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

I contacted the Neptune Society via email and was called... Read More

I contacted the Neptune Society via email and was called by a representative in a timely manner. We agreed on a time to meet, and I spent an hour with him. He was professional and knowledgeable and answered my questions clearly. It is a huge relief to have this end of life issue settled with a reputable company. Thank you!

Sharon C.
Thornton, CO

We used Neptune for my wife's mother. She had wanted... Read More

We used Neptune for my wife’s mother. She had wanted to be cremated. And so, Nancy followed through with it and we cremated her mom. When we finished everything, I got a hold of Neptune and set it up. I started making payments for my wife when she passed away in June. And Neptune handled everything. It’s amazing how family-friendly and professional they are. I talked with their agent, set it up and then when it came time, they made it so easy. It was no hassle at all, which is what I think is fantastic for people who’ve already got stress and grief. I would definitely recommend Neptune to anyone. In fact, we have told many family members and friends that talk about cremation. We told them, “Don’t even waste your time talking to anyone else. Go straight to Neptune.”
Robert P.
Phoenix, AZ

I recently lost my Mother unexpectedly. Truly the hardest days,... Read More

I recently lost my Mother unexpectedly. Truly the hardest days, weeks and now months I’ve faced but Mom had decided on cremation so we elected to use Neptune and I can sincerely say the Customer Service Pam gave was outstanding. So patient and she made you feel as though you were life long friends. She was prompt, courteous, a good listener, understanding just to mention a few of her qualities. I’d highly recommend Neptune Society to anyone facing making a decision so hard.

Janet F.
Tucson, AZ.

Charlie Moore explained the Prepaid cremation plan clearly,fully and in... Read More

Charlie Moore explained the Prepaid cremation plan clearly,fully and in an easy to understand way. We have talked to other companies but felt Neptune offers the best plan for a reasonable price. It feels great to have this matter taken care of. Great peace of mind. ☺

Diane C
Phoenix, AZ

This is the second time that I have used Neptune... Read More

This is the second time that I have used Neptune Society. I am very pleased with the service received and the personal, friendly and professional interaction given to myself and family. We always felt comfortable and at ease with any contact, be it by phone or in person from Jody. She needs commended for her ability to handle a family in time of their loss of a loved one. God Bless You, Jody.

Robert P
Phoenix, AZ

Bernie Scarborough passed away in New York City - with... Read More

Bernie Scarborough passed away in New York City – with loving family, but far away from his beloved Arizona. Ronado Maynez of the Phenix/Tempe, AZ office  helped us step-by-step for all of the details that are so painful at a time like this. We were overwhelmed with the courtesy, care and very personal help we received.

We never expected such attention to detail, genuine concern for what Bernie would have wanted and the emotional support for our whole family at a very difficult time. Thank you very much for all that you have done for our beloved Bernie Scarborough.  Sincerely, Marianne, Ken & Raye and Ron Scarborough.

Marianne S
Manhattan, NY

This is a review i hope no one else has... Read More

This is a review i hope no one else has to make, however, we had no idea whom to contact when we had to cremate my son.
Neptune Society, and particularly, John, were extremely respectful, kind, and handled everything with great care.
I felt my son was well taken care of and this was of great comfort during our darkest days.

Lynn N
Tempe, AZ

We just joined Neptune. It has brought us peace of... Read More

We just joined Neptune. It has brought us peace of mind that we are helping eliminate some burden on our kids. Feel relieved. Elaine ** that came over was very helpful and made everything so simple. It was easy to understand and simple to sign up!!! We are telling our family about Neptune.

Roger Mailhiot
Tempe, Az

The sales representative that visited me, Joel **, was super... Read More

The sales representative that visited me, Joel **, was super efficient, helpful and seemed quite knowledgeable re the Neptune Society execution of my last wish: Scattering at sea. Although this is quite a sad decision and one that I have always dreaded making, he made it easy and stress free.

Bruna Bresnan
Tucson, AZ

My husband and I met with your associate. We learned... Read More

My husband and I met with your associate. We learned about the services you offer… We had been thinking about what our children would do about our “remains”. The presentation was professional yet personable… After all was discussed and questions asked, we were pleasantly surprised with the cost. We therefore, selected your services and are pleased with options you have.

Sharen Effertz
Tempe, AZ

From start to finish my experience was very positive. I... Read More

From start to finish my experience was very positive. I the Neptune Society came highly recommended to me and I was not in the least bit disappointed. In return I too would recommend their services to anyone considering pre-paid arrangements. Their reputation is well deserved.

Ann Schwartz
Tempe, AZ

Very helpful and was very understanding and compassionate.

Cary Starken
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

My mother is 99 and has pre-planning service with Neptune... Read More

My mother is 99 and has pre-planning service with Neptune Society and they have been so good and kind to her. So when my husband died suddenly, I decided to go with them since I had the experience with them and I knew the process. The people were wonderful and they really went out their way to help me. But reading all of these disclaimers and stuff right after my husband had passed away really upset me especially some paragraphs that sat me over the top. There should be another way to word it. Other than that, It’s a comfort to know that when my mother passes, it’s done and I don’t have to worry about filling out 10 to 12 pages that I did with my husband.

Charlene Johnson
Phoenix, AZ

I'm am very happy with their service. The rep was... Read More

I’m am very happy with their service. The rep was really nice and very caring when we purchased for my mother-in-law. Thank you neptune!

Leah W.
Tucson, AZ

Thank you Neptune for being there for us. We thoroughly... Read More

Thank you Neptune for being there for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and the speaker was nice and respectful. Not anything like i thought it was going to be. There was no hard sale at all. We purchased a plan for my mothernlaw and we will use them again for ours in the near future. Thank you neptune!

Leah W.
Tucson, AZ

As a church professional who regularly interfaces with families who... Read More

As a church professional who regularly interfaces with families who have lost loved ones, I often recommend the Neptune Society. They provide kind and efficient burial services at a reasonable cost. I am such a firm supporter that Neptune has managed the cremation of both of my parents. Most recently, Susan Rogalski not only did an excellent job coordinating my mother’s burial but also took her time to learn about our family and fulfill our special requests. We send our gratitude to the Phoenix team of Neptune Society.

Kate
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Susan was very caring and professional. During a very emotional... Read More

Susan was very caring and professional. During a very emotional time, she made the whole process seamless and stress free. I highly recommend the Neptune Society.

Gloria T.
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Neptune's support was everything I expected to be plus some... Read More

Neptune’s support was everything I expected to be plus some courtesies and understanding that you do not always get from many businesses. The staff that picked up the body were very professional. My family could not of asked for more.

James R. Murphy
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Excellent service, Susan was very help full and answered question... Read More

Excellent service, Susan was very help full and answered question I had on military internments for myself and spouse.

Wythe Winchester
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Jodie from the Neptune Society of Tempe AZ was incredible.... Read More

Jodie from the Neptune Society of Tempe AZ was incredible. My husband who was never ill died very suddenly of a heart attack. I was in shock but because my mother had signed up for Neptune I decided to call them. Jodie was so kind and helpful. She helped with all the paperwork and necessary information. She was so patient with me and my daughter as we dealt with Jack’s death and the process of dealing with the legalities required. Thank you Joanna (Jodie).

Charlene Johnson
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Jody was very helpful. She was always polite, calm and... Read More

Jody was very helpful. She was always polite, calm and respectful of what the family was going through.

Robert Patton
Phoenix / Tempe, AZ

Susan was wonderful to deal with during this difficult time.... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... 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.