• Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Family Estate

    Family estates give families the opportunity to have interment spaces in a defined area, allowing them to remain together after they are interred. These estates are a modern incarnation of the old family plot that used to be the standard way that families were interred. These estates help to preserve the history of the family and give surviving loved ones a central place to visit and stay connected to their history and each other. If you are considering purchasing a family estate, ask these questions when you visit the cemetery.  

    How large is a family estate? 

    Family estates vary in size, depending on the needs of the specific purchasers. Estates can have upright monuments, crypts, courts, and interment spaces, each of which gives different amounts of spaces suitable for burial or keeping cremated remains. Start by discussing your needs with the cemetery and giving them an idea of how many family members you would like to be included in your estate. They can help you make the appropriate choice.  

    Do I have to pay the full cost of the estate up-front? 

    The pricing structures for family estates vary dramatically, based on the size and type, and how payments are made is based on cemetery policy. At Inglewood Park Cemetery, most purchases require a 10% down payment within 30 days of agreeing to make a purchase, with other payments spread out on a monthly basis over a set period of time.  

    What happens if a family member decides not to use the estate? 

    If someone who was initially going to be included in your estate no longer wishes to use the spot, you can work with the cemetery to transfer or designate the interment rights for someone else in your family. Handle this process in writing to avoid any complications.  

    Inglewood Park Cemetery is happy to answer any questions you have about family estates in the Los Angeles area, as well as the other interment options we have at our cemetery. Contact us today at (310) 4112-6500 for more information.

  • Planning a Post-Graveside Ceremony Reception

    It’s customary for loved ones to share a meal after the graveside ceremony at the cemetery. However, the details are quite flexible. This reception can be as informal or formal as you wish. You may wish to invite everyone who attended the ceremony at the cemetery, or just the family and closest friends. Use this helpful checklist as a general planning guide. 

    Choose the venue. 

    If you’re sharing a meal with loved ones and friends, you might wish to consider one of Inglewood Park Cemetery’s venues for hosting a repast or reception. Whether 15 or 150 guests, we can accommodate your gathering. We have screened recommended local caterers, can provide linens, and encourage you to take advantage of the convenience of celebrating the life of your deceased loved one without the hassle of traveling to another site for your event. The Inglewood Park Flower Shop can provide beautiful centerpieces if desired, and you have numerous other options available to make your reception a memorable one.  

    Contact the caterer. 

    Choose from our list of recommended caterers and arrange to have them serve your guests on the specified date. You will select the foods and beverages you wish to have served from their menu. You may wish to include a dish that the decedent was particularly fond of. Our experienced coordinator will reach out to your caterer to finalize the details and ensure that everything is set up and ready for your party when they arrive.  

    Provide directions. 

    Often, the funeral director will announce your reception for you, but if you aren’t inviting all of the mourners to the reception, you should contact those who will be invited individually to let them know their presence will be welcome. When you host your reception at Inglewood Park Cemetery, giving directions is simplified and traffic is all but eliminated.  

    Inglewood Park Cemetery, which serves the Los Angeles area, is proud to offer beautiful and dignified interment spaces and spacious, well-appointed reception venues. You can call (310) 412-6500 to request planning assistance from one of our knowledgeable Memorial Counselors. We also provide pre-planning assistance for individuals who are thinking about their options for their future cemetery needs.

  • Why Preplanning is a Smart Move

  • Explore Our Sunset Mission Mausoleum

    The Sunset Mission Mausoleum at Inglewood Park Cemetery was inspired by the beautiful architecture of historic California missions. As you approach it on foot or take the virtual tour with the accompanying video, you’ll appreciate the graceful archways and upper level terraces that overlook the immaculate landscaping and mature shade-trees. The mausoleum was positioned so that the sun sets directly behind the building, allowing the red tile roof to light up brilliantly. 

    With the completion of this mausoleum in 2008, our cemetery now features the largest such structure in the country. It has two stories above ground and one below. Inside, you’ll find the Mission Chapel, Library of Roses, and original stained glass windows. 

    Inglewood Park Cemetery welcomes your questions about the Sunset Mission Mausoleum and our cemetery services available in the Los Angeles area. You can speak with a Memorial Officer by calling (310) 412-6500.

  • What Do You Need for a Ground Burial?

    An in-ground burial is a traditional interment space. You will need to purchase interment rights in a grave or lawn crypt, a burial vault, the opening and closing service, and a gravestone memorial. First, choose an interment location that speaks to your sense of aesthetics. You may want a location that’s close to a beautiful tree or overlooking a water feature, for example. If you have loved ones buried in the cemetery, then you may want a location as close to them as possible. 

    Next, you’ll need a burial vault. The burial vault is a sealed outer burial container that completely encloses the casket you purchased at the funeral home/mortuary. The burial vault offers additional protection from soil settling. The opening and closing service is the process of opening the grave, lowering the vault into the grave and the casket into the vault, backfilling the grave, and replacing the sod. Lastly, you’ll need a gravestone memorial. This is a granite or bronze marker that identifies the burial location, and is engraved with the full name, dates of birth and death, and sometimes an endearment, such as “Beloved Father” or “Loving Daughter.” 

    Begin your burial planning process at Inglewood Park Cemetery, which provides dignified and respectful cemetery services to the Los Angeles area. Call a Memorial Counselor at (310) 412-6500.