Until a loved one dies, many families in Richmond, Pinole, and Oakland don’t know the extent of end-of-life options, including the details of cremation, traditional burial, and the selection of a final resting place. Our Sunset View Mortuary staff hears questions like, “Can we have a funeral even with cremation?”, “Can we bury some of the cremated remains near our family plot at a cemetery and scatter some at a location that meant a lot to our loved one?”, “What if some of our family chooses cremation and some want traditional burial? Can we still all be buried together?”

You have questions, and our caring staff has answers. Let us walk you through the details, and then if you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

First, we’ll address why more Californians than ever are opting for cremation over traditional burial. Some choose cremation because it can be a less expensive option. Others don’t feel as tied to their family traditions – the way their family “has always done things.” There are others still who are concerned about their carbon footprint and want an eco-friendly option.

If you choose cremation with Sunset View Mortuary, you’ll have peace of mind knowing we adhere to the very highest professional and ethical cremation standards. We are also able to help design a dignified service to help honor and celebrate a life. This service can take place before or after the cremation; whatever is most convenient to the family. It’s important to remember that you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize any service with a balloon or dove release, live musicians, or a display featuring family photos, military metals, and favorite recipes or flowers.

Cremation Disposition Options

For those who choose cremation, we can arrange for memorialization in a dignified burial at our cemetery. We have a wide selection of decorative urns and keepsake jewelry for permanent possession. These keepsakes are a special way to keep your loved one with you long after they’re gone. Many people find great comfort in these tangible objects and appreciate that they can be transported wherever life takes them.

If you prefer to scatter some or all of the cremated remains, let us help you arrange a final disposition ceremony. We can provide you with a temporary container and inform you of the California health and legal restrictions.

We’ll Help with All Your Arrangements

We can help you arrange for customized monuments and headstones.

Having our own cemetery means we will work with you to coordinate memorialization for your loved one. We can give you a tour of our cemetery and help you select a burial plot.

If you would like to learn more, call today to speak with cremation preplanning specialists. We can assist you with your choice and help you put a plan in place that will bring meaning and comfort to you and your family. For us, it’s about making sure your wishes are carried out exactly the way you want – one decision at a time.