Talking to Your Loved Ones About Your Burial and Cremation Preferences

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Thoughts of one’s own death are virtually inevitable. When a loved one passes or someone you know is diagnosed with a terminal illness, you might start to think what might happen after your own death. Visiting a cemetery to pre-plan your own arrangements is a wise decision that relieves your family of the burden of making difficult choices. To ensure that your wishes will be carried out after your death, your family will need to know about your preferences.

Use an Icebreaker
It isn’t necessary to wait to discuss this issue with your family until you’ve finalized your arrangements. If you already know whether you prefer to be buried or cremated, you might mention this in an off-hand manner. This gives you plenty of time to think about the details of your arrangements. Wait for an appropriate icebreaker to come along. You might see something on TV about funerals, for example, and say to your partner, “By the way, if I die first, I’d rather be buried than cremated.”

Create a Written Plan
When you are ready to commit your preferences to paper, visit a cemetery and discuss these burial or cremation arrangements with a memorial counselor. After you’ve finalized the details, make a few copies of your funeral plan. One of these copies should be safely stored with your will or living trust, but you might use another copy to guide your discussion with your family.

Offer Reassurance
Start the conversation by reassuring your loved ones that you aren’t ill and don’t wish to alarm them, but you feel that the time is right to discuss your funeral preferences. Of course, if you are indeed ill and your family is aware of your illness, you might instead offer reassurances that you still intend to fight your disease.

The memorial counselors at Inglewood Park Cemetery would be honored to help you plan your cemetery or cremation service in the Los Angeles area. Our comprehensive burial and cremation pre-planning services include a thorough explanation of all of your memorial options—from simple grave markers to stylized family monuments. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to get started.

What Are the Five Stages of Grief?

Decades ago, psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified five stages of grief based on her work with terminally ill patients. They are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Although these five stages are quite common, Kubler-Ross emphasized that not everyone will experience every stage and that these stages may not progress in a linear fashion. For example, you may experience depression at the cemetery, which may be followed with anger later on.

You can explore these stages of grief further by listening to this in-depth video. This grief expert discusses how the process of grief can help mourners adjust to the new realities in their lives.

When a loved one has died and your family is in need of cemetery services in the Los Angeles area, you can turn to the memorial counselors at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to discuss our cremation services or family monuments.

Comparing Lawn and Mausoleum Crypt Options

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Are you planning ahead for your own funeral or in the process of making final arrangements for a loved one who has passed? If so, then you may have questions about cemetery interment options that involve crypts. Like lawn crypts and mausoleum crypts are types of interment options available for a person’s final resting place.

A lawn crypt is a burial vault that provides a type of ground entombment. A mausoleum crypt, on the other hand, is an above ground monument or building. Both lawn and mausoleum crypts are structures that require opening and closing and provide a protected area in which a casket can be placed. While mausoleum crypts are available in single or double capacity, lawn crypts are always double capacity. Whichever you choose, you or your loved one can be memorialized with the addition of a memorial tablet on the lawn, or a crypt plate in the mausoleum.

Would you like to learn more about these and other options for cemetery space and memorials in the Los Angeles area? If so, then please contact Inglewood Park Cemetery today by calling (310) 412-6500.

Coping with Family Disagreements While Making Final

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Are you arranging burial services, choosing a cemetery and gravestone, or deciding between cremation and burial for a deceased loved one? If so, then the number of decisions that need to be made during this time can feel overwhelming, and arguments among family members can make the funeral planning process even more challenging. Read on for some tips on coping with family disagreements while making final arrangements.

Show Your Family Patience
It’s not uncommon for arguments to develop among family members while making funeral arrangements for someone who recently passed on. One way that you can cope with this type of circumstance is to keep in mind that stressful events, such as the death of a family member, often brings out the worst in others. Remembering that your family members may feel tense and grief-ridden can make it easier to understand their behavior and respond in a way that is helpful.

Let Go of Control
If you are the one who stepped forward to begin the process of making final arrangements, then you may feel a need to see the process through to the end and monitor each step along the way. This mindset can make the funeral and burial planning processes more challenging than they need to be, and may also initiate arguments. Remember that you do not have to control all the proceedings and that it is okay to ask for help and opinions from others.

Be Kind to Yourself
Following the death of a loved one, it’s not uncommon for people to overlook their own physical and emotional needs, particularly among those who are making the final arrangements. To help keep disagreements to a minimum, be sure to treat yourself kindly by getting enough food and rest and allowing yourself to grieve. Also, if another person is making the final arrangements, reach out and offer your help and support to help keep everyone’s stress to a minimum.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers a variety of cemetery, memorial, and cremation services in the Los Angeles area. To find out more, please call (310) 412-6500.

Advice for Penning an Obituary

Are you considering options for cemetery services following the loss of a loved one? If so, then you may also need to compose an obituary for the deceased individual. If you have questions about this process, then watch this video for some helpful advice on preparing an obituary.

Start by finding a local newspaper and reading some of its obituaries to gain an understanding of how they are formatted and what information they contain. Next, contact the funeral director or newspaper to learn about pricing and deadlines. Then, collect and write down any information you want to be included in the obituary. Finally, put the pieces of information together in a way that highlights the deceased person’s full and wonderful life.

Do you need to arrange cremation or cemetery services? If so, then please call Inglewood Park Cemetery at (310) 412-6500 for information about our cemetery serving the Los Angeles area.

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