Before getting to this place, there are tears, heartache and pain. Burying a loved one is one of the hardest things to do in life.
George Klumpp Chapel of Flowers in Sacramento has helped families make the transition for 92 years.
“Klumpp will work with Catholics and non-catholics,” said Kevin Eckery, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.
Now, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento is getting into the funeral business.
“How much did you pay for that? Is that being disclosed?” we asked.
“No,” Eckery said.
Diocese-owned funeral homes aren’t common.
“It’s not rare, but it doesn’t happen often,” Eckery said.
In fact, there are only five in the county. Three are in California: one in Los Angeles, one in Oakland – and now one in Sacramento.
Since the church already operates Saint Mary’s cemetery in Sacramento, and Cavalry Cemetery in Citrus Heights, the Diocese says the move makes it easier for families.
“We bought it because so many parishioners ask us [if] we can provide those services,” Eckery said.
But will it be more affordable?
“The business is what the business is. We aren’t going to interfere in that,” Eckery said.
The Diocese says it’s a move that isn’t about financial gain – it’s about compassion and helping families deal with the most stressful time in their lives.