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Crematorium | Arizona Laws

Planning for the cremation of a loved one can be difficult and confusing. In additional to dealing with the loss, you need to make sure you follow Arizona laws and guidelines when dealing with cremation. The easiest way to make sure your wishes are followed, and the cremation of your loved one goes as planned, is to find a reputable funeral home. Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa is one of the best choices and offers a crematorium on site. Although not all funeral homes can cremate bodies in their facility, Mountain View offers this service and allows you the comfort in knowing that your loved one’s body is always being cared for by our professional staff.

The state of Arizona has an above average cremation rate with more than 50% of residents choosing cremation over traditional burial. When you are making plans for a funeral, you will want to ask about the crematorium and how the body will be handled. You will also need to decide if you want a service with an open casket before the cremation or if you will hold a memorial service once the cremation is completed. Cremation is usually considered a less expensive option than a traditional burial.  Arizona state law requires the funeral home to provide you will a list of general prices before you sign a contract. At Mountain View Funeral Home, we offer a variety of affordable options and will work with you to make the best decision for your loved one.

In Arizona, a crematory must abide by the practices of the state when disposing of human remains in a crematorium. First a “Cremation Authorization Form” needs to be signed by the next of kin and a coroner must issue a permit. The body then enters a 24-hour mandatory waiting period in which time most people are making preparations. Although a casket is not required, many families choose a casket instead of the basic cardboard or plywood box.  Once you receive the ashes, you can place them in an urn or you may choose to scatter them in a particular location. You can do this on your own private property, or if you want to scatter ashes in the Grand Canyon, for example, you will need a letter and free permit from the National Park. Following the Arizona guidelines for cremation will help ensure your loved one’s remains will be taken care of properly.

For more information, please contact us at Mountain View Funeral Home.

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