Tracing Genealogy Through Cemetery Records

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Here at Inglewood Park Cemetery, we support and encourage efforts to preserve family history. Families may stroll through the grounds of our cemetery and ask for available records at our office. Our Records Department freely provides the locations of grave markers upon request. However, please note that for interments in our cemetery dated less than 50 years ago, we cannot provide information regarding interment-authorizing signatures, survivors, or property owners. All other authorized requests are accommodated to the best of our abilities.

Our cemetery records may include the full name, dates of birth and death, and places of birth and death of the decedent. The date and location of the interment, marker verification, and names and other available information on interred family members may also be available.

If you have any questions pertaining to genealogical records at our cemetery in the Los Angeles area, we welcome your inquiries at (310) 412-6500, or contact us through our website. Inglewood Park Cemetery is a peaceful place that has been privileged to serve families in Southern California for more than 100 years.

How Pre-Planning Protects Your Loved Ones Financially

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When a loved one dies, it’s difficult to make rational decisions at the cemetery office. Even with the help of compassionate memorial counselors, families may struggle to choose a grave marker or method of interment. In many cases, their decisions are influenced by financial constraints. By choosing to pre-plan your final arrangements, you’ll protect your family from the emotional weight of making these difficult decisions and the financial burden of saying their final farewells.

You can pay for your arrangements in advance.
Pre-planning doesn’t always mean pre-funding. Some people choose to create written plans for their final arrangements without paying for them in advance—a troubling situation that can add to the survivors’ stress and financial woes. The most thoughtful way to make your final arrangements is to pay when you finalize the details. In doing so, you will prevent your family from enduring the financial impact of paying your final expenses at the time of need.

You can lock in your prices at today’s rates.
The cost of living—and dying—will only increase over time. As cemetery plots are used and land becomes ever-more scarce, the costs of dying in America continue to climb. By pre-funding your final arrangements, you can secure significant financial savings for your family because you’ll lock in today’s rates.

You can take advantage of affordable payment plans.
When a person dies without having made pre-need arrangements, the family is generally expected to pay the burial or cremation costs promptly. Many families simply can’t afford to pay thousands to bury their loved ones with dignity. By planning in advance of need, you may have the luxury of spacing out your payments with an installment plan. Typically, you’ll pay a certain percentage down, followed by reasonable monthly payments over time.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers a range of affordable cemetery services in the Los Angeles area. Our memorial counselors can clearly explain our easy monthly installment plans for individuals who are interested in advance planning. You can contact our cemetery at (310) 412-6500 or visit us online to find out more about our affordable and respectful options.

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.

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