A No Cost Alternative to Traditional Funeral and Cremation Services in California

A no-cost alternative to traditional funeral & cremation services in California

Two of the biggest questions people have when searching for end of life options is “how much does cremation cost?” or “how much does a funeral cost?” These are difficult questions, as there is no one correct answer. It’s up to the funeral home or cremation provider to set their prices and those prices can vary dramatically based on services, add-ons, location, etc.

One of the many ways that Science Care helps out families is that our services are provided at no cost. Costs for traditional funerals and cremations in California (especially in especially the greater Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego, Fresno, San Francisco and San Jose areas) can run very high. Funeral services can run $10,000 or higher, while cremations can cost between $500 and $3,000 depending on the type of organization you choose to work with and whether you decide to go with a direct cremation (simple cremation – cheapest option) or a cremation with full services.

Funeral Costs in California – $10,000+

Cremation Costs in California – $500 to $3,000

Science Care Costs – $0

By choosing Science Care as an alternative to traditional funeral and cremation services, families not only save financially, but can also take pride in the fact that their loved-one helped future generations through the advancement of medical science.

“I was interested in cremation as my final journey. I had never heard of whole body donation upon reading about it. It was like everything just fell into place. This is what I had been missing. It just puts me at peace. I’m able to help others but at the same time have my final wishes out and take the burden off of my family. Also, they would be informed by a letter of ways I had helped others. Then a year later to have a tree planted in my memory for my family. My family and I discussed this option for me. They said ultimately it was my decision and whatever I wanted they would support. So in the end, I’m finally at peace with my final wishes. It has just given me a calm peaceful feeling.”
Linda W.

Science Care is also a great service for families who reside outside of the state of California where their loved-one may have passed, as we will handle all arrangements upon acceptance into the program. This includes:

  • Coordination of transportation
  • Filing of the death certificate
  • Cremation and return of ashes within 3-weeks
  • Family follow-up letter explaining the donor’s contribution to research
  • A tree planting on the 1-year anniversary of donation

Science care is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks and has a BBB A+ rating. You can rest assured that the entire donation process for your loved-one will be handled with care and dignity.

*Many families who choose Science Care often hold their own memorial service for their loved-one.


Learn more about our HOPE™ Program for hospice patients and the terminally ill. The HOPE™ Program offers the opportunity to complete most of the donation arrangements prior to the time of passing.


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