What to Expect at a Cremation Ceremony

There are a number of different ways a cremation ceremony can be held. In some cases, the ceremony takes place before the cremation services are performed, and in other instances, it is performed afterward. The ceremony may be held in any one of several different locations, including at the cemetery in which the cremated remains will be interred. If you attend a cremation ceremony, here is a look at what you can expect.

Pre-Ceremony Gathering

Before the ceremony, there is usually a time for family and friends to gather and offer condolences and support to each other. Often, photos of the deceased or other memorial items are displayed at this time. Depending on the sequence of events, an urn with the cremated remains may also be on display. The gathering may take place in a chapel, at someone’s home, or in a gathering space at the cemetery where the cremated remains will be kept. This time provides a chance to talk to the deceased’s loved ones and offer your sympathies.

Interment Service

If the cremated remains will be placed in a niche or crypt, or if they will be interred in a grave, there may be a ceremony at the interment site. This service may be religious or secular in nature, depending on the preferences of the family. It can be helpful to find out what kind of service to expect in advance, in case there are prayers or customs you wish to familiarize yourself with in advance.

Post-Ceremony Reception

Families often choose to have a post-ceremony reception to give loved ones more time together. As with funeral receptions, gatherings after cremation services usually involve a meal and can be held at a home or restaurant. Inglewood Park Cemetery has two locations available to families who wish to hold a repast after the service without leaving the cemetery. Speak to your memorial counselor about using one of our spaces for your gathering.

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers multiple options for the storage of cremated remains, as well as onsite chapels for cremation memorial services in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about cremation and cemetery services, call (310) 412-6500.

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