My wife passed in early 2013. I checked around. Neptune society was three times the price of the non profit organization on the above mentioned web site. Except from above. “So what should you do? Clark prefers that you pre-plan (but not necessarily pre-pay) through a local non-profit memorial society. Visit Funerals.org for more info.” I paid directly to the local funeral home for Direct Cremation $699 plus tax. It was the contract amount negotiated by People’s Memorial in Washington State. They have contracted funeral homes all over the state. With that contracted price you get: No sales pitch. Period. Cremation with an alternative container. Very nice simple box. Cremated remains are placed in basic urn for pickup by survivors. You pay extra for Death Certificates. Neptune Society bugs me to this day with almost daily phone calls to try and get my business. They call from call centers using various phone numbers. The last call they said they would keep calling till I let them come out and pitch me their information. I yelled at them. They hung up. I also get letters in the mail. I concur completely with the article above.