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FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


We have heard hundreds of frequent questions, and chosen to provide you with the answers relating to a funeral and funeral services. You can always speak with a counselor direct if you have a more specific question and are in need of additional details.

What type of service should I have?

Though we have knowledgeable counselors who will guide you through the funeral arrangement process, only you can truly determine such an answer. The type of service conducted for the deceased, if not noted in a pre-plan, will be decided by the next of kin. When deciding on the service needed it is best to consider the desires of the deceased and combine those wishes with a realistic budget. The service may vary in ritual according to religious denomination of your family. The presence of friends at this time is an acknowledgment of friendship and support. A private service is by invitation only where selected relatives and a few close friends attend the funeral service. A memorial service is usually a service without the body present and can vary in ceremony and procedures according to the family's community and religious affiliations.

What do our funeral directors do for you?

Our Funeral Directors are both caregivers and administrators. Their role is a broad service, encompassing practical organization, support, and most importantly guidance to the family. Our Funeral Directors act as a liaison to a wide range of outside organizations and services to ensure the funeral is properly arranged to your satisfaction. In addition, our Funeral Directors are experienced in managing your needs at this most sensitive time and will guide you with compassion.

What to do if a death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

California Cremation and Burial is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist in the passing of a loved one. A call can be placed to us at (619) 234-3272 to receive immediate assistance. One of our on staff professionals will be there within 90 minutes in most instances. Later during normal business hours you will receive a call from a family services counselor who will guide you through the next important steps in making final arrangements

What to do if a death occurs away from home or out of state?

We can assist you if a death occurs almost anywhere around the globe. Contact us immediately and we will assume responsibility by coordinating the logistics of getting your loved one back to the location you desire. Please note that we may engage the the services of funeral homes near your loved one and/or national transit companies. Additional time constraints and cost will apply.

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service. We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or a memorial service.

How much will the funeral cost?

Funerals with us can cost as little as $876 for a direct cremation. For an adult, full-service traditional funeral, consumers choose to spend on average $15,000. At California Cremation and Burial we understand the importance of a high quality and affordable funeral. We are thus able to do a traditional service for under $4000 in most cases. This cost includes all professional services, including transfer-of remains, embalming, and other preparation; use of viewing facilities and the facilities for the ceremony; coach, and limousine. Cost can vary depending on the style of casket, flowers, and whether or not a burial plot has already been purchased.

How many death certificates do I really need?

With all the other mandatory cost that come into play when making funeral arrangements we don’t recommend that you stock up on death certificates that may not be needed. San Diego County charges $21.00 per death certificates and most families seem to do fine by ordering three original death certificates. There are instances where you may need more but again you can always order them as needed. If there are life insurance policies involved they may require an original death certificate to process payments to beneficiaries. Banks on the other hand will usually only require a copy of a death certificate to transfer funds or close accounts.

How long does it take to receive the cremated remains of my loved one?

Typically it takes seven working days for us to receive the cremated remains of your loved one back from the crematory. We will give the next of kin a call once we receive them. The remains will be returned from the crematory in a polyplastic container. We have a large selection of quality affordable urns for a final resting place for your loved one’s remains.

Can we the family witness the cremation?

Yes, for a nominal fee we can arrange a witness cremation for the up to 12 people at the crematory. You will be directed to a special private area within the crematory that is set-up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber.We respect diversity at California Cremation and Burial and understand that witness cremations are an important part of certain cultures and religious ceremonies.

Do we need to have our loved one embalmed for a Direct Cremation?

The only time we recommend the embalming of a loved one in conjunction with cremation is if their is going to be a public viewing service with the body present in a casket. If you are sending your loved ones directly to the crematory embalming is not needed nor required.

Do we sell urns and caskets?

Yes, we can sell urns and caskets direct to families that can be purchased separately from funeral services. You can have access to our great selection at excellent prices. Urns and caskets will be shipped directly to your desired location in the United States.