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Affordable Funeral Service
updated: Aug 19, 2014, 2:09 PM

The company I work for has been helping a family, it is very very poor, and their daughter just passed away. They do not have the money to afford a burial or funeral service and they are so distraught and inconsolable. Do any edhatters know of a local resources where low income families can receive assistance to pay for basic burial and funeral expenses?

 COMMENT 545931P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:27 PM

I don't know of a specific organization, but according to the web site of one of our local funeral homes, funeral directors generally know who to contact for help. If the family has a religious affiliation, that organization may be able to help with expenses, as well. I noticed that there are also some crowdfunding type web sites for this purpose. Bless you for being so caring!


 COMMENT 545933 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:29 PM

Cremation is a more affordable option.


 COMMENT 545935 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:38 PM

In the past General Relief at the County Department of Social Services had a program that paid for some aspects of what you are looking for.


 COMMENT 545937P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:40 PM

933. Yes. My thought, too.


 COMMENT 545941 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:46 PM

Coast Cities Cremation is a great family run business out of Ventura and they are much cheaper in price then the big funeral homes.


 COMMENT 545943 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 02:48 PM

fcasocal . org shows the basic prices for cremation in Santa Barbara. The prices range from $900 to $2500. I wonder how much of that is for governmental fees and what goes to the funeral home?

Pretty pricey for a poor family in their time of grief.

Can't imagine what it must cost for an actual burial.


 COMMENT 545950P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 03:30 PM

I wonder if either Make-A-Wish, or The Dream Foundation could help... Might be worth investigating their websites. Sounds like a really tough situation-good luck to you/the family!


 COMMENT 545955 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 03:49 PM

As a Hospice of Santa Barbara volunteer, I attended a series of presentations on various funeral alternatives and there were services that started as low as $600 for cremation. I suggest contacting Hospice of Santa Barbara -- they may even know of resources to assist with payment, too.


Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.
2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: (805) 563-8820
Fax: (805) 563-8821


 COMMENT 545958P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:03 PM

I would check with Catholic Charities.


 COMMENT 545961 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:05 PM

I don't know how this works, but it saw an article in the news about crowd sourcing. I think it's going online to specific websites and explaining issues and people donate. I do know you have to report to the IRS above a specific amount.


 COMMENT 545965 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:18 PM

OP here, thank you everyone for these terrific suggestions. I will be passing them along to the family before I leave work today for their information and possible action.


 COMMENT 545967 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:23 PM

Try crowd sourcing on the internet. Put up a website, tell the story and ask for donations to cover the cost.


 COMMENT 545969 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:24 PM

I think organ donation should cover cremation costs since there is always a shortage of donors. I'd sign up!


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 04:42 PM

My heart goes out to this family. Cremation is the best deal, my mom's was through Visiting Nurses and Hospice, I think it was less than $500. I have gone to memorial services held in a beach park, we watched as a friend in his boat scattered the ashes of a brother and sister at sea; another at an inland park, ashes later scattered in the mountains. Not necessary for a big funeral parlor ordeal. If the family are church members, the pastor should perform a free service. RIP to the daughter. So sad.


 COMMENT 546000 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 05:28 PM

Neptune Society.


 COMMENT 546028 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 07:05 PM

Agreed with comment about Coast Cities Cremation in Ventura, they were great , handled everything including paperwork of transfer from morgue etc believe it was $800 total , super nice and easy


 COMMENT 546032 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-19 07:37 PM

Soon, only the privileged will be able to afford both the cost of living, and the cost dying. Health care is becoming ever more off-limits to low income folk, alongside an increasing proportion of other aspects of normal life which were available to us all.

Welcome to the Oligarchy USA, the modern feudal system.


 COMMENT 546106P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:18 AM

If the family had any connections to a local business that gets a lot of customers they could ask the public for donations. I can say that at at least 2 small restaurants that I frequent have had a donation box set up for the burial/funeral for a family member of an employee. They were stuffed with cash. I put in $5...feeling for their loss... There was a photo and the story and the ask for help. Hey...why not!?


 COMMENT 546107 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:18 AM

Another good resource might be Sarah House, a residential hospice facility in Santa Barbara -- they may have information on funeral alternatives that they provide to families of patients who are dying there.

Office: (805) 682-1515
Residence: (805) 563-9990
Fax:(805) 563-4761


 COMMENT 546110 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 08:24 AM

Just have to say that the Neptune Society is far more costly than folks know. The Omega Society or http://www.heritagecremationprovider.com/funeral-homes-services/california/santa-barbara

will be less costly than the Neptune Society, which is cashing in on its name recognition.

Using a local cremation service such as that offered by the Perez Family Mortuary in Camarillo (they do come to Santa Barbara county) will be much less costly than Neptune or other nationally recognized entity.


 COMMENT 546122 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 09:00 AM

Create a memorial gofundme.com site. Tell the story, share it on Facebook, ask friends to share as well. This can generate a lot of funds quickly. Set a realistic goal amount, this usually helps people a lot!


 COMMENT 546212 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:55 PM

This story really brings home the reality of the working poor. True 500. or 900. for many people is 'affordable' but for many many people here and elsewhere an unexpected 500. is truly a catastrophe - whether a car repair, injury or even saddest a funeral event. A very sad story but a good one to keep in mind when we decide to buy one more pair of running shoes, or get the car detailed - people work incredibly hard for so little.


 COMMENT 547285 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-23 08:51 PM

There are some cultural issues with cremation, but I would vote for that.Traditionally, although it may have changed, Catholics were opposed to it.




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