Cemetery FAQs

Everything you need to know about cemeteries.

Are cemeteries running out of space?

Just like other open spaces, cemeteries are impacted by increased population density in both urban and rural areas. Cemetery spaces are a finite resource, and as such, are at a premium in some regions. Both Greenlawn locations, Southwest and Northeast, have space available for generations to come.

What is Endowment Care?

"Endowment Care" usually refers to the correct terms Permanent Care or Perpetual Care. These Care funds are collected with each Interment space, marker and bench sale to maintain the grounds, roads, and buildings of the cemetery. This fund is monitored by the State of California to ensure that funds are available to maintain the cemetery in perpetuity. 

Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains.

Can two cremations be performed at once?

Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes. Our cremation facility, located at Greenlawn Southwest, is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

No, embalming is not required for burial. It is always your choice. Your decision may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body with an open casket; or to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; or if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the burial. Greenlawn does require embalming be performed if we are to dress your loved one prior to burial. 

Must I purchase a burial vault?

Most cemeteries, including Greenlawn, require that an outer burial container (or vault) be purchased prior to burial. This concrete structure will house the casket and prevent it from being damaged. While the minimum requirement is a concrete container, you have a choice of vaults that are made from different materials that will inhibit the introduction of moisture and dirt to the casket.

What are the advantages of a mausoleum burial?

Mausoleum crypts are both clean and dry. They offer a viable alternative for those who simply have an aversion of being interred in the ground. Furthermore, with the growing shortage of available land for cemetery use, mausoleums will allow for a maximum number of entombments in a minimum amount of space.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum, chapel or in a garden setting, is constructed with numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. Both Greenlawn locations have a selection of different environments, settings and structures available, including our glass front niches at Greenlawn Southwest and at Greenlawn Northeast.