Obituaries

Lorraine Sanberg
B: 1922-03-27
D: 2017-03-25
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Sanberg, Lorraine
Sofia Sanchez
B: 1943-04-22
D: 2017-03-25
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Sanchez, Sofia
Meredith Shay-Bourles
B: 1975-04-27
D: 2017-03-24
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Shay-Bourles, Meredith
Susan Revenko
B: 1952-03-08
D: 2017-03-24
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Revenko, Susan
Mohammed Keyhantaj
B: 1969-09-22
D: 2017-03-24
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Keyhantaj, Mohammed
Elizabeth Johnson
B: 1935-04-10
D: 2017-03-23
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Johnson, Elizabeth
Pamela Peacock
B: 1957-04-02
D: 2017-03-21
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Peacock, Pamela
Rodolfo Jacuzzi
B: 1926-03-06
D: 2017-03-19
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Jacuzzi, Rodolfo
Willie Sands
B: 1919-02-09
D: 2017-03-18
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Sands, Willie
Lillian Brogan
B: 1922-11-11
D: 2017-03-17
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Brogan, Lillian
Lillian Brogan
B: 1922-11-11
D: 2017-03-17
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Brogan, Lillian
Juan Gonzales
B: 1936-10-07
D: 2017-03-15
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Gonzales, Juan
Mary Borack
B: 1924-03-30
D: 2017-03-13
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Borack, Mary
Norma Mygrant
B: 1930-02-15
D: 2017-03-12
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Mygrant, Norma
Willie Jackson
B: 1918-07-13
D: 2017-03-12
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Jackson, Willie
Mary Cram
B: 1944-10-29
D: 2017-03-12
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Cram, Mary
Raymond Stamps
B: 1924-09-23
D: 2017-03-11
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Stamps, Raymond
Bertha Nye
B: 1920-05-30
D: 2017-03-10
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Nye, Bertha
Juanita Foll
B: 1923-07-24
D: 2017-03-08
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Foll, Juanita
Manhinbanou Sholeh
B: 1930-10-01
D: 2017-03-07
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Sholeh, Manhinbanou
Cathy Chiao Chiao Chou
B: 1964-09-16
D: 2017-03-05
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Chou, Cathy Chiao Chiao

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What is Cremation?

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at (925) 935-3311. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

Cremation Explained

The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments".  On our page, The Cremation Process, we offer a deeper look at the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat. 

As we said earlier, people choose cremation over burial of casketed remains for any combination of reasons. Sometimes it's the simple fear of burial itself, which may stem directly from the Victorian phobia of being buried alive. 

What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  1. Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  2. Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  3. Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
  4. What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Is it Time to Speak with One of Our Cremation Specialists?

We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues, and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. Call us today at (925) 935-3311 to ask a question or to set an appointment (either in your home or our office). We look forward to the conversation.

Sources:
What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America


 

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