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, cremation prices are much more competitive, especially in the counties surrounding Tucson.
This means you can arrange a direct cremation in Sierra Vista for just $785. Read on to find out more and have your questions about 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 buying, which should be no different for funeral services. Why should we not ask how much it costs?
The Internet is an amazing tool for researching funeral costs from your 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*, a traditional funeral in Sierra Vista costs $6,655. This is for a full traditional funeral service, including a casket, but not including any cemetery costs.
So, how do cremation costs compare in Sierra Vista?
Cremation offers a much cheaper and more flexible alternative to a traditional burial and can 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.’ The funeral home provides only the cremation service. The funeral home provides no ceremony or funeral services. The deceased is collected and then cremated. The cremated remains are 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 $785. Cremation prices 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 $785 in Sierra Vista and surrounding areas.
How do I choose a cremation provider in Sierra Vista?
With varying cremation costs in the Sierra Vista area, 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 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 stress and time, and we ONLY work with reputable funeral homes.
Visit our Complete Cremation Guide for more questions and answers about choosing a cremation service.
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.
What can you do with the cremated remains?
There are various options for 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, choose to inter the remains in a cemetery plot. You can inter the remains in a niche or columbarium or keep the ashes at home.
Keepsake urns enable you to disperse the ashes between several family members, scatter some, and retain a ‘keepsake’ memorial.
Ash scattering is also more common these days, and many options exist for creating a befitting ash scattering ceremony.
What happens if the deceased is at the County Medical Examiners?
If the death occurred outside of a medical facility, was an accident, or is unexplained, the body will be transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office. The coroner is responsible for determining a cause of death before a death certificate can be issued.
You must 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 to transfer the deceased, 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 has 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 beforehand, you can have some preparation in place. This will alleviate some of the stress of making arrangements on short notice. This also means the hospice knows 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 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 other ways to 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 at (520) 200-7742 if you have any more questions or inquiries.
*prices obtained from Funeralocity 2023