Funeral Planning in Tucson AZ - Guru Guide

Overview: Tucson AZ  

As the second largest city in Arizona, Tucson has a very diverse population. Home to the University of Arizona, this city attracts those attending, working at, or simply enjoying the perks of the university. The abnormally warm weather also attracts an older population looking to make Tuscon their permanent residence after retirement or, if they have the means, purchase a second home. Tucson residents are primarily Christian, and while this is slowly changing, funeral homes reflect this and most are Christian-based but more than happy to accommodate all faiths.

Funeral Homes

If you plan to have a traditional funeral in Tucson with the body present (regardless of whether you choose burial or cremation) you must work with a funeral home to make your arrangements.
 

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Evergreen Mortuary

Highly recommended

High

All Faiths

Funeraria Del Angel

Highly recommended

Medium

Christian /All Faiths

Adair Funeral Home

Recommended

Low

All Faiths

Angel Valley Funeral Home and Cremation

Recommended

Low

All Faiths/Christian

Bring Funeral Home

Recommended

Medium/High

All Faiths

Desert Rose Heather Mortuary Chapel

Recommended

Low

All Faiths

Hudgel Swan Funeral Home

Recommended

Medium

All Faiths/Christian

 

 

Crematories

Because funeral homes in Tuscon can have crematories on site, there are a lot of cremation options. The places listed below are the most reasonably priced in the area.

Name

Typical Price

Angel Valley Cremation

Low

Desert Rose Heather Cremations

Low


Cemeteries

You will work directly with the cemetery to arrange for a plot and the burial, but many of the details like buying a casket and body transportation will be coordinated by the funeral home you choose. Note: Some of these cemeteries have funeral homes on the premises.

Name

Rating

Price

Religion(s)

Location

East Lawn Palms Cemetery

Highly recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Tucson

Evergreen Cemetery

Highly recommended

Medium

All Faiths

Tucson

Holy Hope Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Catholic

Tucson

South Lawn Cemetery

Recommended

Low/Medium

Catholic/All Faiths

Tucson

 

Funeral Homes

Recommended Highly
 

EVERGREEN MORTUARY

3015 North Oracle Road
Tuscan, AZ 85705
(520) 888-7470
www.evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com  

Evergreen has been family owned and operated since 1907. The Addison family acquired the business in 1960, and in 1974 they built the mortuary so families could have all their needs met in one location and is quite popular for the “one stop shop.” They strive for excellence and it's obvious from their perfectly maintained grounds, kind staff, and myriad of awards hanging on the walls that they are succeeding.

FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL

7 East University Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-8685
www.Funerariadelangeltucson.com
  
Although this SCI location seem plain and unassuming, it's really so much more! This wonderful, warm, and modern funeral home is special both inside and out. The grounds have lots of vegetation and ample parking. Once inside, guests will appreciate the beautiful stone floors, an all-new interior, a simple and dignified chapel, a complete kitchen, and the sitting area in their courtyard. If the building itself is not enough to win you over, the staff will! Everyone I encountered here was professional, compassionate, and kind. It might not be the most luxurious location, but it's a true gem.

Recommended

ADAIR FUNERAL HOME

1050 North Dodge Boulevard
Tucson AZ 85716
(520) 326-4343
www.adairfuneralhomes.com

The Adair family has three funeral homes in Arizona; the Tucson location was their first and is still their flagship property. Occupying over 12,000 square feet, the interior of this location is a bit dated (with faux flowers all over), but still welcoming. 

There is a serene 150-seat chapel with a lovely stain-glass wall. They also have their own resort on the premises. The staff is kind and very community-service oriented.

ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION

2545 North Tucson Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 327-6341
www.angelvalleyfuneralhome.com

This has been a family-owned funeral home since 1960 and caters predominantly to Christians. While the staff is compassionate, the funeral home itself is a bit threadbare. Shockingly, for a small funeral home, they have a vast selection of urns and other funeral paraphernalia. They have a coupon for direct cremation for $675, which they give to people going through hospice and also make available online (a welcome rarity in the industry); without the coupon it could cost hundreds more. They also have other offers like 15-percent off if you mention the website and 10-percent off of caskets. Funeral Guru Tip: If you love dogs, the owner has a few that might be able to pop in to cheer you up.

BRING FUNERAL HOME

236 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 623-4718
www.bringfuneralhome.com

Bring has two funeral home locations in Tucson. The very modern website (featuring a video) even had me in tears. The personal touches throughout this funeral home make it cozy and special.

For example, there are portraits on the walls of the original owners, wallpaper in the bathroom with musical notes, and oriental carpets over the dark wood floors. They also have a lot of resources dedicated to grief support.

DESERT ROSE HEATHER MORTUARY CHAPEL

1040 North Columbus Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 322-6131
www.heathermortuary.com

This is the SCI-owned location is best for those opting for cremation. Although they can certainly handle burials, they specialize in cremations and do not have a full chapel on site. This shouldn't dissuade you. The location is spotlessly clean and the staff is kind, informed and professional. 

HUDGEL SWAN FUNERAL HOME

1335 South Swan Road
Tucson AZ 85711
(520) 747-2525
www.hudgelswan.com

Family owned and operated since 1964 by two kind and knowledable brothers who come from a family of funeral directors. They have a warm and homey chapel which seats up to 100 people and two crematories on site. The location isn't fancy but still very cozy. They also have their pricelist online, which is very helpful.

Cannot Recommend Yet

Martinez Funeral Chapels

2942 North 24th Street #114
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 753-0284
www.funeral-home-phoenix.com

Cemeteries

EAST LAWN PALMS CEMETERY

5801 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
520-885-6741
www.eastlawnpalmsmortuary.com

Very few locations are able to offer as many special and personalized options as East Lawn Palms. The lush grounds, ponds, and beautiful landscaping set this SCI-owned cemetery apart from others in the area. Established in 1957, this location offers not only mausoleums (both classic and walk in), in ground options, and even a cremation garden. There is a separate garden for those of the Jewish faith who opt to be buried here.

EVERGREEN CEMETERY

3015 North Oracle Road
Tucson AZ 85705
(520) 888-7470
http://evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com

This “combination” location offers everything from a Serenity Mausoleum to a Chinese Memorial Garden. The helpful staff will go through all your options with you and even take you on a tour of the cemetery if you would like.

HOLY HOPE CEMETERY

3535 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 888-0860
www.dotcc.org
This Catholic cemetery is located in a lovely part of Tucson. The grounds are well maintained and it is no wonder why so many opt to make this their final resting place. There are many very religious statues on the property. If you are not comfortable with these, you might want to choose a non-denominational cemetery.

SOUTH LAWN CEMETERY

5401 South Park Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 295-8407
www.southlawncemetery.com
Linked to Funeraria del Angel, this SCI-owned funeral home caters mainly to the Spanish-speaking community. The grounds are well kept at there are options for either in-ground or above ground interments. Although they are happy to work with all families, the cemetery does have multiple Catholic statues on the premises. 

Hotels

Scottsdale became a famous  all. Here you can find a hotel to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. We’ve selected a few that we think would be best while you are here planning a funeral. Here are just a few in the area:

$ up to 150
$$ 151 to 250
$$$ 251 to 350
$$$$ 351 and up

Joesler Historic Inn “La Posada Valle”

1640 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
(877) 775-8355
www.thejoeslerhistoricinn.com
For those looking for something different, this is the hotel of choice. Located in Tucson’s historic “near perfect” home, this was the first bed and breakfast in the city. Now hosted by Janoss Siess, former manager of NYC’s Café Des Artists, you are sure to be pampered at this inn. There are multiple room options and even a few with kitchenettes for those who are staying for a longer period. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfasts and Wi-Fi.  $-$$

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa

3800 Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 792-3500
www.marriott.com
This is a more upscale resort conveniently located to multiple funeral homes in the area. The rooms are more luxurious than those at other hotels in the area. If guests have time to relax a bit, they can enjoy the spa, golf course, lazy river, outdoor pool, and health club. $$

Varsity Clubs of America Tucson

3855 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 318-3777
www.diamondresorts.com
We recommend this hotel particularly for those traveling with children or opting to stay in Tucson for an extended period. These suites have complete kitchens equipped with full sized refrigerators, 2-burner stoves, microwaves and everything else one could need to cook meals (pots and pans etc.) The hotel has an outdoor pool, recreation center, gym, Jacuzzi and laundry facilities. Customers frequently praise the amenities and the service at the hotel. $$

Restaurants

Needless to say there are numerous restaurants in Tucson. Here are just a few recommended options for venues close to the funeral homes that can accommodate a group. If you opt for a different restaurant, just be sure to call ahead and ask if they can hold a crowd your size; the restaurant might have a private room and/or special menu. Also, you might want to consider a favorite local restaurant or a deli such as Dakota Café to cater a gathering at your home another location. Guru Tip: In Tucson, funeral homes are allowed to serve food. Many of the funeral homes have separate reception areas and caterers that they recommend. For convenience purposes, this is certainly worth asking about!

Agustin Kitchen

100 S Avenida del Convento #150
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 398-5382
www.agustinkitchen.com
This location is ideal for those looking for something more modern, relaxed and fun. The setting is fashionable and airy and the award-winning menu is constantly delicious. The ingredients are all locally sourced and they have multiple vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. They have multiple reception options and a banquet menu. 

Flemmings

16489 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(602) 952-8900
www.thecapitalgrille.com 
Don’t be turned off by the fact that this is a chain restaurant; instead, be happy there is one in your area. This group has nearly mastered the upscale steakhouse dining. This location is convienient and there are multiple private dining rooms with plenty of space for large gatherings. All rooms are equipped with Cisco video conferencing systems, which is particularly helpful if you would like to stream in guests who cannot make to it the meal or show videos of your loved ones.

Kingfisher

2564 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 323-7739
www.kingfishertucson.com
Locals constantly rave about the seafood at this upscale yet casual restaurant. Although seafood in the desert seems like a bad idea, Kingfisher seems to have mastered this offering. Their wine and food have won multiple awards, notoriety and praise. They have a private glass-enclosed room that seats 20-50 people. Guru Tip: If you need a late meal, Kingfisher is open later than most restaurants in the area.

North

7135 East Camelback Road
Suite #195
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 751-2200
www.foxrc.com
Part of the Fox Concepts food group, this is a great choice for those who are looking for something slightly more modern, trendy and relaxed. This restaurant is a favorite location for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. They have multiple group dining options, offering anything from a small area in their main dining room to multiple different size private rooms to renting the entire space for a reception. It is worth noting that Fox Concepts has multiple locations in the area. Guru Tip: This restaurant is fabulous for a younger crowd but might be a bit too noisy for seniors.

Other Helpful Local Resources

Betty Blue’s Junk Shop

262 S Plumer Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 624-7147
www.bettybluesjunkshop.com
Don’t be turned off by the name, the items are much more than “junk.” This Tucson store sells a bit of everything, from clothing to electronics to toys and art. Since they offer the option to donate, sell, trade, or consign, this might be an ideal place to bring extra items left over in an estate. (They will also work with entire estates.)

Deseret Industries

605 E Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 903-1036
www.lds.org 
Run by Church of Latter-Day Saints, this thrift store motto reminds customers to “Give stuff a second chance.” Clients love the well-organized selection of goods offered at very reasonable prices. It's worth noting that they have (and will gladly accept donations of) much more than just clothing--furniture and goods are welcome as well!

Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store

5311 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 327-0100
http://www.hssaz.org/site/PageServer?pagename=thrift_store
Everyone here at Everplans LOVES animals. Lucky for us, we can happily recommend this thrift store because it not only offers lots of merchandise at very reasonable prices, but also gives the proceeds to our four-legged friends. They will accept donations of everything from clothing and furniture to jewelry and pet items. Guru Tip: Each day they have different “$uper $pecial $avings” which are 50% off different types of goods depending on the day of the week.

Goodwill

300 N 4th Street
Tucson, AZ 85705
(480) 745-3710
www.goodwillaz.org
Goodwill’s get mixed reviews, but this one is very highly ranked. Both those who are dropping off goods and those purchasing all say that the staff is kind and helpful. It's a rather new store and still bright and clean, making the experience of both shopping and donating more enjoyable.

‘Til We Meet Again

1703 West Bethany Home Road
Suite D005
Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 242-6700
www.tilwemeetagainaz.com
This isn’t your typical store at the mall.  Pat Kerivan brilliantly opened this shop in the Phoenix Mall that offers unique caskets, urns, jewelry keepsakes and pet keepsakes. Although the shock value was what got him the publicity, he’s selling distinctive products that some point we will all need. Guru Tip: Don’t be scared! This store is worth checking out. We have seen plenty of caskets, but these are truly distinctive and very reasonably priced.