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Frequently Asked Questions

We have provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We are happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

What is the difference between cemetery and mortuary arrangements?

Cemetery arrangements include the burial space, the rights to inter, opening and closing the grave, endowment care, markers or plaques, and other items needed for interment.

Mortuary arrangements include the funeral service, preparation of the remains, the casket or urn, death certificates, and other funeral items selected.

Why should I make arrangements ahead of time?

Arrangements made ahead of time relieve stress from loved ones during the grieving period and ensures your wishes are carried out. End-of-life arrangements are also a compelling component of estate planning.

Are prices guaranteed?

Prices for cemetery and mortuary services are guaranteed on anything that is purchased and paid for in advance. Not all services may be purchased in advance (permits, death certificates, flowers, and limousines).

Do you handle cremations?

Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary facilitates cremations – we do not own or operate a crematory. Hillside contracts with reputable, licensed crematories in the Los Angeles area. Hillside management inspects all contracted crematories.

What if my partner is not Jewish?

Non-Jewish spouses and partners are eligible for burial at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. Hillside is committed to our motto of “Traditions for a New Generation.”

What types of property are available?

Hillside offers single/companion ground spaces, single/companion wall crypts, family estates, sarcophagi, columbaria, niches and urn gardens. Our experienced counselors will assist you in making the right decision for you and your family.

Do I have to come to Hillside to make arrangements?

It is important to come to Hillside in order to meet with a Family Advisor who can help you make these difficult decisions during this time of need. One of our experienced professionals can help you with selecting property, caskets or urns, as well as creating a custom funeral service. You can contact a Hillside Family Advisor by calling (800) 576-1994.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Click here, or call 310-641-0707 or 800-576-1994 Sunday thru Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

What do I do when there is a death?

Please review our Time of Loss: First Steps page.

What is an Advanced Healthcare Directive and when would I need one?

An Advanced Health Care Directive is a legal document that allows a designated person to make funeral arrangements. A sample of a standard Advanced Health Care Directive is provided. A standard Power of Attorney ends at the time of death. However, when preparing for or dealing with an Advanced Health Care Directive you should always seek the advice of an attorney.

View the Advanced Healthcare Directive