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If you or a loved one is considering cremation, California gives you plenty of options. In fact, we consider it one of the most versatile states for such services. Read on to learn why.
"You can dedicate a redwood grove in your loved one's name."
There Are Many Different Locations
California offers everything from wine country to breathtaking coastlines, giving you plenty of options for a memorial ceremony.
Consider California's breathtaking redwood forests. With the right permits, you not only can scatter ashes but also dedicate a redwood grove in your loved one's name through the Save the Redwoods League. According to the League, there are groves available for memorial up and down the state, so you have plenty of options. In addition, the organization will help you obtain the permits necessary for scattering.
Did your loved one want his ashes scattered at sea? Before you carry out these wishes you need to be cognizant of a few restrictions. For example, when scattering at sea, you must maintain a distance of at least 500 yards from the shoreline, which also includes inland navigable waters, according to the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs. In addition, you must remove the ashes from the urn before spreading them at sea.
California's reputation for sunshine precedes itself. According to Current Results, most of the major metropolitan areas see more than 260 days of sunshine annually. In other words, Sacramento, San Diego, Stockton, and other cities witness sunny or partly sunny days more than 70 percent of the year.
You want to celebrate your loved one's life, and a sunny atmosphere can help create an optimistic, peaceful environment when you scatter the ashes.
You Can Spread Ashes by Plane
A Journey With Wings, located in Los Angeles, provides families with the ability to scatter ashesby plane. In addition, the company doesn't limit you to one location or another, offering charters over many California areas. Some examples include:
- Catalina Island: Located 25 miles off the Orange County coastline, the island features oak-bearing plateaus and vast valleys.
- Santa Monica Mountains: A part of the National Park Service, the area delivers an entrancing view of downtown Los Angeles.
- Angel's Gate Park: At the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the park provides a 270-degree view of the California coastline.
While southern California may seem like a more glamorous area, Sacramento actually offers many options for those tasked with planning end-of-life ceremonies. Why choose Sacramento? There are plenty of beautiful memorial cemeteries, columbariums, and other methods for scattering cremated remains at some of the best areas that California has to offer. Let's look at five of your best options for scattering cremated remains in California's state capital:
1. Sacramento Memorial Lawn
No state capital is complete without a meticulously kept cemetery. The Memorial Lawn in Sacramento is open for burials and cremation memorials alike. Perhaps best of all, the Memorial Lawn offers special services for military veterans and their families.
2. The National Parks
You need to be careful about scattering cremated remains in national park territory - regulations may prohibit scattering in certain areas or at certain times. For example, Sacramento is close to a number of national forests, like Eldorado, however scattering ashes in the national forests is prohibited without a permit. But a bit further is Yosemite National Park, which does allow people to scatter cremated remains. Be certain to research and adhere to the park's guidelines whenever you decide to scatter cremated remains.
Sacramento offers plenty in the way of cremation services.
3. Air Scattering
You can find air scattering services all over the country, and Sacramento is no exception. Cambridge Scatterings, for example, is a family-owned company based in Sacramento that offers a variety of air scattering services - including a DVD of the in-flight ceremony.
4. Sacramento River
Many people opt for a sea memorial, but why not utilize the Sacramento River? Families looking for a unique option when conducting a memorial service might consider setting a small urn afloat containing a portion of their loved one's cremated remains. Some urns can dissolve in water, allowing it to slowly inter the remains in the river after a certain amount of time. This could be an elegant and symbolic way to memorialize your loved one.
5. Traditional Ceremonies
According to Native American Nations, many of the Native American tribes of the Western U.S. practiced cremation. In California - especially the Central Valley and inland parts of the state - Native American ancestry and rituals are held in high regard. Many Sacramento residents are surprised to learn they actually have a Native American heritage, in which case they could consider opting for a traditional Native American cremation ceremony. At the very least, anyone can borrow some of their beautiful customs, which place emphasis on nature, spirituality and rebirth.
Regardless of which option you choose, Sacramento - and California in general - has a lot to offer in terms of cremation memorialization services. When you come to this stage in your preplanning process, it always helps to contact the industry professionals who can provide a bit more insight. Trident Society has offices throughout California and the experience to help you make the memorial ceremony as simple and successful as possible.
More and more people are choosing to be cremated for a variety of reasons. For some, it is the convenience of being able to keep a loved one close. Others are drawn to the affordability of the process. Still more prefer that it is more eco-friendly than some of the alternatives. Here are five things to keep in mind when considering a Palm Desert Cremation.
1. Palm desert cremation is affordable.
Cremation is far more cost-effective than traditional burials, one of the reasons it is becoming an increasingly popular option. As NBC News explained:
"Cremation is cheaper than burial. The average cost of a funeral today is about $6,500, including the typical $2,000-or-more cost of a casket. Add a burial vault, and the average jumps to around $7,700. A cremation, by contrast, typically costs a third of those amounts, or less. In a tough economy like the current one, cost counts – a lot."
2. You can plan ahead for it.
It can be difficult to make logistical decisions when grief is at its sharpest. Trident Society Rancho Mirage allows for pre-planning all of the details of a memorial and can help you ensure that your wishes are carried out with dignity and respect.
Trident Society Rancho Mirage also gives you the option of paying ahead of time for your services. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly how much everything will cost, and gives you access to dedicated staff members who can walk you through payment and cremation arrangements. In this situation there will be no surprise fees or financial burdens on the family of the deceased.
3. You do not need to purchase a casket.
One of the many financial benefits of cremation is that you are under no obligation to purchase a casket, which can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Instead with a Palm Desert Cremation, you need an urn, which is more cost effective.
You may furnish an urn of your own. Not only could this save money and allow you to shop around before it is needed but also it gives the person whose ashes will be placed in it a greater say in how it looks. For this reason, part of your end of life planning might include choosing an urn.
4. There are some laws around where you can spread the ashes.
If you decide to scatter your loved one's ashes rather than keep them in an urn, it is important to be aware of the local laws surrounding the practice. California has stricter laws than many other states concerning the process, in addition to federal statutes. These include, according to Nolo:
- You need government permission before spreading ashes on federal land.
- You need written permission from a landowner before scattering ashes on their property.
- When scattering ashes at sea or inland navigable waters, you must be 500 yards from shore, except for lakes or streams, which are not covered by state law.
- You may not drop ashes in a manner that may injure or harm other people.
You should always exercise common sense and good judgment when scattering the remains of a loved one. When it doubt, consult a legal professional or funeral director to ensure that your plans are within the bounds of the law.
5. Wishes should be documented and executed faithfully.
End of life planning is crucial for both the person who will be passing on and the people that will mourn her. In addition to medical and financial affairs, the family should come together to discuss memorials and funeral services. The choices made should be written down clearly, and somebody should be appointed to ensure that they are carried out faithfully. When needed, consult an attorney to ensure that everything is done legally. The better the details are documented, the more smoothly the entire process will go.
If you are in San Francisco and looking for a resting place for a loved one, then look no further than the city's famous Columbarium. Owned and operated by the Neptune Society, this burial site traces its history all the way back to 1895 and holds the remains of some of San Francisco's most notable and beloved denizens. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might choose to have yourself or a loved one interred there:
The Columbarium is non-denominational
Religion often provides comfort to people in difficult times. It is no wonder, then, that so many burial ceremonies are steeped in religious tradition. For mixed-faith families, however, this can create a conflict, particularly when each side is anxious to have its beliefs represented. This is also true if the departed wishes to have a non-denominational memorial.
In these situations, the Columbarium can be a place on which mourners of all backgrounds can agree to put their loved ones to rest. As the only non-denominational burial place within San Francisco city limits that both still has space and is open to the public, the Columbarium provides an invaluable service for those making end of life plans.
The Columbarium is beautiful
The Columbarium is a gorgeous building that seamlessly blends Baroque and Neoclassical features. It was first designed in the late 19th century by Bernard Cahill, an architect with a keen interest in spatial design. The Columbarium has a large rotunda, mosaic tile floors, and stained glass windows, and each of the rooms are named after mythological winds or constellations.
There are more than 8,500 niches in total in the building with about 2,400 on the first floor, 2,500 on the second, and 1,800 each on the third and fourth floors. It is this beauty that led to the building being added to the Register of San Francisco Landmarks in 1996.
The Columbarium has a connection to history
Perhaps the most compelling reason to choose the Columbarium is that it represents such an important part of the city's development and history. When it was first designed, it was a part of the Odd Fellows Cemetery, built to complement an existing crematorium. However, in the early 20th century, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a law forbidding the sale of cemetery lots, halting all burials in the city. Within a decade, cremation was also banned, forcing the Odd Fellows to move outside of the city. With the structure all-but-abandoned, many families moved their loved ones to other locations. The crematorium, and various mausoleums in the area, were destroyed. The Columbarium was the last structure standing, and over the decades it fell into disrepair.
The Neptune Society, however, saw something important in the beautiful structure and in 1980 purchased it and began a full restoration. Over the years, it once again became an important part of the area, and some of the most important people in San Francisco's history either have remains or memorials within its walls. They include:
- Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California
- Jerry Juhl, long-time writer for the beloved Muppet franchise
- Edward Robeson Taylor, the city's 28th mayor
- Roddy McDowall, actor, film director, photographer, and voice artist
Today, the Columbarium is a beautiful and serene resting place for many people. For more information, or to begin a discussion about funeral planning, please contact us today.
As you plan for end-of-life ceremonies with your loved one, you'll eventually have to settle on a location. There are a few things to consider before you land on an exact destination:
- Is the area accessible to friends and family?
- Does the site have a special significance to your loved one and family?
- Is the location a place you're sure will be well-maintained and accessible for years to come?
With that in mind, you can still be creative. Many people choose a traditional, familiar setting for their funeral and interment, but others opt for a more far-flung resting place - the late music legend David Bowie chose to have his cremated remains scattered in Bali, for example. Here in the U.S., there are several great locations that offer top-notch services, serenity, and settings.
1. The San Francisco Columbarium
Few places serve as ideal a resting place as the Columbarium in San Francisco - an eye-catching piece of architecture in its own right. The structure calls to mind Greco-Roman traditions through its rotunda, mosaic tile floors, stained glass and rooms that reference Greek mythology. The Columbarium attracts plenty of visitors for its design and unique spiritual presence alone - but certainly, many of those who pass through are paying their respects to friends and loved ones who have passed.
2. The Neptune Memorial Reef
For someone fascinated by the ocean and sustainability, few destinations can top the Neptune Memorial Reef - the largest ever manmade reef, sitting 40 feet below the surface of the ocean a few miles west of Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida. Marine plants and animals thrive around the reef, creating a habitat and supporting life with the cremated remains of those who have passed. The Memorial Reef is an interpretation of the Lost City of Atlantis and was engineered to withstand some of the most extreme weather conditions possible.
3. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
If you want a truly exotic experience - and remain in U.S. territory - you can't do better than Hawaii. In the volcanic Pacific island chain, scattering of cremated remains is permitted, as long as you pay for the $25 application fee and fill out the form, as per the National Parks Service. At the National Park, it's a good idea to keep affairs quiet and private, rather than attracting a large group of people and disrupting the natural serenity. Still, scattering remains among volcanic ash is a symbolic and memorable way to honor a loved one's legacy.
4. San Diego
There are numerous scenic and moving vistas throughout the West Coast - Southern California, especially San Diego, offers an ideal scenario for both end-of-life ceremonies and interment. Trident Society can help families navigate the funeral process, understand their costs, select a location, and carry out a ceremony in San Diego right on the Pacific Coast.
No matter which location you choose, be sure to go over the specific rules and regulations involved. Just as importantly, you and your family should all be able to make your way there to honor your deceased loved one year after year.