Guide to arranging an affordable cremation in Sierra Vista, AZ – $691

Arizona has one of the highest cremation rates in the U.S., with over 65% of families now choosing cremation for their final disposition. For this reason, the price of a cremation much more competitive, especially in the counties surrounding Tucson. This means you can arrange a direct cremation in Sierra Vista for just $691. Read on to find out more and to have your questions surrounding cremation in Sierra Vista answered.

What is the average cost of a funeral in Sierra Vista?

Today, we are much more mindful of comparing the costs of products and services before we buy, and this should be no different for funeral services.  Why should we not ask how much it costs?

The Internet is an amazing tool when it comes to researching funeral costs from the comfort of your own home.  Unfortunately, not all funeral homes have websites, or put their prices online, so we will aim to establish some average prices for you in this guide to help inform your decision.

According to a recent survey*, the average cost of a traditional funeral in Sierra Vista is $6,655.  This is for a full traditional funeral service, including casket, but not including any cemetery costs.

So how do cremation costs compare in Sierra Vista?

cremation services

Cremation offers a much cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial, and can therefore significantly reduce funeral costs.  No casket, cemetery plot or burial vault is required, immediately reducing some of the most expensive purchases related to funeral expenses. According to a recent survey*, the average cost of a cremation with memorial service in Sierra Vista is $5,255. However, you CAN save even more by arranging a direct cremation for a fraction of the cost.

Low-cost cremation in Sierra Vista

Direct cremation is the industry term for a ‘simple cremation’.  Only the cremation service is provided by the funeral home.  No ceremony or funeral services are provided by the funeral home.  The deceased is collected, cremated and the remains returned to the family in a basic urn.

Direct cremation offers families lower cost funeral services and more control over the time and type of memorial ceremonial services they desire.  A memorial service can be held in a place of worship, a community venue or even outdoors.

A low-cost direct cremation is available in Sierra Vista for just $691.  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!

Call (520) 200-7742 now to arrange a direct cremation for just $691 in Sierra Vista and surrounding areas.

How do I choose a cremation provider in Sierra Vista?

With cremation costs in the Sierra Vista area varying so much, 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 one’s 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 funeral homes.

How do providers compare in Sierra Vista?

As already covered, the cost of a direct cremation varies considerably.  This can depend on the cremation services provider selected, and the type of cremation service chosen.  It is always best to compare prices.  A basic direct cremation in Sierra Vista can be conducted for just $691.

What can you do with the cremated remains?

There are various options of what you can do with the cremated remains of your loved one, and this is one of the reasons cremation has become so much more popular.  You can, of course, just choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium, or you can keep the ashes at home.  Keepsake urns even enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members, or choose to scatter some and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.

Ash scattering is also more common these days and there are many options for how you can create a befitting ash scattering ceremony.

What happens if the deceased is at the County Medical Examiner’s?

If the death occurred outside of a medical facility, was an accident, or unexplained, the body will be transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office.  It is the responsibility of the coroner to determine a cause of death before a death certificate can be issued.  You will need to arrange for a funeral home to collect your loved one once the coroner releases the body.  Only a licensed funeral director can transport the deceased from the ME’s morgue, and the next of kin will need to sign a release form for the Medical Examiner to release the body into the care of a funeral home.

The Medical Examiner will issue the death certificate and permit to cremate once they release the body.  If you have further questions about identifying the body and making arrangements for the transfer of the deceased, you can contact the Office of the Medical Examiner for Sierra Vista at 520-432-9400.

Alternatively, you can find them at:
Cochise County Medical Examiner
1415 Melody Ln, Bisbee, AZ 85603

How do I prepare if my loved one is in hospice care in Sierra Vista?

If your loved one is in hospice care, and the support staff have advised you to prepare for his or her passing, it can help to have provisional arrangements in place.  This is so that when the time comes, the hospice can immediately contact the funeral service provider and arrange the transfer of your loved one into their care.  If you contact a funeral home ahead of time, you can have some of the preparation in place, this will alleviate some of the stress that comes with having to make arrangements on short notice. This also means the hospice know who to call, and the authorizations and other legal documentation can be pre-prepared.

Is there any help with cremation costs?

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.

Hopefully this guide was helpful in answering some of your questions about arranging an affordable cremation in Sierra Vista. But feel free to call the DFS provider for Sierra Vista on (520) 200-7742 if you do have any more questions or enquiries.

*prices obtained from Funeralocity 2022