Planning a Post-Burial Reception

To give friends and family of the deceased the opportunity to catch up and offer emotional support to one another, many people choose to have a reception following a funeral and burial. If you would like to hold a post-burial reception after your loved one’s cemetery service, continue reading for some planning tips.

Choose a Location

The right location for a post-burial reception can depend on the number of attendees. After determining how many people to expect, you can then consider different options for hosting the event. Some people choose to book a reception room, and others opt to host the gathering in their home. Inglewood Park Cemetery can offer space for a post-service repast or reception, accommodating up to 150 guests. For smaller groups, we offer our Celebrations of Life Center. Larger groups fit nicely at Freeman Court, Sunset Mission Mausoleum. No need to leave the cemetery grounds. Ask your Memorial Counselor about scheduling one of these spaces for after the interment or memorial service. Other locations to consider for the post-burial reception include a park, church hall, or restaurant.

Ask for Assistance

As with planning the funeral and burial, you can benefit from asking for help with the post-burial reception arrangements. For instance, instead of finding the venue or planning the catering, you can delegate tasks like these to other family members. Or, if you will not be using a catering service, then you may want to ask each of the attendees to bring a dish or beverage to the reception. Post-burial receptions do not need to be elaborate events, but no matter what type of gathering you end up planning, asking for help from others can be a practical decision.

Make It Personal

You may find that the post-burial reception is an ideal time to create lasting memories of your deceased loved one’s final services. To do this, you may wish to have a guest book for attendees to sign, cameras available for photo-taking, and a video camera on hand so that you may record any toasts, speeches, or stories that are shared. Also, consider serving some of the deceased’s favorite foods, or playing songs from his or her favorite artists.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers cremation services, interment spaces, and gravestone memorials serving the Los Angeles area. To contact a member of our experienced and compassionate staff, please call (310) 412-6500.

Your First Holiday Season After a Loss

The holiday season is when many families come together, so it can be a particularly difficult time after the loss of a loved one. Read on for some advice on getting through your first holiday season following the cemetery or cremation service of someone close to you.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

For some individuals, the holidays are no more difficult to endure following a loss than any other time of year. For others, this season can be painful and cause feelings of grief to resurface. No matter what emotions you end up facing this time of year, it’s important to remember that every person grieves in his or her own way and it’s okay to struggle during the holidays and any other time of year. Acknowledging that the upcoming months might be difficult may help you find acceptance for the feelings you face during the holidays.

Face Your Grief

You may find yourself trying not to think about the person that you have lost as the holiday season approaches. Many people do this because they are hoping to avoid the pain that they expect they will feel. However, you may find that facing any grief that emerges during the holidays and consciously addressing the loss in some way may help you move through your pain. For example, you might consider sharing stories with your family about the one you have lost.

Focus on Yourself

Finally, the holidays are the time of year when it’s typical for people to push themselves a bit too hard as they busy themselves with gift giving, party planning, hosting holiday guests, and so on. While you may be tempted to distract yourself in ways like these to help make it through the holidays after a loss, remember to take care of yourself by not overdoing it and getting enough sleep and exercise.

At our cemetery serving the Los Angeles area, Inglewood Park Cemetery offers grave markers and a clean and well-maintained location for you to put the one you have lost to rest. Please call (310) 412-6500 to learn more.

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.

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