I had to laugh a little reading about the nightmare that the Neptune Society has become thanks to SCI. It sure seems they have the “reverse Midas touch” on many avenues of “the death care industry.” When my Mom passed away, I was going to get her directly cremated, as per her own wishes made WELL KNOWN to everyone who knew her, & pay less than $600 for the whole ordeal. However my sister & stepfather got chumped by an SCI owned funeral parlor & went against her wishes & had some hokey visitation (with a closed casket at my insistence as I refused to go against my mom’s wishes never to be seen “pumped full of chemicals & made up like a cheap prostitute” no matter what those 2 buffoons wanted) & while it was nice to see friends & family, it was insulting to be given a bum’s rush after 2 hours for $4000+ I beg that others look into other avenues through the aforementioned website, be it for an “immediate need” or pre-planning. I’ve seen so many folks bilked for insane amounts of money they didn’t have & pre-paid funerals causing more hindrance than help. The Neptune Society may have been started with good intentions, but it went downhill & as soon as SCI got involved, it became a cruel joke. The only 2 things assured in life are death & taxes so it’s only smart to pay attention to them. Make wills, write things down, tell people & stay far away from anything that has an SCI affiliation.