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Daly City, CA 94014
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How to Choose
How to Find a San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Home You Can Depend On

Facing your own death or the death of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever encounter. A trusted San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home can make the journey easier, if not painless. By knowing which questions to ask, making comparisons of prices and services, and figuring out arrangements that fit your or your loved one's expectations and personality, you can be equipped with the tools to make the right decision when it comes to choosing a funeral service provider or home....

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Facing your own death or the death of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever encounter. A trusted San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home can make the journey easier, if not painless. By knowing which questions to ask, making comparisons of prices and services, and figuring out arrangements that fit your or your loved one's expectations and personality, you can be equipped with the tools to make the right decision when it comes to choosing a funeral service provider or home.

With so many funeral professionals to choose from in San Francisco, including those that service the major areas of Sunset District, Mission District, Bernal Heights, Pacific Heights and North Beach, the decision can be overwhelming. Let Diamond Certified help you maneuver more efficiently during this difficult time and find a funeral service provider or home that can meet your individual needs. Look through the following articles to discover how you can get the information you need to be confident in your choice of a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home.

Before You Start: Understanding Legal Requirements and Your Rights
While the process of burying a loved one or planning your own funeral can seem daunting, you need to understand your rights and allowances according to California law before beginning. California law clearly states those who have the right, duty and responsibility to make decisions about disposition arrangements include, in order: a person, before his/her death, a power of attorney, a capable spouse or registered domestic partner, a mentally sound parent or parents, a competent adult sibling or the majority of these siblings, a stable adult person in the next degree of kinship or the majority of adult persons in the next degree of kinship.

Remember that exceptions may apply in certain circumstances and you always have the right to choose a different person to make the decisions prior to your death, provided you consult with an attorney and include such instructions in a will. If this is the case, provide copies of your instructions to family members and keep your own copy in an easily accessible place.

Before beginning your search for a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home in the larger areas of Richmond District, Tenderloin, Excelsior, Nob Hill and Bayview District or any of the smaller areas including Barbary Coast, Hunters Point, Rincon Hill, Treasure Island and West Portal, be sure you are the right person for the difficult tasks ahead and that if you are taking steps prior to your death, that you are seeking legal advice at every step.

Deciding What You Need From Your San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home
There are a variety of services necessary to plan a complete funeral and burial service. Before beginning your search for a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home, you have to find clarity on what it is you need and how you want to proceed with the arrangements. Many funeral homes offer full service packages, but, especially if you are pre-planning your own service, you may want to shop around and divide your business between providers who offer inexpensive options or to get exactly what you are looking for. It is imperative that you not waste your time by starting out before you are clear on exactly what you are looking for.

Many funeral homes in San Francisco do focus on taking care of all the arrangements with your approval. If you are looking to diversify your business, separate providers can be located for each of the following services:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Casket, urn sales
  • Headstones, gravestones, grave markers
  • Cremation
  • Mortuary services
  • Obituary writing services
  • Funeral planning
  • Graveside, traditional, multicultural, religious, private funeral or memorial services
  • Funeral processions
  • Embalming
  • Long-distance funerals
  • Funeral cars
  • Burial services
  • Funeral luncheon planning
  • Visitations
  • Green burials
  • Funeral pre-planning services

As you can see, beyond deciding which San Francisco funeral service provider or home to employ, you will need to make myriad decisions about the type of services, burial and post-funeral gatherings that will take place for yourself or your loved one. Explore the questions below to help you determine how to choose a trusted San Francisco funeral service provider or home.

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Know What You Want
What Do You Want From a San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home?

Taking the first steps toward planning your own or a loved one's funeral can seem like a treacherous task. However, clarifying your own (or your loved one's) expectations before beginning can make the whole process much simpler. A funeral service should be an intensely personal experience and you need to consider personalities, wishes and expectations before deciding on a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home....

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Taking the first steps toward planning your own or a loved one's funeral can seem like a treacherous task. However, clarifying your own (or your loved one's) expectations before beginning can make the whole process much simpler. A funeral service should be an intensely personal experience and you need to consider personalities, wishes and expectations before deciding on a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home.

Whatever you are looking for in a San Francisco funeral service provider, whether you are in one of the larger neighborhoods, such as Sunset District, Mission District, Bernal Heights, Pacific Heights and North Beach or a smaller area, such as Cow Hollow, Fort Mason, Laurel Heights, Sea Cliff and Union Square, you need to make some clarifications in your own mind before contacting anyone. Use the following questions to help you determine your, or your loved one's, expectations:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • If planning for a family member or other person's funeral, does he/she have a will with specific instructions for their funeral?
  • If pre-planning for my own funeral, do I have a lawyer with whom I can create a will to include specific instructions for my funeral?
  • Do I want the ease of a full service package, or would I rather shop around for individual service providers?
  • Is cremation an option?
  • Am I looking for a full-service home with embalming and other disposition features?
  • What kind of service is expected (graveside, traditional, multicultural, religious, private funeral or memorial)?
  • What type of burial is expected (green, earth, crypt, mausoleum, columbarium, other)?
  • If cremation is chosen, what type of urn is wanted (bronze, wooden, marble or to scatter remains)?
  • If traditional burial is chosen, what type of casket is wanted (wood, bronze, copper, steel)?
  • What type of memorial, monument or gravestone is expected?
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What to Ask on the Phone
What to Inquire About over the Phone with a San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Local Funeral Home

Most San Francisco funeral providers are professionals who want to serve their clients' best interests. For those out there who might have less than that in mind, there is a federal law that makes the process simpler. This law allows you to choose only goods and services that you need and to pay for only those that you choose....

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Most San Francisco funeral providers are professionals who want to serve their clients' best interests. For those out there who might have less than that in mind, there is a federal law that makes the process simpler. This law allows you to choose only goods and services that you need and to pay for only those that you choose.

The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, insists that funeral directors give itemized prices to whoever asks for them, either in person or over the phone. Many providers offer packages of regularly chosen goods and services, but you have the right to purchase each item individually. You do not have to accept a package that includes items you do not want or need.

The Funeral Rule states:

  • You have the right to choose the goods and services you want and the funeral provider is required to state this right on the general price list.
  • If state or local law requires you to buy any particular item, that item must be disclosed on the price list, with reference to the specific law.
  • The funeral provider must handle your casket (even if purchased elsewhere) with no extra fee.
  • The funeral provider who offers cremation must have alternative containers available.

Once you understand your rights, it is a good time to start looking around for a San Francisco funeral service provider or home in one of the surrounding areas of Sunset District, Mission District, Bernal Heights, Pacific Heights and North Beach. Use the following questions to help you determine the best choice for you as you talk with funeral providers or homes on the phone:

  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • What is the basic fee (including the funeral director and staff)?
  • What types of services do you provide?
  • What are the fees associated with other services and merchandise?
  • Do you require cash advances? How much are they and what do they include?
  • What is the total cost of the funeral, including required and additional fees and services?
  • What are your costs for caskets? What is the procedure if I purchase my casket elsewhere?
  • Is embalming required before burial? What is the fee for embalming?
  • Who will transfer the deceased and family members from the funeral home to the house of worship and/or the cemetery?
  • Who owns/manages the cemetery?
  • Does the cemetery require a burial vault and/or grave liner?
  • What is the fee difference between burial and entombment?
  • What is the final cost for burial and what is included in that cost?
  • If cremating, can a family member witness the cremation? How does the process work? How long will it take? How much does it cost? Are you licensed by any state agencies and how often do they do inspections of the crematory?
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What to Ask in Person
What to Ask When You Visit a San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home in Person

Once you've narrowed down your choices for a San Francisco funeral provider or home over the phone, you can visit select funeral homes in person. Use the following questions as a guide:...

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Once you've narrowed down your choices for a San Francisco funeral provider or home over the phone, you can visit select funeral homes in person. Use the following questions as a guide:

  • If you've determined it is important to you: do you provide grief counseling services as a part of your funeral packages?
  • What types of packages do you offer? Are they subject to a breakdown of costs so that I can personalize my package, or would I need to purchase services individually?
  • If a decision regarding type of burial has not been made: what options are available for disposition?
  • Is financial assistance available?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • What memberships and/or licenses do you, your facility and your staff maintain?
  • Are you locally or nationally owned?
  • What makes your service or home different from others? Why should I hire you?
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What to Ask References
Learning from San Francisco Funeral Service Provider's or Funeral Home's Reviews

How can you have confidence that the San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home you chose is the best you can do for your own arrangements or those of your family? Due to confidentiality agreements, the only way to really learn from past experiences with funeral providers or homes is to hire a Diamond Certified San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home....

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How can you have confidence that the San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home you chose is the best you can do for your own arrangements or those of your family? Due to confidentiality agreements, the only way to really learn from past experiences with funeral providers or homes is to hire a Diamond Certified San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home.

That's because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a funeral service provider or home in San Francisco, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be taken by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

Keep in mind that funeral homes are unable to provide names of previous clients, so other than word-of-mouth references that you may have heard personally, hiring a Diamond Certified San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home is the only way to have complete confidence in your choice of services.

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Review Your Options
Pre-Planning Your Funeral

It is certainly an overwhelming time when a loved one passes away. You may choose to make things easier on your family members by pre-planning your funeral service, outlining your choices in a legal document and discussing your plan with your family before your death.
You'll want to make your decisions by discussing them with a trusted representative from a San Francisco funeral establishment or memorial society in your area.

Questions to consider include:...

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It is certainly an overwhelming time when a loved one passes away. You may choose to make things easier on your family members by pre-planning your funeral service, outlining your choices in a legal document and discussing your plan with your family before your death.
You'll want to make your decisions by discussing them with a trusted representative from a San Francisco funeral establishment or memorial society in your area.

Questions to consider include:

  • Do I want to outline flowers to music choice to every small decision, or should I just plan for the larger decisions of type of burial, casket, etc.?
  • Do I want or can I afford to pre-pay?
  • Which family member can I trust to carry out my wishes? Are we emotionally ready to discuss my death and funeral arrangements in a clear-headed and productive manner?
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How to Work With
Services to Consider: Working with Funeral Homes in San Francisco

Funeral flowers
Many types of funeral specific flowers can be purchased from any San Francisco funeral service providers or funeral homes. You have a choice of casket sprays, religious symbols, wreathes, etc....

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Funeral flowers
Many types of funeral specific flowers can be purchased from any San Francisco funeral service providers or funeral homes. You have a choice of casket sprays, religious symbols, wreathes, etc.

Casket or Urn
The larger decision of cremation versus traditional earth burial has to be made prior to shopping for caskets or urns, but once the decision has been made, San Francisco funeral service providers or homes can help you choose the final vessel to keep earthly remains. Both caskets and urns come in a variety of styles and materials. Factors to consider include cost, style, environmental concerns, etc.

Grave markers
Choosing a grave marker takes careful research and consideration. There are many types to choose from, but first you will have to determine answers to the following issues: size limitations, height restrictions, other rules enforced by the cemetery you have chosen. Types of grave markers include traditional headstone, plaque, wall marker or monument.

Types of funeral services
A major factor to consider before hiring a San Francisco funeral service provider or home is the type of service that you or your family member desires. Types of services include:

  • Traditional: Usually includes one or more visitations (showings) with open or closed casket, a service to remember the life of the deceased with the body present in an open or closed casket and a procession to the cemetery for the burial.
  • Memorial: Much like the traditional service, without the visitations or the body of the deceased present. Used mostly after burial or cremation, or when a body has not been recovered.
  • Combined: Traditional and memorial services can be combined to accommodate each family member's comfort level and expectations, or travel limitations.
  • Graveside: Commemorative services can be held at a chapel on the grounds of the cemetery or immediately before the burial at the grave site.
  • Non-commemorative: These are also referred to as "direct" dispositions, when the deceased is buried, cremated or donated to science without a formal service.

Steps to Take When a Loved One Dies
When a family member or loved one passes away, the first thing you need to do is determine if he/she had a pre-arranged funeral plan. In most cases, though, you will have to take the following steps:

  • Make appropriate calls to notify those who need to remove the body from the place of death, including a coroner, local law enforcement if the death was not witnessed or through unknown causes, family members or the legal representative, and your chosen San Francisco funeral director.
  • Meet with said funeral director to clarify all arrangements for funeral services.
  • Choose and purchase all funeral- and memorial-related products.
  • Meet with a representative from your chosen San Francisco cemetery to buy property and arrange burial details.'
  • Pay for all funeral costs. After the funeral, determine all other costs including estate, financial and administrative matters of the deceased person.

Determining Funeral Fees with your San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home
According to the National Funeral Directors Association 2010 price survey, the average cost of a funeral is $7,755. This cost is based on items chosen for a very traditional funeral including a casket and a vault, but does not include cemetery costs, which can easily exceed $2,000 more.

While many people are quick to fault San Francisco funeral service providers and homes for this exorbitant pricing, you have to remember that these professionals carry extremely high operating costs that must be included in each funeral conducted. The FTC Funeral Rule gives funeral homes the ability to charge a service fee that includes charges to cover these costs.

Funeral costs and exactly the services they provide depend on the San Francisco funeral home or establishment chosen. The very best way to determine all the costs up front is to use the questions in earlier articles to guide you as you pick a San Francisco funeral service provider or funeral home.

Since you have determined which San Francisco funeral service provider or home you are hiring, you need to work with their representatives to decide which services and products you will need. Remember that if you do not want to go with a pre-packaged service, you have the right to buy each service and/or product individually, the cost tallying, in that event, would be your responsibility.

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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be a Satisfied San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home Customer?

It's the San Francisco funeral service provider or home's responsibility to provide quality service using the best possible techniques of the trade. But you play a big part in the success of your funeral service provider or home, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when looking for a San Francisco funeral service or home....

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It's the San Francisco funeral service provider or home's responsibility to provide quality service using the best possible techniques of the trade. But you play a big part in the success of your funeral service provider or home, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when looking for a San Francisco funeral service or home.

  • Be clear and upfront with the funeral service provider or home. Let them know what you want from your service, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a funeral service provider or home in San Francisco, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local funeral services or homes happen due to a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your funeral service provider or home if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. Things will move along more smoothly if your funeral service provider or home can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your representative contacts you, return calls quickly.
  • Pay the funeral service provider or home promptly.

Why would you want to be a better-than-average customer? Funeral service providers and homes in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Invoicing and Your San Francisco Funeral Service Provider or Funeral Home

Most San Francisco funeral service providers or funeral homes will not need to be asked for an invoice. Funeral professionals want to be up front with people planning their own or a family member's funeral. If one is not produced, however, be sure to request an invoice once the funeral has been arranged so that all parties are clear on the services being rendered, products being purchased and fees associated with all funeral costs.

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Most San Francisco funeral service providers or funeral homes will not need to be asked for an invoice. Funeral professionals want to be up front with people planning their own or a family member's funeral. If one is not produced, however, be sure to request an invoice once the funeral has been arranged so that all parties are clear on the services being rendered, products being purchased and fees associated with all funeral costs.

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Top 10 Requests
Top 10 Requests

The Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule establishes certain goods and services that must be listed on a general price list for all funeral homes in San Francisco, including those in the areas of Richmond District, Tenderloin, Excelsior, Nob Hill and Bayview District. These are the ten most common goods and services provided by San Francisco funeral service providers and homes.

Transport of remains to an additional funeral home
Includes embalming, staff service, necessary authorization and transportation of body...

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The Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule establishes certain goods and services that must be listed on a general price list for all funeral homes in San Francisco, including those in the areas of Richmond District, Tenderloin, Excelsior, Nob Hill and Bayview District. These are the ten most common goods and services provided by San Francisco funeral service providers and homes.

Transport of remains to an additional funeral home
Includes embalming, staff service, necessary authorization and transportation of body

Retrieval of remains from an additional funeral home
Includes staff service and transportation of body

Direct cremation
Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal and storage of body, necessary authorization and cremation

Immediate burial
Includes services of director and staff, share of overhead fees, removal of body and transportation to chosen cemetery

Basic services
Includes overhead costs for funeral director and staff, as well as their services

Transport of deceased to funeral home
Includes flat fee for weekdays versus nights versus weekends and holidays, as well as mileage for transport outside the local area

Embalming services
Includes actual embalming and other preparation of the body including dressing, make-up, casketing, hair, post-autopsy care, refrigerated storage, restorative arts, etc.

Facility use
Includes use of funeral home facility for viewings, ceremonies, memorial services

Graveside service and transportation
Includes use of equipment and staff service for graveside ceremonies as well as a hearse for the transport of the deceased and limousines for family and friends

Caskets
Includes a full range of available caskets with prices for adult, infant/child, rental caskets and alternative containers

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified funeral service providers and homes are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the funeral service provider or home is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with management, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified funeral service providers and homes are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the funeral service provider or home is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with management, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Ending Conflict with Funeral Service Providers or Funeral Homes in San Francisco
If you find yourself with a complaint about a San Francisco funeral service provider or home, do try to resolve it with management at the company first. If the issue cannot be mediated, contact the Department of Consumer Affairs' Cemetery and Funeral Bureau at 1-800-952-5210 and request a complaint form. This form can also be downloaded at www.cfb.ca.gov. Most complaints are usually resolved quickly, but more serious offenses require more investigation, in which case the Bureau would handle everything directly with the funeral service provider or home.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Funeral Services in San Francisco

Funeral language can often be specific and inaccessible to a layperson. The following terms will help you navigate the linguistic world of funeral service providers and funeral homes.

alternative container
An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard, pressed wood or composition materials, and generally lower in cost than caskets.

casket
A box or chest for burying human remains

Also known as: coffin
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Funeral language can often be specific and inaccessible to a layperson. The following terms will help you navigate the linguistic world of funeral service providers and funeral homes.

alternative container
An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard, pressed wood or composition materials, and generally lower in cost than caskets.

casket
A box or chest for burying human remains

Also known as: coffin

cemetery services
Opening and closing graves, crypts, or niches; setting grave liners and vaults; setting markers; and long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and facilities.

columbarium
A structure with niches (small spaces) for placement of cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

cremation
Exposing human remains and the container holding them to extreme heat and flame and processing the resulting bone fragments to a uniform size and consistency.

crypt
A space in a mausoleum or other building to hold cremated or whole human remains.

disposition
The placement of cremated or whole human remains in their final resting place. A permit for Disposition must be filed with the local registrar before disposition can take place.

Endowment Care Fund
Money collected from cemetery property purchasers and placed in trust for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. The State monitors the fund and establishes the minimum amount that must be collected. However, the cemetery is permitted to collect more than the minimum to build the fund. Only the interest earned by such funds may be used for the care, maintenance, and embellishment of the cemetery.

entombment
Burial in a mausoleum.

funeral ceremony
A service commemorating the deceased with the body present.

funeral services
Services provided by a funeral director and staff, which may include consulting with the family on funeral planning; transportation, shelter, refrigeration, and embalming of remains; preparing and filing notices; obtaining authorizations and permits; and coordinating with the cemetery, crematory, or other third parties.

grave liner
A concrete cover that fits over a casket in a grave. Some liners cover tops and sides of the casket. Other liners (vaults) completely enclose the casket. Grave liners minimize ground settling on the cemetery grounds.

Also known as: outer container

graveside service
A service to commemorate the deceased held at the cemetery prior to burial.

interment
Burial in the ground, inurnment, or entombment.

inurnment
The placing of cremated remains in an urn.

mausoleum
A building in which human remains are buried (entombed).

memorial service
A ceremony commemorating the deceased without the body present.

memorial society
A consumer organization that provides information about funerals and disposition but is not part of the State-regulated funeral industry.

Also known as: funeral society, funeral consumer alliance

niche
A space in a columbarium, mausoleum, or niche wall to hold an urn.

urn
A container to hold cremated human remains. It can be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or it can be buried in the ground.

vault
A grave liner that completely encloses a casket.

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Frequently Asked Questions
San Francisco Funeral Services FAQ

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified funeral service provider or home?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified funeral service provider or home?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a funeral service provider or home with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only funeral service providers or homes rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified funeral service provider or home.

Q: How long can you wait to have a funeral without embalming?
A: Most states require embalming or refrigerated storage within 24 hours after death. In some areas of the country, this stretches to three weeks.

Q: What happens if a loved one dies while not close to home?
The most important step to take is hiring a trusted funeral service provider or home that will take care of the transportation and storage details for you. Your funeral director should be able to make all necessary arrangements after the initial call.

Q: If I donate my body to medical science, can my family still hold a service?
A: A memorial service, where the body is not present, is appropriate in this situation, as most scientific donations need to happen quickly after death. Your funeral service provider or director at the funeral home should be able to coordinate your donation as well as a memorial service.

Q: Does a member of the clergy have to perform a funeral service?
A: No. Friends and family may officiate by sharing stories, memories and personal thoughts.

Q: Why would I need to buy certified copies of a death certificate?
A: Certified copies of death certificates are used as proof of death in any situation, but most commonly in financial determinations including the transfer of stocks and bonds, banking transactions and life insurance. Your funeral service provider should help you figure out how many you will need to settle the estate and should be able to get them for you.

Q: What are burial vaults and graveliners?
A: These are the containers into which the caskets are placed for protection. Vaults can be purchased in a variety of materials to keep the coffin safe underground. A graveliner is like a vault only lighter in weight and serves mostly to keep the surface from sinking overhead.

Q: Can I purchase a casket from a discount company and use it when necessary?
A: Yes. You are welcome to purchase each necessary item for your funeral needs individually. Issues to consider include storage of the casket until it is needed, delivery, warranties or guarantees, etc.

Q: Why are some caskets more expensive than others?
A: Caskets are made from a variety of materials including bronze, steel and different types of wood. The more expensive the material, the more expensive the casket.

Q: What if I do not wish to use all the services a San Francisco funeral home offers?
A: The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule states that all funeral homes must itemize their charges for goods and services and provide a general price list of these items. You have the right to select and pay for only those goods and services that you want, need or use.

Q: Why are funerals so expensive?
A: Remember that funeral service providers and funeral homes have extremely high overhead costs that they have to factor in to their prices for goods and services. Also, there tends to be a large range of prices and one should always shop around (if pre-planning) to determine the price that best fits their budget.

Q: How much does a funeral cost?
A: According to the National Funeral Directors Association 2010 price survey, the average cost of a funeral is $7,755.00. This cost is based on items chosen for a very traditional funeral including a casket and a vault, but does not include cemetery costs, which can easily exceed $2,000.00 more.

Q: What do San Francisco funeral directors do?
A: The main function of a funeral director is to store and keep safe the remains until burial and can include embalming and restorative art. Many funeral directors are also trained grief specialists to help family members and friends. The funeral director often helps make all funeral arrangements from finalizing the services, the burial and any legal paperwork required.

Q: Are the services of a funeral director necessary for burial?
A: In most areas of the country, no. Each state has differing regulations. Call the local health department for specific requirements.

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California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov/)
National Funeral Directors Association (www.nfda.org/resources)
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (http://www.nfdma.com/)
International Cemetery and Funeral Association (http://www.icfa.org/)...

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California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov/)
National Funeral Directors Association (www.nfda.org/resources)
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (http://www.nfdma.com/)
International Cemetery and Funeral Association (http://www.icfa.org/)

Funeral Consumers Alliance (http://www.funerals.org/)
Cremation Association of North America (http://www.cremationassociation.org/)
Federal Trade Commission Facts for Consumers (www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/services/funeral.shtm)
AARP (http://www.aarp.org/)

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San Francisco Funeral Services Information
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the Castro
Cole Valley
Cow Hollow
Diamond Heights
Duboce Triangle
Eureka Valley
Excelsior
Financial District
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Mason
Glen Park
Golden Gate Park
the Haight
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Mission District
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Noe Valley
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the Tenderloin
the Presidio
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West Portal
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