Tips for Solving Family Disagreements over Burial and Cremation Decisions

Losing a loved one can be devastating, and it’s common for family members to have disagreements during this emotional time. Choosing between traditional burial and cremation is one of the most important decisions to make, and many people have strong feelings about these two options. 

If your family is dealing with a disagreement over burial and cremation, the first thing to consider is whether the deceased ever made his or her final arrangement preferences known. If he or she completed funeral pre-planning, then you can simply follow the pre-arranged plan. If the deceased’s preferences regarding burial or cremation are unknown, it may be best to meet with a memorial counselor who can provide additional information about the pros and cons of each option. 

For assistance making final arrangements, contact Inglewood Park Cemetery at (310) 412-6500. At our cemetery serving Los Angeles, we offer family monuments, gravestone memorials, and cremation services.

Answers to Your Questions about Pre-Need Planning

Pre-need planning makes the process of paying for cemetery costs more manageable and alleviates the potential burden from your family. If you make the decision to plan ahead for your cemetery needs, you are likely to have many questions about the process. Here are the answers to some of the questions that come up most often regarding pre-need planning.   

What happens if my interment space is needed before it is paid off? 

Inglewood Park Cemetery offers Family Protection Plans that help to manage this risk. They are available at no additional cost to anyone under the age of 65 who signs a contract for any cemetery property. Separate plans are available for kids between six months and 18 years old. If you need to use your property before it is developed, a property of the same value will be provided at no additional costs.   

Is it possible to plan in advance for cremation? 

Pre-need planning is available for both burial and cremation. You can pre-arrange and pay for the cremation itself, plus a niche, urn, opening, closing, and chapel use in advance. A custom cremation package that includes all or some of those services can be designed to fit your needs. At the time of need, your loved ones only need to tell the funeral director that you have a cremation service package with our cemetery, and your plan will be followed.  

How much does pre-need planning cost? 

10% down is required for a pre-need plan. A small portion must be paid at the time of signing your contract, and the balance of the 10% should be paid within 30 days. After your down payment, you can make monthly payments for up to 84 months, depending on your needs. The actual cost of your plan will depend on the services you choose.  

Get the facts about pre-need planning in the Los Angeles area and find out how it can help your family by contacting Inglewood Park Cemetery today. To reach one of our cemetery representatives, call (310) 412-6500

A Look at Our Payment Plans

When you choose a cemetery, paying for interment rights may seem a little overwhelming. At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of payment plans so that you can easily budget for a cemetery space for yourself or a loved one.  

When you purchase in advance of need, we can offer you the option of monthly payments for 12 months, interest-free. If you wish to sign a contract for 24 months of payments, you can pay all 24 months interest-free if you choose to make ACH payments. If you sign a contract for up to 84 months of payments, you will also get 24 months interest-free when you choose to make ACH payments. We also accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards. If you have concerns about paying for your cemetery space, contact us to discuss your options.  

In addition to payment plans, Inglewood Park Cemetery offers the option to plan ahead and pre-pay for burial expenses. Learn more about your options by calling our Los Angeles-area cemetery at (310) 412-6500. 

A Look at the Catholic Church’s Stance on Cremation

One of the largest deciding factors for many people when they are making their final arrangements is what their religious beliefs say about burial and cremation. Many Catholics are unsure if they can elect to have cremation services rather than burial after death. As this video explains, the Vatican has announced that Catholics may choose cremation. However, they prefer that the cremated remains be kept at a cemetery, such as in a mausoleum or columbarium. Even if you are not Catholic, this video includes some important things to think about. To learn more, watch the full video.

At Inglewood Park Cemetery , we are available to answer your questions about cremation services and our interment spaces. For more information, call our cemetery in the Los Angeles area today at (310) 412-6500.

Starting a Conversation About Final Wishes with Your Family

Although it may not be an easy conversation to start, talking to your family about your final wishes is one of the most important things you can do for them. By having the conversation, you give your family the peace of mind of knowing that they are honoring what you would have wanted when they choose burial or cremation, your interment space, and more. If you’re struggling to start this important conversation with your family, these tips will help.

Choose the Right Time

To start the conversation out on the right foot, be mindful of the time you select to have it. Don’t suddenly bring up the subject when you’re enjoying a special occasion together or when everyone is in a rush. Select a time when everyone is calm and relaxed and you have the time and the quiet surroundings in which to discuss the subject for as long as you need to

Be Clear About Your Wishes

Don’t leave any room for confusion or unanswered questions. Be direct about your wishes, stating exactly whether you want to be buried or cremated, ground burial or mausoleum entombment, and other factors that are important to you. If you have already pre-planned some of the arrangements, make sure your loved ones know where to find the information about any purchases and payments you have made.

Remember to Listen

It’s natural for your loved ones to have opinions about your decisions. Give them time to address any concerns and questions they may have. This is an important opportunity to discuss things that could affect everyone, such as the decision to purchase a family monument. Your loved ones may also be surprised about some of your choices. Be clear and firm in what you want, but give them a chance to learn the reasons for the choices you’ve made.

Inglewood Park Cemetery can help you with planning for your burial or cremation , from selecting the interment space to making payment arrangements. Let us help you explore your options by calling our cemetery in the Los Angeles area at (310) 412-6500.