A Look at Different Stages of Grief [INFOGRAPHIC]

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences in life. It is natural to want to find a way to understand grief, especially in the midst of making decisions about a cemetery, gravestone memorials, and interment spaces. One familiar way of making sense of mourning is through different stages of grief. Learn more about grieving after the loss of a loved one in this infographic from Inglewood Park Cemetery. Our cemetery in the Los Angeles area provides a serene final resting place and several options for family memorials. Contact us with your questions about our cemetery, and please consider helping others experiencing a loss by sharing this important information about grieving.

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Designing a Memorial for a Loved One

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As you make arrangements for your loved one’s final resting place, one matter to consider is the memorial tablet, crypt plate, or niche plate. When you consult the staff at the cemetery, you’ll be shown a variety of styles and other options to choose from. When making your decisions, consider which styles and designs would best suit the personality of your loved one.

Choose a Material and Style
It is customary for memorial tablets to be carved from granite, but bronze is also a tasteful choice that many families prefer. You can request to see samples of tablets or plates, and engraving designs, made from both materials before making your decision. Both granite and bronze are highly durable materials that withstand weathering quite well. The two basic styles of memorials are upright stones and flat markers. If you wish to design an upright granite gravestone for your loved one, be sure to ask if these are accepted in the area where the grave is located. Like most cemeteries, Inglewood Park Cemetery does have some restrictions regarding both flat tablets and upright monuments.

Select an Appropriate Design
Take your time choosing the design for your loved one’s memorial. There are many graceful options. Many families choose floral or geometrical designs for the border of the memorial tablet. You may decide to add religious symbols to the marker or perhaps to personalize it with treasured family photographs. Ask to see our style and design catalogs.

Choose an Inscription
Your loved one’s full name, including the middle initial, will be engraved on the marker, along with the dates of birth and death. Although it is not required, you may choose to add an inscription such as, “Loving Father, Husband, and Son.” If you are making arrangements for a double capacity interment space, a portion of the tablet or plate may temporarily be left incomplete to allow space for the name and dates of a second person in the grave.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, our Memorial Counselors will be pleased to help you design a grave or crypt marker or family monument. Please call (310) 412-6500 with any questions you may have. We have been serving the greater Los Angeles area since 1905.

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.

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