My brother wanted to use this company as we were planning for my mother’s arrangements. He had recently had some experience with it after the death of his father-in-law and was pleased with them. After looking on yelp, I found the very negative reviews of the walnut creek office and was very concerned. However, now that our transaction with this branch is complete, I have to say we were very pleased. They came to us for the pre-arrangement meeting and we made all the decisions then. When my mom passed, we just had to make one phone call. They took care of the legal notifications and arrived promptly. I was present throughout the pick up and they couldn’t have been more sensitive and thoughtful.I had many questions about the chain of custody and the certainty of receiving the correct remains and they patiently explained their security measures to me in some detail. I was unwilling to have her remains arrive in the mail, and they called me when they were ready. On the day I picked them up, they were as nice and professional as could be and provided all the required documentation. (i later had to take the urn on an airplane, and these papers are required for this and also for internment, so be sure you have them.) I am not sure how the company is structured and if they are different than the Walnut Creek branch, as I thought that was where the original representative was from when we had the interview. However, all of the people we dealt with were good and the service was both satisfactory and reasonable.
Why Choose Cremation?
Nationwide, over 50% of people choose cremation for final needs. This number continues to rise for a variety of reasons.
Low Cost Cremation
The cost of cremation is a fraction of the cost of burial. The cost of burial includes the price of a:
- burial vault
- cemetery plot
- grave marker
- burial service
Cremation is a single service without an absolute requirement for perpetual property in which to place remains. Many families choose cremation immediately following death, and have an informal memorial service to honor the deceased rather than a traditional funeral, further lowering funeral and burial costs.
Cremation costs can be lowered further with a prepaid cremation. By paying the price of cremation in advance, families lock in a discounted or current price for cremation, rather than suffering inflationary price increases.
Cremation offers substantial flexibility for final needs. A traditional viewing and funeral service may take place prior to cremation allowing the family to gather and mourn around the deceased. Alternatively, cremation can be scheduled immediately following death with a memorial service scheduled at a later date when it is convenient for family and friends to gather. In those circumstances where a gathering isn’t wanted, cremation offers a private, dignified disposition.
Cremation also offers substantial flexibility for disposition of cremated remains. Families choose to:
- scatter ashes
- keep cremated remains at home in a cremation urn or container
- bury cremated remains in a cemetery plot or garden
- or inter contained remains in a columbarium
For those concerned about their final footprint, cremation is an environmentally friendly end-of-life choice. Cremation avoids embalming chemicals, and limits the use of financial and land resources. Perptual care of cemeteries requires substantial human, financial, and energy resources.
Cremation can be arranged with a single phone call. Trident Society offers a home visit to discuss cremation options at your convenience.
At the time of need, just one call to Trident Society puts all plans in motion.
Final needs should be planned in advance just as a will or medical proxy is planned. With advance planning, individuals save money and protect their families from the future burden of planning and payment. Trident Society offers prepaid cremation plans to help those ready to plan ahead.