Hollywood Forever Resources


A Brief History of Cremation

Cremation is a funeral or post-funeral rite that serves as a way of  honoring a life well lived. Though it is an ancient practice that dates back to at least the Stone Age, it has run the gamut of Western opinion. In some eras, it was widely accepted, and in others, it was almost entirely shunned. 

The history of cremation, at least in[...]

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Recent Articles

How to Cope with Grief by Getting Creative

When faced with the loss of a loved one, whether sudden or prepared for, people can often find themselves adrift in their own grief. Unsure of where to focus their attention on or what to do to distract themselves, they can sometimes find the day-to-day struggle of simply living to be unbearable. What are we supposed to do with our grief? How[...]

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Learning to Live After Losing a Loved One

People who have recently lost someone may often find themselves overwhelmed, not only by emotion, but by the necessary steps they’ll need to take moving forward. This can include writing an obituary, planning a memorial service, choosing a burial plan, or picking flowers and headstones. But what happens after that? When the initial whirlwind[...]

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Coping With Grief in the Age of Social Media

Social media is a familiar part of our everyday lives. It can make us feel more connected, yet at times perhaps more isolated. This paradox can feel especially true if you might have recently lost a loved one. You may have hundreds or thousands of friends or followers online, but only wish to speak to a few intimate relationships about your[...]

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Grave Marker or Monument

Whether you are pre-planning for a funeral or dealing with an unexpected loss, there will be many decisions to make regarding the memorialization of the person who has passed away. Choosing between different burial options and even which types of flowers to gather, can be overwhelming. But what will you choose when it comes to identifying the[...]

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How to Plan an Environmentally Friendly Funeral

As the planet we inhabit faces its many challenges, many people are asking themselves what part they can play in helping the environment. While some have dedicated themselves to lessening their carbon footprint with steps such as driving only on certain days and others have cut out single-use plastics, many people are still considering how[...]

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How To Write a Sympathy Card

When someone close to you loses a loved one, it can be important to reach out. While some people might send a text message or make a phone call, sending a sympathy card is considered an appropriate and time-honored gesture of love and support. However, choosing the right words to include in a sympathy card can sometimes be daunting. That’s[...]

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Choosing the Right Burial For You

Every person on this planet is unique. No two people are the same, or ever will be. In life, we often make decisions based on our personality, ethics, likes, and beliefs. Why should this be any different when it comes to our passing from this life? There are many different burial options to choose from. At Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Funeral[...]

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What NOT to Say to a Grieving Loved One

When someone close to your loved one passes away, you may feel as if there are no words to express yourself properly. Articulating grief can be difficult, especially when the loss is recent. This difficulty can often be compounded when we see people who we love in pain or difficulty. This may trigger a desire or feeling of need to say[...]

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What To Wear to a Funeral

Choosing what to wear to a funeral can sometimes be a difficult and emotional process. When the grief journey is just beginning, it can feel like so many things need to be taken care of with snap decision efficiency. On top of that, you now have to decide what to wear to the service. For some, choosing a funeral outfit gives people a sense of[...]

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