Neptune Society of Northern California Stockton Takes Part in Health Fair

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The staff of the Neptune Society of Northern California Stockton will be present at the San Joaquin County Clinics Annual Community Health Fair to help educate their community about how to stay in shape, stay healthy, and keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The event will be hosted at the San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH) Campus at 500 W. Hospital Rd in French Camp, CA on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The Community Health Fair will provide numerous opportunities for families to interact with the medical community to learn more about medications, healthy habits, health issues for children and the elderly, and safety information. Some of the information that will be provided includes stroke awareness, medication reviews, information about nurse home-visits, information about government medical programs, and fall prevention safety tips. Families will also have access to screenings for a wide variety of issues including blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass, and dental health and will have access to hearing and vision testing.

Neptune Society of Northern California will be hosting a booth at the health fair dedicated to providing information and answering questions about Neptune Society of Northern California and the services they provide to help secure the futures of their members. They will also have a prize wheel for guests to have a chance at winning a variety of gifts.

“We believe it is important to bring awareness to the community about our organization as well as show the importance of learning about general health, illness prevention, and health screenings,” service manager of Neptune Society of Northern California Stockton Elaine Araya said.

One of the ways Neptune Society of Northern California helps families take control of their health and protect their loved ones is by tackling end-of-life planning far in advance. By considering what one wants for themselves before the time of need, one can take control of their late-life health and financial affairs while creating a memorial that reflects who they are as a person and the unique life they lived. Neptune Society of Northern California respectfully helps families through the process of creating an affordable cremation plan that lifts the burden of planning off grieving loved one’s shoulders and lets people decide what they want for themselves. Neptune Society of Northern California also assists families at the time when a loved one passes away, taking them into their care and providing dignified and low-cost cremation services.

For more information about Neptune Society of Northern California, their role in the San Joaquin County Annual Community Health Fair, or how the caring staff has assisted families through the cremation planning process, contact their office over the phone, online, or in person.



Winter Holidays with the Neptune Society of Northern California

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The Neptune Society of Northern California is excited to spread some holiday cheer with the families it serves. Many locations are giving back for the holidays or inviting the community to celebrate what is often called the most wonderful time of the year. Check below to learn more about the events the Neptune Society of Northern California is hosting near you and how you can be part of the holiday celebrations.

The Neptune Society of Northern California in Livermore is hosting a holiday open house at their storefront location on Friday, December 4th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“The community can come learn a little bit more about what we do,” manager of Neptune Society of Northern California in Livermore Sammie Miller said.

Guests will be treated to a catered lunch along with the opportunity to earn door prizes and raffles held throughout the event. Prearrangement specialists will also be available to provide information about the Neptune Society of Northern California and the types of cremation services provided. Those who wish to attend this event are encouraged to RSVP before Tuesday, December 1st by calling Miller or contacting the Neptune Society of Northern California in Livermore.

At the Neptune Society of Northern California in Fairfield there will be a holiday meet and greet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9th at their storefront location. Guests will be invited to meet the staff and tour the offices. The event will be catered by Mary’s Pizza Shack along with refreshments. Also, those who bring and donate a toy for Toys for Tots will be entered into a raffle to receive the Ultimate Holiday Basket, courtesy of the Neptune Society of Northern California. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP by calling manager of Neptune Society of Northern California in Fairfield Amanda Kostenko or by contacting the location.

The Neptune Society of Northern California is also gathering donations for Toys for Tots at many locations. Toys for Tots is a national charity that collects toys and gives them to impoverished children whose parents may be unable to afford presents for the holidays. Supporting the charity can be done through monetary donations or donations of toys at certain locations such as a Neptune Society of Northern California location. Drop off boxes can be found at the Neptune Society of Northern California locations in Chico, Fairfield, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Livermore, Sacramento, Stockton, and Oakland.

For those who would like to learn more about the cremation services offered by the Neptune Society of Northern California, visit a location during its holiday events, complete an information form online, or simply contact the nearest location.

The Neptune Society of Northern California wishes all a safe and happy holiday season!



Neptune Society of Northern California to Exhibit at 68th Annual Rio Vista Bass Festival and Derby

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Neptune Society of Northern California’s Fairfield office will participate as an information vendor in the 68th Annual Rio Vista Bass Festival and Derby from October 9 – 11, 2015. Neptune Society of Northern California representatives will be available to answer questions and share information about cremation pre-planning and other services of interest to local families.

Neptune Society of Northern California will also provide a number of fun giveaways to booth visitors. According to Amanda Kostenko, the Service Manager for the Neptune Society of Northern California Fairfield office, “Neptune Society of Northern California believes strongly in being involved in the community. We partner with our community to open conversations about what can be difficult topics for some people. We hope derby participants and festival goers will feel comfortable visiting us in a fun casual environment, to become aware of their options and to learn that we will be there for them should they have a need for us.”

Neptune Society of Northern California offers cremation services for individuals and families, both at the time of need, and on a pre-planned basis. These plans are all intended to help families make an informed decision and honor their loved one in the way that is most appropriate for their family.

Although a fishing contest and festival might not be the first place you’d expect to learn about cremation, Kostenko says, “We think that discussions about final plans such as cremation services should not be swept under the rug or ignored until a loved one passes away. We encourage people to consider their options during the happy times so that they are prepared when the more difficult times come. Educating yourself and openly discussing the options before there is a need makes the grieving process easier for families – being visible in the community is one way we can remind people of that.”

This year’s Bass Derby Festival promises to be an old-fashioned fun family festival with a carnival, car show, soap box derby, fireworks, and more. The festival will open with a variety of local artists for festivalgoers’ enjoyment, including musical acts from all genres including Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul, Pop, and Country on the Beer Garden stage

The Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival is put on by the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce and is the oldest Bass Derby on the West Coast. Anglers can choose between two fishing contests on the same ticket. Target lengths will be drawn at the start of the Derby early Friday morning for both Striped Bass and Sturgeon.

For more information about the Neptune Society of Northern California’s involvement in the Rio Vista Bass Festival, or for more information about cremation pre-planning, please contact Amanda Kostenko at (707) 422-4900.



Neptune Society of Northern California Joins Oakland Healthy Living Festival

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Neptune Society of Northern California joins the celebration of seniors in the 12th Annual Healthy Living Festival to be held in the Oakland Zoo on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

This event is presented by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC). USOAC is a grassroots inter-generational organization dedicated to empowering older adults to address the issues that affect their quality of life. As a community based organization, USOAC has fought for the rights of older adults throughout Alameda County for more than 24 years. Headed by Nate Miley, USOAC has over 7,000 members, including individuals, chapter, and affiliates throughout the entire county.

Pre-registration is required for the event, with a free entrance to the zoo, free lunches, free parking for members, and $8.00 parking for non-members. The event will be held from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For further inquiries, please contact Patricia Nance at 510-729-0852. The Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.

Some of the highlights of the 12th Annual Healthy Living Festival involve resource information and interactive activity for older adults. Programs include Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Zumba, Bay Area Blues Band Society, and more. There are 100 exhibitors with Neptune Society of Northern California among them. Faviola Rodas and Leatta Poston will answer cremation questions and provide a gift basket raffle.

“This year,” said Patricia Nance, Administrative Assistant of the USOAC, “we will have on the grounds self-contained Health Screening Vans from community providers such as Tiburico Vasquez, Healthy Communities and Aids Project of the East Bay and Walgreens.”

Volunteers will help serve nutritious lunches to adults sixty and older who participate in the event. Moreover, the USOAC encourages seniors to bring unwanted or expired medicines for the Medication Take Back program to be properly disposed of by East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) staff.

The USOAC defines its goals as educating and assessing seniors regarding their risk factors for healthy living, improving wellness through physical activity and improving their quality of life by increasing health and fostering successful aging with events such as this annual festival.

In line with these goals, the Neptune Society of Northern California offers information on final arrangement options such as pre-planning cremation or memorialization services. The Neptune Society of Northern California has provided a simple and affordable option for more than 125,000 Californians who prefer cremation as the dignified and ecologically responsible alternative to traditional final arrangements. The Neptune Society of Northern California has 12 convenient locations in California.

The Neptune Society of Northern California offers pre-need services, cremation urns and products, as well as cremation memorialization services. California has a wealth of options when it comes to choosing how or where to celebrate our life –  whether it be in San Francisco Columbarium, an ocean scattering, a garden, or a house of worship. The staff at Neptune Society of Northern California will answer your questions regarding cremation and offer informative resources during the event.

To learn more about the Neptune Society of Northern California’s cremation and memorialization services, call 855-500-6706 or request information here.


Special Thanks to Faviola Rodas, Business Manager of Neptune Society of Northern California’s Oakland office, for her support and contributions to this post.



Why the San Francisco Columbarium is Worth a Visit

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While visiting a columbarium (a room or building with niches where funeral urns are placed) may not be common, consider it a treat to witness the decades of people’s lives told in a beautifully restored resting place such as the Neptune Society San Francisco Columbarium. Those who walk along the elegant rooms and floors of the columbarium find more than just a repository for our beloved ones’ ashes. Happy memories of our dearly departed are celebrated, showcased and honored. There are many reasons why the San Francisco Columbarium is worth a stopover.

A Unique Historical Landmark

The San Francisco Columbarium is a one of a kind historical landmark. It was originally a structure built to complement the existing crematorium designed in 1895. When cemetery burials and cremation were banned in 1902-1910, people were forced to move their families’ remains somewhere else. The columbarium was abandoned.

The building’s ownership was passed from one organization to another, but was never restored to its original beauty until the Neptune Society of Northern California bought it in 1980. Its caretaker since 1988, Emmit Watson, has been witness to the columbarium’s transition from dilapidation to divinity. For those who like to “dig deep” into the history of San Francisco and columbaria in general, this is perhaps one of the best places to begin.

Peace and Tranquility in the City

The columbarium is an off-the-beaten path attraction that offers peace amid the city noise. The Neptune Society Columbarium is open to the public but is tucked away in a residential district of Richmond. Inside is a gorgeous atrium surrounded by balconies and four stories of niches containing urns of loved ones who have passed. Visitors get a sense of tranquility as well an overwhelming feeling of respect for those who have found their final resting place.

Neo-Classical Architecture at Its Best

Anyone who has an interest in San Francisco’s history as well as its architecture will appreciate the baroque and Greco-Roman design of the Neptune Society Columbarium. Bernard J.S. Cahill, who also invented the octahedral “Butterfly Map,” designed the columbarium with elegant stained glass windows and a magnificent dome. Rooms are named after mythological wind spirits and constellations. Each floor contains thousands of niches, with a total of 8,500 for the entire columbarium. Many of these niches store urns of celebrities such as Edward Robeson Taylor (former San Francisco Mayor), the parents of Carlos Santana (musician), and John Backus (computer science genius and creator of Fortran).

Please call ahead for a tour at 415-221-1838 or visit on available hours:

>Neptune Society Columbarium

One Loraine Court, San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Neptune Society of Northern California welcomes your inquiries regarding cremation services as well as reserve a niche in the prestigious San Francisco Columbarium.

Neptune Society of Northern California has various locations with representatives ready to assist you. You may also call (855) 500-6706 for an immediate need or to request a quote. Let us help you discuss your needs in the future with a variety of preplanning programs. As the largest provider of cremation services in Northern California, we are pleased to offer assistance in the most difficult of times.



April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Neptune Society of Northern California’s Oakland office will participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day at Oakland City Hall’s Conversation Village at Frank Ogawa Plaza from 10 am to 3pm on Thursday, April 16. The free event is open to the general public and will provide an opportunity to learn about end-of-life healthcare options, and to communicate and document healthcare wishes, as well as to consider other end-of-life issues such as funeral preplanning.

Faviola Rodas, Service Manager of Neptune Society’s Oakland office, stated, “National Healthcare Decisions Day at Conversation Village provides an opportunity for consumers to educate themselves, and to have conversations about healthcare planning with their families and loved ones before there is a need. It provides information and tools to ensure their wishes are clearly understood and ready to be enacted when they are no longer able to make healthcare or end-of-life decisions.”

The event is hosted by Alameda County HCSA, Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, Alameda County Hospice Providers Coalition, City of Oakland, East Bay Conversation Project, and Getting the Most Out of Life.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is an annual event that empowers individuals and healthcare providers to learn more about the importance of advanced directives and other healthcare and end-of-life advance planning such as hospice and palliative care, funeral preplanning, spiritual concerns, and dealing with grief.

What is an advance directive?

An advance directive, or living will, allows an individual to document their wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life. Advance directives are not just for the elderly or infirm. An individual need not be a patient to consider end-of-life healthcare, nor do they need to be near the end of life to pre-plan their funeral arrangements.

Advance healthcare planning allows you to exercise control about what will happen with regards to your care at the end-of-life. It allows you to spare your family from having to make difficult healthcare choices after you are no longer able to make medical decisions.

With living wills and advanced directives, people may appoint a medical proxy to make treatment decisions if they are incapacitated and unable to do so themselves. They may also give specific instructions and preferences for medical treatment in particular cases.

For instance, a terminally ill patient might give directions not to be given nutrition or breathing assistance via a mechanical respirator if they lapse into a coma prior to death. An advance directive may also include do-not-resuscitate orders, which direct medical staff not to attempt to restart their hearts if they stop.

How do I create an advance directive?

The requirements for advance directives vary by state. Forms for California will be available at the National Healthcare Decisions Day event in Oakland. The forms for California and all 50 states are also available for download at here.

Why should I consider pre-planning my funeral on National Healthcare Decisions Day?

After the end of life, funeral pre-planning spares your family from having to plan and pay for a funeral while they are grieving for you, or to try to guess your wishes. It allows them to focus on remembering and honoring your life, without having to make difficult decisions about your funeral and memorial.

For more information about Neptune Society of Northern California’s involvement in National Healthcare Decisions Day, or for more information about funeral pre-planning, please contact us by filling out this form or calling (510) 451-0887.



Neptune Society of Fairfield Celebrates Seniors

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Neptune Society of Northern California’s Fairfield office will honor the contributions of seniors at the Vacaville Reporter’s Celebrate Seniors event to be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 10am to 2pm at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive in Vacaville, California.

Amanda Kostenko, Service Manager at Neptune Society of Northern California’s Fairfield office stated, “With nearly one-third of the population either approaching or over the age of 50, the Celebrate Seniors event in Vacaville is an important opportunity for Neptune Society to reach out to individuals, caregivers and family members in our area who may not yet be thinking about a need for funeral or cremation services. It provides an opportunity to answer questions and provide information in a casual and fun setting, so that if a need does arise, people know where to turn and what to expect.”

The event, now in its 13th year, is put on by the Vacaville Reporter. The Reporter also publishes a Celebrate Seniors insert in the paper the weekend prior to the event with articles and information of interest to seniors.

Exhibitors at the event range from healthcare and home care to estate planning and financial services, retirement communities to senior resources, medical and home supplies to hearing aid services, chiropractic to books, home improvement to pre-planning funeral needs, and many other categories of interest to seniors.

Admission and parking for the event are free. Seniors and others who attend can learn more about products and services for seniors and their families, enter to win door prizes from several vendors, and even receive product giveaways.

Neptune Society of Northern California representatives will be available to answer questions and share information about funeral planning and other services of interest to seniors and their family members or caregivers. Neptune Society of Northern California will also offer a popcorn maker in the Celebrate Seniors raffle.

The event is part of a larger celebration of the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) Older Americans Month, which has been held each May since 1963. At that time, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs.

Today, older Americans are living longer, healthier and more active lives. Persons 65 years or older now number more than 39.6 million; about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, the ACL estimates there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000, reaching 19% of the population.

This year, the theme for Older Americans Month is Get into the Act; helping older adults take charge of their health, get engaged in their communities, and continue to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

For more information about the Neptune Society of Northern California’s involvement in the Celebrate Seniors event in Vacaville, or for more information about funeral pre-planning, please contact us by filling out the form here or call Amanda Kostenko at (707) 422-4900.