Frequent Questions - Planning & General
Philosophy and Process
Every funeral home has their strengths. We won’t be right for everyone (just most people!)
Clarity is the right choice if you’re looking for simple, reasonably priced funeral services that do the least harm possible to the environment. We are locally owned and take our relationships with your family and our community very seriously. We are the funeral home most likely to empower you and your family to make the choices that are best for you, not what’s best for our company.
The short answer is that we keep our overhead costs low. We have a simple office in Hollywood, which means we aren’t passing costs like large mortgages, landscaping, and equipment on to our families.
The longer answer is that making funerals accessible to all families is part of our mission. Cost can be a huge barrier in dying, and it shouldn’t be. Our goal is to make sure everyone is cared for in death, and unreasonable, high prices don’t help us achieve that goal.
Death certificates are used to close down accounts and tie up loose ends on someone’s estate.
How many you will need to order depends on how many assets the person had, but our suggestion is that you start with two or three.
Many attorneys, friends, and family will suggest that you get five-ten death certificates. While these people have good intentions, things have changed a great deal in the past few years and most institutions aren’t requiring original death certificates. For example, bank account and investment firms will accept photocopies of the original “certified copy.”
Each copy is $21. That is the county’s cost, not our funeral home cost (though we will collect the money and pass the order along to the county on your behalf.) Keep in mind that you are aways able to get additional certified copies if you find you need them in the future.
Clarity’s goal is to be transparent not only about the process of cremation and burial, but also the prices we charge for cremation and burial. You can find the detailed answers about pricing on our cremation pricing page or burial pricing page.
Clarity Funerals doesn’t use “hidden fees” or gotchas in our pricing. You should know exactly what you’re getting and how much it will cost. Not only is it the law, it’s the right thing to do.
When a death occurs, please call us – 24 hours a day – at 323-457-3335 to let us know. This will allow us to guide you, answer any questions you have, and explain the next steps.
If someone is under hospice care at home or in a care facility (hospital, nursing home, hospice), their nurse or social worker will help you connect with us as the time grows closer.
Let the facility know that you have chosen to use Clarity Funerals and provide them with our phone number: 323-457-3335. It is wise to also call us directly at the time of passing to make sure all the information has been communicated.
Instead of calling the funeral home directly, you will have to call 911 to notify them of the death. They will arrive and assess the situation before contacting the county coroner to review the death to determine what additional action may need to be taken.
Once this happens, Clarity Funerals should be notified at 323-457-3335.