Cremation has long been a respectful method of rendering the body of a decedent into its most basic components, yet this choice has grown even more popular in recent years. This is perhaps due in part to the greater recognition of the versatility of cremation. If you’re pre-planning your own funeral or making arrangements for a loved one who has passed, consider asking your Memorial Counselor about cremation options.
Can I still inter the remains at the cemetery if I choose cremation?
Yes, many people choose interment for the cremated remains, although you can certainly choose to keep the urn closer to you or to scatter the cremated remains if you wish (see State and local laws, or ask your Memorial Counselor about where and how this may be done). You can discuss the purchase of a crypt or niche in a mausoleum or columbarium. These designated places will hold the urn and provide a respectful gathering place for mourners, as well as a lasting place for visiting and honoring the deceased. Generally, family members have the option of choosing an indoor or outdoor place of interment.
Which type of urn should I choose?
This is a highly personal decision that you can make with the helpful guidance of your Memorial Counselor. An urn can be as simple or stylistic as you wish. Many urns can be engraved with the name of the decedent, the birth date, and the date of death. Urns are available in a variety of shapes, such as custom urns in the shape of a cherub. Urns are also available in various materials, although regulations may require that you choose an urn made of copper, bronze, ceramic, marble, or granite.
What are my memorialization options?
Your Memorial Counselor can explain your options for memorializing a loved one. Generally, cremation lends itself to customizable memorialization. Many families choose to memorialize the cremated remains of their loved ones by interring them in a garden niche, or by placing them in a columbarium. In addition to the memorial within the cemetery, your family might choose to plant a tree near the family home in memory of the decedent or make a charitable donation to an organization.
Since 1905, Inglewood Park Cemetery has served families throughout Los Angeles with respectful cremation services. Visit us online if you wish to view a selection of our available cremation urns and cemetery memorials. Or, call (310) 412-6500 and one of our Memorial Counselors will be happy to answer any questions you might have.