I make all the arrangements for cremation or burial. For cremation, I partner with a crematory in Van Nuys. For burial, I partner with three green cemeteries (i.e., cemeteries that allow burial in a biodegradable cloth or casket directly in the dirt without a vault) but can work with any cemetery the family wants. However, if the family wants embalming, a non-biodegradable casket, and/or a burial vault, I’m probably not the right funeral director to coordinate those things well.
Arrangements can include meeting with the next-of-kin, filing a death certificate and obtaining a permit for cremation or burial, assisting with a home funeral, removing the decedent from the place of death and sheltering until the time of cremation or burial, helping select a cemetery, purchasing the selected burial plot, ordering and purchasing a casket or shroud, and coordinating transport of the decedent to the crematory or cemetery and any additional services once there.
YES! The individual with the legal right to control disposition (lookup Health and Safety Code 7100 to determine who that is) can direct funeral arrangements. The issues you might run into are:
You absolutely have the right to take time with your loved one after death, have ritual, and provide tender love and care at home. This can be more complicated for anything other than a home hospice or hospital death, however, it is not out of the realm of possibility.
If you are running into any of these issues and need help, please reach out!