Service Prices


Before we begin, please take the time to read over the Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases. This will help provide more information and insight on your rights as a consumer. Click here for a printer friendly version.

At Undertaking LA we aim for transparency, and that includes our pricing. We are happy to explain the "what, why, and how" for our prices, and hope to make you feel comfortable and confident in your decision.


Direct Cremation: $995 (all inclusive)

A direct cremation is our simplest option-a cremation with no service or viewing. If you are price shopping please note that other business may offer a lower price but make sure that it includes everything. Often they will add on other necessary parts of the process along the way once they have the body in their home.

Our price is all inclusive.

The above cost includes everything necessary to complete a cremation whichincludes basic service fee, filing of death certificate and obtaining cremation permit, pick-up and transport to our crematory, refrigeration, alternative cremation container (as required by law), cremation process, simple urn for remains, notice of death to Social Security, Disposition Permit as required by law, County Filing Fee as required by law. Embalming is not required. Cremation will be scheduled at Undertaking LA's convenience. These charges do not include washing and dressing of body,  scattering at sea, or other disposition or memorialization.

The only additional fees are Certified Copies of the Death Certificate. We will assist you in obtaining up to five certificates with each after that incurring an additional $1 charge, plus $5 to mail them USPS FIRST CLASS. Please note Death Certificates will be returned to you on average 10-14 business days after filing. If you want them sooner we will charge you a rush fee, or you may go to the Health Office to fill out an application in person to receive them the same day.

*Dressing of decedent or any autopsy care is an additional fee and will be discussed during arrangement.

*Please note that due to the cooling process, cremated remains cannot be taken home the same day.

*Pacemaker Removal: If the decedent has a pacemaker installed, a removal fee of $75 will be added to total cost.

 

*Dressing of decedent or any autopsy care is an additional fee and will be discussed during arrangement.

*Please note that due to the cooling process, cremated remains cannot be taken home the same day.

*Pacemaker Removal: If the decedent has a pacemaker installed, a removal fee of $75 will be added to total cost.


Witness Cremation: $1520

The above cost includes everything necessary to complete a cremation. The only additional fees are Certified Copies of the Death Certificate. We will assist you in obtaining up to five certificates with each after that incurring an additional $1 charge, plus $5 to mail them USPS FIRST CLASS. Please note Death Certificates will be returned to you on average 10-14 business days after filing.

Breakdown Includes: basic service fee, filing of death certificate and obtaining cremation permit, pick-up and transport to our crematory, 3 days refrigeration, alternative cremation container (as required by law), cremation process, simple urn for remains, notice of death to Social Security, Disposition Permit as required by law, County Filing Fee as required by law.  This service also allows for up to 10 guests to come and view the decedent in our crematory and witness the beginning of the cremation process (10 minutes). Please understand that this is a scheduled service, because we are required to turn off the other cremation machine for both your privacy and the privacy of the other families our crematory serves.

*Dressing of decedent or any autopsy care is an additional fee and will be discussed during arrangement.

*Please note that due to the cooling process, cremated remains cannot be taken home the same day.

*Pacemaker Removal: If the decedent has a pacemaker installed, a removal fee of $75 will be added to total cost.


Witness Cremation with One-hour Viewing: $1935

The above cost includes everything necessary to complete a cremation. The only additional fees are Certified Copies of the Death Certificate. We will assist you in obtaining up to five certificates with each after that incurring an additional $1 charge, plus $5 to mail them USPS FIRST CLASS. Please note Death Certificates will be returned to you on average 10-14 business days after filing.

Breakdown Includes: basic service fee, filing of death certificate and obtaining cremation permit, pick-up and transport to our crematory, 3 days refrigeration, alternative cremation container (as required by law), cremation process, simple urn for remains, one-hour viewing in our private room for up to 50 guests with the cremation to follow, notice of death to Social Security, Disposition Permit as required by law, County Filing Fee as required by law..

*Dressing of decedent or any autopsy care is an additional fee and will be discussed during arrangement.

*Please note that due to the cooling process, cremated remains cannot be taken home the same day.

*Pacemaker Removal: If the decedent has a pacemaker installed, a removal fee of $75 will be added to total cost.


Simple Home Visit for Delayed Removals: $996

Includes: basic service fee, a three hour home visit from one of our Service Directors, washing and dressing of the body, all necessary supplies. This also includes guidance and framework for the disposition of the body when creating your own home ceremony. Please note this is within LA County only at this time and occurs only during normal business hours.

This service can be used alongside a cremation or burial from Undertaking LA, but if you already have a plot or plan elsewhere, we can work with another funeral home and provide this to you à la carte.


Direct Green Burial (no family present): Average Price $6,917

Please note that for this option we do not set or control cemetery plot prices that are associated with our partnering cemetery, Joshua Tree Memorial Park (JTMP). If this is a service you would like, we can help you arrange a conference with one of their Directors. A direct green burial will include: our basic service fee, pick-up and transportation to JTMP, shroud and shrouding, cemetery regulation fee, garden space (plot), opening and closing of burial space, recording burial with county, endowment fee, filing of death certificate, obtaining burial permit, and filing of Statement of Death with Social Security. This price does not include certified copies of the death certificate at $21 each. Most families purchase anywhere from 3-5. Please factor that into the total price of your service.

To begin this process please call Joshua Tree Memorial Park at 760-366-9210 and a director will assist you with purchasing your plot. After that contact us to begin planning your service. All payments for Joshua Tree Memorial Park must be made directly to them.

Please note that at Undertaking LA we encourage ways to reduce cost but it is important to remember that reduction in cost comes from doing it yourself (DIY). Ways to do this can be by: creating your own shroud from non bleached cotton material, washing and dressing the body at home, and driving the body to the cemetery. If these are things you are interested in doing please talk to us ahead of time and we will be happy to advise you.

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Simple Green Burial: Average price $7,500*

Please note that for this option we do not set or control prices for the cemetery plots that are associated with our partnering cemetery, Joshua Tree Memorial Park (JTMP). If this is a service you would like, we can help you arrange a conference with one of their Directors. A simple green burial will include: our basic service fee, pick-up and transport to JTMP, a director present, shroud and shrouding, graveside setup (includes water, shelter, chairs, microphone, amp), cemetery regulation fee, garden space (plot), opening and closing of burial space, recording burial with county, endowment fee, filing of death certificate, obtaining burial permit, and filing of Statement of Death with Social Security. This price does not include certified copies of the death certificate at $21 each. Most families purchase anywhere from 3-5. Please factor that into the total price of your service. *Saturday service is an additional $400. Sunday Service is an additional $600

To begin this process please call Joshua Tree Memorial Park at 760-366-9210 and a director will assist you with scheduling a time for you to visit their location and purchase your plot. All payments for Joshua Tree Memorial Park must be made directly to them.

After that contact us to begin planning your service. Please note that while there will be a director present, we do not officiate the service. At Undertaking LA we specialize intimate services, if you will have more than ten to fifteen guests planning to attend please let us and JTMP know in advance so we can talk about making proper arrangements.

Please note that at Undertaking LA we encourage ways to reduce cost but it is important to remember that reduction in cost comes from doing it yourself (DIY). Ways to do this can be by: creating your own shroud from non bleached cotton material, washing and dressing the body at home, and driving the body to the cemetery. If these are things you are interested in doing please talk to us ahead of time and we will be happy to advise you.

Click here for a sample invoice for what a typical Simple Green Burial looks like.

For more information on your rights as a consumer, please read the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau's Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchase by clicking the link here.

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