Our current services are for those with an immediate or near need for funeral services, that is, death has occurred or will occur in days to weeks. We do not offer preneed arrangements and do not take advance payment for arrangements. We can make a plan with you near the time of death and take payment at the moment of need.
If you are planning a green burial, it is recommended that you purchase your burial plot in advance directly from the cemetery if possible- we're happy to help. Please contact us for an estimate on transport and assistance with shroud or biodegradable casket purchases when you are anticipating a death and considering our direct burial services.
We are always happy to help you research any funeral need at anytime even if you will be using another provider. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
1. Discuss your plans and wishes with your friends and family, including who is responsible for your funeral arrangements, your funeral home of choice (pick at least two in case one goes out of business), what should be done with your body (cremation, burial, deep sea burial, water cremation, composting, full body donation...), the location of important documents such as a will, Advance Health Care Directive, passwords, and what should be done with your belongings and any pets.
2. Put your wishes in writing- the more detailed the better. Add your written wishes to your will or trust and/or give copies to the person(s) handling your arrangements. Fill out an Advance Health Care Directive form to legally designate a specific person to make your medical decisions if you are incapacitated and to handle your funeral arrangements upon your death.
3. Open a savings or CD account for the approximate cost of your funeral needs, plus a little extra, and name the person handling your funeral arrangements as the beneficiary, also known as a Pay on Death or POD account.
Farewelling is a modern and death positive resource for end-of-life and funeral planning, loss and grief education, and memorial planning. One of the best features is a free memorial website you can create for your loved one where friends and family can share stories, photos, donations, and more. Here's a sample memorial website created with Farewelling: https://www.myfarewelling.com/memorial/john-o'sullivan#events
An end-of-life plan is created for you with easy question prompts on everything from obituary to final disposition. The hitch is you have to signup for a free week subscription with a credit card, but you can cancel the subscription right after you download your completed plan.
Cheserae can assist in planning and support through the dying process. She offers Death Guide training and mentoring and owns Alquimia in Meiners Oaks.
There are many detailed end of life planner notebooks available on Amazon or by special order at Bart's Books if you have a title picked out.