• Examining the Benefits of Pre-Planning for the Cost of Final Expenses

    Cemetery Inglewood

    Pre-planning one’s final arrangements isn’t something that most people are likely to think about, even as they reach their golden years. It’s easy to assume that this is a matter that can be left to your loved ones, to be taken care of at a later date. But making your own arrangements in advance actually has a number of significant advantages.

    Pre-planning locks in the cost.
    If there’s one thing that people who have lived a long life know all too well, it’s that prices tend to rise over time. A service that seems affordable today may seem formidably expensive to your children or grandchildren. When you plan and pay for your own services in advance, it means that you’ve locked in the price, removing that burden from your loved ones.

    Pre-planning is helpful to your family.
    One of the most difficult aspects of making arrangements at the time of need is that it takes place while family members are mourning the loss of the deceased. Planning ahead means that your family won’t have to work to organize a memorial ceremony and interment at a time that may be especially stressful and saddening for them. It can also reduce family quarrels related to who will be paying for services.

    Pre-planning ahead ensures that your wishes will be carried out.
    If you have a specific vision for how you want your remains to be interred, pre-planning is the best way to ensure that it happens exactly as you want it. Memorial services can be complex, and organizing these matters yourself will also be immensely helpful to your family.

    At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of interment options, including cremation, for individuals and families. For more than a century, we have been providing the people of the greater Los Angeles community with a peaceful and beautiful cemetery grounds. If you would like to ask about our payment plans, call (310) 412-6500.

  • Answers to Common Questions about Pre-Planning Services

    Interment and memorialization pre-planning allows individuals to direct their own final arrangements. It can give you peace of mind to know that your wishes will be carried out after your death and that your surviving loved ones won’t have to make these difficult decisions. A memorial counselor can guide you through the pre-planning process.

    Do pre-need arrangements only cover burials?

    No, you can make any pre-need arrangements you wish. Your final arrangements can include your preferences for any of the following:

    • Burial.
    • Cremation.
    • Gravestone or marker.
    • Interment rights in an interment space.

    Other functions and services associated with making your final arrangements must be made through a Mortuary/Funeral Home, and possibly a Church, but you can still express your preferences for these items and ceremonies so that your surviving loved ones can carry out your wishes.

    What are my interment options?

    Your specific options will depend on the cemetery you choose. In general, you can choose from in-ground burials, mausoleum crypts, and cremation niches. You may also choose to have a family estate. A family estate secures space for the remains of loved ones, allowing your family to stay close even after death.

    Do I need to purchase a concrete vault?

    If you purchase a lawn crypt, a concrete vault will already be in place, so there is no need to purchase this separately. People who choose in-ground burial do need to purchase a concrete vault. The vault’s purpose is to protect the casket or urn from degradation from the natural elements of the ground.

    What is endowment care?

    California requires every cemetery to charge a fee for cemetery maintenance. The endowment care deposit is collected from every individual who purchases interment rights in a cemetery and deposited into a designated fund reviewed by the State annually. The interest earned on the funds is used to maintain the grounds.

    The memorial counselors at Inglewood Park Cemetery can answer all of your questions about our pre-planning services available in the Los Angeles area. You can contact us at (310) 412-6500. You’ll also find more information about our cemetery and our services on our website.

  • Do You Qualify as a Surviving Joint Owner?

    Funeral pre-planning is a thoughtful way to reduce the burden on surviving family members. Many people who pre-plan their final arrangements also choose to purchase interment rights in the cemetery to lock in the current price. In some cases, however, individuals end up choosing to be buried elsewhere. If you jointly own interment rights at Inglewood Park Cemetery, and the co-owner is now deceased with final arrangements made elsewhere, you may qualify as a surviving joint owner. In this case, you have the legal right to list the interment rights for sale, if you wish.

    You must meet all of the following criteria in order to qualify as a surviving joint owner. First, you must possess an ownership document that refers to you as the grantee. The other designated grantee must be deceased, and the ownership document must be labeled with these words: “As joint tenants with rights of survivorship.” You must also be able to produce a death certificate for the deceased joint owner.

    If you have any questions about our cemetery property listings or policies, you can get in touch at (310) 412-6500. Inglewood Park Cemetery is honored to provide serene interment spaces in the Los Angeles area.

  • What to Expect When You Attend a Graveside Service

    A graveside service is held at a cemetery, near the interment space. It may also be referred to as a committal ceremony or service, as the decedent’s body is being committed to the earth. A graveside service may be held after funeral rites at the Funeral Home or a house of worship, or it may be the sole ceremony for the decedent. Customs can vary, but you can generally expect the following.

    Arriving at the Cemetery

    Always arrive a little early for a graveside service. Dress formally and respectfully, as if you were attending a service in a house of worship. Ladies should avoid shoes with narrow high heels, as these can sink into the bare ground. Leave your cell phone in your car. It’s a smart idea to add a travel-size pack of tissues to your purse or pocket. Even if you don’t need them, someone else may. At some cemetery services, there will be chairs set up. If so, wait until the bereaved family and any elderly mourners have taken seats before sitting down.

    Serving as a Pallbearer

    It’s an honor to be asked to serve as a pallbearer. If you accept this honor, you must arrive quite early for the ceremony, as you will receive specific instructions upon your arrival. You’ll be told where to stand and when to escort the casket from the coach to the interment space. Don’t hesitate to speak with the attendant or the funeral director if you have any questions about your responsibilities.

    Paying Your Respects

    The officiant may do a reading or recite prayers. Some committal ceremonies involve prayers recited or songs sung by the group. And in some traditions, the mourners are expected to give certain responses at certain points in the ceremony. If you’re familiar with the custom and you feel comfortable doing so, you may participate. Otherwise, simply stand quietly and listen. After the casket has been lowered into the grave, the family members may line up to ceremoniously place dirt in the grave. You may join the line if you wish. Place the shovel back in the dirt after you’ve performed this rite, rather than handing it to the next mourner.

    For over a century, Inglewood Park Cemetery has served as the final resting place for loved ones. Our interment spaces available in the Los Angeles area are nestled within beautiful landscaping features. Call (310) 412-6500 if you have any questions about our cemetery.

  • Understanding the Cremation Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Cremation has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years, and in fact surpassed the burial rate in 2015. While it used to be somewhat of a taboo, today it’s embraced by most cultures and faiths as an acceptable option. While you may not know much about it, understanding the cremation process is fairly simple.