Merely thinking about a funeral arrangement is more than many people can bear. While this is understandable, it’s nevertheless important to come to grips with the subject, if only for the emotional sake of your loved ones, if not the sake of your wallet. Many families have gone through financial and emotional torment for failure to make adequate plans for a funeral, and with an aging population, it’s a subject more Americans will inevitably need to come to terms with. Goodyear, AZ cremations are becoming more popular, as they have been throughout America. In 2017, the cremation rate passed 50% nationally for the first time, and in Arizona, the rate is even higher, but not all cremations are the same. If you’re thinking about one, you need to understand the different cremation procedures so that you can make the best emotional, spiritual, and financial decision for your family. 

Any kind of cremation you choose will be less expensive than a traditional funeral with a burial. This is the primary reason why the procedure has increased in popularity. While a burial funeral can cost $10,000 or more, cremations are thousands of dollars less. The least expensive procedure is a direct cremation. Here, the body is cremated shortly after death, before any funeral or memorial service has taken place. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that the funeral home or crematory not force you to purchase a casket for the procedure. The remains of the deceased will be returned to survivors in either the container of their choice or, absent one, a box from the crematory. A direct cremation may cost about $1,000, setting aside traditional expenses such as a casket, embalming fees, viewings, a gravestone, and so on. 

A direct cremation provides families flexibility with what, if any, kind of service they wish to conduct afterwards. However, this might not be appropriate for all families. Some, because of religious or simply emotional reasons, may wish to have a traditional funeral, but still save some money with a cremation. 

Contrary to common belief,GoodyearAZ cremations don’t necessitate that families forego traditional funerary practices. For example, Catholic families can still have a wake in the aftermath of a death, with viewings, and then cremate the body afterward. It’s possible for families to rent a casket instead of buying one for this procedure, which will be helpful for their finances. In this way, certain expenses, such as a gravestone, can be avoided, but many traditional funerary procedures can be retained. 

If you have any questions about Goodyear, AZ cremations, it’s best to consult with an experienced funeral director. For decades, Sean and Cynthia Thompson, the owners of the Thompson Funeral Chapel, have provided Arizona families with professional and empathetic care at this emotional time in their lives. You can contact them at (623) 932-1780. The chapel can be found at Thompson Funeral Chapel 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338, and the crematory, Simply Cremation, at 16952 W Bell Rd #303, Surprise, AZ 85374. 

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