What memorialization options are available at your cemetery, and how do they differ?

Here we provide a list of each of our services/options and a definition of each.

  • Inurnment - If your loved one has been cremated, you may wish to entomb or display the urn in a columbarium or garden niche. You may also choose to bury inurned remains, or scatter them in our garden.
  • Interment - Interment includes above ground entombment, or ground burial of human remains. For both inurnment and interment, we handle all labor involved in completing a ground burial, urn placement, or crypt entombment in a mausoleum.
  • Graveside/Chapel Services
  • Markers & Monuments - Most families choose to acknowledge the unique life of a loved one with some type of permanent memorial. We can help you choose an attractive memorial that meets your needs and budget.
  • Perpetual/Endowed care - Includes the maintenance and ongoing upkeep of our cemetery grounds. A certain portion of each purchase is set aside and invested separately from other funds for the care of property and buildings. Records are also meticulously maintained with these funds.

What is a mausoleum?

A mausoleum is a durable, clean, dry, ventilated, permanent above ground structure designed for the entombment of human remains. Some mausoleums are built for the general community, while others are commissioned by, and designed for a specific family. In past centuries, mausoleum entombment was limited to royalty or the very wealthy. Famous mausoleums include the Taj Mahal, the Tomb of Unknown soldier in Washington D.C., and the Egyptian Pyramids. Today, entombment or inurnment in a mausoleum is available to most anyone, and more affordable than ever.

What is a lawn crypt?

Lawn crypts, also known as "underground mausoleums," are pre-installed vaults that allow for single or double-depth interment in a lawn space. Some crypts may hold multiple caskets so spouses or family members can be entombed together.

What is a columbarium, or cremation niche?

A columbarium is similar to a "wall" of niches that store or display the urns of cremated remains. We offer a wide selection of niches with marble or glass fronts; some niches are designed for one urn, others have space for multiple urns.

How can I learn more about a private family estate?

Family property is available at Menifee Valley Cemetery. When you work with us to plan your own private estate, you determine how you want to allocate your space. We invite you to contact us for a private consultation, or stop by our facilities, and we can discuss the type of estate you may be interested in.

What do funeral/cremation directors do?

They are caregivers, advisors, and administrators who carry out the wishes of the family. They make the arrangements for the transportation of the body, arrange memorial services, write obituaries, prepare memorial folders, obtain certified copies of the death certificate, arrange cemetery services, order and deliver urns and other merchandise, notify the Social Security office and file for the Veteran's Allowance. They also have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death, are trained to answer questions about grief, and can recommend sources of professional help. We are happy to recommend a reputable funeral home or crematory/cremation society at your request. Simply call us as 951-672-6579.

Should I plan a chapel or graveside service at the cemetery?

Holding a memorial service is a customary way to recognize death and its finality. Services are generally held for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process. They also give mourners a chance to share stories, create memories, fulfill religious beliefs & customs, participate in a support system, and gather at a peaceful place during a time of confusion and uncertainty. You may wish to choose a traditional funeral service, complete with a graveside service, or chapel service. Funeral or cremation directors can arrange many of these services for you, or you can contact us at 951-672-6579

Who should be included in gatherings or ceremonies?

Family, close friends, co-workers, fellow worshippers, neighbors & acquaintances, and in some cases, the greater community-it's up to you how private or public you want a memorial event to be.

What is cremation?

Cremation is a method for preparing the deceased for memorialization. The process has been practiced throughout human history, and is considered an alternative to traditional earth burial or entombment. Scientifically speaking, it is a process of reducing a deceased human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.

Why do people select cremation?

The reasons for choosing cremation are as varied and unique as the individuals selecting it. Some choose cremation based on their feelings toward environmental issues and land usage. For many, it is a choice that reflects the individual's philosophical or religious beliefs. Others choose cremation to simplify the experience and save money.

Does cremation replace a funeral?

Cremation does not replace a funeral; rather it allows for more choices when it comes to choosing a loved one's final resting place(s), selecting a permanent memorial, and bringing the bereaved together to pay tribute to the deceased.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

You have many choices. Cremated remains can be buried at one of our cemetery ground sites, scattered in a cremation garden, or inurned and placed in a columbarium. They can also be kept at home, or scattered over land or water. Our staff will be happy to discuss placement options with you in more detail.

Who provides cremation services?

A crematory is often used for these services. Some crematories are independently owned; others may be owned and managed by funeral homes, cremation societies, or cemeteries. We will be happy to provide you with more information at your request.

Is cremation becoming more common?

According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), cremation was the disposition of choice in about 27% of all deaths in the United States in the year 2001. It is projected that the percentage will rise to about 39% in 2010 and 47% in 2025. These figures represent the United States as a whole.

Do all religions permit cremation?

Religious positions vary widely regarding cremation. Some require it, others disallow or advise against it, and others take no position at all. Most, however, will allow you to decide. If you are uncertain as to the position your religion embraces, speak directly with your clergy.

Specifically, what does the Catholic Church believe?

The 1983 Code of Canon Law (canon 1176) states, "The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the dead be observed; it does not however, forbid cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching." If cremation is chosen, the Church prefers that the body of the deceased be present during funeral rites, with cremation taking place later. However, if this is impossible, a funeral may take place in a church with the cremated remains present. The remains are then to be buried with full reverence in a cemetery or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium, and whenever possible a plaque or stone bearing the name of the deceased should mark the site. The Catholic Church does not approve of scattering remains, as it does not believe that scattering meets the requirements of reverent disposition.

Can I hold a graveside service if I choose cremation?

If you choose to bury, scatter or place the cremated remains somewhere at our cemetery, then a "graveside" service can be held prior to disposition. You may choose to bury the remains on a family plot. We also have memorial gardens for scattering the remains, and a columbarium for storing and displaying urns.

How can I create a special memorial service?

Services range from simple to formal, religious to secular. We can offer many creative ideas for personalizing your service. By remembering the qualities that made your loved one who they were-their unique characteristics and personality-you commemorate their life. By sharing these memories during a service, you personalize the ceremony. Your family, friends, clergy, funeral/cremation director, and a member of our staff can help.

What are my cremation memorialization options?

There are many ways to memorialize someone who has been cremated.

Some people cannot afford basic memorialization services. Is financial aid available to the poor?

Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to pay for funerals, cremation and final disposition, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment from Social Security. In most states, some forms of public aid allowances are available from the state, county, city, or a combination. Our staff can explain the various benefits and help obtain them for those who qualify.