Brown’s Cremation Service in Grand Junction deals with death on a budget |

Brown’s Cremation Service in Grand Junction deals with death on a budget

Brown's Cremation Service staff —from left, Jeanie Hendricks, Kevin Brown, and Shelia Brown — stand in front of their display of urns, jewelry, and other unique ways to hold onto loved ones. They recently opened for business at 562 W. Crete Circle in Grand Junction.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press

Not only can the death of a loved one be devastating emotionally, but it can hit hard financially, too.

That’s why the folks at Brown’s Cremation Service opened up shop in Grand Junction just last week. They are now one of three local funeral homes that have an on-site crematory, and they offer no-frills burial and cremation options. Their office and crematory is located at 562 W. Crete Circle, found near Sam’s Club.

“When most people come to us, they want to keep it simple,” Brown’s Cremation Service funeral director and CEO Kevin Brown said. “We can do anything that a traditional funeral home can do,” but “we’re not your traditional funeral home.”

Keeping it simple doesn’t mean scrimping on quality service, Brown’s Cremation Service president, office manager and Kevin’s wife Sheila Brown said — it just refers to “direct” burial and cremation services without traditional options like viewings.

“It means they can come into our establishment, get all the details, pick from caskets, and we’ll take them from here to the cemetery,” Kevin continued.

“While maintaining dignity and utter respect,” another funeral director Jeanie Hendricks added.

The Browns, along with Hendricks, chose to serve the Grand Valley with non-traditional burial and cremation options due to 55 years of combined experience in the funeral industry, Kevin said. They saw a need for simplification of services and ran with it.

According to Brown’s Cremation Service staff, cremation starts at $1,095 and direct burial begins at $1,495 (with caskets starting at $500). Pricing doesn’t include certified copies of death certificates.

“Our cremation price includes a temporary container,” Hendricks said, and the most expensive urn is $329.

They also offer inexpensive keepsakes, where ashes can be kept in necklaces, bracelets and more.

When asked about burial trends, Brown’s staff also confirmed a growing shift toward cremation due to modern society’s overall mobility and changing sense of home.

Traditional burial practices are simply going out of style, Sheila explained.

Plus, Hendricks noted that people “like the idea of ashes to ashes, dust to dust, but they don’t like the idea of what happens in between burial and dust. This is neat, clean and tidy.”

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