The Gardens of Shakespeare at Inglewood Park Cemetery is one of our newest developments. It’s an elegant, peaceful place in which to memorialize your loved one and inter his or her cremated remains. Watch the accompanying video to take a virtual tour of the interment spaces in our cemetery.
You’ll see aerial and on-ground views of the beautiful gardens, trees, and water features in this well-designed space. It’s divided into small sections, each of which is designated with a quotation from William Shakespeare. The gardens in each section have plants that correspond with the accompanying quotation.
Inglewood Park Cemetery is honored to hold the memories of cherished loved ones of families in the Los Angeles area. Our cemetery may be reached at (310) 412-6500 if you would like more information about the Gardens of Shakespeare.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.