Tempe

1634 S Priest Dr. Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85281

Tucson

6781 N. Thornydale Rd. Ste 253
Tucson, AZ 85741

Recent Testimonials from Arizona Families Served

Susan was wonderful to deal with during this difficult time. My Dad did not want to handle any part of Mom's arrangement due to his grief and she helped me through the process. Thank you!

Kim S.
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

John, Ray, and the entire staff helped me through Mom's final journey with dignity, compassion, and integrity. Bless you all!

Nila Haworth
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Ronaldo Maynez was our Funeral Director. We thought the service was very professional and that he had compassion for our loss. Ron explained all the details to our satisfaction. He was direct and did not try to sell us services that we did not want, or need. The value of the service was all worth it.

Carlos and Alison Zivec
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

My father recently passed away and the Neptune Society helped make a very sad experience much less stressful and overwhelming.  Everyone I talked to was sensitive, caring and treated me with respect.  Joanna Dewey was especially kind and went above and beyond answering my many questions.  I highly recommend this company without hesitation.

Alan C.
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

My father recently passed away and the Neptune Society helped make a very sad experience much less stressful and overwhelming. Everyone I talked to was sensitive, caring and treated me with respect. Joanna Dewey was especially kind and went above and beyond answering my many questions. I highly recommend this company without hesitation.

Alan C.
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Thank you everyone at Neptune Society, who assisted us through this extremely difficult stage. Everyone I spoke to was empathetic, professional and understanding. Thank you for being calm and understanding during our inevitable stress and helping us keep it all together. Thank you.

Susan M.
Tempe, AZ

The Neptune Society went above and beyond. They have a wonderful caring staff.

Shelley P.
Tempe, AZ

Today I signed up to be a member of the Neptune Society. January 16, 2016, was one of the worst days of my life. I got a call that my younger brother passed. I knew he was a member of the Neptune Society and he had pre-planned and prepaid. He had told me previously he had taken care of everything and was he ever right. When I made the first call to Neptune Society, Donald Cline, was the one who answered the phone. Not only was he extremely compassionate and efficient, but he totally took care of EVERYTHING! He even... Read More

Today I signed up to be a member of the Neptune Society.

January 16, 2016, was one of the worst days of my life. I got a call that my younger brother passed. I knew he was a member of the Neptune Society and he had pre-planned and prepaid. He had told me previously he had taken care of everything and was he ever right.

When I made the first call to Neptune Society, Donald Cline, was the one who answered the phone. Not only was he extremely compassionate and efficient, but he totally took care of EVERYTHING! He even offered to pick me up at the airport!

Donald was in constant contact with me during the whole process, even calling me when other family members intervened.

At every point in this difficult time, Donald thought about and took care of all our needs and questions.

Although cremation prices might be similar, services might be similar, the care that I received at this time was above and beyond anything that I could have imagined and made this sad process more manageable. My brother’s membership covered ALL costs and there were no other financial charges.

Thank you, Donald Cline and Neptune Society for doing exactly what my brother wanted to be done, in an exemplary way and making my difficult situation more bearable.

Ira S.
Tucson, AZ

Places to Scatter Ashes in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park

If your loved one was an adventurous soul, consider scattering their ashes amid the dramatic beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park in northwest Arizona. The natural beauty of the Grand Canyon is undeniable. Over thousands of years, the Colorado River has cut into the surrounding rock to create the Grand Canyon, a slice in the Colorado Plateau hundreds of miles long and up to a mile deep. In order to legally scatter in the Grand Canyon, all you have to do is print out this permit and call the number at the bottom to provide the name of the person scattering the ashes, where the scattering will occur, and when it will occur.

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Heavenly Flight

For a loved one who always wanted to fly or was always a free spirit, a Heavenly Flight may be the best way to scatter their ashes. Heavenly Flight is a family-owned company in Phoenix that flies over landmarks in Arizona including Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley to scatter ashes. Simply determine where you would like the scattering to take place and contact the company to schedule an aerial scattering.

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Saguaro National Park

To scatter ashes amidst a thriving desert, it’s difficult to find a better spot than Saguaro National Park. Towering Saguaro cacti dominate the landscape, and towering mountains lie up against the horizon to give a pristine picture of what the West looked like when it was untouched. To scatter here, simply apply for a Special Use Permit. The park asks that ashes be scattered so they blend in with the natural earth and that they are scattered out of sight of designated trails and roadways.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Arizona

Arizona law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land with permission/a permit, over a public waterway or sea, or on private property of a consenting owner. If scattering at sea you must be at least 3 nautical miles from land, notify the EPA within 30 days of scattering, and avoid beaches and wading pools. You must obtain a permit to scatter on federal land. You can also scatter the ashes, but NOT the container, from the air as the government doesn’t consider cremains to be hazardous material. If the container isn’t biodegradable you must remove the ashes from the container before scattering.

Places to Hold Memorial Services in Arizona

Superstition Mountain Museum

If your loved one was a fan of old Western movies, dramatic landscapes, or ghost stories, hosting a memorial at the Superstition Mountain Museum on the Historic Apache Trail may be an interesting choice. There is a small chapel on the property and non-denominational resident ministers to help memorialize those with aligning religious beliefs. Learn more about hosting a memorial service here by calling the Museum directly.

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Desert Botanical Garden

An oasis in the desert located outside Phoenix, this garden is home to thousands of plants from around the world. With numerous locations throughout the garden to host a memorial service, a ceremony can be as celebratory or a somber as you wish while still being surrounded by exotic flora. For more information about hosting memorial services here, please contact the Desert Botanical Garden.

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monOrchid

Located in Phoenix, this unique venue is half-gallery and half-blank canvas for memorial services for a loved one who appreciated the fine arts. With space for small and large groups and plenty of inspiration for memorial service ideas, this modern gallery may be a unique place to honor the life of your loved one. To learn more about hosting an event at there, contact monOrchid today.

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Arizona Cremation FAQs

What happens if you can’t pay for funeral services in Arizona?

Arizona faces the unique issue of handling the remains not only of their own state but also those of illegal immigrants, making it the state with the 3rd highest number of unidentified remains. Each county handles their unclaimed deceased differently. Many counties, including those that border with Mexico, are favoring cremating the unclaimed instead of burying them because the cost of purchasing new land for cemeteries has grown to be too much for the counties to cover. Cremated remains are often stored in niches instead within a cemetery.

However, there are many ongoing projects to help reduce the number of unidentified remains in Arizona. DNA samples and other information is often kept with the urn to help families find lost loved ones. For more information about some of these projects, see this article.

What veterans benefits are available in Arizona?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or market; and United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current sitting President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of their service.

How many funeral homes are available in Arizona?

There are 148 funeral homes in 60 cities of Arizona.

Arizona State Facts

State Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

State Motto: Ditat Deus (God Enriches)

State Population: 6,731,000

State Cremation Rate: 65.5%

State Bird: Cactus Wren

State Flower: Saguaro Cactus

State Tree: Palo Verde

State Mammal: Ringtail

Bonus Fact 1: Arizona produces more copper than all other states combined.

Bonus Fact 2: Arizona was the last of the contiguous 48 states to be admitted into the United States.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2014.