Answers to Common Questions about Pre-Planning Services

Interment and memorialization pre-planning allows individuals to direct their own final arrangements. It can give you peace of mind to know that your wishes will be carried out after your death and that your surviving loved ones won’t have to make these difficult decisions. A memorial counselor can guide you through the pre-planning process.

Do pre-need arrangements only cover burials?

No, you can make any pre-need arrangements you wish. Your final arrangements can include your preferences for any of the following:

  • Burial.
  • Cremation.
  • Gravestone or marker.
  • Interment rights in an interment space.

Other functions and services associated with making your final arrangements must be made through a Mortuary/Funeral Home, and possibly a Church, but you can still express your preferences for these items and ceremonies so that your surviving loved ones can carry out your wishes.

What are my interment options?

Your specific options will depend on the cemetery you choose. In general, you can choose from in-ground burials, mausoleum crypts, and cremation niches. You may also choose to have a family estate. A family estate secures space for the remains of loved ones, allowing your family to stay close even after death.

Do I need to purchase a concrete vault?

If you purchase a lawn crypt, a concrete vault will already be in place, so there is no need to purchase this separately. People who choose in-ground burial do need to purchase a concrete vault. The vault’s purpose is to protect the casket or urn from degradation from the natural elements of the ground.

What is endowment care?

California requires every cemetery to charge a fee for cemetery maintenance. The endowment care deposit is collected from every individual who purchases interment rights in a cemetery and deposited into a designated fund reviewed by the State annually. The interest earned on the funds is used to maintain the grounds.

The memorial counselors at Inglewood Park Cemetery can answer all of your questions about our pre-planning services available in the Los Angeles area. You can contact us at (310) 412-6500. You’ll also find more information about our cemetery and our services on our website.

Do You Qualify as a Surviving Joint Owner?

Funeral pre-planning is a thoughtful way to reduce the burden on surviving family members. Many people who pre-plan their final arrangements also choose to purchase interment rights in the cemetery to lock in the current price. In some cases, however, individuals end up choosing to be buried elsewhere. If you jointly own interment rights at Inglewood Park Cemetery, and the co-owner is now deceased with final arrangements made elsewhere, you may qualify as a surviving joint owner. In this case, you have the legal right to list the interment rights for sale, if you wish.

You must meet all of the following criteria in order to qualify as a surviving joint owner. First, you must possess an ownership document that refers to you as the grantee. The other designated grantee must be deceased, and the ownership document must be labeled with these words: “As joint tenants with rights of survivorship.” You must also be able to produce a death certificate for the deceased joint owner.

If you have any questions about our cemetery property listings or policies, you can get in touch at (310) 412-6500. Inglewood Park Cemetery is honored to provide serene interment spaces in the Los Angeles area.

What to Expect When You Attend a Graveside Service

A graveside service is held at a cemetery, near the interment space. It may also be referred to as a committal ceremony or service, as the decedent’s body is being committed to the earth. A graveside service may be held after funeral rites at the Funeral Home or a house of worship, or it may be the sole ceremony for the decedent. Customs can vary, but you can generally expect the following.

Arriving at the Cemetery

Always arrive a little early for a graveside service. Dress formally and respectfully, as if you were attending a service in a house of worship. Ladies should avoid shoes with narrow high heels, as these can sink into the bare ground. Leave your cell phone in your car. It’s a smart idea to add a travel-size pack of tissues to your purse or pocket. Even if you don’t need them, someone else may. At some cemetery services, there will be chairs set up. If so, wait until the bereaved family and any elderly mourners have taken seats before sitting down.

Serving as a Pallbearer

It’s an honor to be asked to serve as a pallbearer. If you accept this honor, you must arrive quite early for the ceremony, as you will receive specific instructions upon your arrival. You’ll be told where to stand and when to escort the casket from the coach to the interment space. Don’t hesitate to speak with the attendant or the funeral director if you have any questions about your responsibilities.

Paying Your Respects

The officiant may do a reading or recite prayers. Some committal ceremonies involve prayers recited or songs sung by the group. And in some traditions, the mourners are expected to give certain responses at certain points in the ceremony. If you’re familiar with the custom and you feel comfortable doing so, you may participate. Otherwise, simply stand quietly and listen. After the casket has been lowered into the grave, the family members may line up to ceremoniously place dirt in the grave. You may join the line if you wish. Place the shovel back in the dirt after you’ve performed this rite, rather than handing it to the next mourner.

For over a century, Inglewood Park Cemetery has served as the final resting place for loved ones. Our interment spaces available in the Los Angeles area are nestled within beautiful landscaping features. Call (310) 412-6500 if you have any questions about our cemetery.

Understanding the Cremation Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cremation has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years, and in fact surpassed the burial rate in 2015. While it used to be somewhat of a taboo, today it’s embraced by most cultures and faiths as an acceptable option. While you may not know much about it, understanding the cremation process is fairly simple.

Simplifying the Process of Writing a Sympathy Note

Writing a sympathy note is a thoughtful way to acknowledge a death and offer support to the bereaved. Mail a handwritten sympathy note after the burial or cremation service, and skip digital condolences. For some helpful hints on what to say, watch this video clip.

It recommends putting your feelings on paper and staying sincere throughout the letter. Let the bereaved family know you’re sorry for their loss. If you knew the deceased individual, you could briefly mention that person’s special qualities or a warm memory.

Inglewood Park Cemetery serves families in the Los Angeles area with funeral pre-planning and graveside memorial services. You can reach our office at (310) 412-6500.

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