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Funeral Services

Traditional funeral ceremonies are requested from most of the families we serve, however many families are selecting options that include traditional funeral aspects that incorporate cremation. We also assist in providing less formal-alternative options that are still meaningful and dignified. A meaningful service in our chapel or at your church is centered around personalization and the significance of your loved ones life. Please know that any arrangements selected are determined by the family, with guidance by the funeral service professional. We are mindful of the legal & practical aspects you may be considering, and your personal decisions and budget will be respected by our staff. We will provide you with a detailed breakdown of costs for items selected at the conclusion of our meeting with you, and promise never to pressure you. 

Advance Funeral Planning

There are many benefits to planning a funeral ahead of time. This process empowerers you in making informed decisions with the best information available, in determining what is best for you and your family.We offer plans tailored to your requests and needs, with different options for payment. Our advance planning counselors are Mary Helen Perea and Jeanette Beasly. Many of your neighbors and friends have already started their own plans, allow one of our qualified counselors assist you by answering your questions. Contact us today for a complimentery - no obligation consultation.

Online Memorials

We can set up an online memorial for your loved one. Our online memorials provide information for guests about the funeral services and also provide a tribute to your loved one. Guest will be able to learnabout dates, times and locations of all services, and also order flowers, make donations and sign an on-line guest book. This allows visitors to the site to express fond memories or stories of your loved one.


We will assist in preparing an obituary to be published in the newspapers you request, with some newspapers also including a photograph as well. Of course charges are determined by the individual newspaper, however we will obtain a quote for you. Information is gathered from the next of kin and placed into a format ready for publication. It is always helpful to compile the names and general background of your loved one before coming in to meet with us. Keep in mind that newspapers typically charge by the column inch, so the longer the obituary, the more the fee could go up. Newspapers also all have publication deadlines. We are able to inform you of some of thedeadlines for local papers if you will contact us. We usually include our mortuary contact info. should your acquaintances need to send flowersor request additional information.

Veteran's Benefits

We are able to provide general information regarding VA benefits.Benefits are provided to honorably discharged veterans, however some "reserve" veterans benefits need to be checked. The U.S. Government does not provide for payment of casket or service expenses provided by the mortuary, unless the veteran is killed in action or dies as a result of a service connected death or disibility.However typical benefits for honorably discharges veterans include: cemetery plot at VA cemetery for the veteran, (spouse and dependant child or adult dependant), opening & closing of the grave, headstone and US flag upon the death of the veteran. Individual benefits may vary, so please contact a VA representative for specific questions. A VA representative is available in Espanola at the Dept.of Labor on Onate St. adjacent to the mortuary on Thursdays from 9a.m. - 3p.m. You may also call the Santa Fe National Cemetery at (505) 988-6400. We are willing to help you get started with VA benefits, but please remember that when dealing with the US government, patience and understanding is needed. 

Social Security information


Here is a list of family members who usually get benefits:

  • Widows and widowers age 60 or older.
  • Widows and widowers at any age caring for the deceased's child(ren) who are under age 16 or disabled.
  • Divorced wives and husbands age 60 or older, if married to the deceased 10 years or more.
  • Widows, widowers, divorced wives, and divorced husbands age 50 or older if they are disabled.
  • Children up to age 18.
  • Children age 18 - 19, if they attend elementary or high school full time.
  • Children over the age of 18, if they become disabled before age 22.
  • The deceased worker's parents age 62 or older, if they were being supported by the worker.

You may contact the Social Security administration directly by calling (505) 473-3707or stop by their office at 1922 5th St. Santa Fe, NM. 87505. We are required to notify the Social Security Administration upon the death of an individual when we are providing services. We will help to explain benefits you may be entitled to recieve through Social Security.

Death Certificates

We complete a certificate of death when someone has died & we are assisting with arrangements. This is a legal document and is a permanent record filed with The State of New Mexico Health Department Bureau of Vital Records in Santa Fe. Personal information on the death certificate is obtained from the family, and medical information is completed by the decedents primary care physician or the Office of the Medical Investigator "OMI" (when OMI is involved, expect additional weeks/months delay for processing of the death certificate). Once filed with the state office, the legal copies are referred to as "Certified Copies" and are printed on special paper.They cannot be photocopied and will be considered counterfeit, so actual certified copies are typically required for transactions involving money or title to vehicles or property. We will only release certified copies to the person making funeral arrangements. Additional copies are available from vital records directly (once filed) at: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics Department of Health, 1190 St. Francis Dr. P.O. Box 26110 Santa Fe, NM. 87502-6110, (505) 827-0123. 

After Care

Sometimes the loss of a loved one can be especially painful. We understand that the grieving process does-not end with the funeral. We are here not only to help arrange the funeral, but to help families cope by referring grief support services. There are a wide variety of grief resources available and we will help to point you in the right direction to begin the healing process. We also reccomend "Golden Willow Retreat" for grief support. If you would like more information about Golden Willow, please contact them using the information listed below.

Phone: 505-776-2024          Fax: 505-776-2824


Mailing Address:
Golden Willow Retreat
PO Box 569
Arroyo Hondo, NM 87513

Make a Donation:

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization your donation to Golden Willow Retreat is tax deductible. We provide educational workshops, emotional support, and counseling for individuals, families and communities experiencing grief issues. Our workshops are under continuous research and development in order to better serve our community.


You can support Golden Willow Retreat ’s mission by making a contribution at any time and gifts may be targeted to a specific service or event. We would not be where we are without your support.  A Golden Willow experience is healing and transformational.

Gift Certificates Available: 

If you know someone who would benefit from this program, we have gift certificates available for all of our programs and workshops.

Your Privacy:
Golden Willow Retreat treats all of your information strictly confidential. Your Address, email or other personal information will never be sold to any third party vendor.

Rivera Family Funeral Home & Crematory

305 Calle Salazar
Espanola, NM 87532