• planning a funeral

Planning a Funeral | 5 Key Tips

Planning a Funeral and/or making funeral arrangements at the last minute can be stressful, expensive, and disappointing in terms of services received. Planning ahead can provide the following benefits: Large cost savings, quite possibly cutting funeral costs by half.• Funeral service items you really value and want. Peace of mind because when funeral services are needed, you will have far Read More →

  • burial options

Life After Death: Burial Options in a Sustainable Future

Embalming, cremation and casket-making are far from eco-friendly. Some researchers want to return human bodies to the earth naturally. By Joan Meiners August 6, 2020 What might sustainable cemeteries of the future look like? Seattle-based Recompose says human compost, trees and modern architecture. (Credit: Olson Kundig)This story appeared in the September/October 2020 of Discover magazine as "Life After Death." We Read More →

  • cremation information

Cremation Information

This information is from the Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases https://www.cfb.ca.gov/consumer/funeral.shtml CREMATION INFORMATION California law requires written acknowledgment of the following disclosure when cremation is to take place: "The human body burns with the casket, container, or other material in the cremation chamber. Some bone fragments are not combustible at the incineration temperature and, as a result, remain Read More →

  • final exit

Your Right to Die (An Overview of Final Exit Network)

This post is meant to be informative and not an endorsement. Final Exit Network's mission is: To educate qualified individuals in practical, peaceful ways to end their lives, offer a compassionate bedside presence and defend their right to choose. Their Vision is: That any competent person unbearably suffering an intractable medical condition has the option to die legally and peacefully. Read More →

  • save money on funeral

Financial Assistance for Funerals

Financial Assistance for Funerals: Information and Resources BA-FCA cannot provide direct financial assistance for funerals or death care, but we can help you find the best prices in the Bay Area for simple funeral arrangements, and we can direct you to some sources of financial help, listed below.  Social Security Death Benefits.   There is a one-time $255 Social Security death benefit available to Read More →

  • funeral costs

The FTC Funeral Rule and Funeral Costs

The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance. The Rule allows you to compare prices among funeral homes, and makes it possible Read More →

  • Funeral Consumer Information

Funeral Consumer Information

For questions, contact Josh Slocum, Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance, 802-233-6326, josh@funerals.org The Federal Trade Commission requires all funeral homes to give consumers price quotes by phone, and to give them a printed complete price list when they show up in person. In this current situation, families should ask a funeral home to email/fax a copy of their complete price Read More →

  • home burial

Is Home Burial Right For You?

Home burials were commonplace until the 1860's, according to the home funeral alliance. Death and grieving are often a highly personalized experience and before the 1860s the common practice was for a family to prepare the deceased body of their loved one and to bury the body in a church or farmyard. The service itself was held in the family Read More →

  • eco-friendly burial

Dust to Dust – eco-friendly burial options

By Amy Goldman Koss I recently saw an article about saving money on funeral costs, but the thing that grabbed me was the picture: It was of a wicker coffin! The basket-casket in the photo was lovely; sturdy but airy and decorated with a few flowers. “Hey!” I thought. “I wouldn’t mind being buried in that! And POOF! A huge chunk of Read More →

  • body composting

Body Composting

We compost everything else in California. Why not dead bodies? By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 4, 2020 Addressing climate change doesn’t just mean taking cars off the roads and shutting down coal-burning plants. It requires rethinking everything humans do that contributes in ways large and small to our carbon footprint. That includes how we travel to work, what we eat Read More →

  • death certificate

Vital Statistics Information Sheet

When faced with the death of a loved one or if you are planning ahead, one thing you can do is prepare the Vital Statistics Information Sheet. Death certificates are purchased from the County records department and at this time (2/11/2020) are $21 each. How many death certificates do you need? The amount of death certificates needed varies depending on Read More →

  • Cremation Services in San Diego

How to avoid overpaying on funeral arrangements 

Consumers who know what different options are available to them can avoid overpaying for funerals or other after-death care. Here are 12 cost-saving suggestions. Ask your loved ones what their funeral wishes are so you can do what they want vs. what others may think your loved ones would have wanted. For a complete list of information needed to carry Read More →

  • San Diego Cemeteries

San Diego Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in San Diego. This list includes the type of casket they accept for burial and the type of cremains container they accept. Please call the individual cemetery for the most recent information. This is from 2017. Cemetery Casket Accepted for Burials Cremains Container Accepted Dearborn Memorial Park 14361 Tierra Bonita Road Poway 858-748-5760 Read More →

  • Neptune Society

State sues the Neptune Society

Neptune Society Article from the LA Times, December 2, 2019 California and Bay Area prosecutors say cremation company cheated customers. Associated Press SACRAMENTO — The state attorney general sued the Neptune Society on Monday, claiming the well-known company pocketed $100 million that it should have kept in reserve for those who signed up for its prepaid cremation service plans. As Read More →

  • life and death choices

The Ventilator: Life, Death And The Choices We Make At The End

From the NOVEMBER 19, 2019 National Public Radio  The Ventilator: Life, Death And The Choices We Make At The End Many of us believe we know how we'd choose to die. We have a sense of how we'd respond to a diagnosis of an incurable illness. This week, we have the story of one family's decades-long conversation about dying. What Read More →

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