Choosing a Cremation Provider
It seems the motivations of today's adult consumers are different than those of earlier generations. So much so, Hazel Barkworth, author of the 2014 Forbes online article "Six Trends that Will Shape Consumer Behavior this Year" writes "The cultural shifts we are witnessing show a move towards the wholehearted and intense. People want all aspects of their lives to be rich and full." And from our perspective, we've got to agree with her.
We’re often asked how we offer such an affordable direct cremation service
in New York City. Here’s the simple answer: low overhead. We save, you save. Our staff consists of two licensed funeral directors who have collectively served 45,000 families in 25 years. When we’re physically out of the office, we’re in constant communication with our answering service via cell phone, pager or email. There is no corporate hierarchy or stockholders to appease here. Paperwork is kept to a minimum. Advertising is highly focused. Our business philanthropy is fair but tempered. One fax machine, one photocopier and one computer serve our needs very well.
At Metropolitan, we believe the extremely sensitive nature of dying, death and the memorialization process deserves the ultimate in personal, compassionate attention. Do you really need four levels of management plus marketing and financial analysts (you’ll pay for all of that talent) to arrange and supervise an affordable direct cremation service in New York City?
Our convenient location (critical to just about EVERYTHING in New York) is not a pricey Upper East or West Side address. We display our merchandise
(urns, caskets and vaults) in catalogs – not in showrooms that are expensive to stock and maintain. We have one service vehicle, not a fleet of five. Add all of this up and it translates into one thing: tremendous SAVINGS to the consumer.
Always remember the First Law of Consumerism: On like goods and services, ALWAYS pay the most reasonable price.
But we also see other factors shaping and defining the motivations of the individuals and families we've served recently, illustrating them in the first of three articles listed below. If you'd like to get to know all about you, we encourage reading it. We are confident learning more about you–today's consumer–will prove to be eye-opening. The remaining articles are intended to give you the detailed information you need when making the cremation decision. Remember, if you have questions or concerns about anything you read here, we encourage you to call us at (516) 223-3516, or send us an email using the form on our Contact Us page.
Complete Price Disclosure
You’re obviously investigating your direct cremation service options — otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be visiting our web site. Considering we designed our own site and manage it ourselves, we think we’ve accomplished our goal remarkably well: to completely and fairly explain your options and the service fees associated with serving your needs for a direct cremation service in New York City. Our General Price List (required by the Federal Trade Commission, the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs) is available by simply calling or visiting our office. We’ll gladly fax or mail you a copy if requested.
Questions to Ask
Today's families are smart, savvy shoppers and commonly come into our office with insightful and valuable questions to ask when making their cremation arrangements. Naturally, each question is answered honestly. We've compiled their most commonly-asked questions here, and invite you to review our responses.