What You Should and Shouldn't Say at a Funeral

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Death is a natural part of life, but it can still be a difficult and overwhelming time when someone you know passes away. When you attend a funeral at a cemetery, whether it’s for someone you were close to or simply an acquaintance, chances are there will be people to whom you should express sympathy. Friends and family of the deceased will be in attendance, and though your presence is appreciated, saying a few kind words can be even more meaningful. Keep reading to learn what is appropriate to say at a funeral, and what kinds of things should be avoided.

What to Say
The best words to say at a funeral come from the heart. You can be both sincere and brief, so you don’t have to worry about having a speech prepared. The bereaved have many things on their minds, and just heartfelt sentence or two from you can offer them comfort and support in a difficult time. “I’m sorry for your loss” is an appropriate thing to say to relatives and friends of the departed. It is short, but shows that you are thinking of them. You can also offer support, saying that you are only a phone call away or available at any time that your help might be useful. Putting a hand on someone’s arm or giving someone a hug can also help express your sympathy in a trying time.

What Not to Say
Though it may be difficult to find the right words to say, saying just a few words is far better than saying the wrong thing while you are at the grave side. Try to avoid statements such as, “I know how you feel,” as this makes it about your experience rather than theirs. Platitudes such as “everything happens for a reason” should also be avoided, as chances are the mourners have already thought about why their loved one has died. Also, when expressing faith in an afterlife, be certain the person to whom you are speaking will be receptive to comments such as, “she’s in a better place,” or “heaven has another angel now.”

Inglewood Park Cemetery has been serving families for over 100 years. We offer caring and compassionate interment services for your loved ones. Contact our cemetery in the Los Angeles area at (310) 412-6500 to inquire about gravestone memorials, funeral pre-planning, and more.

Tips for Writing a Eulogy

When someone close to you passes away, you may be called upon to write a eulogy. Delivering the eulogy is a great honor, and you should take time to prepare what you are going to say at the service. Watch this video for helpful tips on how to write a eulogy.

Ask other friends and family of the deceased about their favorite memories or stories. You may notice a common theme, such as humor, generosity, or dedication to a cause. Be sure to write down what you are going to say, as you might get nervous and forget when it is actually time to deliver the eulogy. Try to have a clear beginning, middle, and end to keep listeners engaged throughout the cemetery service.

Death is difficult, which is why the caring professionals at Inglewood Park Cemetery treat you and your family with the utmost respect and care during your time of loss. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to learn more about our cemetery and cremation services, serving the greater Los Angeles area.

Your Guide to Selecting a Cremation Urn

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If you’re organizing a funeral for a loved one who wished for a cremation burial, then you may be wondering how to choose a cremation urn. While there are countless styles to choose from, this guide will help you to narrow down your choices and find a suitable urn to hold your loved one’s cremated remains.

Knowing how much you are able to spend on a cremation urn will be extremely helpful in beginning the selection process. Include the urn cost when you are planning the funeral budget, and use this price point to help narrow down your choices. Even with a limited budget, you are likely to find a wide range of beautifully crafted urns from which to choose.

Another factor to consider before you begin exploring your urn options is to determine the size that you will need. If you plan on storing the urn in a niche, then the niche’s size will govern how large the urn can be. Speak with a Memorial Counselor at the cemetery that you’re working with to learn what dimensions you should stay within. If you’re not planning on using a niche, then think about where you expect to keep the urn to choose a size that is suitable.

Cremation urns are available in a wide range of materials, such as marble, pewter, brass, ceramic, copper, aluminum, and more. You will also come upon urns made from biodegradable materials, like those made from wood, salt, paper, and sand. If you will be keeping the urn at a cemetery, be sure to speak with one of their Memorial Counselors about what materials are acceptable before you settle on an urn.

If you’re planning a cremation in the Los Angeles area, then consider working with Inglewood Park Cemetery. We offer cremation services and our peaceful grounds host several different styles of niches from which to select. To find out more, please call us today at (310) 412-6500.

Choosing Inglewood Park Cemetery

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Whether you are organizing a burial service for a loved one or pre-planning your funeral, choosing the right location is essential. If you’re looking for a cemetery that offers unrivaled serenity and beauty, then look no further than Inglewood Park Cemetery.

As a complete cemetery, Inglewood Park has cremation and mortuary facilities on the grounds and has provided the Los Angeles area with caring and dignified service for over 100 years. Founded in 1905, we are a California not-for-profit organization that has extensive experience in providing beautiful and respectful cremation services and cemetery memorials. To provide families with a number of choices, we offer several unique mausoleums and a range of memorialization options, as well as affordable and flexible payment options to accommodate any budget.

If you would like to learn more about Inglewood Park Cemetery, please don’t hesitate to call us at (310) 412-6500. Our caring and experienced staff is available to answer any questions that you have about our cemetery serving the Los Angeles area.

Answering Common Questions About Funeral Etiquette

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Because of their delicate and personal nature, individuals often have questions about what they can do to show respect when visiting a cemetery for a funeral. Here, you’ll find the answers to common questions regarding funeral etiquette.

What is proper funeral attire?
While all black is the traditional clothing choice for many types of funerals, it’s no longer considered a requirement by most people. First, check your funeral invitation to see if there are any comments regarding preferred attire. If nothing is indicated, any respectful clothing in dark or muted colors should be considered acceptable. When visiting a cemetery, keep in mind that high heels are not a practical choice, as these may sink into the ground as you walk.

Should I stand or sit at a cemetery service?
While there may be chairs set up at the site, these are typically reserved for the immediate family. If you are not a close family member to the deceased, you should plan to stand during the service.

What time should I arrive?
As a display of respect to the deceased and his or her surviving family, plan to arrive at the location early. This will help ensure that you do not show up late and interrupt the service in any way.

Should I bring my child to the burial?
The answer to this relies heavily on the age, maturity level, and temperament of your child. First, consider whether he is old enough to attend this type of event and not be surprised or scared. Also, consider whether or not you can expect him to remain quiet and content throughout the burial at the cemetery. If it’s likely that your child will become fussy, then it might be best to leave him at home with a family member or babysitter.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we have served Southern California for over 100 years with dignified and respectful interment spaces, cremation services, and cemetery memorials in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about our services, please contact us today by calling (310) 412-6500.

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