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.

A Look at Our Commitment to Cemetery Maintenance

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we know how important it is for your loved ones to have a well-kept final resting place. We are committed to providing regular cemetery maintenance to ensure that our grounds always look their best when you come to visit your family monument or loved one’s interment space.

As part of our cemetery maintenance, we will remove dead flowers from gravesites and picking up litter and other debris on the grounds. We will perform regular landscaping services, including trimming trees and shrubbery, mowing lawns, and removing grass clippings. All lakes, ponds, and water features will be kept clean, and the trash receptacles will be emptied regularly. We will make repairs to any cemetery-owned buildings and sunken graves, bringing in outside contractors when necessary.

For more information about cemetery maintenance, contact Inglewood Park Cemetery. We’re here to answer all of your questions about our cemetery and cremation services in Los Angeles. Call (310) 412-6500 to talk to our team today.

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