Our price of $579 is all inclusive. It includes all county and state fees.
Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact us via phone anytime when an emergency happens & we will make arrangements on the spot. Call 602-358-8494.
The Cremation Center of Arizona does all their cremations in house at our new state of the art facility in Phoenix, AZ. There are no hidden fees associated with our services (e.g. extra cost for weight of deceased).The $579 includes all the necessary paperwork that needs to be accomplished.
The only thing our direct cremation does not include, is an upgraded urn. The $579 does include the basic box urn for you. If you wish, we also offer a wide array of beautiful urns and keepsakes at rock bottom prices.
$579 Direct Cremation Includes:
- Basic service of staff
- Removal from place of death
- *Transportation of the deceased to Cremation Center of Arizona - Click for Details
- Refrigeration while obtaining necessary documents
- State of Arizona permit fee
- Medical examiner authorization fee
- Crematory fee
- Filing the death certificate and notifying Social Security
- Cardboard cremation container used during the cremation process
- Cremains placed in the basic hard plastic urn
Additional Expenses that May Be Incurred
- All Medical Examiner cases: $75
- Mailing cremains via USPS: $125
- Mailing Death Certificates: $15
- ID viewing: $195
We have an on-site crematory, a 24- hour answering service, and an online urn store to purchase urns.
Cremations are scheduled when the signed forms, permit, and payment are received. Standard turnaround time is 4 business days from receipt of the above. Death Certificates are issued within 7-10 days.
We accept all major credit cards as forms of payment as well.
What is Cremation?
People generally understand what the term cremation means. When we are asked for a detailed definition, however, we tend to hesitate while searching for appropriate words. A suggested definition of cremation is the: "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments." Cremation includes the processing and usually includes the pulverization of the bone fragments.
The decision to cremate is an individual and personal decision. Research has been done to try and understand the most common reasons people choose cremation.
- Migration to retirement locations is increasing. – As families move around they are less likely to have family nearby to visit a grave site.
- Cremation has become acceptable. – In 2000, just over 26 percent of deceased were cremated in the United States, growing to an estimated 40 percent by 2010.
- Environmental considerations are becoming more important. – Growing public awareness of issues lead many to feel “land should be left for the living”.
- Ties to tradition are becoming weaker. – Nationally, fewer people are choosing traditional memorial services.
- Regional differences are diminishing. – There is a national growing acceptance of cremation.
- Religious restrictions are diminishing. – For example, the Catholic Church lifted its cremation ban in 1963.
- Greater flexibility in memorialization services. – Options for cremation services are almost limitless.
- People are dying older and choosing cremation for themselves. – It is no longer left to the family to decide.
According to the funeral-industry sponsored Wirthlin Report from 2006, the five primary reasons why cremation is chosen are as follows.
- Saves Money (30%) – On average, cremation is one-third the cost of burial.
- Saves Land (13%) – Even if you choose to bury ashes, it takes about one-tenth of the land for up to two sets of cremated remains, compared to burying two people in one plot.
- Simpler (8%) – With a direct cremation, the family or loved one never needs to go to a funeral home. All paperwork can be handled from home.
- Body Not in Earth (6%) – Some like the environmental responsibility aspect while others simply do not welcome the idea of being “buried”.
- Personal Preference (6%)
Once you determine cremation is right for you, the professional advisors at the Cremation Center of Arizona will assist you.