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Department of Consumer Affairs, Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite S-208, Sacramento, Ca. 95834 / (916) 574-7870
The goods and services shown below are those we can provide our customers. You may choose only those items you desire. However, any funeral arrangement you select will include a charge for our basic services and overhead. If legal or other requirements means you must buy any items you did not specifically ask for, we will explain the reasons in writing on the statement we provide describing the funeral goods and services you selected. This list does not include prices for certain items that you may ask us to buy for you, such as cemetery property, ground or air transportation out of the immediate area, flowers and newspaper notices. The prices for these items will be shown on your statement describing the funeral goods and services you selected
The death of a loved one is a difficult time. If final arrangements have not been made prior to death, there are many decisions that must be made. We are here to assist you through this life experience. Whether you are looking for traditional or cremation services, we offer many different service choices to help you memorialize your loved one. Our directors and staff are here to assist you with the details of personalizing a service that best memorializes your loved one. Our service types include:
Traditional Funeral Services
The term ‘Traditional Service’ usually refers to a service held either at the mortuary chapel or at the church of the family’s choice. Religious beliefs, ethnic heritage, and personal preference will all play a role in determining what location for the service would be the most appropriate. Some religions prefer that services only be held in their church, while others prefer that the mortuary’s facilities be used.
Some religions customarily hold an evening service at the mortuary chapel, in addition to the primary service the next day. The Roman Catholic faith is a good example, where viewing and an evening Rosary service are held at the mortuary, and the Catholic Funeral Mass is held the following day in the church.
The casket may be open or closed during the ceremony, depending again on religious custom and personal preference.
Following the service at the church or chapel, the family and friends usually drive to the cemetery for a brief committal or graveside service. This is often a very brief ceremony, normally involving a final prayer or blessing of the grave.
Burial is the most traditional form of disposition, and it is also the most commonly selected. Burial is usually preceded by some form of service, the most common types of which are listed below. If you do not already own cemetery property, the staff at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary has the added benefit of being able to assist you with the purchase of cemetery property.
Some people choose to have a visitation immediately preceding a funeral service on the same day. This type of service usually includes 1-4 hours of visitation, followed immediately by a service. Photographs, special music, video tribute, and other special memorabilia can aid families in creating a service that will be meaningful. A casket will need to be selected and this service can be chosen with a graveside or immediate cremation to follow.
Many families choose to have a time of viewing or visitation at the mortuary, usually on the day prior to the church, temple, chapel or graveside service. The purpose of a visitation is to allow family and friends the opportunity to view the person who has passed away, to visit with the family, and to provide an opportunity to say good bye in a more relaxed setting.
Visitations are often scheduled for a period of several hours during the afternoon and / or evening, at the time when most people are able to attend. Family members and friends are free to come and go during these hours, and should not feel obligated to stay for the duration of the viewing unless they choose to.
Visitations can be completely private (for the family only), public (for anyone who wants to attend), or there may be a private time for the family first, and then public viewing following. A visitation does not have to include an open casket viewing. Even if the casket is kept closed, families may still want the opportunity to receive guests and to visit with friends at the mortuary.
There is no requirement that some type of service be held prior to burial. If preferred, a direct burial can be arranged, which does not include any viewing or services. The burial would take place once the legal documents have been filed, and the casket is delivered to the cemetery. There is no embalming. A family will need to choose a casket and select their cemetery property.
Another type of service is the memorial service, which is a funeral without the body present. If cremation is involved, the family may choose to have the cremated remains present, but this is a personal choice. A memorial service can be held in our chapel, the church of your choice, or any other location that would be meaningful to you. Some settings, like a park, the beach, or the mountains, which would be impractical for a traditional funeral, make ideal locations for memorial services.
Since a casket is not present at a memorial service, photographs, flowers, or personal mementoes reflective of the decedent are usually arranged as the focal point of the service.
An alternative to the traditional church or chapel funeral is the graveside service. At a graveside service, the entire ceremony takes place at the gravesite. Since the service is held outdoors and most people will be standing during the ceremony, graveside services have a tendency to be more brief and simplistic than a church or chapel funeral.
The cemetery will often provide an overhead canopy for protection against the elements, and chairs are usually provided for the immediate family.
Cremation Following Traditional Services
When cremation became more common in the last quarter of the prior century, cremation was often erroneously thought of as being synonymous with direct disposition, meaning without services or viewing.
In reality, the greatest increase in the type of arrangements made has been among families desiring traditional services and visitation, followed by cremation. This is made feasible through the use of cremation caskets, which are made of wood or wood products and specifically designed for cremation. With the use of a cremation casket (or a conventional hardwood casket), traditional services can be held at either the mortuary chapel or the family’s church and with either an open or closed casket. Religious beliefs, ethnic customs, and personal preference will determine what type of service would be most appropriate. Photographs, special music, video tribute and other special memorabilia can aid families in creating a service that will be meaningful. We also offer a wide variety of urns for families to select from. Embalming is required for this service.
Direct Cremation Services
We offer a wide variety of urns for families to select from when choosing a direct cremation. If a family chooses a direct cremation, they may also wish to have a memorial service at a later date. There is no embalming needed if a family chooses direct cremation.
Cremation affords a variety of options for the final disposition of the cremated remains. The family may take possession of the cremated remains, or the mortuary can deliver or ship the cremated remains to a cemetery or other location. The most common forms of disposition are as follows:
- Retention by the family at home
- Burial in a cemetery ground space (either individually or with previously interred family members)
- Placement in an above ground cemetery niche
- Scattering at sea (either through our own Scattering by Boat services or by the family)
- Scattering on land (on property owned by the person performing the scattering, or with the permission of the property owner)
- Scattering by plane over the sea, mountains, or other locations (where permitted by law)
- Placement in a cemetery scattering garden
Military Honors Services
Veterans are often remembered with some type of military honors. Whether it be at the funeral home or cemetery, most military branches have special customs that they use to memorialize your loved one's service to his/her country. These types of services can be incorporated into almost any of our funeral service offerings. Our funeral home can assist your family in completing the wishes for a military service.
Fraternal Organization Services
Many times, families want to incorporate their loved one's membership in different organizations, into the service. These types of services can be incorporated into almost any of our funeral service offerings. Hooper & Weaver Mortuary will contact these organizations and help organize their participation in the service.
When a family member dies away from his/her home, we can assist in arranging for services elsewhere.
Arranging for the funeral of a loved one often falls on survivors who are not prepared for the important decisions that must be made during this time of hardship. We feel that pre-arranging for a funeral can be a most important asset to a family at the time of the death of a loved one. It can lighten the burden from your family members and also helps to ensure that your personal wishes, or those of a loved one, are known.
Hooper & Weaver Mortuary has been caring for the families in our community for nearly 70 years. If you decide that pre-planning would be beneficial to you or a loved one, we can sit down with you to evaluate your funeral needs, and help you to construct a service that will accommodate your wishes. Your survivors can take comfort in knowing that they are implementing your desires.
Pre-arrangements are often considered by persons who:
Have no close living relatives
Are applying for or are on SSI or Medicaid, who want to pay for their funeral in advance by placing funds in an irrevocable funeral trust.
Are moving from the community, but wish to have their funerals in their home community
Wish to give their children guidance in making funeral arrangements
Find it important to know that their funeral has been paid in advance, so their family does not feel that added stress
If you feel you would benefit from pre-planning, please call us to set up an appointment to visit with you. If you prefer, we can meet together in the comfort of your own home.