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Cremation Services

Hollywood Forever has provided cremation services on its grounds to the Los Angeles community since 1928.

Hollywood Forever’s cremation services are here to help reflect your most personal and intimately held beliefs. An ancient tradition, cremation has been practiced by many religions and communities. As we seek more meaningful and respectful funeral customs, cremation services can provide thoughtful and intimate remembrances.

More individuals and families are selecting cremation as their preferred option, creating a new tradition for those who follow. Many people appreciate the lower cremation cost compared to traditional burial, while others consider cremation to be the most environmentally friendly option.

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Funeral and Memorial Services

Hollywood Forever offers a full range of cremation options, including direct cremation, witnessed cremation, cremation with a memorial service, or cremation preceded by a traditional visitation and funeral service. If public services and viewing are not selected, the cremation process itself does not necessitate embalming. Our funeral directors will help you choose the cremation services that best serve your needs – whether that is a simple, low-cost cremation or an elaborate and unforgettable celebration of life.

Additional Considerations for Cremation Services

Service options for cremation can be as abundant as those for any other type of funeral service. You may decide to include flowers, service or memorial folders, musical selections, or a dove release. Whatever your wishes, your dedicated funeral arranger will assist you in creating a funeral or memorial service to honor, remember, and celebrate your loved one.

We invite you to visit us for a personal tour of our beautiful grounds and historic buildings. To learn more about Hollywood Forever’s offerings, please contact us.

A funeral director is available to speak with you 24 hours a day. For funeral planning, please call us: (323) 469-1181 or toll-free: (877) 844-3837

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On-Site Crematorium

Our current, state-of-the-art crematorium employs the most modern and efficient cremation equipment. Located adjacent to our main funeral chapel, ceremonies and memorials may conclude with a leave-taking in the crematory, referred to as a “Witnessed Cremation.” This configuration makes Hollywood Forever exceptionally accommodating of Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh traditions that often include a funeral followed by a procession to the crematorium for a farewell ceremony.

Unlike other funeral homes and cremation service providers, your loved ones will always be on-site, under our constant care and supervision throughout the funeral arrangements, memorial services, and during the cremation process. The convenience of having a cemetery, funeral home, and cremation services in one location allows us to offer low-cost cremation at affordable rates.

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Cremation Urns

Hollywood Forever offers a complete array of cremation urns, including bronze urns, biodegradable urns, wooden inlay, scattering urns, and blown glass urns, a selection of which are on display in our showroom.

Cremation Caskets

Hollywood Forever offers a full selection of cremation caskets suitable for the crematory chamber. If a casket is not desired, an alternative container may be purchased at a lower cost.

Cremation Niches

Indoor and outdoor cremation niches are available at Hollywood Forever, for the permanent placement of urns and cremated remains, so family and friends can visit for generations to come. Many indoor cremation niches are glass-fronted, allowing the urn, photographs, artwork, and other cherished personal items to be displayed.

Cremation Plots

A cremation urn may be placed in a dedicated space in one of the cemetery’s beautiful lawns or gardens. Cremation burial and memorials are usually of smaller dimensions and lower cost than full-body burial spaces in the cemetery.

Rose Garden Placement

Cremated remains may be commingled with the earth of the cemetery’s Rose Garden, where the Garden Gate’s memorial walls offer bronze plaques to memorialize both those resting nearby and those present solely in spirit.

Scattering at Sea

Hollywood Forever can arrange for cremated remains to be scattered at sea with one of our trusted providers, with or without an accompanying memorial service at sea. Pricing for unwitnessed scattering of ashes at sea is $275. Complete memorial ceremonies at sea are subject to scheduling, and pricing is dependent on the number of attendees.

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Pre-Planning Your Cremation

Making funeral arrangements is never easy, but planning and funding your cremation in advance takes care of your loved ones. By creating a record of your wishes, you free those left behind from detailed planning and guesswork during a time of grief. Pre-planning your cremation is one of the most meaningful and responsible gifts you can give to your family and friends. Whether you want a direct cremation or a full funeral and burial, in their time of need, your loved ones will feel loved and cared for by you, even in your absence.

Our funeral directors are always available to help with your advanced funeral planning needs, whether burial or cremation. Hollywood Funeral Home also offers insurance to help fund your funeral costs. Our provider, Great Western Insurance Company, has many protections, including safeguards against inflation and policy transfers for funerals to other providers if you should move out of the area.

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Cremation Pricing

Direct Cremation

packages from $2,195

The simplest funeral option, direct cremation, does not include visitation, funeral, memorial service, or viewing.

Direct Cremation pricing includes:
Funeral Director and Staff (essential services);
Transfer of the decedent from place of death to our Funeral Home in Hollywood;
Regelation; and
Actual cremation cost.
This package also includes an alternative container for cremation (this is not a casket).
For those seeking low-cost cremation, this is our most affordable option.


Cremation with Memorial Service (decedent not present)

packages from $2,700

Cremation with Memorial Service pricing includes:

A one (1) hour Memorial Service in Hollywood Forever’s Main Chapel, or
A one (1) hour Memorial Service in Hollywood Forever’s Main Chapel; and
Funeral Director and Staff (essential services);
Transfer of the decedent from place of death to our Funeral Home in Hollywood;
Regelation; and
Actual cremation cost.


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Cremation with Funeral Service

packages from $3,650
Cremation with Funeral Service pricing includes:
Embalming, dressing, casketing and cosmetizing; and
A one (1) hour Memorial Service in Hollywood Forever’s Main Chapel, or
A one (1) hour Memorial Service in Hollywood Forever’s Main Chapel; and
Funeral Director and Staff (essential services);
Transfer of the decedent from place of death to our Funeral Home in Hollywood;
Regelation; and
Actual cremation cost.
Please note that this pricing does not include a casket or urn.


Additional Pricing

Click here for our cremation plans and pricing.

To learn more about cremation at Hollywood Forever, read about our cremation niches, cremation urns, cremation memorial services, or contact us for more information.

We are committed to working within your budget to provide a meaningful celebration of life for your loved one. Please know that Hollywood Forever offers financing options through a third party finance company.

A funeral director is available to speak with you and answer your questions 24 hours a day.

If a death has occurred or for funeral planning, please call us on (323) 469 -1181 or toll-free: (877) 844-3837 .

Cremation Terms and Definitions

  • Alternative Container caskets are usually chosen for cremations or funeral services with mourners present. We also have special cremation caskets that are of a simpler, lighter design and are easily combustible. In the absence of witnesses, many select an alternative container made of dense cardboard. State Laws require either a casket or an alternative container to be used.

  • Cremation is a method of final disposition of a dead body through burning or combustion.

  • A Crematorium or Crematory is a closed furnace or retort where the cremation takes place. Most Crematories, including Hollywood Forever’s, operate on natural gas. By law, only one cremation may occur at a time. The cremation process takes from ninety minutes to three hours.

  • Cremated Remains, Ashes, or Cremains. Cremation leaves behind an average of 5.3lbs of remains. Not actual ash, these remains consist of unburnt fragments of bone material, which are (in the US) commonly processed by a cremulator into a fine powder.

  • Cremation Urns are containers for cremated remains and come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials. Some commonly chosen options include urns made of bronze, wood, marble, glass, or biodegradable materials. Keepsake Urns are smaller containers, jewelry pieces, or other items that may contain a smaller portion of cremated remains – allowing for multiple people to have a touchstone.

  • Final disposition refers to the final destination of the cremated remains. For remains not taken home in an urn by a survivor, options include burial in a cemetery space, urn placement in an above-ground space (cremation niche), scattering at sea, or in Hollywood Forever’s beautiful rose garden.

  • A Funeral Service is a ceremony honoring a deceased person – usually present in a casket.

  • A Memorial Service is a ceremony honoring a deceased person without their body present. A service with cremated remains (ashes) present is also considered a Memorial Service.

  • Witnessed cremation is another way of expressing a final goodbye, by helping to place the deceased in the crematory. For Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jainism faiths, being present at the beginning of the cremation is an integral part of their beliefs and traditions. For others, it is a respectful and caring way to accompany a loved one to the very end, a final transition.