An in-ground burial is a traditional interment space. You will need to purchase interment rights in a grave or lawn crypt, a burial vault, the opening and closing service, and a gravestone memorial. First, choose an interment location that speaks to your sense of aesthetics. You may want a location that’s close to a beautiful tree or overlooking a water feature, for example. If you have loved ones buried in the cemetery, then you may want a location as close to them as possible.
Next, you’ll need a burial vault. The burial vault is a sealed outer burial container that completely encloses the casket you purchased at the funeral home/mortuary. The burial vault offers additional protection from soil settling. The opening and closing service is the process of opening the grave, lowering the vault into the grave and the casket into the vault, backfilling the grave, and replacing the sod. Lastly, you’ll need a gravestone memorial. This is a granite or bronze marker that identifies the burial location, and is engraved with the full name, dates of birth and death, and sometimes an endearment, such as “Beloved Father” or “Loving Daughter.”
Begin your burial planning process at Inglewood Park Cemetery, which provides dignified and respectful cemetery services to the Los Angeles area. Call a Memorial Counselor at (310) 412-6500.
Many people who pre-plan their interment discover that doing so offers peace of mind. They know that their loved ones won’t have to make the arrangements when the time comes, and they can rest easy knowing that the arrangements will proceed according to their specific wishes. You can visit the cemetery to discuss your choices with a Memorial Counselor. There are many decisions to be made. As you go through the planning process, consider the following factors
Do you prefer burial or cremation?
This is often the first main choice that people make when planning ahead for their eventual interment. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll be able to have your remains respectfully interred at the cemetery. Note that cremated remains are typically interred in niches, whereas remains that are not cremated are typically given an in-ground burial. Above-ground burials are also available. When deciding between burial and cremation, you may wish to consider the following:
- Your personal preferences
- Your family’s expectations and traditions
- Your religious or spiritual beliefs
- The way in which your survivors will visit the interment space for reflection
Do you prefer an in-ground burial or a mausoleum interment space?
If you decide not to choose cremation, then the next decision to make is whether you prefer an in-ground or above ground burial. An in-ground burial is the traditional choice. You may prefer an interment space that overlooks a beautiful lawn or is located near a graceful water feature. Or, you may prefer the immaculately kept, clean interiors of a mausoleum. A mausoleum would offer your survivors a place to gather in quiet reflection.
Do you wish to make arrangements for a family estate?
A third consideration is whether you wish to make arrangements for a family estate. A family estate allows loved ones to remain close to each other even after death. When speaking with the Memorial Counselor about this option, you will need to consider how many interment spaces you’ll require.
You can visit Inglewood Park Cemetery to begin pre-planning your interment arrangements. One of our compassionate Memorial Counselors will walk you through the process and explain our available cemetery services. Our cemetery, which serves the Los Angeles area, is available at (310) 412-6500.
Whether you are pre-planning your own burial or choosing the right burial for a lost loved one, you may be surprised to learn about how many different options there are. The cemetery you choose can explain the options to you and help you make the right decision for your family’s needs. This look at some of the most common burial options will also help you make a choice.
In-ground burial in a grave or lawn crypt is what most people envision when they think of burial. The deceased is buried in casket in a private interment space in a cemetery. A gravestone marks the place of the burial. This traditional option is popular for people who want the option for outdoor visitations and who want to have a gravestone marker at which to leave flowers and other mementos. Often, families choose to purchase interment rights in multiple interment spaces grouped together to allow their final resting places to be adjacent or close to each other.
Above-ground burials are done in mausoleum crypts. Mausoleums are buildings with single or double entombment spaces, in either indoor Sanctuaries or outdoor “Garden Crypts.” The burial place of each person may be noted on the outside of his or her space with a crypt plate. Mausoleums have the advantage of paved access and durability, with fewer maintenance needs.
Cremation with Burial
Choosing cremation does not necessarily mean forgoing burial. After cremation, it is possible to choose in-ground or above-ground burial in a traditional grave, crypt, or niche. Your cemetery representative can help you decide on the type of placement after cremation that best suits your needs and your budget.
At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of interment options so that you can choose the right fit for your family. Our cemetery in the Los Angeles area also offers the option of burial pre-planning. Learn more by calling (310) 412-6500.
Many families come to Inglewood Park Cemetery in hopes of tracing their genealogy using our records. We have extensive resources to help people locate gravestones and family monuments, as well as records with detailed information about the deceased.
Using our cemetery records, you can locate important genealogical information, including full names and any AKAs used, date and place of death, date and location of interment, names and locations of any other relatives interred in the cemetery, and marker verification. Please keep in mind that we cannot provide any information about purchasers or surviving relatives for interments that took place less than 50 years prior to your inquiry.
For more information about Inglewood Park Cemetery’s genealogy services, please call (310) 412-6500. In addition to genealogy research assistance, our cemetery in the Los Angeles area offers interment spaces, cremation, and family monuments.
Emotions run high after the loss of a loved one, and sometimes, family disputes flare up while decisions are being made about burial and cremation. Sometimes, family members may disagree over whether a loved one would have preferred burial or cremation, or in other instances, they may agree on that central issue but fail to see eye to eye over the type of interment space or memorial. When these disputes occur, these tips will help you navigate the tension during an already difficult time.
Plan a Time to Talk
Disagreements can become angrier and more extreme than anyone had intended when family members allow arguments to escalate. Instead of having a blowup, when you realize you don’t agree on the final arrangements for a loved one, schedule a time to discuss the issues when everyone is calm and prepared. Recognize when discussions are not productive and stop them, instead of allowing them to escalate. Revisit the issue when everyone is calm.
Understand Who Should Make the Final Decision
In some cases, your loved one may have requested that a specific family member take charge of making final arrangements. California law states that the right to make the decision goes first to the person holding the Health Care Power of Attorney, then to the surviving spouse, and then to the children. Recognize whose right it is to have the final say and respect their position. It will alleviate some of the pressure on everyone, so you can all focus on your grief and supporting each other.
Consider Preventing Future Disputes
Family disagreements are difficult to cope with at the best of times, and after the death of a loved one, they are even more painful. A good way to keep some of these disputes from arising is to pre-plan funeral and cemetery services, so that there are no lingering questions about final wishes.
Inglewood Park Cemetery can assist with pre-planning cemetery services and help to walk families through all of their options after a loved one passes away. Contact our cemetery in the Los Angeles area for more information about gravestones, cremation, and interment spaces.