About Social Security Benefits
We are required to notify Social Security of the death date, birth date and surviving spouse information by fax on a form they provide to us. Social Security pays a $255 lump sum Death Benefit to a surviving spouse only. Social Security may provide other services. For more information, please go to their website: www.ssa.gov.
About Veterans Benefits
All Veterans are entitled to Veterans' Benefits at no cost:
- Placement of casket or urn in a National or VA Cemetery.
- United States Flag.
- Military Honor Guard, Flag Folding Presentation and Taps Performance with Rifle Squad - 21 Gun Salute (for retired or higher ranking veteran) at a location specified by the survivors.
- Reimbursement for transportation for your loved one when death occurs in a VA Hospital.
- Headstone or marker when placed in a cemetery.
- Presidential Memorial Certificate.
- All Veterans, from any branch of the service, are entitled to a free scattering by the Navy.
- Colma Cremation & Funeral Services honors Veterans and assists in requesting and scheduling Veterans' services with Honor Guard in a National or VA Cemetery or a Non-Military Cemetery..
Veterans’ benefits require proof of service: a DD214 or a Military Discharge Paper. We are able to help you coordinate these benefits. For more information, please go to their website: www.cem.va.gov.or www.vba.va.gov/survivors
Transporting the Deceased
Traveling with Crematory Remains
We understand how painful losing a loved one is, and we respect anyone traveling with
crematory remains. Passengers are allowed to carry a crematory container as part of their
carry-on luggage, but the container must pass through the X-ray machine. If the
container is made of a material that generates an opaque image and prevents the security
screener from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container cannot be
allowed through the security checkpoint.
Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will a
screener from the airlines open the container even if the passenger requests this to be done. Documentation
from the funeral home is not sufficient to carry a crematory container through security
and onto a plane without screening.
You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully
screened. The airlines will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of
techniques; if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.
Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with
your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.
Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, all with varying
thickness. At present, we cannot state for certain whether your particular crematory
container can successfully pass through an X-ray machine. However, we suggest that
you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight
material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully X-rayed.
Traveling with Caskets
Please check with air carrier to determine their policies and procedures.