When a loved one passes away, we must make the difficult decision of disposition. Cremation offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burials. Some families may also choose this method as it can cost over a third less than the alternative.

Burying a loved one maps a clear plan on where they will rest. But, cremation leaves a lot of room for discussion.

What can you do with the ashes from cremation? Continue reading to learn more about your options for saving your loved one’s ashes.

Columbarium Burial

Choosing cremation does not take away the opportunity to keep your loved one’s remains at the cemetery. When you choose a columbarium burial, you can ensure that families rest safely together.

This structure will house cremated remains. The structure will hold the remains indoors or outdoors on a shelf. While some structures look very decorative, others appear simple.

Urn for Ashes

Many people choose an urn to hold the ashes of their loved ones. An urn may look like a tall, rounded vase.

Or, it may take on other shapes and be made of a number of materials. For instance, you may find wooden shapes, glass cubes, golden vases, etc. What you plan to do with the urn may determine how much you will spend on it and what it might look like. 

A simple urn will do if you only plan to bury it in a family plot or keep it tucked away in a closet. You may opt for something much nicer to go into the columbarium or to sit on display in your home.

At Home: What Can You Do with Ashes From Cremation?

You may not know where to store your urn once you bring it home. Many people place it in the living room or family room above a hearth. This keeps your loved one in a central location where the beautiful urn doubles as a piece of art.

If your spouse passes away, you may opt to keep them close to you by storing your urn on a nightstand or dresser. After the loss of a child, a family may choose to memorialize their room by keeping it as their little one left it. In this instance, you may place the urn somewhere among their favorite Earthly possessions.

The garden can also make a lovely space to keep an urn with your loved one’s remains. Set it amidst a flower bed or beneath a pruned bush.

Despite where you store the urn, keep in mind the safety of your vessel. Placing it in a high traffic area where it may get knocked over can lead to shock and grief. Be mindful about placement and make all members of the family aware that they should remain vigilant near the urn.

Cremation Jewelry

For some, wearing their loved one as jewelry will keep them close. You can choose from necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets.

One type of cremation jewelry, simply holds a bit of ashes in a small compartment. You can send the ashes or purchase the piece and put it in yourself. Since this only uses a small portion of the remains, multiple loved ones may have their own unique cremation jewelry pieces made.

Another type requires a little more money and effort. With a scientific process using high heat, they can actually turn your loved ones ashes into a beautiful cremation diamond that you can wear.

Memorial Plants

Many find beauty in the paradox of life growing from death. To allow your loved one to harbor life, plant something with their ashes.

Do not actually attempt to do this on your own. Human remains contain a number of nutrients along with toxic elements as well. Trying to grow something that fails to sport may lead to further grief.

Find a reputable company that will properly plant something that will grow. You can opt for a tree that will go in your yard. Or, you may choose a plant the you keep at a burial plot an attend to.

Scattering Ashes

Freedom offers us the opportunity of complete peace. Some people choose to free the ashes of their loved ones rather than holding onto the remains in an urn.

You can personalize this or include other family and friends. Making it ceremonial can feel very healing and complete the process of letting go after their funeral or memorial service.

You may want to make a number of considerations when choosing where to scatter the ashes.

Final Wishes

Did your loved one specify where they would like their remains left after they pass? If so, honor this for them. It gives the family the opportunity to do one more kind gesture for the soul of the dearly departed.

Favorite Area

If your loved one never said where they would want their remains, choosing a favorite place can make this easier. Maybe leave it in a lake they used to swim in or a forest that they loved to hike. This makes the gesture of your loved one remaining in the place they most loved to spend time.

Unvisited Place

Did your loved one long to visit someplace wild or exotic? Maybe just a little far from home? If they left this world before getting the opportunity to travel, then you can bring them there to finally rest.

Symbolic Space

Searching for symbolism in where their ashes rest can help the grieving process along. Maybe you want to lay their ashes on a bed on newly bloomed forget-me-nots. Or possibly you want to send them into a river, for spiritual symbolism of renewal.

Your Choice Matters

What can you do with ashes from cremation?

So many options exist. But you need to do what feels right for you and your family.

This choice should help bring you comfort and peace. Do what makes your loved one feel close or feel free, depending on what you value most.

We know how important their life was to you, so let’s lay them to rest with dignity and grace. We will help you make arrangements and navigate this difficult time. Contact us to start planning.

While there are undoubtedly other things you’d rather spend time doing than arranging a funeral, it makes sense to preplan your own funeral service.

Otherwise, your family will have to do it for you after you die. Which, the process will be hard for them to plan while mourning. So it’s better for you and yours if you contact a funeral home, sit down with a funeral director, and preplan.

You’ll find that it won’t take nearly as long as you might think. And the benefits are such that it’s definitely worth earmarking some time out of your schedule.

But how, exactly, should you go about with funeral preplanning? So that you can get this important task completed with minimum fuss, here’s a look at 5 tips for preplanning your own body disposition.

1. Determine Budget When Funeral Preplanning

Your first order of business is to determine how much you wish to spend. Whether you want a burial or a cremation; you can preplan something affordable, and going the affordable route won’t have to jeopardize quality.

If you want to plan a funeral ceremony in a church or chapel, you’ll want to budget for funeral flowers, a casket, a cemetery plot, and more. If you want to arrange a cremation, you’ll want to budget for things like a cremation urn.

Funeral homes are obligated by law to offer you their general price lists if you ask for them. These lists document everything the funeral homes offer and what the products and services cost. This will help you to budget properly.

When you look through the general price lists and see the prices for everything from funeral services packages to funeral flower arrangements, you’ll be able to come up with a realistic budget. This will make the preplanning a bit easier.

2. Choose Final Service Method

Do you want a funeral service followed by a casket burial? Would you prefer a cremation service with or without a funeral service beforehand? You’ll want to figure out which final service type you want before preplanning.

It is true that cremations are less expensive than funerals. But the funeral director at a reputable funeral home will be able to help you preplan something that is both affordable and meaningful for your family and friends.

What should you do if you’re simply not 100% sure about the body disposition type you want? If you’re not certain, preplan anyway. You can always update your arrangements later if you, say, want to go from a cremation to a burial.

3. Select the Right Funeral Home

It’s an error to assume that one funeral home is as good as another. Just like there are good and bad mechanics and doctors, there are also good and bad death care service providers. So you will want to choose with caution.

Ask people you know for any recommendations they may have. Chances are that someone in your sphere of influence has planned or preplanned before. Such a person can help you find a stellar funeral home right off the bat.

You won’t want to simply select the first funeral home you find in an online directory. That can be a recipe for disaster.

What follows is a look at some things you’ll want to look for in a funeral home:

  • Good reputation
  • Wide range of funeral services and cremation services
  • Suitable facilities
  • Solid reviews
  • Transparent pricing

Once you believe you’ve found the right funeral home, pick up the phone and talk to some of the staff there. It’s also a good idea to tour the facility. You’ll be able to ask questions and get a feel for what the funeral home is about.

4. Gather Important Documents

The preplanning process will also go better for you if you’re properly prepared. This means gathering important documents and information ahead of going to the funeral home to meet with the funeral director.

You can speak with the funeral director to get a list of what information and documentation the funeral home needs for the preplanning process.

5. Make Prepayment Arrangements

After you’ve preplanned, you can also prepay. It’s a good idea to do so. Preplanning means your loved ones won’t have to plan on your behalf after your passing. And prepaying will spare them the financial burden.

Another prepayment benefit is that you’ll actually save money. The reason is that the price you prepay will be locked in. Your family won’t have to come up with any more funds to cover any price increases in the future.

Also consider that some grieving families tend to overspend due to their emotional state of mind after losing a loved one. So preplanning and prepaying will spare your loved ones this issue. They won’t have to plan or pay.

You can speak with the funeral director at the funeral home you choose about your prepayment options.

Do You Need Help with Preplanning?

Preplanning is an important undertaking. While not everyone does preplan their own funeral service, that doesn’t make preplanning any less critical. 

Funeral preplanning will give you peace of mind since you’ll get the final send-off you want and will spare your family from having to plan it. And when you find the right funeral home, preplanning will be easier than you think.

At La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary, we believe in helping people to preplan and in assisting families who need to plan for their deceased loved ones.

Get in touch to learn more about our funeral services and cremation services. Whether you need to arrange a final service or simply to ask some questions, we’re here for you. So get in touch.

Are you planning on attending a memorial service for a friend or a loved one? Maybe you’re feeling nervous on top of everything else because you don’t know what to expect? Well, you’re not alone.

Each year about 56 million people die worldwide, and memorial services and customs can widely vary, even right here in the United States.

The more prepared you are beforehand, the more likely you’ll feel calmer when the day comes. 

Many people plan memorial services to honor the memory of their loved one. And usually, seek out the right professionals to help them plan it the right way.

So if you’ve never planned or been to a memorial service, keep reading our guide to know what to expect on the day.

What Is a Memorial Service?

It’s not unusual to wonder what is a memorial service anyway? Often the terms memorial service and funeral are interchanged, but they mean very different things.

Although both funeral and memorial services are to honor the memory of the deceased, there is no casket or body present for a memorial service. Usually, a framed picture of the deceased is the focus of a memorial service.

A memorial service can occur anytime before or after a funeral. Having the opportunity like a memorial service to mourn a profound loss is very comforting to many people.

The great thing about a memorial service is that it offers many flexibilities and endless ways to memorialize a loved one uniquely.

The Memorial Service 

You’ll likely receive a memorial service invitation in the mail giving you the details of the service. If you don’t know the deceased very well, receiving this invitation is a signal to start doing a little research.

When you attend a memorial service, you’ll find that people have different memorial service ideas and plan them in many different ways.

You might find yourself sitting down for a religious ceremony with a priest. If you’re familiar with the faith of the person who died, then it’s best to familiarize yourself with some common customs of that religion.

Some families will plan the memorial service themselves and will have different family members give personal eulogies. 

Many families will hire a professional funeral service provider to do the planning for them.

What to Wear to a Memorial Service

You need to get dressed first before you go anywhere, so let’s cover the basics of what you should wear to a memorial service.

Most of us know that black is the traditional color to symbolize mourning, but you can wear any color as long as it’s nothing too flashy. Ideally, you’ll want to wear what you would wear to a funeral unless the family asks you to wear something specific.

You’re safe to wear a dark suit, button-down shirt, and a nice tie for the men out there. For you ladies, put on a conservative skirt and blouse or a long dress. 

No matter what you decide to wear, make sure it’s appropriate attire. It may seem obvious, yet worth mentioning, that you never want to show up to a funeral wearing flip-flops, short shorts, or ripped jeans.

What Do You Bring to a Memorial Service?

Next, it’s nice to bring a little gift for the family. Consider a vase of flowers, a plant, pictures, or you can put a scrapbook together with memories you might have of the deceased person’s life.

If the memorial service is for a person you weren’t too close with, you can try a sympathy card, cash, or even a food dish.

A Little Memorial Service Etiquette

Just a few extra tips can make things even easier for you. Sometimes we forget the most obvious things when our mind is somewhere else. So remember:

  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Make sure to sign the guest book
  • Take a memorial service program
  • Be mindful of what you say to family members

Also, if the deceased person had a particular charity they were very passionate about, there may be a request to donate in their memory. So be prepared, even if you can only afford a small amount.

Features of a Memorial Service

Whichever format a family decides to choose, most memorial services follow a similar structure of people saying prayers and reading scripture or pages from a favorite book.

Typically, songs for a memorial service will include; religious hymns or a playlist of the deceased’s favorite songs. Some families even hire a live band or a professional piano player.

Candle lightings, poetry readings, and moments of mindful silence are also standard at a memorial service.

If this person was well known in the community, then you can expect more readings and speeches in their honor.

The Memorial Service Location

A memorial service can be almost anywhere that is convenient. You might find the memorial service you attend takes place at a funeral home, gravesite, church, private home, charity, or any place that was especially meaningful to the deceased.

How Long Does a Memorial Service Last?

A memorial service usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but some can go for hours or longer, depending on the type of service.

Many families will often have a reception to follow the memorial service for everyone who attended for food and memories. The reception is much more casual, and you’ll be able to share your memories and experiences with family members and friends.

In general, you’re looking at a memorial service lasting at least a good portion of your day, so plan accordingly.

Attending or Planning a Memorial Service Is Simple

Now you know what to expect at a memorial service, it will be much easier to attend or even plan one in the future.

If you’ve been thinking about planning a memorial service or have questions, then reach out to the professionals at La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary today.

Since 1868, La Vista Memorial Park has offered guidance every step of the way for people in all areas of San Diego County.

So make sure you contact us today for help with planning tomorrow.

Have you ever thought about pre-planning your funeral? Or the cost of a funeral? Have you started the conversation with the people you love? You may not want to think about it, but death is inevitable.

Talking about death is a tough conversation, and most people avoid it. According to a National Funeral Directors Association survey, only 26 percent of Americans talked to their loved ones about a funeral.

But more and more people are choosing to pre-plan their funeral to save their family stress and financial hardship for when the time comes.

There are so many emotions with planning a funeral. This is why we recommend pre-planning with an expert in San Diego. Read more to learn more about pre-planning your funeral.

What Is a Pre-planned Funeral?

A pre-planned funeral is when you plan for a set of arrangements in advance with a funeral home. You can also choose to pay your funeral costs ahead of time. This can either be paid in advance or by monthly installments paid directly to the funeral home.

Benefits to Pre-planning

With planning a funeral, there are hundreds of decisions to be made. Consider the benefits of pre-planning your funeral and see how it fits in with your situation:

  • You can make decisions about your affairs
  • You can choose the location and plan your memorial
  • Nobody else will have the burden of making these decisions
  • You can make sure what you want gets done
  • Your family will have a service to attend

Funeral Expenses

The fact is one day, you will die, and someone will have to pay for your funeral expenses. Wouldn’t it be better if that someone were you?

The average funeral costs between $7,000 and $12,000. So plan for it like you would any other large and long-term expense.

Even if you set aside funeral money in your will, your family members won’t get access to it until your estate case churns its way through the court system.

And since most funeral homes require at least all or some of the money upfront, you can unintentionally leave your family in a difficult situation. 

Payment Options

Let’s take a look at your options for paying funeral and burial expenses in San Diego:

A Payable-on-Death account is a bank account to set aside funds for your funeral. After you open an account you name a person to access the money when you die. They can get the money pretty easily, just go to the bank and present a death certificate.

Remember, this is not a joint account, and the person you name can’t touch your money until you die. Make sure it is someone you trust and not someone who will take your money and run!

A regular savings account works too, as you can regularly deposit money in it. The downside to this is it has to go through probate when you die, and the money is not immediately available.

You can use your Veteran’s benefits if you served in the military. You may qualify for a Veterans burial allowance which includes burial, funeral, gravesite, and transportation costs. You will still need to pay for the cost of funeral director services.

Check your life insurance policy. There are life insurance policies that will pay a lump sum to a beneficiary when you die. The payment is made immediately after your death, so there are no court process hassles to deal with.

There is also burial insurance available. A funeral service provider usually offers burial insurance that covers death-related expenses. Make sure you know exactly what type of plan you’re signing up for. Some things to check are:

  • Read everything before you sign
  • If the funeral home closes down
  • Get details about the cancellation policy
  • Get an itemized list of exactly what the policy covers
  • Shop around and compare plan prices
  • Don’t make a decision too quickly
  • Take a family member with you

You are also taking out a loan from a bank, but this will be in the form of a personal loan.

You can also consider donating your body to a medical school, saving you a ton of money.

Pre-plan Your Memorial Service

If you want a memorial service a certain way, then your best option is to plan it yourself. You can pre-plan the details of this too. Nowadays, you can go online and create a memorial service plan.

Whether you’re a chef or a sports enthusiast, there is sure to be a plan that suits you. Memorial service expenses average between $150-$200.

If you want to keep things easy and cheap, a memorial service is a great way to do that.

What About Cremation?

Times are tough, and many people are choosing cremation to save on costs. The average cost of cremation in the United States ranges between $500-$1500.

In big cities, you can find direct cremation services for as low as $450-$550. So if you opt for cremation and simple memorial service, you will save a lot of money in the end.

Cost of A Funeral

Don’t let the cost of a funeral shy you away from preplanning.

Pre-planning your funeral is a better option than you think. We can guide you through the process to leave better informed and ready to make a better decision.

At La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary, we run our business based on open communication. We are proud to be family-owned and have been helping families in San Diego since 1868.

La Vista Memorial park will treat you with the warmth and respect you deserve.  Contact La Vista Memorial Park today. We are here to help you plan for today or tomorrow in the San Diego area.

Losing a loved one is never easy.

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught many San Diegans just how precious every moment is.

Thankfully, due to advances in modern technology, holding online memorial services is a viable option in the era of social distancing here in San Diego, California. 

Online Memorial Services

The thought of holding a virtual memorial service would seem inconceivable to most San Diego residents several years ago.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, online memorial services have become a necessity. However, family members often live thousands of miles apart add quarantining into the mix, and the thought of planning a safe yet tasteful funeral service can appear daunting.

Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, families are organizing virtual funerals as a way to pay their respects. 

Continue reading to learn more about your virtual memorial service needs here in San Diego, CA

The Importance Of Authenticity

An online funeral is not what most of us would anticipate, especially here in San Diego; cultivating a sense of authenticity is very important in dealing with grief.

The ability to connect with family members and friends is equally important. 

Most people would agree; they’d prefer an in-person funeral service.

The tranquil swaying of the San Diego palm trees and the sunshine playfully brushing across your shoulders may seem a more inviting way to grieve in comparison to an online funeral. Virtual funeral services may seem eerie, but it is important to treat them like a traditional funeral. 

Dress up, even though it may be tempting to stay in those pajamas at home. Instead, allow yourself to experience the grieving process as you normally would. 

Hosting A Successful Virtual Service

The first step in planning a successful online memorial service in San Diego is selecting a date and time. The date and time should focus on the immediate family. Allow your family to come together in crafting a dignified online memorial service. 

Find the right person to host your event, preferably someone who isn’t in mourning. 

If plausible, schedule the virtual funeral several days in advance. This time is used to piece everything together. Coordinate with your funeral director for suggestions if you begin feeling overwhelmed.

The second step is to assign necessary roles to each person taking part in the online memorial service. For example, determine if your virtual funeral will have any speakers. 

If the deceased has a large family, you may consider collaborating favorite memories of your loved one for a eulogy. 

The third step is to identify your tech person. This person will be in charge of any apps and online tools used during the online memorial service. 

Digital Platforms

There are many ways to honor your loved one virtually. However, selecting a digital platform that will best honor your loved one is a great start.

A few digital platforms available for virtual services include:

  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Facebook live streaming

Zoom, a popular platform for virtual meetings, gives the user the ability to record the service. This feature is convenient for those that are unable to attend your virtual celebration of life. 

Skype is another platform used for an online funeral service. One perk of using this platform is it is free when calling skype to skype. 

Facebook live streaming will provide a live video feed, although you can’t interact with any attendees besides typing comments during the service broadcast.

Facebook is also useful for creating an event page. This allows attendees to RSVP in advance or ask questions regarding the virtual celebration of life or online receptions, should they choose to have one after the online funeral.  

How To Pay Your Respects

If you are attending a virtual memorial service in San Diego, you may be wondering how to pay your respects. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Send a sympathy card
  • Sign the online guest book
  • Send a gift
  • Video chat with the family
  • Create a video memorial 

Remember to treat any virtual memorial service with the same respect as a traditional in-person funeral. 

Consider Creating An Online Memorial

An online memorial is a great way to share videos, photos, and memories of your loved one.

Guest have the ability to sign a virtual guestbook. If the deceased had family or close friends in a foreign country that will be unable to attend the virtual memorial service, this is an option for them to obtain closure.  

An online memorial is also a nice way to remember your loved one, even after saying your goodbyes. 

Do Your Research

Online memorial services are here to stay. To ensure quality service and a lasting legacy for your loved one, be sure to do your research. 

Ask questions. If possible, planning ahead of time can be very beneficial. Find a mortuary in San Diego that you can trust, with the customer in mind. For the best service, look for a family-owned mortuary that will treat you like family.

Losing someone special is difficult. The funeral planning process shouldn’t be. 

Have Compassion

Tensions run high during times of grief. Unfortunately, in planning online memorial services, it is impossible to please everyone. Remember to allow yourself time to grieve.

It is important to have compassion and grace, remembering that the most important aspect of your virtual funeral is honoring your loved one.

Losing someone is hard, and you shouldn’t have to deal with the burden of funeral planning alone. If you are in the San Diego area, contact us, and we would love to help you with the planning process.

Create Lasting Legacy

Create a lasting legacy for your loved one in San Diego. Finding a reputable funeral home is an important decision.

If you need mortuary assistance, San Diego residents, click here for more information on how we can assist you with your online memorial services. 

Most people are busy living their lives and don’t take the time to think about funeral arrangements or what types of caskets there are.

Sometimes it is really difficult to make that first step, but it will help to know you are far from alone. In the United States, an average of 2.4 million funerals occurs each year.

Funeral services are a valuable way to memorialize your loved ones and are important to many people.

But planning a funeral is a lot, and you need help during this tough time. We are here for you with this guide to inform you of the best types of caskets and what your options are.

Buying a Casket

Buying a casket is one of the most challenging and life-changing purchases you can make. Making financial decisions when you are grieving is no simple task.

Your best plan is to shop in advance if possible. When you are rushed into a decision, you will tend to overspend much more. But there are steps to take to make this process easier such as:

  • Be sure to set a budget
  • Figure out a budget before you hit the shops
  • A casket can range from a few thousand dollars to much more
  • Consider your loved one’s wishes and any instructions left
  • What would they want and what kind of taste did they have
  • If you are buying for yourself think about your preferences and budget
  • Take someone with you like a family member or a friend for support

Check out all your options. From funeral homes, online vendors, to big box stores are options to look at. Don’t forget to check for any delivery fees!

Be aware of your rights! The Federal Trade Commission has rules and regulations for the sale of funeral products. With these regulations, you have the right to ask for a price list and to choose the services you want.

Types of Caskets

There are two main types of caskets to choose from, wood or metal material. Choosing the type of casket is a very personal process.

Metal caskets are usually more durable than wood caskets and are often referred to as protective. Metal caskets have a rubber gasket to seal and prevent the elements outside from coming in. 

The steel varies in thickness, depending on the type of metal used. The thicker the metal, the more expensive the casket will be. Types of metals you will find are:

  • Bronze and copper are durable and won’t rust
  • Bronze is also the most expensive
  • Stainless and carbon steel are the cheapest
  • Stainless and carbon come in different thickness levels
  • And don’t forget gold is best for elegance and a big budget

Wood caskets are perfect for people who have a love for quality wood products. Wood is also a great natural solution and can be a great choice for the environment. Types of wood used include:

  • Mahogany is a harder wood and higher quality
  • Walnut is higher quality and cost
  • Cherry is also a higher cost
  • Maple is middle of the range for cost
  • Willow, pine, and poplar are the most affordable

A cheaper option for solid hardwood is wood veneer. This consists of pressed wood covered by cloth.

There are also lots of colors and polishes to choose from to finish the wood with. Poplar wood caskets particularly have a lot of finishing and polishing options available, making them a good flexible choice.

One of the biggest differences between a metal casket and a wood casket is that a wood casket does not have a gasket. The porous property of wood also makes it almost impossible to seal completely.

Special Features

Caskets have special features you can opt for. Memory drawers or hidden compartments can be used for small personal items.

Certain models of caskets also have options to attach “casket corners” which can be used to display symbols for public service or the military.

Casket Lining

There also different types of lining you can choose for the interior of the casket. The most popular linings include satin, velvet, and crepe. There are also custom options for lining, like a favorite band, sports team, or hobby.

Casket Lids

Caskets have two different types of lids. These are referred to as half couch and full couch. Half couch means the lid is two pieces of equal lengths and is the most common style. Full couch describes a one-piece lid that extends the length of the casket.

Casket Size

The standard size of a casket is usually 84 inches long, 28 inches wide, and 23 inches tall. Depending on which model it is, the dimensions can vary some so always check to be sure.

The standard size casket will work for the average person, but some may need an oversized casket with widths of 31 inches or more.

Caskets for Cremation

Caskets are also available for cremation, but the big difference is they can not have metal parts. Discuss this option with your funeral service provider so you can make the best decision.

For Your Casket and Burial Service Needs

There are few easy options when it comes to choosing a coffin, or planning a burial service and funeral.

But you have La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary to guide you through this phase. We are one of the most respected funeral homes in the San Diego area, and offer affordable services and casket options.

If you want to learn more and see what we can help you with, then get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

There’s a reason why the death care industry is worth over $20 billion. Planning funerals and memorial services is a sad, but necessary, part of life.

Unfortunately, not all mortuaries have their customer’s best intentions in mind. Indeed, some actively work to exploit the grief process to make an extra. So, how do you find a mortuary San Diego that you can trust? In this article, we’ll give you some tips on finding a business that cares more about you than your money. Let’s get started!

How to Find the Best Mortuary San Diego For Your Needs

As we mentioned, no one likes to think about their death or the death of the loved one. Unfortunately, that often causes many families to put off pre-planning. This is unfortunate because when a death occurs it places a lot of stress on families to find a suitable mortuary quickly. This can easily lead to settling for a subpar business.

You can avoid this by doing a bit of research to find the best funeral arrangements for your loved ones. To help you, we’ve listed five factors that everyone should consider before choosing a mortuary in San Diego. As long as you follow these considerations, then you should be able to find a reputable business that has your best interests at heart. 

1. Know the Type of Ceremony You Want

It’s important to know what type of ceremony you want for your funeral. In general, there are usually three components to planning. The first involves preparing the corpse. If you want to bury your loved one, then the body will need to be embalmed. However, if you this isn’t necessary for cremation.

The second component is the interment of the body until the funeral. Almost all mortuaries will be able to accommodate this. The final component is the specific type of ceremony you want. This requires some important decision making Do you want a large service help at a funeral with a viewing of the body?

Or would you prefer an intimate graveside gathering with friends and family? It’s important to understand the differences between these funeral ceremonies in order before selecting a mortuary. This will give you a better idea of which business you should go with.

For example, if you decide on cremation, you will want to find mortuary cremation facilities that are onsite. This will limit the amount of transportation needed. Similarly, if you want an elaborate viewing ceremony, then you should go with a mortuary that can cater to your needs and desires. 

2. Go With Family-Owned Over Corporations

Family-owned mortuaries are more likely to provide you with the personal attention that you need for a funeral. They’ll also listen to your needs and not try and upsell you. For example, a rising number of families are beginning to prefer cremation over burials. However, funeral homes and mortuaries typically make more money off of burials.

As such, a mortuary run by a corporation may try to convince you that you should go with a burial over cremation. This is a clear red flag. Family-owned mortuaries are more likely to cater to your initial wish without trying to make an extra profit. 

3. Call Multiple Mortuaries 

Often when people experience the shock of death, the last thing they want to do is call multiple mortuaries to ask about price and services. While this is understandable, it can lead to some costly mistakes. The first option you go with isn’t guaranteed to be your best bet.

It’s better to get a sense of as many businesses are in your area. That way, you can go with the one that offers the best price or services. If you can, you should also try visiting the mortuary. This is the best way to get a sense of if it fits your needs. 

4. Set a Price Range and Find a Company That Caters to It

Funerals are like weddings in that they can quickly get expensive if you don’t have a definite budget. As such, we recommend calculating how much you can afford to put toward the service.

Then, look for a mortuary that’s able to cater to that price to the best of their abilities. Again, beware of any businesses that try and upsell you. If you’re having trouble setting a price range, then make sure to check out our guide on funeral costs. 

5. Find a Mortuary That Offers Pre-Planned Services

Pre-planning your service with a mortuary can make the grieving process much easier on your loved ones. It’s incredibly difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one and plan an event. So, getting the details down ahead of time can help lighten the load for them.

Pre-planned services also ensure that you receive the exact type of ceremony that you want. If this type of option sounds nice to you, then look for a mortuary that offers these types of services

Looking For a Mortuary in San Diego? Contact La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary

We hope this article helped you find some helpful tips when searching for the right mortuary San Diego. As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the right funeral arrangements. So, where should you start if you live in Southern California? If you live in the San Diego area, then look no further than La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary.

For over one hundred fifty years, we’ve been putting families first in the San Diego area. We do this by guiding you through every step of the process. We also offer a host of services, from funeral planning and burial services to cremations and veteran services. If you want to find out how we can help you say goodbye to your loved one, then get in touch with us today. 

In the unfortunate event of a death of a loved one, having a funeral home that you trust and feel comfortable with can eliminate any unneeded stress in a time of grief. You may be dealing with sudden death or could be planning ahead. Looking at more than one funeral home can ensure that you don’t overpay for any costs.

If you’re looking for a mortuary in San Diego, there are many factors to consider when choosing a funeral home. You don’t want to make any quick decisions while you’re grieving. Being prepared will help you avoid any added worries to an already highly emotional time. 

This guide will help you and your family select the best mortuary in San Diego. You will learn about all the different things you should take into consideration, potentially saving you substantial amounts of money and ensuring you receive satisfactory services. 

Ask Around for Recommendations

As odd as it may sound, ask friends and family members who they have used for a mortuary in the past. When you go out to eat at a restaurant, you will see what places people you know and trust like to go to. The same logic should apply to choosing a funeral home. 

Once you’ve compiled a list of several mortuaries, look them up online. See what their reviews say and if they have any testimonials on their website. You want the funeral home to come highly recommended from multiple sources.

When you begin calling funeral homes, have a list of questions ready. Ask them about pricing, pre-planning, and their facilities. Being prepared will help you narrow down the list as you go along. 

If you’re not given enough recommendations to choose from, you can search for “mortuaries in San Diego” on the internet. That will pull up a more comprehensive list and give you a jumping-off point when talking to people about which ones they recommend. 

See if They Offer Pre-Planning Services

Many mortuaries in the San Diego area offer pre-planning services. Being able to plan ahead for a funeral can take away some of the financial and emotional burdens for your family at the time. Pre-planning services can assist in offsetting the costs of visitations, embalming, transportation, and other facets of a funeral. 

This is also a great way to ensure your final wishes are followed. You will outline to your family where you’d like your ashes scattered or where you specifically want to be buried. 

Your funeral is a time for your family to gather together and remember your legacy. You will want them to be focused on the good memories and helping each other through this process, not burdened with a lot of financial choices. They may not know entirely what your last wishes will be, so pre-planning is a great way to accomplish that. 

Accommodates Your Religion and Culture

San Diego is a melting pot of different cultures and religions. Finding the right one that honors the background of you and your loved one is vital for their last wishes. For some people, religion is one of the most important things to them. 

The core values of whoever’s funeral it is should be apparent during their service. When you speak to different mortuaries in San Diego, ask them how they honor and respect different religions if it is something that is important to you. If you have special requirements due to your culture or religion, you will need to know if they can perform them. 

Find Out Costs

Ask the funeral home for a list of the services they offer and the associated prices. In case you didn’t know, the Federal Trade Commission has a Funeral Rule stating that a mortuary has to these particular guidelines: 

  • They have to provide you with a price list
  • On the list, they need to notate whether a certain item is required by local or state law
  • Inform the customer that they have the right to select any funeral services or goods that they want (unless something is specifically required by law)
  • Cannot charge a fee or refuse to handle a casket that you bought elsewhere

Know your rights before heading into a funeral home. Don’t just blindly take their advice if something doesn’t sit well with you. It could end up costing you more money in the long run. 

If you request an itemized expense list, you will be able to go over it and figure out what services are best for your budget. Mortuaries in San Diego are required by law to provide you with the costs for everything. If they’re being unclear with their pricing, it may not be the right fit. 

Caring and Compassionate Staff Members

Although the staff members may be strangers, having a strong support system during this time will help you make informed decisions. You should always be treated with kindness when at a funeral home by all members of their staff. 

Customer service skills go a long way and this is no exception. Ask them if they offer any grief counseling services during and after the funeral. They should be able to provide you with recommendations if they don’t have them on site. 

Make sure you read the history and mission statement of the mortuary. It will give you a good understanding of their background, commitments, and core values. 

Choosing a Mortuary in San Diego

Funerals can be a time of immense grief and healing. Having to figure out what mortuary in San Diego to use on top of everything else can be one thing too many. 

Our staff at La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary in National City will treat you and your family with warmth and respect. We are with you through every step of the process, providing support and comfort. Contact us today to find out more about the services we offer and how we can help you and your loved ones. 

Are you going to be attending a funeral soon?

If so, you’re probably experiencing a mix of emotions. You’re saddened by the death of your friend, loved one, or acquaintance, and you want to honor their life in a way that commemorates who they were and comforts the family.

Yet, unless you’ve been to a lot of funerals, you might be a little nervous you’ll make an uncomfortable faux pas. Few people talk about what happens at a traditional Western funeral, but making a mistake can range from embarrassing to downright rude.

The funeral procession constitutes one of the key parts of the ceremony. 

But what do you need to keep in mind when driving in one?

We’ll answer all of your questions about funeral processions below. Keep reading to learn more.

What Is a Funeral Procession?

Before we discuss funeral processions in more detail, let’s define what they are. 

The funeral procession usually takes place after the memorial service. It consists of a select group of people usually driving, but sometimes walking, from the service to the burial site, usually headed by a hearse carrying the coffin. Sometimes, the processions are accompanied by police cars to ensure that no other drivers interrupt the procession’s journey.

Funeral processions have been around for millennia. They began back in Ancient Egypt, where the mummified body of a person would be placed on a sledge and be pulled by either men or oxen. A priest would lead the procession, and family members and servants would follow on foot.

Similar processions also occurred in Ancient Greece, where family members carried the deceased on a bier or table.

Over time, they became a crucial part of the process of saying goodbye to someone beloved.

Who Drives in a Funeral Procession?

Though logistics vary from funeral to funeral (and religion to religion), many processions consist of an escorting vehicle at the head. This may be either a funeral home vehicle or a police car. Behind it is the hearse at the head, followed by limousines filled with the closest family members.

Behind them, the other guests drive, often followed by a funeral car at the end to signal that the procession has ended and the other motorists may proceed.

Only those who plan on attending the burial should drive in the funeral procession.

What You Should Expect

If this is your first funeral procession, you might be wondering what to expect and what you need to do.

What is the proper funeral procession etiquette? How should you drive in order to ensure everyone arrives at the burial site safely?

Let’s answer all of these questions below.

Arrive Early

If you plan on driving in the funeral procession, make sure you arrive at the funeral service 45 minutes early. let the funeral attendants know you are driving in the procession, and they will park your car in a line of vehicles.

Sometimes, they will mark your car with funeral flags to indicate you are part of the procession. If there are many cars, they will only mark every other vehicle.

Usually, procession drivers will receive a briefing on the specifics of the procession before the funeral ceremony. If they do, pay close attention and make sure you ask any questions at this point. Do you best not to raise any questions or concerns with the family unless there is an emergency.

After the Funeral

The funeral will take place between the procession orientation and the procession itself.

Once it comes time for the funeral procession, get into your car and wait for the procession to start. Do not try to cut the line.

Drive Slowly

As the funeral procession begins, make sure you drive slowly. Depending on the normal speed of the road, you should be going anywhere from 30-40 miles per hour.

On highways, you may go up to 55 miles per hour but only do so if the rest of the procession is already going that speed. 

Why do funeral processions usually go so slow? There are two reasons. The first is one of sheer practicality. It’s harder for a car to get cut off from the procession if everyone moves at a slower pace. The second is meant to mimic the somberness old processions held, back when more people walked on foot.

The third is a safety precaution. Funeral processions often drive close to one another, so going slow ensures there won’t be any accidents to deal with on the day of the ceremony.

Drive Close Together

But why do people drive close together in a funeral procession?

Since most funeral processions travel on roads used by other members of the public, close proximity becomes necessary in order to ensure the group doesn’t get separated. When you drive in a funeral procession, it’s essential to not allow any other cars to cut in front of you.

To do this, make sure there is not enough space between you and the next vehicle for another car to come through.

Be Aware of the Laws

Did you know that traffic laws are actually different for funeral processions?

That’s because the United States traffic authorities recognize the importance of keeping the funeral procession together. It’s also a sign of respect from the other vehicles.

A funeral procession always has the right-of-way on United States roads. Everyone else must yield to the funeral procession, and the procession’s cars may even proceed through red lights. if you do encounter a red light, proceed behind the vehicle in front of you, making sure everyone on the other side has yielded to the procession.

If you’re driving at the front of the procession, however, you may have to comply with traffic lights and other road rules. The people behind you will follow suit.

Are You Making Funeral Plans?

If you’re in a funeral procession, it’s understandable that you’d want to know the proper etiquette.

After all, you want to be able to be there for the family, not wonder what you could have done differently. By arriving early, driving slowly, and driving close together, you ensure that everyone will get there safely and that no vehicles outside of those at the funeral will separate the group.

Are you making funeral plans? If so, consider making them with us. Here at La Vista, we understand that making such arrangements while dealing with grief can be emotionally challenging, and we open our arms and services to you to help you along the way. Start the healing process by contacting us today!

Are you looking to buy flowers for a funeral, but aren’t sure which ones to choose?

Selecting the right funeral flowers can be a difficult task, as it can be tough trying to figure out which flowers allow you to share your condolences in an appropriate manner. If you’ve never purchased funeral flowers before, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed by the flower types, arrangement types, and funeral specifications. 

Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know about selecting the right funeral flowers. 

Funeral Flowers: Selecting the Right Arrangement 

When purchasing funeral flowers, one of the biggest things you need to consider is the arrangement. Here are the different types of arrangements you have to choose from:

Standing Spray 

A standing spray is typically displayed on an easel and can only be viewed from one side. Standing sprays are usually placed next to the funeral casket, and this arrangement is typically larger than a basket or wreath. 

Standing sprays are usually sent to the funeral home, but in some cases, they’re also sent to the church or graveside burial ceremony. Rarely do you send standing sprays to families’ homes. 

Standing sprays come in a wide variety of sizes, and you can choose to decorate a standing spray with one type of flower or multiple types. 


Wreaths come with flowers arranged in a circular pattern, which is meant to be a symbol of eternal life. Typically, casket wreaths are purchased by immediate family members, and it’s not usually appropriate for someone outside of the family to purchase the casket wreath. 

In addition to casket wreaths, there are also cross wreaths, heart wreaths, and other shapes of wreaths. These are typically smaller than standing sprays, but larger than a traditional flower bouquet. This type of arrangement is usually displayed on a stand or an easel that’s positioned next to the casket at a funeral. 

It is appropriate for those outside the immediate family to purchase cross or heart wreaths. However, before you purchase a cross wreath, make sure the family believes in the religious symbolism of the cross. 

Bouquets or Baskets 

You also have the option to purchase a flower bouquet or basket for the funeral. These smaller arrangements are typically purchased by friends, co-workers, and non-immediate family members. 

Typically, you should send the bouquet or basket directly to the family member’s house unless you’re instructed otherwise. Generally, it’s not appropriate to send this arrangement to a funeral home. 

Funeral Flowers: Choosing the Right Type of Flower 

As you may already know, flowers have many different meanings, and the meaning associated with each flower can be dependent on religious and cultural backgrounds. Generally speaking, you should figure out the family’s religious and cultural beliefs before you select a flower. 

That being said, here are some of the most popular types of funeral flowers:


Lilies come in a variety of different colors, and they’re often considered the go-to flower for funerals. Typically, people purchase white lilies, as they’re a symbol of peace, sympathy, and innocence. 

Purchasing lilies for a funeral symbolizes that the soul of the deceased has returned to an innocent state of being. Many people opt for peace lilies instead of regular lilies, as they’re sturdier and last a bit longer. 

They’re also great indoor plants, so they’re a great gift for a family member who spends a lot of time indoors. 


Yellow, white, and crimson red roses are also very popular funeral flowers. Yellow roses represent friendship, and they’re typically sent by close friends of the family. 

White roses, on the other hand, represent purity and innocence, and crimson roses represent loss, sorrow, and grief. Just make sure to avoid orange roses, as these are a symbol of gratitude and thanks. 


Chrysanthemums are another very popular funeral flower. These flowers represent sorrow, well-wishing, and loyalty. In some Asian cultures, white chrysanthemums symbolize grief, while yellow chrysanthemums symbolize luck. 

For this reason, it’s very important to understand the family’s culture before buying chrysanthemums. It’s usually best to purchase white ones to play it safe. 


Many people purchase white carnations for funerals as a symbol of purity and innocence. The mother of the deceased will sometimes bring pink carnations to a funeral, as these are a symbol of a mother’s love. 

Purple carnations also represent sympathy and grief, and they’re considered the funeral flower of choice in France. 


Orchids are another popular funeral flower, as white ones represent purity and innocence. Yellow orchids also represent friendship, and they’re typically purchased by the friends of the deceased. 

You can also purchase pink orchids, which represent grace, or purple orchids, which represent dignity and respect. 

Other Considerations When Sending Funeral Flowers 

As we mentioned earlier, you should also consider the family’s religious and cultural background before sending flowers. For example, sending flowers is not customary in the Jewish religion, as Jewish law calls for immediate burial. 

However, it’s not forbidden to send flowers, and many modern-day followers of Judaism appreciate the gesture. Flowers are also not a traditional part of the Islamic or Hindu faiths, although they’re not unwelcome. 

Also, keep in mind that some families ask for well wishes or charitable donations in lieu of flowers, and you should always respect the family’s wishes regarding this matter. 

Time to Purchase Funeral Flowers 

Now that you know how to select the right funeral flowers, it’s time to make your purchase. Keep in mind that it’s also customary to send a small card with the flower arrangement. 

If you need more help selecting the right flowers for a funeral, contact us today