MOKSHA- resources available in San Diego

Moksha means liberation which is both in life, death, sickness, health, worry etc

As a spiritual person, one is exposed to various sacred texts that reveal the temporary nature of life on earth. The spiritual realm beyond this world is discussed in many literary works, yet the inevitable passing away of a loved one is naturally a time of grief and sorrow.

Our website hopes to alleviate the stress by

• Providing you with information to prepare for the departure of a loved one if they are suffering and the end is imminent.
• Inform you of the various options available in San Diego county for last rites and cremations
• Offer you sources for legal and medical counsel
• Direct you to sources to protect ones estate and assets


Contact a Financial Advisor / Attorney
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In today’s society life has become very complicated. As one gathers more material items during their lifetime, more attention needs to be paid to the appropriate distribution of assets. Preplanning is crucial to a worry –free life.

Taking the time today to plan carefully will ensure that your wishes are fulfilled and that your loved ones are taken care of properly. Here are just a few of the key issues to
consult an attorney and financial advisor :

• US Citizenship
• Living trust
• Power of attorney
• Durable health Powers
• Asset protection
• Multi-generation planning
• Safe deposit Box Key

Call one of the following advisors:
( Note: SD Nari does not benefit from any of the suppliers- this list is provided as a service only)

Sandeep Varma
Advanced trustee Strategies
Financial advisor
Phone: 858-643-5757

John Preston
Legal Counsel
Attorney specializing in Estate Planning
Phone: 800-698-6918

Lloyd D Watnik
Government benefits consultant
1380 Garnet Avenue
PMB 186 Suire E
San Diego CA 92109
Phone- 619-857-5207

• Keep Emergency numbers handy and carry in a folded paper in wallet ( not only on phone/blackberry)
• Keep this URL handy


Though it’s not something we like to think about, there are a series of steps we must take when someone passes away. Knowing what to do or expect can reduce some of the stress of a difficult time.

1) The first thing that must be done if death occurs at home, unattended by a physician, is to make a call to “911.” A law enforcement officer will come to the home. At the officer’s request, a coroner, medical examiner or justice of the peace will come to the house and pronounce death. Should death occur at a hospital or hospice, the attending physician will pronounce death.
2) If you are not at home- Call a family member, friend or clergy to come be with you. Do not get in your vehicle and drive
3) Drink some liquids (not caffeine or alcohol) if possible.
4) Call a mortuary( list is below)
5) Call a priest of your religious denomination
6) Take out your list of immediate family, close friends and /or employer or business colleagues. Notify by phone


Step 1

Call one of the following mortuaries
( Note: SD Nari does not benefit from any of the suppliers- this list is provided as a service only)

In San Diego County there are dozens of funeral homes and cremation services. Who to call and what services to choose can be a daunting task.

The funeral homes mentioned below are noted since they offer cremation services and are familiar with the rituals associated. They also take the time to train their staff about the various beliefs and ceremonies.

At the family’s request, hospital or hospice personnel can contact the family’s service provider and arrange the transfer of the loved one into their care. If death occurs at home, the family will call their service provider. If an autopsy is required, the loved one may be transferred to the coroner’s or medical examiner’s office. After the autopsy, the service provider will transfer the loved one into their care.

1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, Ca 92054
Julian Garcia ( or any one else )
Sales Manager
Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary and Crematory
760-754-5333 (Direct)
760-754-6600 (Mortuary)
( Attach document with Vedic cremation information)
4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

( Basic cremation services)
Vista Ca
Phone- 619-233-8906

Simple direct cremation
(* $45.00 discount for Direct Cremation when paid in full with cash and/or check at need only )
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Local transfer of remains
Crematory charges
Filing for the death certificate and state permit
Alternative container
Temporary cardboard cremated remains container

Location A- 6136 Mission Gorge, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 283-5842
Location B- 1207 Carlsbad Village Dr. Suite D
Carlsbad CA 92008
(760) 729-9182
Location C-135 West Mission Ave. #102
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 480-8483

684 S. Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone – 619-440-8033

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Cremation without Services
With direct cremation there are no memorial services or visitation. The body is cremated as soon as possible and the ashes returned to the family. Although modifiable to meet your special needs, the following is a list of services included in this package price.

Arrangement conference, clerical services & overhead
Transfer of deceased to mortuary (30 mile radius)
Care of the deceased
Personnel & vehicles for obtaining necessary permits
Crematory fees

Chapel or Graveside Service with Visitation
Arrangement conference, clerical services & overhead
Transfer of deceased to mortuary (30 mile radius)
Preparation & care of the deceased
Personnel & vehicles for obtaining necessary permits
Includes Rental Casket
Personnel for visitation, funeral or graveside service
Facilities for visitation and chapel service
Funeral coach & utility vehicle
Memorial book, memorial & acknowledgement cards

Step 2

Religious services

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The Antyesthi samskara ( Hindu final rites for the deceased) are meant for the benefit of the soul, specifically to help the soul move to its next life in peace and harmony. All the elements of the anyesthi – the chanting of prayers, bhajans,Vishnu Prasad, Ganges water, Tulasi, and Agni as the fire of cremation, all help purify the soul for a better future.

The Sraddha ceremony is performed after the antyesthi and annually thereafter. This involves the worship of the Supreme Lord and offering maha-prasada to the departed soul and ancestors. Also Tapana ( sacred Ganges water) and pindas( rice balls) are offered . All of these assist the departed souls in their advancement towards God.

These two final rites are very important for the relatives and friends of the departed soul. This also offers closure and opportunities to express their love , respect and appreciation to the deceased.

In San Diego county we have the following services available
( Note: SD Nari does not benefit from any of the suppliers- this list is provided as a service only)

Call one of the following
Hindu Priests
Pandit Shri Dharmasethu Das ( Hare Krishna , temple priest) Phone:
Pandit Shri Rajagopalan ( Shri Mandir, temple priest) Phone: 760-351-6100
Pandit Shri Srikathachar T Rangachar ( Shri Mandir, temple priest)Phone: 858-431-6047
Pandit Shri Ravi Kumar Trivedi ( Shri Mandir, temple priest) Phone: 858-345-7665
Pandit Shri Muralidharan Sampath ( Shiva Vishnu, temple priest)Phone:858-413-6599
Pandit Shri Srikantha Sastry ( Shiva Vishnu, temple priest)Phone:858-335-4352
Pandit Shri Madhusudan ( Irvine, CA, temple priest) Phone: 949-302-2650

The following temples are available for further rituals

9474 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
Phone: 858-566-5446
Web link
(Attach pdf file of list of items required for last rites)
(Attach pdf file of list of items required for shraddam)

1030 Grand Avenue
San Diego, Ca 92109
Phone: 858-272-8263

7930 Arjons Drive Ste B
San diego, CA 92126
Phone: 858-549-3940

(Attach pdf file of list of items required for last rites)
(Attach pdf file of list of items required for shraddam)

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Buddhist temple of San diego
2929 Market Street
San diego Ca 92102

Sunnataram Caifornia Meditation Monastery
9560 West Lilac Rd.
Escondido, CA 92111

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Phone: (858) 486-1231
12269 Oak Knoll Rd, Poway, CA 92064

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Islamic center of North County
13495 Poway Road
Poway, Ca 92064

Islamic center of San Diego
7050 Eckstrom Avenue
San Diego, Ca 92111

Step 3

As the third step, family members should locate their loved one’s prearranged cremation agreement, insurance, will, letter of instruction, etc. In most states, the closest next-of-kin is the person authorized to make the final arrangements.

If your loved one was transferred to a mortuary, they will call you to schedule an arrangement conference. The arrangement conference generally lasts one to two hours.

When possible, please bring the following items with you to the arrangement conference:

VITAL STATISTIC INFORMATION (link this)* for the death certificate
Obituary information
Military discharge papers (DD214 Form), if applicable
Copies of prearranged contract, if applicable

Due to state requirements and scheduling of the cremation, it can take anywhere from two to seven working days for the cremation to take place

(Link it) *Vital statistic information is as follows:
The following information will be requested for preparation of the death certificate. It is very important that accurate information be provided, as the death certificate is a legal document.

Full legal name
Any other name known as
Legal address
City, state, zip code
Ethnic origin
Date of birth
Place of birth
Date of death
Place of death
Social Security Number
Highest level of education grades 0-12
Number of years of college
Business or industry
Name of company
Marital status
Maiden name if applicable
Name of last surviving spouse
Father’s full name
Father’s birthplace
Mother’s full name (including maiden name)
Mother’s birthplace
Military Information:
Branch of service
Date of discharge
Rank and service
The mortuary will prepare the death certificate from this information. The average time span for processing ranges from five to 25 business days. They will contact you when the certificates are returned from the State.
After Services

• Coordinate the supplying of food for the next several days.
(Spreadsheet attached)
• Consider special need of the household, such as cleaning, etc., which might be done by friends.
• Arrange for child care, if necessary.
• Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.
• Locate the will and notify lawyer and executor.
• Notify insurance companies
• Check carefully all life and casualty insurance and death benefits, including Social Security, credit union, trade union, fraternal, and military. Check also on income for survivors from these sources.
• Check promptly on all debts and installment payments, including credit cards. Some may carry insurance clauses that will cancel them. If there is to be a delay in meeting payments, consult with creditors and ask for more time before the payments are due.
• If deceased was living alone, notify utilities and landlord and tell post office where to send mail.

The assistance that the mortuary provides does not end after the arrangement conference and service. Among many other details, they can help with the following:

• Notification to the Social Security Administration ( Link)
Funeral Director will prepare Social Security Form SSA 721. Check with Social Security to see that number is retired.
(If Social Security checks are automatic deposit, notify the bank of the death)
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The following checklist is designed to help you file for your Social Security benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made.
The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death.


A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled), or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years, or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full lime).

Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled.

Dependent parent or parents 62 or older.
A one time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:

A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death.

A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.

A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.
You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone.

You may call Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 1-800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.

You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.

• Application for veteran’s death benefits

• Completion of insurance paperwork

• Application for death certificates

• Gather obituary information, including age, place of birth, cause of death, occupation, college degrees, memberships held, military service , outstanding work , list of survivors in immediate family. give time and place of services. The funeral home will normally write article and submit to newspapers (newspaper will accept picture and they will be returned intact).

• Arrangement of local delivery or out-of-town transfer of the ashes

• Arrangement of final placement of ashes.

The following therapists/grief counselors are available in addition to the resources provided at the mortuaries:

Hospice Care

4311 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
619-688-1600 (24 hours)

Other websites

The Trident Society

Assisted Living
Assisted Living Facilities in the San Diego Area

Belmont Village at Sabre Springs

13075 Evening Creek Dr South, San Diego, CA 92128
Belmont Village at Sabre Springs is located in the attractive residential community of Poway with great views of the valleys and foothills of North County.» More Info …

Oakdale Heights of La Mesa

5740 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942
Close to San Diego in a lovely neighborhood setting, Oakdale Heights offers a serene and uniquely satisfying choice for living life to the fullest. Our commitment is to provide a high level of care with individual integrity.» More Info …

Belmont Village Cardiff by the Sea

3535 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
Imagine a very special place designed to be sensitive to the needs of seniors. Opening in early 2009, our new community overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon County Park and Reserve, and is just minutes from the Cardiff beaches.» More Info …

Brookdale Place of San Marcos

1590 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92078
Our residents can rest assured that as their needs change we provide a variety of ancillary services and a Personalized Assisted Living environment that encourages our residents to continue to live as they please while respecting individual preferences.» More Info …

Chancellor Place of Murrieta

24350 Jackson Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562
Exceptional Experiences Everyday…Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable living environment to call home.» More Info
Other Assisted Living Facilities in San Diego
• Activcare At Point Loma3423 Channel Way San Diego, CA 92110
• America’s Home Care2423 Camino Del Rio S San Diego, CA 92108
• Arbors Assisted Living12979 Rancho Penasquitos Blvd San Diego, CA 92129
• Attentive Home Care Inc2333 1st Ave San Diego, CA 92101
• Baron’s Residential Care4221 Arden Way San Diego, CA 92103
• Baron’s Residential Care Lodi5289 Lodi St San Diego, CA 92117
• Brighton Gardens Carmel Valley13101 Hartfield Ave San Diego, CA 92130
• Broadway Home2445 Broadway San Diego, CA 92102
• Broas Board & Care1332 Leaf Ter San Diego, CA 92114
• Brookside Inn2921 Murat St San Diego, CA 92117
• Canyon Hills Home Care Inc8235 Hydra Ln San Diego, CA 92126
• Carmelita Residential Homes1273 Bittern St San Diego, CA 92114
• Carmona Residential Care3427 Beagle Pl San Diego, CA 92111
• Casa De Franklin310 35th St San Diego, CA 92102
• Casa De Las Campanas18655 W. Bernardo Drive San Diego, CA 92127
• Casa De Milagros1127 S 38th St San Diego, CA 92113
• Char-lou Manor2456 E St San Diego, CA 92102
• Cheek’s Community Care Home6529 Sunny Brae Dr San Diego, CA 92119
• Childrens Ranch12310 Tesoro Ct San Diego, CA 92128
• Chipper’s Chalet835 25th St San Diego, CA 92102
• Collwood Knolls5308 Monroe Ave San Diego, CA 92115
• Darryl Board & Care8675 Flanders Dr San Diego, CA 92126
• Donlen Guest Home2690 Cowley Way San Diego, CA 92110
• Family Style Care2875 Morningside St San Diego, CA 92139
• Gaylen Guest Home7960 Gaylen Rd San Diego, CA 92126
• Harnish House3693 Arizona St San Diego, CA 92104
• Health Care Group Inc9619 Chesapeake Dr # 103 San Diego, CA 92123
• Independence House7310 Cowles Mountain Blvd San Diego, CA 92119
• Jacob Health Care Center4075 54th St. San Diego, CA 92105
• John Mc Coll Family Hlth Care235 Nutmeg St San Diego, CA 92103
• Kanan Home Care11423 Westonhill Dr San Diego, CA 92126
• Love & Care Boarding Home5504 Creston Dr San Diego, CA 92114
• Mark Alane Inc835 25th St San Diego, CA 92102
• Mi Casa11727 Giles Way San Diego, CA 92126
• Mission Hills Residential Care3025 Reynard Way San Diego, CA 92103
• Mollasgo Adult Rsdntl Fclty4295 Del Sol Ct San Diego, CA 92154
• Paccess Care Svc10228 Camino Ruiz San Diego, CA 92126
• Pagoda Residential Care8865 Pagoda Way San Diego, CA 92126
• Palisades Inn4706 Leathers St San Diego, CA 92117
• Paradise Hills Conv Ctr6061 Banbury St. San Diego, CA 92139
• Paradise View Board & Care2015 Stillman Pl San Diego, CA 92139
• Queens Haven4030 Ohio St San Diego, CA 92104
• R J Abella’s Care Homes8530 Calle Cristobal San Diego, CA 92126
• Remington Club I And Ii16916 Hierba Dr San Diego, CA 92128
• Rjm Futures Inc9271 Pipilo St San Diego, CA 92129
• Royalties B & C For Seniors3925 Kimsue Way San Diego, CA 92154
• Sdrca-dsp Inc7522 Mesa College Dr San Diego, CA 92111
• St Anthony’s Board & Care6533 Plaza Ridge Rd San Diego, CA 92114
• Summerville At Clairemont5219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117
• Sunbeam Home4626 Twain Ave San Diego, CA 92120
• Villa Victoria Care Homes1312 Leaf Ter San Diego, CA 92114

Literature/classes/ support groups on various mental illness including depressions.

Suggested Prayers and Readings (with links to websites for audio downloads)

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Words of wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita

For one who has taken birth, death is certain…….(2.27)

As the embodied soul continually passes in this body from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change. ( 2.13)

For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor having once been , does he ever cease to be . He is unborn, eternal, every existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain. (2.20)

And whoever , at the time of death, quits his body remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt. (8.5)
Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend ( 18.65)

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