• A Guide to Choosing a Memorial Tablet

    Nothing can truly fill the void left behind when a loved one dies. But during the years to come, you may find solace in visiting the cemetery. You can stroll along the grounds, visit the chapel, and pay your respects at your loved one’s burial site. Visiting your loved one’s final resting place gives you the time needed to reflect upon your memories and work toward inner peace. The grave marker provides a focal point for your reflections. Consider the following guidance when it’s time to choose the memorial tablet. 

    Consider the cemetery’s policies and requirements. 

    Before selecting a memorial tablet, you should always speak with a Memorial Counselor regarding the cemetery’s policies. Find out whether upright memorials are allowed, or whether only bronze or granite tablets are allowed in certain areas of the cemetery. There may also be a policy regarding the size of tablets allowed. Once you know what the policies are, you can work toward a final selection. 

    Choose a material for the memorial tablet. 

    Inglewood Park Cemetery allow two durable options: granite or bronze, and in some areas, bronze on a granite base. Our Memorial Counselors will be happy to show you our wide variety of designs and granite colors. We know you will be pleased with the many options available for memorializing your loved one. 

    Choose the appropriate inscriptions for the tablet. 

    Certain information should be on every gravestone. This includes your loved one’s full name. It’s also customary to inscribe the dates of birth and death on the marker. You may wish to add an endearment to the inscription, such as, “Beloved husband and father.” 

    You can simplify the process of choosing a tablet by speaking with the Memorial Counselors at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Our cemetery, serving the Los Angeles area, offers many beautiful memorial options, including bronze tablets, granite tablets, and bronze on granite tablets. Crypt plates and niche plates are also available in beautiful designs especially selected for each mausoleum. You can reach us at (310) 412-6500, or you can browse samples of our memorials on our website.

  • Comparing Burial and Cremation Services

    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.

  • Inside the Gardens of Shakespeare at Inglewood Park Cemetery

    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.

  • 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.

  • What to Expect at a Cremation Ceremony

    There are a number of different ways a cremation ceremony can be held. In some cases, the ceremony takes place before the cremation services are performed, and in other instances, it is performed afterward. The ceremony may be held in any one of several different locations, including at the cemetery in which the cremated remains will be interred. If you attend a cremation ceremony, here is a look at what you can expect.

    Pre-Ceremony Gathering

    Before the ceremony, there is usually a time for family and friends to gather and offer condolences and support to each other. Often, photos of the deceased or other memorial items are displayed at this time. Depending on the sequence of events, an urn with the cremated remains may also be on display. The gathering may take place in a chapel, at someone’s home, or in a gathering space at the cemetery where the cremated remains will be kept. This time provides a chance to talk to the deceased’s loved ones and offer your sympathies.

    Interment Service

    If the cremated remains will be placed in a niche or crypt, or if they will be interred in a grave, there may be a ceremony at the interment site. This service may be religious or secular in nature, depending on the preferences of the family. It can be helpful to find out what kind of service to expect in advance, in case there are prayers or customs you wish to familiarize yourself with in advance.

    Post-Ceremony Reception

    Families often choose to have a post-ceremony reception to give loved ones more time together. As with funeral receptions, gatherings after cremation services usually involve a meal and can be held at a home or restaurant. Inglewood Park Cemetery has two locations available to families who wish to hold a repast after the service without leaving the cemetery. Speak to your memorial counselor about using one of our spaces for your gathering.

    Inglewood Park Cemetery offers multiple options for the storage of cremated remains, as well as onsite chapels for cremation memorial services in the Los Angeles area. To learn more about cremation and cemetery services, call (310) 412-6500.