• body donation

UC San Diego Body Donation Program

Why should I consider donating my body to science? The unique and priceless gift of the human body provides the knowledge that is the foundation of medical education and research. Donor bodies are used to teach medical students and other health professionals the relationship between the systems and the structure of the body. They are also used to help researchers Read More →

  • death while traveling

Death Away From Home

Death Away From Home: Smoothing the Way and Making it Affordable Th is article is taken from our series of consumer education articles. Each one explains a funeral-related topic in clear and straightforward language. From how to shop for a cremation, ways to organize a memorial service, to what you can expect when buying cemetery property, we have something useful for every Read More →

  • estate plan

Leaving a legacy: Why everyone needs an estate plan

Do you really need an estate plan? No one wants to talk about the possibility of dying, or what will happen to your loved ones after you’re gone. While it’s an understandably sensitive and difficult subject to broach, a lack of planning causes a lot of families to be caught off-guard if an unexpected tragedy occurs. An estate plan can Read More →

  • death cafes

Death Cafes and How to Start One

Death — we fear it, tell jokes about it, work to stay healthy in order to postpone it, and see it on TV nearly every day. However, we usually don't discuss it and certainly not with a group of strangers. That's why Death Cafes break most of the rules of polite society when they urge people to talk about death, dying and Read More →

  • BIohazard cleanup

Biohazard Cleanup After Death

Review of Eco Bear Services Eco Bear provides a comprehensive range of biohazard remediation services throughout Southern California. This includes San Diego County. These services include: unattended death cleanup up accidental death cleanup homicide cleanup We are family and vet owned business. Furthermore, we are committed to serving the biohazard cleaning needs of our neighbors. We do this work capably, Read More →

  • 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 →

  • planning a funeral

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 →

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