It’s never easy to say a final goodbye to a loved one, but you can honor cherished memories with a thoughtfully designed memorial service. Speak with a Memorial Counselor about your choices for interment. Both burial or entombment and cremation niches are respectful options for your loved one’s final resting place.
Interment Spaces for Burial and Cremation
Whether you choose burial or cremation for your loved one, there are many respectful choices available. Burial typically takes place in the ground. This traditional interment space requires an in-ground burial vault. The remains can also be entombed in a mausoleum crypt. If you choose cremation for your loved one, you will first need to decide whether to scatter the cremated remains or inter them. If you choose to scatter them, you may wish to do so within a memorial garden in the cemetery. Otherwise, you will choose an urn for the cremated remains. The urn will then be interred in a niche within a columbarium or an alcove.
Religious Considerations Regarding Burial and Cremation
For many families, religion is an important consideration when choosing between burial and cremation. Today, nearly all religions do support a family’s choice of cremation. Historically, Judaism forbade cremation, but the practice is considered acceptable today. The same applies to Christianity. Buddhists often prefer cremation. Islam is one of the few that instructs its adherents to choose burial over cremation.
Family Togetherness After Death
Burial and cremation both allow for family togetherness after death. If your family prefers burial, then you can purchase a clustered group of crypts within a designated space in the cemetery. It can provide comfort to the living to know that the remains will stay together for eternity. Family togetherness is also an option for those choosing cremation. You may choose to purchase a family estate with multiple niches for the cremated remains.
You’ll find beautiful interment spaces to honor your loved one at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Our cemetery in the Los Angeles area offers serene places for burial and for the interment of cremated remains. Call one of our Memorial Counselors at (310) 412-6500.
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.
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.
Acknowledging a loss in a memorial service celebrates a life. A cemetery memorial service can be a rewarding moment for grieving family and friends, who can say their last goodbyes while reflecting on memories. Memorial services are often carefully planned with the deceased’s personality in mind while at the same time considering the expectations and relationships of his or her loved ones.
Watch this video to hear how comforting a memorial service can be for family and friends of the deceased, and also to learn some tips for planning a service for yourself or your loved one. You will find that there are many ways to personalize a service that best capture your loved one’s personality.
When planning a memorial for your loved one near the greater Los Angeles area, call Inglewood Park Cemetery at (310) 412-6500. Our cemetery offers a variety of cremation and interment options, with distinctive memorialization to honor your deceased loved one. Speak with one of our Memorial Counselors today to learn more about our services.