After an extensive search to find a funeral director in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area willing to support me as I walk clients through At Home Death Care and Home Vigils, I found Honor Cremations. Honor Cremations realizes the value of friends and family being more involved in the care of their loved one's body. Together, we collaborate to give clients the experience they want whether it's a few hours or a few days with their loved one at home before final disposition.
If a green or natural burial is of interest to you, I recommend Purissima Cemetery in Half Moon Bay, CA overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are a variety of options available and their prices are quite affordable compared to other cemeteries in the Bay Area.
If alkaline hydrolysis or water cremation is desired, I recommend White Rose Water Cremations in Escondido, CA. Currently, White Rose is the first and only alkaline hydrolysis facility serving California.
Natural Organic Reduction (NOR) or Human Composting
While Natural Organic Reduction was legalized in California in 2022, the Cemetery Funeral Bureau has until 2027 to build the infrastructure to support this disposition option in California. Until then, I recommend Recompose in Seattle Washington because they created this unique disposition method and I believe they are well suited to meet client's needs who want this option.
Mortuary Transportation Services
If a family chooses At Home Death Care and hires Honor Cremations to file the paperwork for the death certificate and the disposition permit, they can also call Wings of Angels to help with transportation services to Purissima cemetery for a green burial in Half Moon Bay, CA or to White Rose for water cremation in Escondido, CA. Wings of Angels charges $130 for pick up and transportation services within their service area and .60 to $1.00/mile for transportation outside their service area. Call them for prices to fly a body to Seattle for Natural Organic Reduction.