Usually a stone is chosen with the family surname engraved on the front. First names and dates can be engraved on the front or on the back of the stone. Often families feel it is appropriate to include further descriptions such as “HIS WIFE,” or “THEIR CHILDREN.” Upright stones are the most common form of grave memorialization today, but smaller stone plaques, installed flush to the ground, are also popular. Again, cemetery personnel can be helpful in recommending options and sources for these.
Once the grave and related fees are paid in full, a memorial stone can be installed pre-need. The advantage is the same as making all other arrangements ahead — saving the stress of decision-making for your family and locking in today’s prices which can save money overall. Blank spaces can be made for adding future engraving, such as death years or full names and dates.
For any type of memorialization, it is a comfort to know that there is always a permanent place, a commemorative focal point, for family and friends to visit.
You will find our trained, understanding cemetery staff happy to advise and assist you — explaining all the options, so that you will be comfortable and at peace with your choice. Feel free to schedule an in-person consultation by calling the Cemetery Office at 713-227-5109 or by contacting us.
Although it has not been a concern in the past, lack of cemetery space is becoming a common problem. There was a time when beautiful areas were set aside for burying the dead, with hardly a thought given to filling up the space. Now, cemetery burial sites in many places are at a premium. As time goes on, especially in large urban area, those who want to be buried close to home, or to family, may be disappointed. It’s wise, therefore, to reserve a place now — while it’s still available.
Further, as with real estate, “location, location, location” is a prime consideration in selecting a gravesite. Should you want to be buried in close proximity to a special feature in a cemetery — such as a waterfall, a beautiful tree or prized piece of sculpture — making arrangements in advance is likely the only way your wish will be fulfilled.
The desire to be buried in close proximity to other family members, however, is the most imperative reason to pre-arrange. All too often, cemetery personnel hear grieving family members say, “We wish we had reserved sooner … made plans in advance.” For those who consider it important to be laid to rest near loved ones, obtaining a burial site in advance is a way to ensure that option.
The details really depend on your motives and emotional needs. If simplicity is your primary focus, then the burial service we will help you design could look very different from one which is guided by religious doctrine.
And while you could think of your loved one's graveside service as a modified version of a typical funeral, with a member of the clergy leading attendees in standard hymns or prayers; we at Historic Hollywood Cemetery would rather you let go of your expectations. That way, you can come to the planning process with no limitations to your creativity. Together we can determine the best date and time for the burial service, and select the most meaningful memorial service for their graveside.
We'll discuss who you would like to lead the event; it could be your funeral director, a member of the clergy, a celebrant, family member, or close friend. Certainly, the selection of the cemetery and burial plot are practical decisions; but planning the service format is where the heart can take over.