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My wife and I are looking for pre-planned cremation service. Can any Edhatters recommend providers to look at or avoid?

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paglinsb Mar 02, 2018 08:25 AM
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I signed up for Neptune Society years ago. (After I'm gone, I'll try to post to Edhat to let you know how it went.) Seriously, my brother used their services and all went well when he died.

a-1520008253 Mar 02, 2018 08:30 AM
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PAGLINSB, loved your sense of humor, thank you! Maybe we could have a "forever after" column for dearly departed Edhatters to let us know.

patrick Mar 02, 2018 08:34 AM
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I've heard good things about Simply Remembered: http://simplyrememberedcremation.com

RonnieB Mar 02, 2018 08:39 AM
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I used local family-run Simply Remembered when my spouse passed in 2016. 100% satisfied. I'd always thought Neptune was a non-profit but understand it is owned by one of the big for-profit funeral groups. Simply Remembered was far less expensive and perfectly fit our needs.

a-1520022843 Mar 02, 2018 12:34 PM
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I can recommend Neptune Society.

a-1520028672 Mar 02, 2018 02:11 PM
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Neptune Society does a great job of collecting the body and makes what could otherwise be an experience that may add to your loved ones' emotional pain a bit easier. I'm signed up with Neptune Society so that my body will be cremated in whatever locale/country I am in at my time of death, with ashes shipped home.-----------Cremation does add to air pollution (look it up) and is terrible for the planet. If I had it to do over again, I would sign up for a mushroom suit. Here's a link. I'm sure you can find more updated info, cost and so on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7rS_d1fiUc

richyrich Mar 02, 2018 02:59 PM
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How about use the Sunset Kid in the Santa Barbara Harbor and take a boat ride out to sea and toss the body whole? Didn't know that was legal but it is. A weighted down canvas suit with a minimum distance from the mainland and a minimum depth of water.

a-1520039750 Mar 02, 2018 05:15 PM
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Are you serious? That's legal? My mom had signed up with Neptune years ago. When she died last year it was easy to deal with everything. We had to pay for death certificates, but the rest had been prepaid, and the local Neptune staff were pleasant. When she signed up, she got an urn, really a wooden box, for eventual placement of the ashes, and it took us weeks to find where she had stored it. That was weird.

a-1520052629 Mar 02, 2018 08:50 PM
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dang, I'm shocked too!! I didn't read all of this or see the date. so surprised. _______________________________________________________________ https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/burial-sea _______________________________________________________________ The MPRSA general permit authorizes burial at sea of non-cremated human remains at locations at least three nautical miles from land and in ocean waters at least 600 feet deep. In certain areas, specifically east central Florida, the Dry Tortugas, Florida and west of Pensacola, Florida to the Mississippi River Delta, such at sea burials are only authorized in ocean waters at least 1,800 feet deep. Refer to 40 CFR 229.1(a)(2) for details. All necessary measures must be taken to ensure that the remains sink to the bottom rapidly and permanently. You must notify EPA of the burial at sea within 30 days following the event.

a-1520052779 Mar 02, 2018 08:52 PM
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replying to the 5:15 p.m. post w/questions of course. It's getting wilder... Sorry Hunter Thompson fans. ___________________________________________________________________ Can remains be transported by an expendable device, such as a balloon, rocket, or similar pyrotechnics, to land in or release remains over ocean waters? No. ______________________________ Viking honors/floating pyre Is burning a boat or floating funeral pyre permitted under the MPRSA general permit if the burning is done in connection with a burial at sea? No.

a-1520053553 Mar 02, 2018 09:05 PM
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Dear original poster: Several of my family members signed up years ahead of time with "Smart Cremation." The price and service was very good; nothing I can fault them for. (used their services in the past 10 years). I think they had an office back then closer than they do now (Ventura county?) but I'd call them. Cheaper than Neptune, good service, prompt and respectful (they responded to our home deaths). The "urns" are nice dark wood boxes; they must have choices. They were kind, responsive and efficient about paperwork, including copies of death certificates. I was the only family member working with them. Oh, they provide an online guest book too. They took a lot off my plate. I don't remember the price, but it was reasonable. Prepaid is a great way to handle things. I hope this helps. I'm happy and proud for you for doing this; pre-planning of this type and advance directives, including DNR if applicable and POLSTs, and family discussions about all these issues, are the greatest gift you can give your loved ones. __________________________________________________________ https://www.smartcremation.com/california/ __________________________________________________________ POLST: http://capolst.org/

calmich Mar 03, 2018 07:25 AM
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I used Simply Remembered for my Mother and Sister and was very pleased with their compassion and efficiency.

sbsweetpea Mar 03, 2018 08:21 AM
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Last year I had to deal with this kind of stuff for my mother-in-law. We ended up at the Neptune Society and they were great! This was her daughter's choice. I did do some research though before the decision. I found out that funeral services in general were less expensive if you went up to Santa Maria (several hundred dollars). I did not check SLO so you might want to do that. If you are trying to save $$ you need to call outside of S.B. Good Luck!