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  • funeral help

What Kind of Funeral Help Does The San Diego Memorial Society Provide?

San Diego Memorial Society - Funeral Help Serving San Diego County Since 1958 History: Founded by group from a local church because of the reaction to high cost of funerals. We provide funeral help. Became affiliated with Funeral Consumers Alliance in 1960's. Has served over 33,000 local families and is San Diego's "best kept secret"! Purpose of the Society: To Read More →

  • Cremation Services in San Diego

San Diego Memorial Society Rights and Responsibilities of Membership

YOUR MEMBERSHIP ENTITLES YOU TO: Information and educational materials about cremation and burial options. Planning documents to authorize your choice of final arrangements. Several newsletters each year to keep you up to date on what is going on with your Society. Discounted prices at any SDMS participating mortuary. To be treated with dignity and respect by both the Society and the participating Read More →

  • funerals are for the living

Funerals are for the Living

Media and salespeople urge you to plan your funeral—for “peace of mind.” But a piece (or peace) will be missing if you have not included in the planning process those who are likely to survive you. As parents we try to help our children learn how to handle money; we talk about our political values and probably even sex. But Read More →

Recycle Medical Devices

The Beat Goes On and How to Recycle Medical Devices When Bill Daem's wife bent down to kiss her mother good-bye she was startled by the pumping of her mother's heart. “She's gone,” the nurse assured her, “That's just her pace-maker still working. ”On the way home Bill and Evelyn talked about it. What a waste that this expensive, life-saving contraption Read More →

  • preneed

What is Preneed?

What is "Preneed"? "Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Pre-arrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed," but one can prearrange without prepaying. The marketing of preneed plans Read More →

  • Making Veteran Burial Arrangements

Veteran Burial Arrangements

When it comes to Veteran Burial Arrangements there can be a lot of confusion. We hope this article will help answer your questions. The funeral home or next-of-kin should contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office to make burial arrangements for Veterans, spouses and/or eligible dependents. The funeral home can fax all available military discharge documents to the National Cemetery Scheduling Read More →

  • Cremation Services in San Diego

Simple and Cheap Funeral and Cremation Services in San Diego

"Simple and Cheap” My Father Said by Josephine Black Pesaresi daughter of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black Low Cost Cremation Services in San Diego and Burial “Simple and Cheap” My Father Said My father, Hugo L Black, died in 1971. At that time he was 85 years old and the second-longest sitting Associate Justice in the history of Read More →

  • Green Burial

Green Burial

Green Burial Cemeteries in California Below is a list of cemeteries we are aware of in California that either accommodate green burial in the conventional section of their cemetery or have a portion of their land dedicated to green burial.  Currently, California has no conservation burial grounds. Conservation burial grounds are the ultimate in green burial because they use green burial to Read More →

  • Burial benefits

Veterans Burial Benefits

Regarding Veterans Burial Benefits, Including Cremation As Director for the San Diego Memorial Society I field the calls that come in to our office. Quite frequently I get the question about veteran's benefits. So I thought I'd put together some information that addresses these questions. Does the Veterans Administration Pay for the Funeral? For a non-service-related death, the VA will Read More →


When Death Occurs While Traveling – Transport Body or Cremains?

When you are a member of the San Diego Memorial Society you are covered while traveling within the United States.  That is because the San Diego Memorial Society is a member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance. The goal of Funeral Consumers Alliance is to ensure consumers are fully prepared and protected when planning a funeral for themselves or their loved ones. Read More →

  • Celebration of Life

6 Ideas for a Celebration of Life

Why a Celebration of Life Service? A celebration of life will take many forms depending upon the person who is being celebrated. It's very rare that the person being celebrated has planned all the details of this event in advance. In fact, most folks don't do any planning when it comes to their death. They leave those choices to the Read More →

  • Low cost burial and cremation

Testimonials from our members

Here are two of the recent testimonials that our members have sent to us: Dearest San Diego Memorial Society Board, I became a member in 2008 as a precautionary measure to declining health.  I have lived another decade and was gifted with my husbands presence at your recent Annual Board Meeting. I am writing today to thank you so much Read More →

  • Trauma Intervention Programs

TIP – San Diego’s Trauma Intervention Programs

What happens when tragedy strikes? Several times a month I get a call saying, “I’m here with a family and they have just lost their loved one.” I know that family is in good hands, and that I am talking to a TIP volunteer. When a tragedy of any sort happens in San Diego County the TIP (Trauma Intervention Programs) Read More →

  • death cafes

With assisted suicide overturned, options can help dignify death

Death cafes, doulas aim to bring comfort in final days With assisted suicide overturned, options can help dignify death By Peter Rowe Anita Neff may not be the last person you’d want to meet, but she may be the person you’d want to meet last. “I’m a death angel,” she said. As an end-of-life doula, Neff sits with the dying Read More →

  • Direct Cremation

Shopping for Funerals & Direct Cremation

Shopping for Funerals by Diccon Hyatt (with comments about Direct Cremation in blue by the staff at San Diego Memorial Society) When it comes to funeral services, the old saying that “you get what you pay for,” couldn’t be further from the truth. For example, Fertig Funeral Home in Mullica Hill will perform a “direct cremation” service for $525 plus a Read More →

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