Arizona has one of the highest cremation rates in the U.S., with over 65% of families now choosing cremation for their final disposition. This has made cremation much more competitive in the Tucson, and helped to bring the cost of a cremation down. This article runs through how arranging a cremation can save you money on your funeral costs, how arranging a direct cremation is a simple and affordable funeral care solution and compares some Tucson funeral homes direct cremation prices.
How can you save money by arranging a cremation?
The traditional funeral is dying, to be replaced by a modern life celebration and a lean towards cremation services. Although changing attitudes in culture are acknowledged for this change, one of the biggest factors is COST. A traditional funeral can cost in the region of $10,000 (when you include cemetery fees). The National Funeral Directors Association’s survey of 2012 posited the average cost of a funeral in the U.S. at $7,045 (without any cemetery charges). Yet a cremation service will cost in the region of $3,000 – $4,000. It doesn’t take much to work out why our nation is turning to cremation!
Indeed direct cremation is becoming the new ‘vogue’ on the cremation scene. Why? Because it presents the most cost-effective way to conduct a funeral and can put the control of memorialization back in the realm of the family. A direct cremation simply ensures the disposition element is taken care of by a professional. Once the family has the cremated remains returned, they can conduct memorial services as, when and if they see fit. For many families, it is a case of need – in tough financial times – they just need the most affordable funeral option. For other families it has become a decision of choice and principle – why spend thousands of dollars when a funeral can be conducted for a fraction of that cost!
Low cost cremation in Tucson
Low cost cremation is available in Tucson for between $660 and $995. Cremation prices do vary considerably between providers, so it is important to check around and ensure that the cremation price quoted for a low cost cremation equitably compares. Check exactly what is included. Death certificates and state filings are often an additional ‘cash advance’, but check that the cremation container and cremation fee are included in any low cost price advertised. Too often we have found what appeared to be a low cost cremation option, only to discover that the hidden charges can bump the price up!
Cash Advance items: A death certificate in Tucson is $20.00 – Pima County Medical Examiners fee is $30.00
How do I choose a cremation provider in Tucson?
Choosing a cremation services provider is not always easy. As cremation becomes more popular, more funeral homes are installing their own crematories, so this can give a family an assurance about their loved ones care. If you are researching because you do not have a provider in mind, or because you need to find the most affordable cremation option in your area – then DFS Memorials can help direct you. We do the research to help save families the stress and time, we ONLY work with reputable, local family-owned funeral homes.
DFS Memorials – TUCSON (520) 200-7742 – Call with any questions you may have
Direct Cremation $660
Alternatively, you can check out this directory listing of all funeral homes in Tucson in zip code order.
How do cremation providers compare in Tucson?
In order to assist families in comparing cremation costs, we have conducted a direct cremation price comparison with a select number of funeral homes and cremation services providers in Tucson. We have elected to compare only those establishments that are offering an ‘affordable’ direct cremation package.
Disclaimer: This cremation cost information was obtained from providers in October 2014. Prices are posted to help families make informed decisions. However, periodically providers change their prices. We make every effort to ensure the prices are accurate, but prices must be verified directly with the listed funeral home.
Although the Neptune Society in Tucson offer – quote “affordable cremation services” and specialize in direct cremation, we did not include Neptune Society in our direct cremation cost comparison as there service fees for a basic direct cremation were way above the prices we included above. Neptune Society Tucson’s cost for an immediate need direct cremation is $1,950.18. (October 2014)
Hopefully this information can assist families in making decisions about selecting an affordable cremation provider.
Is there any help with cremation costs in Tucson?
Sadly we are asked this question all too often these days! With more families struggling financially, it can be crippling to be faced with unexpected funeral expenses. If qualifying, there is a $255 Social Security death benefit payment, and there are benefits for veterans. Each state has its own budget and governance for dealing with indigent funerals, although much funding has been axed in recent years. You can try contacting your local county Social or Human Services to inquire if any financial aid is available locally. This article on ‘How to Pay for a Funeral’ also covers some of the other ways that you can gain support towards funeral costs.
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