Sierra Foothills Funeral Service
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    What are "cremains?"

     


    The ashes, or cremated remains of a body.

  • What type of service should I have?


    If a death occurs any where not under any type of direct nursing care you should contact the police. In situations where there are health care professionals, they are prepared to assist you. A funeral director will normally be contacted right away. Funeral Directors are on call twenty four hours a day to assist you.


  • Can I personalize my funeral service?


    Absolutely, in fact, we recommend it. After all, the funeral is a celebration of life. Funeral directors are happy to discuss all options and ensure your funeral is tailored to your wishes. It may be personalized in many unique ways.


  • Why do we need an obituary notice?


    It is helpful to friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the death and type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper, or on the Internet.

  • Why should we have a public viewing?


    There are many reasons to view the deceased. It is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions, and many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process, by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is even encouraged for children, as long as it is their desire to do so, and the process is explained well.

  • What do funeral directors do?


    Funeral directors are both caregivers and administrators. In their administrative duties, they make the arrangements for transportation of the body, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition of the body. As caregivers, funeral directors are listeners, advisors and supporters. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death. Funeral directors are trained to answer questions about grief, recognize when a person is having difficulty coping, and recommend sources of professional help. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

  • What should I do when a death occurs?


    If a death occurs any where not under any type of direct nursing care you should contact the police. In situations where there are health care professionals, they are prepared to assist you. A funeral director will normally be contacted right away. Funeral Directors are on call twenty four hours a day to assist you.


  • What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?


    We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need to do is place a call to us. If you request immediate assistance, one of our professionals will be there as soon as possible. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good bye, it's acceptable. Then they will come when your time is right.

  • What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?


    Your funeral director can assist you if a death occurs anywhere on the globe. Contact your hometown funeral director of choice immediately. They will assume responsibility and coordinate the arrangements for the return of the deceased person to their community. They may engage the services of a funeral director in the place of death who will act as their agent.

  • What is the purpose of embalming?

     

    Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death.

  • Is embalming mandatory by law?


    No. But, certain factors of time, health and possible legal requirements might make embalming either appropriate or necessary. Please note that embalming may be required if the deceased is being transported by air to another country where local laws need be observed.

  • Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?


    No, cremation is an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition and often follows a traditional funeral service. We can assist you with the necessary information for a funeral with a cremation following or a memorial service.

  • Can I have a visitation period and a funeral service if cremation is chosen?


    Yes. Cremation does not preclude having a visitation period and a funeral service. Cremation is simply one option for final disposition of the body.

  • Is cremation as a means of disposition increasing?


    Yes, but not dramatically.

  • What should I do when a death occurs?


    If a death occurs any where not under any type of direct nursing care you should contact the police. In situations where there are health care professionals, they are prepared to assist you. A funeral director will normally be contacted right away. Funeral Directors are on call twenty four hours a day to assist you.


  • How much does a funeral cost?


    Funerals can cost as little as $1000 for a direct disposition. (Direct disposition includes registering the death, a basic casket or container, and transporting the deceased to a cemetery or crematorium) For an adult, full-service funeral, consumers choose to spend an average of $5000. This includes all professional services, including transfer-of remains, embalming, and other preparation; use of viewing facilities and the facilities for the ceremony; hearse, limousine, and the purchase of a casket.

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For immediate service regarding cremation or burial, call 530-889-0767 any day or night of the week. For less urgent requests or to be part of our mailing list, please contact us by completing the form below.