The Catholic Church's Perspective on Cremation

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If you are Catholic and recently suffered the loss of a family member, then you may be wondering if you should consider cremation as part of the deceased’s funeral services. Read on to learn about the Catholic Church’s perspective on cremation.

The Catholic Church and Burial
It makes sense that there is some confusion about the Catholic Church’s stance on cremation. Up until 1963, the Catholic Church insisted that all Catholics follow the manner of Christ’s burial by choosing to either bury or entomb the body. To this day, the Church proclaims that cremation is less favorable than burial or entombment. In 1983, the Catholic Church developed a revised Code of Canon Law that helps Catholics to understand that, although the prohibition that forbade Catholics from selecting cremation for the remains of their loved ones who have passed on was lifted in 1963, it was not intended to be an endorsement for cremation. However, the Church does allow cremation under the right circumstances and if certain procedures are followed.

The Catholic Church and Cremation
The Catholic Church urges that the remains of a cremated body be placed in a vessel that is respectful to the deceased, and that the cremated remains be treated in the same way as a body in a casket. Also, the cremated remains are to be buried or entombed in the same timeframe as a body in a casket.

The Catholic Church and Funeral Rites
The Church urges that the deceased’s full body be present for the funeral rites because these are sacred acts that play an important role in helping the bereaved family through the mourning process. For this reason, many Catholics choose to have any planned cremation services performed after the funeral. In the case that the remains need to be cremated before the funeral rites, then the Catholic Church allows the cremated remains to be present at the Funeral Mass, provided they are buried or entombed afterward.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers cremation services in Los Angeles. If you would like more information, then please give us a call today at (310) 412-6500.

Comforting Someone Who Is Grieving

A person’s passing can leave family and friends devastated by grief. If you recently attended a cemetery service, then watch this video to learn how you can comfort a grieving friend or family member.

Be prepared to let the person grieve in her own way without judgement or criticism. Listen to the person and demonstrate genuine sympathy for her emotions, while not assuming to know how she feels and avoiding giving advice. Finally, helping with daily tasks like food preparation and child care can be invaluable to your grieving friend or family member during this time.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers cremation services and cemetery memorials in the Los Angeles area. For more information, please call us today at (310) 412-6500.

The Process of Selecting a Gravestone

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Death is a natural part of life, but it can still be a challenging and emotional time. Whether you are in the process of funeral pre-planning or you have a loved one who has just passed away, there are many decisions that must be made. The choice between cremation and burial is a personal one, and may be affected by religious beliefs or environmental concerns. Both cremated remains and a body that is buried can have a gravestone memorial to mark a person’s last resting place. Read on to learn how to select a gravestone.

Cemetery Regulations
Before you begin the process of picking out a gravestone, make sure you are aware of the cemetery’s rules and regulations regarding such memorials. The size, material, and type of gravestone may all be regulated by the cemetery, so do your research to ensure that the memorial you choose is within their guidelines. If the gravestone maker you choose is unaware of the cemetery’s regulations, check with your memorial counselor at the cemetery.

Once you are sure that the gravestone will meet the cemetery’s guidelines, consider which material you would like it to be made. Gravestones are often made of granite, marble, slate, bronze, sandstone, and other materials that stand up to the test of time. Granite and bronze tend to be the most popular choices because of their durability and attractiveness, as well as their ability to withstand extreme weather. You can select a color that you like as you are choosing the material, keeping in mind that some colors may be more expensive than others.

There are a number of different styles of gravestones from which you can choose. A monument is a classic choice, and stands upright to mark the gravesite. A grave marker, on the other hand, lies flat and blends in with its surroundings. You might also choose a memorial bench that provides a place for mourners to sit and remember the deceased.

Inglewood Park Cemetery has been serving families like yours for over 100 years. Contact us at (310) 412-6500 to learn more about our cemetery in the Los Angeles area, and why it may be the right choice for your final resting place.

Your Options for Cremated Remains

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Planning a funeral can be an overwhelming experience, whether it’s for yourself or someone you love. When someone passes away, hopefully they will have specified whether they want to be buried or cremated. Cremation is an increasingly popular option, as it is simple, economical, and does not rule out the possibility of being interred in a cemetery. There are a number of options for where to place cremated remains after a person is deceased so that friends and family can visit and honor their memory long after they are gone. Read on to learn more about options for cremated remains.

An urn is a receptacle where cremated remains are stored. Urns come in a variety of styles, colors, and shapes, so consider choosing one that best reflects the tastes and preferences of the deceased. You might select a vase-like urn that’s made of metal, or an understated wooden box depending on your preferences. An urn can be ornate, elegant, sophisticated, or a combination of all of these. Consult with family members and friends for opinions if you are having a hard time selecting an urn.

In addition to gravestones, cemeteries typically also have columbaria where cremated remains are placed. A columbarium offers a specific and permanent place for the urn with the cremated remains to rest. This allows mourners to visit at any time, and provides a way for future generations to remember their relatives, as well. The columbarium may be located inside a mausoleum, and cremated remains have their own area or room.

If you or your loved one would prefer your cremated remains to be placed in an open-air setting, consider placement in a garden niche. Ask your memorial counselor if this is an option at the cemetery of your choosing. A garden niche provides a beautiful view and a natural setting for cremated remains to be located.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we understand that you and your family are going through a difficult time. That’s why we’ve provided compassionate cremation services in the Los Angeles area for over 100 years. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to find out more about our cemetery services.

A Look at Columbaria

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As you are in the process of funeral pre-planning, you will need to decide whether you want to be cremated or buried. If you choose cremation services, you will still have many memorialization options, such as being placed in a columbarium. Some columbaria are located within a mausoleum at a cemetery, and provides a specific place for friends and family to visit and remember the deceased for generations to come. The urn that you or your family chooses can be elaborate or simple, as can the area in which your urn is stored within the columbarium. The space where you are placed within the columbarium may be a family memorial, or could be just for an individual placement..

Call Inglewood Park Cemetery at (310) 412-6500 to learn more about interment spaces in the Los Angeles area, including our beautiful columbaria and garden niches. We pledge to treat you and your family with the respect, compassion, and dignity you deserve in this difficult time.

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