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Interesting and Useful Stuff
Comprehensive Guide to Funeral Planning
Recommended reading from our LIBRARY at our Palo Alto Office
What you should know about exploding caskets. Advice from our national Executive Director.
Composting Bodies? See Jae Rhim Lee's 2011 TED talk about her mushroom burial suit
Composting bodies in the city--the Urban Death Project

Other Funeral Consumers Alliance sites
National FCA website (check here for chapters in other states)
    See their BROCHURE list
California State FCA website (check here for other chapters in California)
California State FCA Facebook page
Directory of West Coast FCA affiliates

Regulatory Information
California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funerals Bureau (CFB)
CFB Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases
CFB License Verification information for Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and their personnel
San Mateo County Coroner
Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner   
California Health & Safety Code 7100 regarding who may control disposition of remains
How to request certified copies of a death certificate  
FTC Funeral Consumer Info
Legislation: review of new and recent legislation
Social Security Death Benefits
Social Security Survivor Benefits
VETERANS' Death Benefits
End-of-Life Options act in California

What to Do When Someone Dies (links)
From UncleFed's Tax Board   Checklist: What To Do When Someone Dies
​From LegalVoice  After Death Occurs--A Checklist

Green Burial and Other Novel Options
What is Green Burial?
Green Burial Council
Grave Matters:  A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
Final Footprint:  Eco-caskets and green burials
I Will Be Turned to COMPOST When I Die, Article from BBC Future

Family-Managed Death Care
Home Funerals
Home funeral consultants
Undertaken With Love:  A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities
VIDEO:  Home Funeral Discussed, Part 1
VIDEO:  Home Funeral Discussed, Part 2

Cultural Traditions
Catholics and Death
Jewish Rites of Death and Mourning
Islamic Funeral Practices: A Muslim woman expresses her thanks for expressions of support in the wake of opposition to a Muslim cemetery in Texas. And gives a gentle, concise description of how Muslims deal with death.

Hospice, Home Care, End-of-Life Care, Medical Directives
Mission Hospice, San Mateo
Hospice by the Bay, for Marin, San Francisco, Sonoma and San Mateo Counties
Brookdale Hospice San Jose (in Pleasanton)
Sutter Visiting Nurses and Hospice
List of Local Hospices
Health Insurance and Medicare Questions:  HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)
In-Home Assistance Programs in San Mateo County
Find a Nursing Home: A guide to long term care in California
End-of-life choices
End-of-life wishes:   
        California Medical Assoc info on Advance Health Care Directives
        California Advance Care Directive info and forms.
        California info and forms for POLST and DNR (do not resuscitate)
        Communicating end-of-life wishes--Coda Aliance

Faith-free grief support network: www.griefbeyondbelief.org
When Someone You Care About is Grieving
List of Grief Counselling providers

Help with Estate Planning
Estate Planning
Living trust info from California State Bar
What you need to know about WILLS in California, by Ray Sowards, Attorney at Law

Help with Health Insurance
Medicare Health Insurance Counseling, HiCAP

VIDEO: Ask a Mortician, Episode 6, Decomposition

In the News
SmartMoney Article:  10 Things Your Funeral Director Won't Tell You