Cremation Urn with flowersCremation is an increasingly popular method of body disposal. A more affordable alternative to other forms of disposal, the process reduces the amount of space and environmental impact needed for burial. Cremation also allows families to honor their loved ones in a meaningful way.

Eco-Friendly Option

Per body, cremation produces between 200-500 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. Emissions offset in about two to three months. This green option appeals to people concerned about the environment. On the other hand, a body which has been buried will take more than 50 years to decompose. After this period, all that will remain are mummified skin and tendons. The lengthy process involves more than 200 human bones. Also, the body contains a few trillion microbes, and as many as 37 trillion cells. Continue reading Cremation


Chalk Outline Body Reconstruction After DeathIn the 1972 classic movie, The Godfather, Vito Corleone calls upon an undertaker who owes him a favor following the startlingly traumatic shooting death of his son, Sonny. “Look what they did to my son,” he cries, imploring the mortician to work magic so Sonny’s funeral could include an open casket. As far-fetched as it may seem, requests for bodily reconstruction are more common (and do-able) in the real world than you might think. Continue reading Reconstruction

Crazy Cremation Urns

All That Glitters is Not Gold Funerals Cremations BurialYears ago, people opted for cremation to save money. Determined to take the lease expensive way out, these bargain-hunters shopped for bottom dollar urns. But times have changed, and with them, the reasons people choose crazy cremation over traditional burial with embalming and a casket.

Today, motives tend more toward Carbon Footprint Funerals
ecology in addition to economy. They prefer leaving a smaller carbon footprint. But whether you decide to be buried or cremated, the sky is still the limit when it comes to associated options relative to cremation-based ceremonies and final resting places — urns! Continue reading Crazy Cremation Urns

What Happens After You’re Buried?

Mummy Buried GlendoraIf you’re a fan of any of the (original or remake) Laura Croft Tomb Raider or The Mummy films, you probably have an idea of what happens after death. The problem is that if it’s based on those movies, your impression misses the mark. Like most Hollywood fare, the truth is a little less sensational.

The Mummy

The term ‘mummification’ typically reminds folks of Ancient Egypt. But embalming is a more contemporary term for the processes used in funeral homes today. That said, embalming is actually just one step of the mummification process which could be defined as: “the purposeful preservation of a corpse to delay decomposition.” Short of Hollywood studios, people no longer mummify in order to protect the bodies of those who have passed. Embalming is de rigueur (which seems a fitting term to use since it is reminiscent of rigor mortis, something we encounter in the mortuary field.) Continue reading What Happens After You’re Buried?

Cremation Service: You can still go traditional

Cremation Traditional ServiceOnce upon a time, families who opted to cremate their loved ones usually chose the option because they didn’t want the expense and ceremony associated with a traditional funeral service and burial. But times have changed. At our Glendora mortuary, approximately 70 percent of mourners choose cremation over burial. Their reasons include everything from honoring the wishes of the departed to financial considerations to ecological concerns relative to the carbon footprint left behind after burying a body in a traditional casket. But if you choose to skip all of the pomp and circumstance typically tied to embalming and burying a dead body, does that mean you should forego mourning the one you lost? No. At Foothill Funeral & Cremation, enjoy the both of best worlds — cremation service! Eco Friendly Cremation Service

Cremation Service CasketThe way you choose to dispense with the remains of your loved one should not negatively impact your ability to enjoy closure as you celebrate the life of the one who passed. For this reason, consider this option, designed for families who desire cremation but still want a traditional service. Did you know that all of this can be done before the cremation process takes place?

Rental Caskets & Embalming

Cremation Service CasketIf the deceased will eventually be cremated, you probably won’t need to purchase a casket. That said, some families prefer to purchase a casket for their loved one to rest in during the actual cremation process. People make this choice if they prefer their loved one use a brand new coffin. In such cases, we create the coffin along with the body. Does budget prevent you from making that decision? You may want to rent a casket for viewing and during the service. With this option, we recommend embalming.

Cremation Service RosaryViewing refrigerated remains is recommended only for immediate family in a limited time period. Embalming is effective and affordable at Foothill Funeral & Cremation, as Funeral Director Manny Godoy is a licensed embalmer. We often embalm bodies whose ultimate destination is cremation, so family and friends can formally say their goodbyes. If this option interests you, let us know. We love creating customized packages to suit our clients’ needs.

About Foothill Funeral & CremationFuneral Cremation Service Glendora

Although we jest, we take death very seriously. We know your loved one was very important to you. And we value the opportunity to celebrate his or her life or help you pre-plan a service for yourself. Feel free to contact us now to pre-plan your own memorial or at your time of need (626) 335-0615. Our relationship with United Methodist Church and Sacred Heart provide great places for mourners to host funerals and memorials. You’ll love the grandiose yet intimate settings in both locations.

We also specialize in helping with burial arrangements and proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Finally, working in the mortuary industry since 1996, our reputation is one of quality, sincerity and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or contact us via email.