Understanding the Differences Between Funerals and Memorial Services

Although the terms funeral and memorial service are sometimes used interchangeably, they refer to different gatherings. However, they do not have to be mutually exclusive, and you may choose to hold both a funeral and memorial for a loved one who has passed away. Here is a closer look at how funerals and memorial services differ and how you can use each one to honor a loved one.

Funeral Services

A funeral service usually happens within a week of someone passing away. It may be a religious or secular service and can be conducted in church, in a chapel, or in a cemetery at the graveside. Often, the body of the deceased is present at a funeral service, though it is also possible to have a funeral after cremation. Funeral services often involve some kind of ceremonial aspect, particularly when they are religious in nature.

Memorial Services

Memorial services usually happen longer after a death than funeral services. They tend to be more focused on honoring the life of the person who was lost rather than being ceremonial. Memorials can be held at cemeteries or other places where funerals are conducted, but they are also often held in places that were significant to the person who has passed, such as a favorite restaurant or beach.

How to Have Both

Both funerals and memorial services can be ideal for honoring a lost loved one, but some families find reasons to have both. Some people opt to hold a funeral immediately after a death occurs, with a memorial service sometime in the future that is more geared towards celebrating the deceased’s life. Sometimes, a family holds a private funeral and then a memorial service that is open to a larger number of people, or they have a memorial service in the future for people who were unable to come to the funeral.

Inglewood Park Cemetery can help you plan both graveside and cremation memorials in Los Angeles as you consider the best way to honor your loved ones who have passed. Find out more about all of our services by dialing (310) 412-6500.

Meeting the Financial Challenges of Burial and Cremation

For many families, final expenses lead to a financial burden that can be hard to meet. You can help your family cope with the challenges of paying for cemetery burial or cremation by advance planning. Pre-need planning allows you spread out the costs of cemetery and cremation services and alleviate the pressure on your family after you pass.

Planning ahead lets you lock in cemetery or cremation service pricing at today’s rates. You can spread out the cost of paying for these final expenses with monthly payments, allowing you to preserve the rate and pay off the costs before you need the services. When the time comes, your family can simply contact the cemetery to exercise the plan you have put in place.

Let Inglewood Park Cemetery help you take the financial burden of your final expenses off the shoulders of your family with our advance planning services. Talk to one of our counselors about planning in advance for cremation or cemetery services in the Los Angeles area today by calling (310) 412-6500.

Tips for Supporting a Grieving Friend

When a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one, knowing how to support him or her is not always easy. One thing you can do is to make sure you’re available long after the funeral and cemetery services have ended, when people are often left to face their loss alone.

Watch this video for advice on how you can be there for a grieving friend. Practical support with making arrangements with the cemetery or helping to plan a gravestone memorial can help, but sometimes, simply acknowledging the loss and listening is the best support you can give.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we are committed to helping families make the right decisions as they deal with choices about interment spaces and memorials. Contact our cemetery in the Los Angeles area at (310) 412-6500 when you need our services or to learn about advance planning.