What to Expect When You Attend a Burial Service
If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be feeling a whirlwind of emotions ranging from sadness and grief to happiness at fond memories of the departed. Even if the deceased was not close to you, you may still be expected to attend a committal service at a cemetery. A burial service is different from a funeral, which might take place at a house of worship or a funeral home. Read on to learn what to expect when you attend a committal service.
Where to Go When you arrive at the committal site in the cemetery, you’ll see that the area has already been prepared. The service might be held at a gravesite where a marker will be placed afterwards, or if the deceased chose cremation, the service could be at an interment space such as a columbarium. The officiant of the service may read a poem or religious passage before the deceased is lowered into the ground. This differs from a memorial service, where you will not see the casket itself. Depending on your relation to the deceased, you may be seated in a chair towards the front of the crowd, or standing if you are not a relative or elderly.
How to Participate
Sometimes, you and other attendees may be called upon to participate in the service. Some prayers use a call-and-response form, while others are meant to be recited or sung by all who are present. If you are comfortable participating, feel free to do so. Programs may be distributed so you know what you are expected to say and when.
At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate and caring service to the families and friends of those who have passed on. Call us at (310) 412-6500 to inquire about having a memorial or grave-side service on our beautiful grounds serving the Los Angeles area.