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Oakland Funeral Homes

Sometimes it is overwhelming to choose the right funeral home to help you plan a memorial service to honor your loved one. Funerals and memorials assist you with the grieving process so you can say proper goodbyes. Planning a funeral can be extremely emotional. Remember funerals need to make money. You should compare multiple funeral homes for the best price and service.

Consumers’ rights with funeral homes

State and federal laws require that funeral homes provide a listing of all prices before you begin planning. Funeral homes provide a General Price List to show the cost of all services.  You can request prices over the phone. The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Law ensures that you can purchase outside of package deals. The funeral home will give you an itemized statement outlining a breakdown of costs after you make your selections.

Did you know?

You can buy a casket or cremation container from another location (online or another store). You can then use it at any funeral home. You do not have to purchase from the funeral home that is completing the service.

You can choose a different burial container other than a casket for cremation.

You will receive a detailed list of prices for the products and services you selected before the funeral, so you are not surprised with any other charges.

You do not have to embalm. By law, funeral homes are required to get your written or verbal consent before they embalm, and it is not a mandatory service.

Some funeral homes provide their General Price List directly on their website such as Thompson Funeral Home. Caskets vary in style and material, so the prices have a significant range. Clairemont includes casket prices in their General Price List.

How to choose a funeral home

If you can shop around ahead of time, it’s best, but that’s usually not possible. Ask around for referrals from family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. You can read online reviews for honest feedback. The Better Business Bureau website lets you search for BBB-accredited funeral homes. You can verify a funeral home or funeral director's license through the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau’s website.

After selecting a couple of funeral homes, compare their General Price Lists for comparable prices and services. Create the same service and see if there are any price discrepancies. Don’t forget you will also need to include prices of caskets or cremation containers. The Federal Trade Commission offers a Funeral Pricing Checklist to help you decide on a funeral home.

How to stick to a budget

You want the best for your loved one, but don’t cause financial hardship to do so. There are several ways you can save money. Decide ahead of time what you really want in the service, and create your budget before you begin planning. Tell the funeral director exactly what you want to spend. The Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association helps customers plan a budget-friendly funeral. This group is a consumer advocate to give you advice.

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