Category: Cemetery and Funeral

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau: A New Way To Renew

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The Cemetery and Funeral Bureau is now accepting credit card payments for license renewal. If you are within 90 days of renewing (or even if you are delinquent one cycle), visit the bureau’s website at www.cfb.ca.gov and click Renew Online to start the process. It’s simple, fast, free and available for all license types! No…

Climate Change, Cost, Convenience Fuel Switch From Burial To Cremation

Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. For many, planning a funeral often compounds the grieving process because there are so many arrangements to make in a short amount of time. The biggest—and most final—decision is whether to have a traditional burial or direct cremation. Cremation is increasingly gaining in popularity in the United States. …

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Making Your Final Arrangements Before You Need Them

Americans don’t like thinking about the end. A 2010 survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association found that only 25 percent of adults have made arrangements for their own funeral. However, 66 percent of adults indicated that they would choose to arrange their own funeral service. It’s a subject many are quick to avoid.…

Put it on Your Reading List: The Winter 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine!

Happy holidays from the staff of the Consumer Connection magazine! The last issue for 2017 is filled with articles about everything from hormone replacement therapy to power poses, seniors and technology, football helmets, liquid cremation, and much more! Our cover story features the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the preparations it is making to begin…

Dealing With the High Cost of Dying

Let’s face it. No one enjoys discussing death or dying, much less planning a funeral for a loved one or even for themselves. However uncomfortable the subject may be, if you don’t plan in advance, it could cost you both financially and emotionally. Shopping around for the most suitable and affordable funeral goods and services is…

DCA Complaint Resolution Program Comes to an End

After processing more than 201,395 complaints and recovering $32.4 million for consumers, DCA’s Complaint Resolution Program (CRP) will close its doors on June 30, 2016. Established in 1994 and originally called the Complaint Mediation Division, CRP was created to consolidate and streamline consumer complaint processing. CRP staff review complaints and act as a neutral third…

Cemeteries Adhere to Drought Water Restrictions

Governor Brown’s Executive Order in April calling for a mandatory a 25 percent cut in potable water use through February 2016 means belt-tightening not only for residents and municipalities, but for commercial and industrial properties as well. That directive includes California’s cemeteries. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (Bureau) wants to alert consumers that…

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Holds Roundtable Discussion on Impact of Drought on Cemeteries

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau on Wednesday hosted a roundtable discussion to discuss the impact of the California drought on cemeteries and to brainstorm ideas for coping with water use reductions. “Everyone needs to do their part to save water during the drought,” said Lisa Moore, Chief of the Cemetery and…

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Revokes Licenses For Beloved Care Funeral Service

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has revoked the licenses associated with the Beloved Care Funeral Service in Bakersfield. An investigation into Beloved Care and its owner James Otis Gamble, Jr., uncovered fraud, misrepresentation and unprofessional conduct. As a result, the funeral establishment license, funeral director license and embalmer…