San Diego Cremation Services

With many fine funeral homes in San Diego County and decades of providing quality funeral and cremation services to the area, the Dignity Memorial® network delivers compassionate care when your family needs it most. The professionals at Glen Abbey Memorial Park & Mortuary in Bonita, Funeraria del Angel in Chula Vista, McLeod Mortuary in Escondido and other San Diego funeral homes provide not only the warm and friendly service you expect from locally operated businesses, but also the value you deserve by way of the largest network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in North America.

The rising popularity of cremation services

Cremation is important in certain religions and cultures. It is the prevailing practice for those who follow the principles of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism or Jainism. Many Americans of Asian descent choose cremation. But regardless of cultural or religious affiliations, more and more families are opting for cremation after a loved one passes. In fact, in the United States in 2016, just over half of all final arrangements involved cremation, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

Cost is a big part of the trend. Our goal is to provide you with affordable cremation services.

A cremation should be about memories, not high prices

Arranging cremation services is stressful enough without worrying about high costs. If you’re planning now for an immediate need or planning ahead for the future, your Dignity Memorial® providers in the San Diego area offer affordable service that doesn’t compromise quality or personal touches. Get more information on starting prices for cremation.

San Diego funeral homes in the Dignity Memorial network partner with a reputable locally owned and operated crematorium, so that you get the best possible care.

Types of cremation funeral services

Though cremation is a departure from traditional embalming and casket burial, a cremation funeral can include many of the same elements as a traditional funeral, should your family so desire.

Some families choose direct cremation without a service. The most affordable cremation option, this means that a loved one is simply cremated at a crematorium and the cremated remains are returned to the family.

Some families opt for a traditional funeral service with the body present, followed by cremation. This would involve embalming a loved one for visitation, if desired, and a funeral with friends and family present. The deceased would be cremated after the funeral, and the cremated remains would be returned to the family, who may then opt to bury or scatter them.

Other families choose cremation and then hold a memorial service or celebration of life at a funeral home, cemetery or location especially meaningful to the person being remembered. Cremated remains are typically present at the service but may later be buried, scattered or kept at home.

Some religions and cultures require a witness cremation, which means that friends or family are present at the start of the cremation. A family member may even participate in the start of the cremation process.

There is no “best” choice—only the choice that fits your budget, personal preference and family tradition. Let a funeral director know what you’re thinking, and he or she will walk you through our affordable cremation packages.

Personalized cremation memorials

Should you choose a traditional funeral service prior to cremation or a celebration of life afterward, Dignity Memorial funeral directors and certified funeral celebrants specialize in creating affordable, personalized services that deeply reflects the lives being honored.

A traditional funeral service might include favorite songs, eulogies by friends and family, and a catered reception with favorite foods. It could also include a processional to a nearby cemetery and scriptural or poetic readings graveside. A more contemporary celebration of life might involve a backyard barbecue with themed decor, a band and a shared secret recipe, or a display at an art gallery with passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast.

Imagine it: From scrapbooking to sailboats, guitars to golf balls, butterfly releases to balloon bouquets, we take the things that mattered to someone and string them together to create a singular, heartfelt memorial. You provide the inspiration; we do the rest.

If you would like us to, we will also help handle details such as writing an obituary for the internet and other outlets, creating a multimedia tribute to share with friends and family, coordinating transportation for guests and more. We also prepare the death certificate and request copies for you.

There’s almost nothing we won’t do to ease your burden during this difficult time.

The importance of pre-planning a funeral

Planning a funeral or cremation in advance helps relieve the emotional and financial burdens of making final arrangements during a hard moment. When you outline your wishes ahead of time, you do more than make sure your life will be celebrated the way you envision it, you also help alleviate future stress for those you love. With no obligation and at no cost to you, a pre-planning professional can give you insight into your choices and help you decide the exact right funeral or cremation arrangements for your personal preferences, family customs and budget.

Dignity Memorial funeral homes in San Diego offer a complimentary planning guide to help you with pre-planning a funeral. A funeral planning advisor can walk you through your options, help you understand our affordable cremation offers and put a cremation plan in place for you.

Find a San Diego County cremation provider near you

Are you planning to attend the memorial service of a cherished loved one but are not sure where to go? Do you need to plan a cremation immediately, or would you like to talk with someone about planning funeral arrangements ahead of time? Whatever your funeral or cremation need, we are here for you, and finding a San Diego County funeral home is easy with our search tool.

Start by entering a location, use the filters to narrow your search, and you will be on your way to finding the funeral home you are looking for.

If you have questions about cremation services, want to know more about a location or would like a funeral home tour, please call us.

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We are always here for you. Whether you need immediate help after the death of a loved one or would like to talk to someone about planning a funeral ahead of time, a Dignity Memorial provider is only a phone call away.