Cremation costs can vary by thousands of dollars. This is is an important factor when considering funeral costs and cremations costs. We have addressed this subject in several places before,-it is important to address this subject again.
As with funeral cost, and cremation cost- it is very important to shop around.
The remains were brought to the cremation center at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City. Dickson was quoted a price of $2,425 for what is called a “direct cremation.”
“I just told ‘em I wanted the bare basic just the ashes in a box no services no nothing,” he says.
At the time he thought it seemed like a lot of money for what he was getting. “I thought of it, but I thought what am I going to do, they’ve got the body here.”
Dickson paid the bill. But a few weeks later, an acquaintance of his wife said he had paid for a cremation around the same time and it only cost $600.
Dickson hit the phone and called about five different crematories in the valley — he received quotes of $400 to $2,400 for the same service.
But according to Arizona law, the Sunland Memorial Park did nothing wrong.
“We cannot control the prices. In other words this is free enterprise. A business is able to charge whatever they may want,” says Rudy Thomas, executive director of the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.
Thomas has heard the complaints before, but the FTC dictates that funeral homes nationwide don’t limit pricing. A consumer must physically be given a guide to funeral information if they are inquiring about services.
It is important to note that Sunland Memorial Park is a corporate facility specifically a Service Corporation International facility( NYSE: SCI)
Although this event is not a Service Corporation International Scandal, it does show the high pricing that can occur at an SCI Facility. This is something that the Funeral Consumer must be continually be made aware of.
Many times it is best inorder to save on Funeral Cost To Avoid a Corporate Funeral Home.
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It is important to remember that the FTC does not regulate Funeral or Cremation Cost.
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