How to Memorialize Cremated Remains

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When your loved one’s cremated remains are made available to you, there are a number of respectful options you may choose to memorialize the decedent. Many families decide to inter cremated remains at the cemetery, which provides a beautiful, serene gathering place for families to come together and reflect. Consider speaking with a professional at the cemetery about memorializing your loved one’s cremated remains.

Before you make your decision, take a stroll through the cemetery and consider whether your surroundings would be an appropriate choice for your loved one’s final resting place. Visit the columbarium or niches where cremated remains may be interred.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers respectful and dignified interment spaces in the Los Angeles area. We invite you to speak with a Memorial Counselor about our cemetery services and memorial options. Call (310) 412-6500.

Preparing and Delivering a Eulogy

It is an honor to be asked to give a eulogy at the cemetery or funeral service, but it can be difficult to know what to say. It’s best to have remarks prepared before you go to the cemetery. When you watch this video, you’ll hear some basic guidance on preparing a chronological eulogy.

Also known as a life history eulogy, this type of eulogy starts with basic information about the decedent’s life. Consider where and when the individual was born, how the individual met his or her partner, and where he or she worked. Next, write a few words about the decedent’s accomplishments and awards or recognitions he or she may have received before you move on to discuss important life experiences.

Inglewood Park Cemetery is honored to offer cemetery services for families in the Los Angeles area. For pre-planning or at-need guidance, please call (310) 412-6500 and let us know how our Memorial Counselors can help you.

What to Wear to a Burial

Cemetery Los Angeles Visiting a cemetery is a solemn, formal affair, and your clothing should reflect this. Before choosing an outfit for the burial, consider whether the family’s faith or cultural background calls for a particular style of clothing. Otherwise, you can follow some basic guidelines to select an appropriate outfit. Select clothing that covers most of your skin, including any tattoos. Choose clothing that does not call attention to yourself and that shows proper respect for the occasion.

It isn’t always necessary to wear only black clothing, although you may certainly do so if you wish. If you do choose other colors, select dark, somber colors like brown and navy blue. Jewelry and makeup should be kept to a minimum. For a graveside service at the cemetery, it’s best to wear flat shoes or shoes with a low, wedge heel; narrow heels (stilettos) will sink into the ground. (Always exercise caution when walking on the lawns, as surfaces may be uneven. Never step on the flat markers.)

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers tranquil final resting places at our cemetery in the Los Angeles area. To discuss our cremation services or cemetery memorials, please call us at (310) 412-6500.

What to Do with Cremated Remains

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Following the cremation of a deceased loved one, you’ll have several options to choose from as far as what to do with the cremated remains. The following are some of the choices to consider for cremated remains:

One popular option for cremated remains is to keep the deceased individual’s cremated remains in an urn. This urn can be stored in the surviving family’s home, and some people choose to divide up the remains into several different urns, allowing more than one household to have an urn that contains the cremated remains of their loved one who has passed on. Inurnment is chosen often because it allows the family to take their time to decide what to do with the cremated remains and to easily scatter them later if they so choose.

It’s important to realize that choosing cremation services for your deceased loved one does not mean that cemetery memorials aren’t an option. Following the funeral, you can opt to bury the cremated remains in a funeral plot, store them in a columbarium or mausoleum, or inter them within a cremation niche. Or you can choose to have the cremated remains buried in a cremation garden, or stored in a cremation ossuary, a granite bench, or rock a dedicated boulder in one of our cremation gardens. When it comes to memorialization for cremated remains, you’ll find that there are many options from which to choose.

If you’re planning a cremation service near the Los Angeles area, then please contact Inglewood Park Cemetery by calling (310) 412-6500.

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.

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