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:

Inurnment
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.

Memorialization
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.

Comforting Someone Who Is Grieving

A person’s passing can leave family and friends devastated by grief. If you recently attended a cemetery service, then watch this video to learn how you can comfort a grieving friend or family member.

Be prepared to let the person grieve in her own way without judgement or criticism. Listen to the person and demonstrate genuine sympathy for her emotions, while not assuming to know how she feels and avoiding giving advice. Finally, helping with daily tasks like food preparation and child care can be invaluable to your grieving friend or family member during this time.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers cremation services and cemetery memorials in the Los Angeles area. For more information, please call us today at (310) 412-6500.

The Process of Selecting a Gravestone

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Death is a natural part of life, but it can still be a challenging and emotional time. Whether you are in the process of funeral pre-planning or you have a loved one who has just passed away, there are many decisions that must be made. The choice between cremation and burial is a personal one, and may be affected by religious beliefs or environmental concerns. Both cremated remains and a body that is buried can have a gravestone memorial to mark a person’s last resting place. Read on to learn how to select a gravestone.

Cemetery Regulations
Before you begin the process of picking out a gravestone, make sure you are aware of the cemetery’s rules and regulations regarding such memorials. The size, material, and type of gravestone may all be regulated by the cemetery, so do your research to ensure that the memorial you choose is within their guidelines. If the gravestone maker you choose is unaware of the cemetery’s regulations, check with your memorial counselor at the cemetery.

Materials
Once you are sure that the gravestone will meet the cemetery’s guidelines, consider which material you would like it to be made. Gravestones are often made of granite, marble, slate, bronze, sandstone, and other materials that stand up to the test of time. Granite and bronze tend to be the most popular choices because of their durability and attractiveness, as well as their ability to withstand extreme weather. You can select a color that you like as you are choosing the material, keeping in mind that some colors may be more expensive than others.

Styles
There are a number of different styles of gravestones from which you can choose. A monument is a classic choice, and stands upright to mark the gravesite. A grave marker, on the other hand, lies flat and blends in with its surroundings. You might also choose a memorial bench that provides a place for mourners to sit and remember the deceased.

Inglewood Park Cemetery has been serving families like yours for over 100 years. Contact us at (310) 412-6500 to learn more about our cemetery in the Los Angeles area, and why it may be the right choice for your final resting place.

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