cuts down on funeral expenses.
What do I need to know about arranging a cremation? What are the legal requirements?
A cremation authorization form must be signed by the legal next of kin for a cremation to proceed. If there are multiple siblings, all must sign and agree for a cremation to be carried out. There is a 24-hour mandatory wait period after death before the cremation can go ahead.
What help is there with cremation costs?
If qualifying for Social Security, you may be entitled to the lump sum death benefit payment of $255. The funeral director will generally assist you with submitting the claim to Social Security. Of course, many people use life insurance policies to off-set funeral costs, but with a direct cremation, the funeral provider will require payment upfront.
There is very limited public assistance support for funeral costs and this can vary by county. Check out Maricopa County Assistance Programs.
Maricopa County Human Services Department
234 N. Central Ave. 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: (602) 506-5911
How do I obtain a copy of a death certificate?
You can obtain copies of a death certificate from the Vital Records office at: Maricopa County Health Department, 234 N. Central Ave. 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: (602) 506-5911
What happens if the deceased is taken to the Coroner’s Office?
If there were circumstances surrounding the death that led to the deceased being taken to the County Coroner’s office, you will need to employ the services of a funeral director as soon as possible to liaise with the Coroner to have the body released into their care. Only a licensed funeral director can collect a body from the Coroner’s morgue.
As funeral directors are familiar with the process, and the body is released with death certificate & cremation permit, it is generally easy to maintain a low cost to offer a direct cremation service for an individual that has been in the care of the Medical Examiner. The County Coroner’s office is at: 701 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: (602) 505-3322
Please contact your local DFS Memorials cremation services provider on (602) 638-1151 with any further questions you have, or to make immediate arrangements for a low-cost cremation service.
*Cost data obtained from funeral price comparison website 2017