Pre-Planning Cremation? Here's How the Process Works

Just as you can pre-arrange your cemetery and burial services, you can take care of your cremation arrangements in advance, as well. If you wish to pre-plan your cremation services, there are several things that you can expect from the process.

First, you will need to choose a cremation provider. Inglewood Park Cemetery Crematory has been providing cremation services since 1919. Our expert operators are licensed by the State of California. We also accept cremated remains from other crematories. Next, you should decide whether you would like a funeral service, as well and whether it will be held before or after the cremation process. Then, you will have to determine what will happen to your cremated remains afterward. Some of your options for the final disposition of cremated remains include placement in a cremation niche, interment in a grave or scattering ground, or placement in a mausoleum crypt. You might have a family member with whom you wish be placed. Lastly, you will want to consider what style of urn you would prefer, and consult with your Memorial Counselor on what type of memorial tablet or nameplate would be appropriate for the type of burial you choose.

If you would like to pre-plan your cremation services in the Los Angeles area, look no further than Inglewood Park Cemetery. Call (310) 412-6500 today to learn about the pre-planning and cremation services that we offer.

How Young Is Too Young to Attend a Funeral?

The question of whether children should attend a funeral or cremation service is something that every family eventually has to face. There is no single right answer to the question, since every child may respond to the experience differently.

In this video, find out how one mother confronted the issue of having her child attend a funeral service. As you are considering what is right for your child, think about your child’s relationship with the deceased and his or her maturity level. Some children may have strong preferences about whether or not to attend that you should also consider.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we are here to support your family as you make important decisions about interment and cremation services in the Los Angeles area. For assistance with interment spaces, memorials, and more, contact us at (310) 412-6500.

What Happens If a Decedent's Interment Plot Isn't Used?

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When someone has purchased an interment plot that goes unused after he or she passes away, what becomes of that plot? The answer depends on whether the owner made arrangements for the inheritance of the plot before he or she passed. Inglewood Park Cemetery can help you navigate the process.

If the plot was willed to you, then you may be able to claim the rights of interment outright. If no plans were made for inheritance, the plot passes on to surviving relatives. Surviving spouse and children are first in line to inherit the interment rights, followed by, parents, siblings, and so forth as set out by the California Probate Code. Cemetery property is not subject to probate proceedings because the rights of interment pass to the heirs at law at the moment the owner passes away. This greatly simplifies the transfer of interment rights to the rightful heirs.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we understand that what happens to unused interment spaces can be confusing, but we are here to help your family make the appropriate transfer of ownership. Whether you need assistance with an interment space or help with cremation services in the Los Angeles area, call us today at (310) 412-6500.

Essential Etiquette for Laying Flowers on Your Loved One's Grave

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Visiting a cemetery to leave flowers at the grave of a loved one is a time-honored tradition. In order to respect the cemetery grounds and the other families that visit it, it is important to follow certain etiquette rules for leaving flowers. Keep these guidelines in mind on your next visit to your loved one’s grave.

Check the Cemetery Rules
Many cemeteries have rules about the kinds of flowers that can be displayed and how they should be placed by the grave. Be sure you understand the Cemetery Rules before bringing your flowers to avoid any disappointment. The cemetery staff may remove the tribute you leave behind if it doesn’t meet the cemetery’s guidelines. Some common rules are banning artificial flowers for ground burials, and keeping your decorations within the boundaries of your loved one’s grave or crypt to avoid encroaching on adjacent graves or crypts.

Clean Up After Yourself
It’s important to clean up flowers you leave on a loved one’s grave. Doing so helps to keep the cemetery in good condition and ensures that the area looks well-maintained for other families who come to visit their loved ones. If you do choose to leave flowers at the cemetery, visit often to replenish them and take away the old ones. If you are unable to visit, cemetery staff will remove any flowers and other decorations when they become unsightly. If you place items that you wish to re-use, be sure to notify Park Operations so these articles are not inadvertently discarded.

Choose the Right Kind of Flowers
If you choose to bring cut flowers, keep in mind that they are unlikely to last for more than a week and will need to be cleared away more frequently. Potted plants last longer, as long as they are permitted by the cemetery. When choosing flowers, consider choosing seasonal blooms or flowers that were special to your loved one.

Inglewood Park Cemetery is happy to explain our guidelines for leaving remembrances at your loved one’s grave in the Los Angeles area. We’re also available to answer your questions about our cemetery, cremation services, and advance planning. Please contact us today with your questions at (310) 412-6500.

How Can I Help the Family with a Post-Memorial Service Reception?

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After funeral or cremation services end, it is common for the family to host a post-memorial reception. The reception is a chance for friends and family members to come together and offer support to each other during a difficult time. It is also a way for the family of the deceased to show their appreciation to the people who attended the service. Although these receptions are traditional and can be a source of comfort, it can also be overwhelming for the family to organize the event in the midst of their grief and the other arrangements they have to make. There are many things you can do to ease the burden on the family as they plan the reception, including these ideas.

Become the Event Coordinator
Offer to take the lead on coordinating the event. This can include renting a venue for the reception, if it isn’t going to be held in someone’s home, and working with caterers and supply rental companies as needed. If the event isn’t going to be catered, find people to volunteer to make some of the dishes. By being the point person for all the logistics of the reception, you can allow the family to focus on planning the funeral or cremation service.

Set Up and Break Down the Space
Wherever the reception is held, there will be some setup that has to be done. Take charge of setting up tables, seating, food, and whatever else is necessary. If the reception is going to be held at a home, offer to do some cleaning before guests arrive. After the reception, assist with the cleanup, so that the family can focus on each other at the end of a difficult day.

Prepare Food
One of the easiest and most appreciated things you can do for a reception is to bring food or beverages to contribute to the gathering. Every dish you prepare or bring is one less thing the family has to worry about or pay for in the wake of their loss.

Consider Inglewood Park Cemetery’s Receptions and Catering Venues
Inglewood Park Cemetery now offers venues on our grounds where small or large groups can be hosted. With our list of approved caterers and our professional set-up, we have provided beautiful settings for post-funeral repasts and receptions. Please as your memorial counselor about our accommodations.

If your family needs help in arranging a interment or cremation service in the Los Angeles area, choose Inglewood Park Cemetery. You can speak to one of our compassionate staff members about interment spaces and more by calling (310) 412-6500.

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