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.

Why Do People Place Flowers on Graves?

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Putting flowers on gravesites in cemeteries is a tradition. Archeologists have uncovered evidence that this practice was embraced as far back as the Stone Age. Families today may have different motivations for placing flowers at the gravesites of loved ones, but the practice remains popular. Why are flowers so common in cemeteries, and why do families bring them to their loved ones? Here is a look at some of the reasons why the custom of putting flowers at gravesites exists.

Sentiment
Families often bring flowers to the cemetery primarily for sentimental reasons. Flowers are a tangible way of showing love and respect, and leaving them at a grave is like leaving a tribute to a loved one. If the deceased had a favorite flower, family members may wish to bring that flower to the cemetery as a way of honoring their loved one’s memory. Families may choose to bring flowers on holidays and birthdays as a way of demonstrating that their lost loved ones remain in their hearts and are still a part of these special occasions.

Aesthetics
For many families, tending to the gravestones and memorials of their loved ones is an important way of showing love and respect. Flowers are another way to make a gravesite look cared-for and more aesthetically pleasing. In some cases, families purchase a flower cup which is set into the ground near the memorial tablet for flowers, so that they can be easily changed out on a regular basis.

Symbolism
Flowers have many symbolic and spiritual significances that resonate with people. For instance, lilies are said to symbolize that the soul of the person who has passed away is at peace, while chrysanthemums suggest honor. Roses can mean love or friendship, depending on the color. Leaving flowers with a deeper meaning in a cemetery can be comforting to mourners.

Inglewood Park Cemetery has a flower shop on premises, so families visiting our cemetery in the Los Angeles area can choose a special tribute to their loved ones. We offer a variety of cemetery and cremation services and are here to answer your questions. Call (310) 412-6500 to find out more.

Our Photo Services for Surviving Relatives and Descendants

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Loved ones are scattered across the globe these days, which can make it difficult for family and friends to visit a loved one’s cemetery plot or see the memorial tablets and monuments. For this reason, Inglewood Park Cemetery is pleased to offer a photo service, so family and friends can see where a loved one is interred even when they cannot make the trip in person.

We offer both digital and paper photos that can be shared with loved ones. Digital photos can be provided in both landscape and portrait orientation in 100 dpi, while paper photos are printed on 5x7 glossy paper. The photos are done in color and cropped so that the inscription can be seen. Keep in mind that inscriptions can become weathered over time, which can affect readability.

Let Inglewood Park Cemetery help you keep your loved ones connected with our photo services. Our cemetery in the Los Angeles area is always available to answer your questions about cremation and internment spaces. Find out more by calling (310) 412-6500.

Writing a Thank You Note After a Funeral

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After the funeral and cemetery services, sending thank you notes offers you a way to express your gratitude to the people who have been there for you and your loved one. Continue reading for helpful advice on writing a funeral thank you card.

Choose a card that offers something that is meaningful to you, the cemetery service, and the person who has passed on. Before you begin writing, think about the person you are writing to and the role that he or she played in your loved one’s life. When composing the note, be sure to mention your gratitude for any way in which the individual helped you or your loved one during this difficult time.

If you need cemetery services in the Los Angeles area, then consider working with Inglewood Park Cemetery. For information about our memorial and cemetery options, please call (310) 412-6500.

Examining Cremation Memorial Options

Are you considering cremation services in advance of need for yourself or a loved one? If so, there are several factors for you to consider, one of which is your cremation memorial options. Among our services, Inglewood Park Cemetery offers several ways to memorialize cremated remains.

Following the cremation process, the cremated remains are typically placed inside of an urn for a permanent replacement. Many people opt to inter urns in columbarium niches. We have several alcove locations in which urns can be stored, with bronze, marble or glass fronts. Many of these are inside the mausoleums, but we also have some that incorporated into our garden mausoleum areas. We also offer cremation garden areas for anyone who wishes to inter cremated remains in a natural garden setting of landscaped beauty featuring trees, shrubs, flowers and water features.

The compassionate and experienced staff at Inglewood Park Cemetery provides professional services for memorials and cremation in the Los Angeles area. Please call (310) 412-6500 to learn more.

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