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The County of Fresno does not have financial assistance available. For those who cannot afford funeral services, or in cases when we are unable to find next of kin, the County provides a direct cremation. There are no provisions for services, viewing or individual burial.

If you feel you might need this service, you will be asked to fill out a County Burial Application, which includes information needed for the death certificate, some basic financial questions, provide documentation, and sign authorization papers.

California State law requires blood relatives to provide for a proper disposition for the remains of the deceased (Health and Safety Code Sections 7100 & 7103). Failure to act in a timely manner is a criminal misdemeanor and could also result in the next of kin being required to pay civil penalties equal to three times the cost of disposition.