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Find Comfort in Your Family’s Traditions with Funeral and Cremation in Bel Air, CA

Making final arrangements when you have a strong family tradition such as that often seen in the Jewish culture and community, you may be well served to work with a full-service mortuary that caters to your unique needs. As you plan a funeral and cremation in Bel Air, CA, layering in these important traditions can bring comfort and peace to a challenging and anguished time for you and your family.

When you work with Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, you benefit from professionals who deeply understand the importance you place on these traditions and practices relating to Jewish funerals and Jewish cremation. A common starting point can bring comfort and validity to a difficult time of increased emotional duress.

A photo of a washing fountain at Hillside Memorial Park with Isaiah 25:8 engraved on it.

Green Final Arrangements Surrounding a Funeral and Cremation in Bel Air, CA

In today’s world, many of us are concerned with caring for the earth in meaningful ways. One impactful area in this can make a difference in making plans for final arrangements like a funeral and cremation in Bel Air, CA. A green mortuary has various options to assist in reducing the final footprint and help you return your loved one’s remains to the earth with the smallest footprint possible while balancing out your needs to say goodbye in meaningful ways. A green burial can often be facilitated, at least in part, at most burial establishments.

Green burial may be facilitated in areas that allow for more natural headstones and avoid external burial containers, such as burial vaults meant to withstand sudden breakdown of the casketing materials and prevent sinkholes. Some examples of greener preparations and burial types may include using a flame cremation to make the remains smaller. This facilitates a smaller burial plot or ashen scattering service. The body could be embalmed with natural materials such as essential oils that help slow decay, ice packing around the body, and cold storage until the services begin.

Many Types of Burial Solutions at Hillside Memorial Park

Finding a burial site that feels like the right solution for you and your family is crucial. There is no redo when it comes to final disposition in most cases. At Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, there are many possible interment options. All are beautifully respectful ways to honor the decedent’s memory.

Ground Wall Mausoleum: The ground wall burial option at Hillside Memorial Park offers space to entomb your loved one above the earth. A mausoleum ground wall crypt has sufficient room to adequately hold full-sized cremated remains, typically in some type of casket or shroud. In some settings, embalming the remains will be necessary for above-earth placement. Check with the specific rules of the burial site you are considering.

Columbarium Niches: Has the body been reduced to a few pounds of granularized dried bones, often known as ashes? One final disposition option is securely sealing the containerized remains in a columbarium niche. Due to the proportional size difference between casketed remains and cremated bodies, these crypt spaces tend to be much smaller than mausoleum crypts.

Cremation Boulders: Perhaps you are looking for something more substantial than scattering the ashes but also want a more natural-looking presentation for final placement. Consider cremation boulders, which mimic the look of natural stone and can be marked with bronze markers to commemorate your decedent. Often, these can be placed within cremation gardens at many burial establishments or kept at home in your own beautiful outdoor spaces.

Traditional Ground Burial: Of course, both casketed and cremated remains can be buried in conventional earthen plots at the burial park or cemetery. Urn plots are usually much smaller than casket sites. Ask questions about how you can secure multiple lots in a group or close proximity so that you and your loved ones can be interred near each other when the time comes.

Contact us for Future or Immediate Needs with Full Funerary Service Packages

Retaining the professional services of a full-service funeral home and burial park offers you access to everything your family might need to honor the memory of your decedent and lay them to rest appropriately. They will work through meaningful extra details, such as coordinating floral delivery service, live streaming of your honoring ceremonies, and even supporting off-site memorial service options.

With a rich and historical pattern of service to the community at large, the experts at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary are well-equipped to help you and your family through all relevant needs when designing and carrying out death care services related to a funeral and cremation in Bel Air, CA. See our beautiful facilities and grounds at 6001 W Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045, by calling (310) 641-0707 for a guided tour. If you require immediate assistance because death has already occurred, our staff will move into action on your behalf with efficiency and compassion.

Funeral Home and Cremations FAQs

Is a Mortuary the Same as a Funeral Home?

The terms “Mortuary” and “Funeral Home” are often used interchangeably, however, there is a difference between them. A mortuary is typically referred to as the building in which a body is prepared for burial or cremation, and also where memorial services may occur. On the other hand, a funeral home is an establishment that provides more comprehensive assistance with funeral planning prior to and after a death has occurred. Services can include providing advice on how best to handle estate matters at death, organizing transportation of family members for funeral-related events, offering pre-need arrangements such as obituary writing and arranging casket/urns selection ceremonies, and providing grief counseling services post-service among others.

Can Funerals be Held in Cemeteries?

Yes, funerals can be held in cemeteries. In the United States and many other countries, cemeteries are one of the most popular sites for funerals. This is because they provide an open space free from distractions and offer a place to honor the deceased with dignity and respect.

Should the Grieving Family be Responsible for Cleanup After the Funeral?

The answer to the question of whether a grieving family should be responsible for cleanup after a funeral depends on the type of service and burial arrangements. In many cases, the funeral home will provide cleanup before and after a funeral. However, it is common for friends and family to offer assistance to those who have recently lost a loved one as part of their bereavement process. In such cases, friends and family can help clean up or organize items in order to bring comfort and relief to those affected by a loss.