Cremation in Orange County, CA

Orange County Cremation Services

Cremation Options in Orange County, CA

Our Orange County Cremation Services

Simple Cremation
Witness Cremation & ID Viewing
Cremation with Identification

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Orange County Cremation Process | What To Expect

About Our Cremation Process

Step 1: Arrange and Collect

The moment arrangements are finalized, we swiftly assume the responsibility of caring for your loved one.

  • 1-3 days
Step 2: Registration

We initiate the process of cremation by officially recording your loved one's passing with both the county and state authorities.

  • 4-7 days
Step 3: Cremation

We carry out a respectful and intimate cremation at our privately owned crematory, ensuring the dignity of the process.

  • 8-10 days
Step 4: Return Cremated Remains

We personally return cremated remains of your loved one at either our offices in Los Angeles or Orange County. We provide the option for in-person delivery, or if you prefer, we can also ship the cremated remains using USPS Priority Mail Express.

  • 11-15 days
Step 5: Death Certificates

We initiate the process of obtaining the death certificates from the county where your beloved family member passed away. After the application is handled by the Health Department, the Death Certificates are promptly sent to your address.

  • 2-3 Weeks

Cremation FAQs

Orange County Cremation Frequently Asked Questions

Cremation is a process that uses heat (via fossil fuels) to create temperatures between 1700°F and 2000°F. During the process, all organic material in the body burns away, leaving behind inorganic bones. After 2 to 2.5 hours in the machine, what is left are these skeletal remains. The bones are swept out of the cremation chamber (also called a retort) and processed down to a fine particulate mixture typically called ashes or cremated remains.

If you’re interested in a more detailed explanation of everything happening during the cremation process, our founder Caitlin Doughty explains in video form, available to watch here.

The timeframe– from the moment you notify us the death has occurred until the remains are returned to you– can range from a few days to just over a week.

Here are several factors that can impact the time the cremation takes to complete.

  1. The Day of Death–  Clarity aims to shield you from most of the bureaucracy involved in Southern California death, but despite our best efforts it can effect how quickly we are able to file the needed paperwork. If your loved one dies at the end of the week, chances are that the agencies we rely on (the county, state, hospitals, doctors, etc) will be out of office until the following week. Unfortunately, doctors and bureaucrats are just as eager to get out of the office Friday afternoon as the rest of society.
  2. The Doctor’s Signature-  Before we are able to file the death certificate (allowing the cremation or burial to take place) a doctor must sign the death certificate. Doctors have 48 hours from when it lands on their desk to get it done. There are times where a signature takes even longer. The sad truth is, if a doctor doesn’t sign, nothing proceeds.
  3. Your Paperwork- With all the best intentions, some families get overwhelmed with the number of balls they are juggling after a death. It can take days (even weeks) for some families to get their part of the paperwork back to us. Without that important information and signature authorizations, we can’t do anything but wait.
  4. Busy Cremation Schedule- Under most circumstances, once we have all the permits, authorizations, and payment in order, it is only a couple of days before we have the remains back to you. There are times however (cold and flu seasons, the holiday season) when cremation waits are a little bit longer.


A note on Rush Cremations: It is possible for us to perform rush cremations (under 72 hours), but an additional fee is involved. These situations take all hands-on-deck to get these permits and paperwork in place. Moving to the top of the list can require herculean efforts when it comes to doctors, permits, and crematory schedules, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Check with us to see if rushing the cremation is something that can be done in your case.

Absolutely. Clarity Funerals has multiple safeguards and procedures in place to ensure you will never receive incorrect ashes or remains. We understand how important this is for peace of mind, and the process has been designed to have checks at each stage.

This attention to detail starts when bringing someone into our care, when the family, nurse, or hospital signs off that they are releasing the specific person to us. When the person arrives at our facility they are given a distinct ankle tag.

Prior to cremation, all the documentation is reviewed. In addition, a metal disk with a unique ID matching the paperwork is placed in the cremation chamber with the body. The only thing that survives the cremation process are the bones (ashes) and that metal disk. The bones are processed and placed into a bag that is closed with a tie and that metal disk. If it ever became necessary, you could trace this disk back through the paperwork to see all the details of the process, including when it happened, where it happened, and who performed the cremation.

For more specifics on identification procedures, and ensuring the right ashes go to the right person, our founder Caitlin Doughty has created a video that can be watched by clicking here.

Absolutely! What you’re talking about is called a witness cremation. If you choose this option we will schedule a time for you (and a small group, if you wish) to come to our crematory and accompany your loved one as they are placed into the cremation machine. Selected family members or friends can help place the person into the machine and push the button that starts the actual cremation process.

Ask us about other rituals, such as letter-writing, dressing of the body, or music that can be done with a witness cremation.

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Los Angeles Location

5300 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 320
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Santa Ana Location

901 W Civic Center Dr. #200A
Santa Ana, CA 92703

The Gardens Crematory

1835 S Lewis St,
Anaheim, CA 92805