Bakersfield, the seat of Kern County, is a city in the Central Valley area of California. It is the ninth most populous city in California, with a population in excess of 363,000 people.
There are currently nine funeral homes in Bakersfield. With eight of these within five miles of the center, residents should have good choice and ease of access a wide range of funeral directors.
There are five crematoriums in the city, and it has five cemeteries and memorial gardens, including: Greenlawn Cemetery on River Blvd, Historic Union Cemetery on Potomac Avenue, and Bakersfield National Cemetery on East Bear Mountain Blvd.
Prominent places of worship in Bakersfield include: St. Joseph Catholic Church on Baker Street, Valley Baptist Church on Fruitvale Avenue, Temple Beth El on Loma Linda Drive, the Islamic Center of Bakersfield on Ming Avenue, and the Hindu Temple on Valleyview Drive.
In California, a death certificate is required to be filed with the local registrar within eight days. Embalming is necessary if burial does not occur within 24 hours, although families conducting home funerals are exempt. A casket is not specifically required for burial or cremation, but burial must take place in established cemeteries. California’s laws concerning the scattering of ashes are strict; it is advisable to be aware of them. Most funeral homes in Bakersfield will be able to provide advice regarding these requirements.
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