Planning & Designing the Service

Selecting the type of funeral, whether it’s traditional or a more unique and personalized reflection and celebration of one's life, we offer many options along with personal guidance from one of our experienced funeral planners. We will help you to choose the service which best reflects your family’s desires for a service to remember and a memory to cherish.


In general terms, a funeral is a ceremony marking a person’s death. The rituals, prayers and ceremonial rites are as old as human culture itself, and vary from culture to culture, faith to faith, and even family to family. For over 130 years Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary has provided trusted service and gentle guidance for all the families of California’s Central Coast.

From traditional to completely individualized funeral services, the Dudley-Hoffman family is uniquely qualified to provide your family with uncompromised support during your time of need.

Please contact us for a no-obligation consultation regarding all your funeral service needs.

Helping you every step of the way

We are dedicated to serving you and your family for all of your funeral needs. Our staff strives to gently guide you through the decisions necessary for making your loved one’s funeral a personal tribute. We will be flexible with your requests, as we empathize with our families, understanding that each family is unique.

Type of Services

Planning the details of a funeral and coordinating the service are difficult tasks in a time of crisis. Beginning at the moment we receive notification of a person’s death, our professional staff will begin to assist your family with the many details of planning a funeral. We’ll take responsibility for the care of your loved one. A funeral director will make arrangements to meet with you to discuss your wishes, assure compliance with the law, provide assistance with floral selection and help coordinate the time and place of the funeral service

Traditional Burial

A traditional burial has several options for caskets and grave markers. Our staff and facilities are available to your family to help coordinate the details of the service with the clergy, the cemetery, or other participants in the ceremony. Our caring staff will also aid your family in completing any necessary paperwork including obituary notices, Social Security forms, and Veteran’s and insurance benefits.


Dudley-Hoffman owns and operates Santa Maria’s first crematory, which opened in 1979 and is located on the same site as the Mortuary. More than half the families we serve choose cremation as an alternative to earth burial or entombment for the body's final disposition following a traditional funeral service.

Cremated remains may be buried or inurned in memorial sites or cemeteries, or they may be legally retained by relatives or dispersed in a variety of ways and locations.

With over 30 years of cremation experience, Dudley-Hoffman is uniquely qualified to handle every detail of your service — including specialized memorials, disposition of cremated remains, or inurnment in the tranquil setting of our "Tower of Light" or Memory Gardens niches.