Expressing Your Sympathy to a Grieving Friend or Family Member

When a person close to you suffers a loss, it can be difficult to know what you can do to help them through this difficult period. If you’ve been invited to attend a funeral or cemetery memorial, then you may be wondering what you can do to show your compassion to a bereaved friend or family member.

Watch this video to learn about ways you can express your sympathy. It can be invaluable to the individual if you offer your personal time to help with cooking, cleaning, and other chores around the home. Also, be there to listen if they want to express their feelings, and always be ready with supportive words or a hug.

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FAQ's About Funeral Etiquette

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Individuals often have questions about what they can do to show respect when attending a funeral at the cemetery. Here, you’ll find the answers to common questions regarding funeral etiquette.

What is proper funeral attire?
While all black is the traditional clothing choice for many types of funerals, it’s no longer considered a requirement by most people. First, check your funeral invitation to see if there are any comments regarding preferred attire. If nothing is indicated, any respectful clothing in dark or muted colors should be considered acceptable. When visiting a cemetery, keep in mind that high heels are not a practical choice, as these may sink into the ground as you walk.

Should I stand or sit at a cemetery service?
While there may be chairs set up at the site, these are typically reserved for the immediate family. If you are not a close family member to the deceased, you should plan to stand during the service.

What time should I arrive?
As a display of respect to the deceased and his or her surviving family, plan to arrive at the location early. This will help ensure that you do not show up late and interrupt the service in any way.

Should I bring my child to the burial?
The answer to this relies heavily on the age, maturity level, and temperament of your child. First, consider whether he is old enough to attend this type of event and not be surprised or scared. Also, consider whether or not you can expect him to remain quiet and content throughout the burial at the cemetery. If it’s likely that your child will become fussy, then it might be best to leave him at home with a family member or babysitter.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we have served Southern California for over 100 years with dignified and respectful interment spaces, cremation services, and cemetery memorials in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about our services, please contact us today by calling (310) 412-6500.

Advice for Talking to Kids About Death

Death can be a difficult time. Children may be confused as well as sad when someone they know passes away, whether it is a grandparent, other family member, or even a teacher. While it is up to adults whether children should attend a memorial at a cemetery, it is still a good idea to talk to your kids about death. Watch this video to find out how.

Perhaps the best way to talk to kids about death is to ask them questions to find out what they think has happened. Many children are comforted by their imaginations of where the deceased person has gone. You can ask your kids if there is anything they want to say to the deceased, and assure them that they are loved and supported.

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Factors to Consider When Deciding Between Cremation and Burial

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Death is a natural part of life, but it can still be a stressful and overwhelming event when someone you care about dies. Pre-planning can ease some of the burden on your loved ones when you pass on, as all of your wishes will have been made clear beforehand. You can indicate the cemetery where you would like to be memorialized in, and decide whether you want cremation or burial. Read on to learn about a few of the factors you should consider when you are deciding between cremation and burial.

Religious Beliefs
There are some religions and cultures that specify whether their followers should be buried or cremated. If you are a religious person, you may already have an idea of what your final wishes are in relation to your beliefs. Some religions allow either cremation or burial, so personal preference may be more of a factor for your decision. Cremation can sometimes be seen as a sign of reverence for the departed.

Environmental Concerns
The use of land is a concern for some people who are deciding whether to choose cremation or burial. Full-sized burial plots take up more land space than cremation graves, as a casket is significantly larger than a burial urn. If you have a family plot where your relatives are resting, find out if your remains can be cremated to be laid to rest there. This will save space for future generations as well as take less of a toll on the surrounding land.

Economical Factors
Pre-planning your burial arrangements often means that you will be paying up front for your end-of-life services. Many people end up choosing cremation because it tends to be a more economical choice.

Inglewood Park Cemetery has been serving the Los Angeles area with dignity and integrity for over 100 years. Contact us at (310) 412-6500 to learn about the memorialization and interment space options we offer for both burials and cremations. We are proud to offer comfort to families in their time of need.

What to Expect When You Attend a Burial Service

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If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be feeling a whirlwind of emotions ranging from sadness and grief to happiness at fond memories of the departed. Even if the deceased was not close to you, you may still be expected to attend a committal service at a cemetery. A burial service is different from a funeral, which might take place at a house of worship or a funeral home. Read on to learn what to expect when you attend a committal service.

Where to GoWhen you arrive at the committal site in the cemetery, you’ll see that the area has already been prepared. The service might be held at a gravesite where a marker will be placed afterwards, or if the deceased chose cremation, the service could be at an interment space such as a columbarium. The officiant of the service may read a poem or religious passage before the deceased is lowered into the ground. This differs from a memorial service, where you will not see the casket itself. Depending on your relation to the deceased, you may be seated in a chair towards the front of the crowd, or standing if you are not a relative or elderly.

How to Participate
Sometimes, you and other attendees may be called upon to participate in the service. Some prayers use a call-and-response form, while others are meant to be recited or sung by all who are present. If you are comfortable participating, feel free to do so. Programs may be distributed so you know what you are expected to say and when.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate and caring service to the families and friends of those who have passed on. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to inquire about having a memorial or grave-side service on our beautiful grounds serving the Los Angeles area.

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