When you’ve lost a loved one, processing the feelings that follow can be more complicated than you might expect. Unfortunately, the same can often be said of arranging their memorial service. There’s more to planning your loved one’s send-off than acquiring a death certificate and scheduling their cremation and memorialization. In addition to planning the ceremony itself, you need to make sure you’ve checked all the necessary legal boxes to ensure everything proceeds smoothly. And if you want to scatter your loved one’s ashes in Los Angeles County, you’re going to need a burial permit, also known as a permit for disposition.
Though many people associate cremation with ash scattering ceremonies, interring ashes can be a good alternative for those who prefer to have a specific memorial to return to in the future. A family interment service allows close friends and relatives a chance to support one another during this difficult time and say goodbye together. But where do you start when planning an interment of ashes ceremony? The following ideas can help you and your family decide how best to honor your loved one’s memory.
For centuries, Jewish law, or Halachah, has mandated that burial in the ground is the only acceptable option for Jewish families when caring for a loved one who has passed. Yet today, despite tradition and continued opposition from some in the Jewish community, many Jewish people are choosing cremation instead of – or as part of – traditional burial.
The Catholic Church’s attitude toward cremation has changed over time. For centuries, religious authorities believed that cremation prevented resurrection of the body and forbade Catholic families from cremating their loved ones. Over time, the Church has amended its stance on cremation, lifting its ban and issuing guidelines for how to handle ashes with care.
The act of scattering ashes can have great meaning both for your departed loved one (if they chose this memorial method before passing) and for you. If you are looking for a meaningful place to scatter your loved one’s ashes, the San Francisco Bay Area has many spots to choose from.