If you’re going through the difficult process of thinking about a potential funeral, you may have heard that you and your family would be able to benefit from significant savings by having a cremation service. While traditional funerals can often wind up costing Arizonans sums in the five figures, Phoenix, AZ cremations usually won’t cost above the $6,000 mark, and, depending on your choice of service, might be more expensive than $1,000. When choosing a cremation, it’s essential that you understand what you want out of a funeral service and how much you’re willing to pay. From there, you’ll be able to make the most out of the potential savings which a cremation can bring. 

There are two different kinds of cremation services. The first is a direct cremation. Here, the body is cremated very shortly after death. The cremation will take place before any funeral or memorial service happens. As the only expense involved in the direct cremation process is the fee for the cremation itself, this is the least expensive way to treat a body after death. The price of a direct cremation is usually about $1,000, though this might vary by provider. Nowhere will a direct cremation come close to the expense of any other funerary procedure. After a direct cremation, the remains of the deceased will be returned to his or her survivors, who can then do with them what they will and have a memorial service if they so choose. 

The other kind of cremation service is one which follows a traditional funeral arrangement. In this kind of service, most of the aspects of a traditional funeral, such as a gathering at a venue for a viewing of the body and a eulogy, are preserved. The difference between this and a full traditional funeral is that there won’t be a burial at the end of the procedure. As this arrangement comes with certain expenses, such as embalming fees, amenities for guests, and the cost of the ceremony itself, this will cost more than a direct cremation. However, it will still be less expensive than a traditional funeral because certain expenses, such as a casket or burial plot, can be avoided. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission mandates that families be permitted to rent a casket for a cremation service instead of being forced to buy one, which alone will save a lot of money. 

If you have any questions about your options for Phoenix, AZ cremations, please don’t hesitate to contact Sean and Cynthia Thompson at the Thompson Funeral Chapel. They have decades of experience as funeral directors and about 70% of their clients come to them for cremations. As such, you can expect them to guide you through the cremation process with efficiency, professionalism, and empathy. You can contact them by calling (623) 932-1780. The Thompson Funeral Chapel is located at 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Its crematory, Simply Cremation, can be found at 16952 W Bell Rd #303, Surprise, AZ 85374.

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