Golden Valley

7560 Wayzata Blvd
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Recent Testimonials from Minnesota Families Served

My brother recently passed away and had a pre-arranged plan... Read More

My brother recently passed away and had a pre-arranged plan from a company in CA, where he used to live. Laura was extremely helpful in making the arrangements to have his cremation done here. Any questions were answered immediately and the whole process went very smoothly. Thank you, Laura.

Robert Soderberg
Golden Valley / Minneapolis , MN

Great coverage. We prearranged for my mom and dad and... Read More

Great coverage. We prearranged for my mom and dad and this was one of the few companies who offer coverage anywhere in the world. Because our parents like to take cruises and spend some time in Arizona each year, this seemed to be the best choice. Representative was very friendly and paperwork was pretty straightforward. Also like that they lock in prices.

Sommer M.
Minneapolis, MN

My mother passed away rather suddenly, and I had to... Read More

My mother passed away rather suddenly, and I had to rush from Seattle to the Twin Cities to make arrangements. I was upset and overwhelmed in those moments. Abby at Neptune was responsive, thorough and attentive. She did not pressure me to make extraneous decisions and seemed concerned about my well-being. I found the pricing affordable and would recommend Neptune to others.

Kelly Barnebey
Minneapolis, MN

The staff at Neptune in Golden Valley Minnesota and Laura... Read More

The staff at Neptune in Golden Valley Minnesota and Laura Anderson in particular, could not have been more compassionate, understanding and professional as they guided us through a difficult time. We had no idea how to go about planning a funeral at the National Cemetery and didn’t have to because Laura took care that all the details went smoothly. We all realize our parents absolutely made the right decision by choosing Neptune Society to handle our needs.

Barbara Edhlund
Minneapolis / Golden Valley, MN

Excellent service and wonderful personal attention. I would recommend their... Read More

Excellent service and wonderful personal attention. I would recommend their service.

Gail V.
Minneapolis / Golden Valley, MN

My dear 92 year old Mother passed away a few... Read More

My dear 92 year old Mother passed away a few months ago … she was a Neptune member. When my Mother moved into hospice she asked me to reached out to Neptune in Golden Valley, MN to make sure as a WWII Vet that she could be buried at the Ft Snelling National Cemetery with my Dad (also WWII Vet who passed 20+ years ago). I reached out to Laura Anderson, Funeral Director … she couldn’t have been more helpful, sensitive and professional. She provided me with the VA forms needed when my Mother would pass to be buried at the same site as my Dad – she provided me with the list of documents needed etc. She also advised me how to coordinate with the hospice and Neptune upon my Mother’s passing. A few weeks later my Mother did pass … I contacted Laura. Her team handled a timely and sensitive pickup of my Mother and immediately coordinated with the Veterans Administration regarding a burial date and ‘Full Military Honor’ services (21 gun salute, flag service, etc). Net-net everything went extremely well … the fine work Laura Anderson and her team did to handle my Mother’s last wishes did not go unnoticed by our family. Highly recommend Neptune!

Jay Melquist
Minneapolis / Golden Valley, MN

Very friendly, compasionate, and respectful business. Made things easy for... Read More

Very friendly, compasionate, and respectful business. Made things easy for my family at one of the toughest points in our lives. Would recommend them to anyone and everyone.

Dale S.
Minneapolis, MN

I just met with a Representative (Shannon) to establish a... Read More

I just met with a Representative (Shannon) to establish a Prearranged Cremation Trust. Shannon was professional, thorough, knowledgeable, courteous and came to my home to do all the necessary paperwork. As a Clinical Social Worker, I have experienced families in crisis when dealing with the death of a parent (s) and not knowing their wishes for services. As a single woman of four adult children, I feel good and fortunate that together with Shannon and my children, a Trust has been established and in place and that Neptune Society will be there for my four children, at the time of my death.

Margaret M.
Minneapolis, MN

No nonsense. Professional, accommodating, flexible and reasonable. Pricing is very... Read More

No nonsense. Professional, accommodating, flexible and reasonable. Pricing is very well explained, no pushing. We needed to send ashes oversees (former Soviet Union) to bury there, and Laura was a huge help throughout the process – speaking with embassy, preparing documents etc. Couldn’t have done it without her.

Irina P.
Minneapolis, MN

"I just wanted to take a minute and say "thank... Read More

“I just wanted to take a minute and say “thank you”!! Thank you for all your assistance with my sister. You did a great job on making it easy for the kids at this horrific time. I don’t know what else to say, Neptune Society ROCKS! Unfortunately, just a couple months ago, my mom passed away and Neptune Society was there for us then as well to make very difficult times that much easier. Thank you again!”

Kate M.
Minneapolis, MN

Places to Scatter Ashes in Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11 acre park in Minneapolis near the Walker Art Center. For a quirky and memorable individual, this unique park could be a memorable spot for scattering where you can return to visit them any time you like. Be sure to contact the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain consent for a scattering.

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Spirit Mountain

With views of Lake Superior and the city of Duluth, Spirit Mountain can be a magical place to scatter your loved ones ashes. Contact the City of Duluth to inform them you are coming prior to your scattering.

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a 1,137 acre horticultural garden filled with gardens, trees collections, prairies, and woods. It is an excellent place to be with family and close friends, and hold a meaningful scattering service. Contact the Arboretum for details on regulations and written permission.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Minnesota

There are no regulations for scattering ashes in public areas or waterways in Minnesota. General guidelines to follow to avoid trouble when scattering in a public area are to scatter them far from private land, far from where people would be swimming or eating, far away from trails or roads, and to avoid creating a large pile of ashes (try to scatter them). Written consent from property owners if you’re on private land, and you need a permit if you are on federal land. 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 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.

Minnesota Cremation FAQs

What veterans benefits are available in Minnesota?

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.

What is the average cost of cremation in Minnesota?

The average cost of cremation in Minnesota ranges from $600 (for a direct cremation) to $3,700 for a cremation with a service.

How many funeral homes are there in Minnesota?

There are 487 funeral homes in 346 cities of Minnesota.

Minnesota State Facts

State Nickname: North Star State

State Motto: “The Star of the North”

Population: 5,303,925 million

State bird: Loom

State tree: Red Pine

State flower: Lady’s Slipper

Bonus fact 1: Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline- more than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.

Bonus fact 2: Minnesota has 1 recreational boat per every 6 people, more than any other state.

Bonus fact 3: Many streets in Minneapolis are named after US Presidents in the order they served. This was done to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship test.

Bonus fact 4: The Minneapolis Skyway is the longest continuous skyway system in the world at 69 downtown blocks.

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