Social Security Benefits
We are required to provide the Social Security Administration the birth date, death date, and name of surviving spouse for the deceased by fax on a form they provide us.
Social Security pays a $255 lump sum Death Benefit to the surviving spouse only. Social Security may provide other services. For more information, please visit their website.
Colma Cremation & Funeral Services honors our veterans and assists in requesting, scheduling, and coordinating veterans’ services with an Honor Guard in a National or VA Cemetery, or in a Non-Military Cemetery.
All Veterans are entitled to the following 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 a rifle squad / 21-gun salute (for a 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 (regardless of service branch) are entitled to a free scattering by the Navy.
Note: Veterans’ benefits require proof of service—a DD214 or a Military Discharge Paper..
Transporting the Deceased
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers guidelines for traveling with crematory remains. From their web site:
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.