Whether your loved one was a Glendale native or simply found joy there, this area is full of special places that make it a wonderful place for a celebration of life or a memorial to honor them. Glendale, also known as ‘The Jewel City’, due to its sunny location on the eastern edge of San Fernando Valley, features a growing business district, a lively downtown, and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains. Whatever sort of memorial service you decide on, Glendale has plenty of visually stunning and affordable options for you to choose from.
After suffering a loss, it can sometimes feel helpful to visit somewhere quiet and contemplative. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a 300-acre cemetery, is the final resting place of Hollywood stars including Walt Disney, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Sammy Davis Jr. There is a museum on site so you can spend time learning about the cemetery, and its Hollywood connections.
You may be considering a memorial service with food and drinks, in which case Carousel Restaurant could be a good option. Located in the downtown area of Glendale, it’s one of the top spots for authentic Armenian-Lebanese fare and has space to host private events. This part of Los Angeles country is home to one of the country’s largest Armenian-American populations, so it’s not surprising that many of the local eateries serve middle-eastern cuisine.
Perhaps your loved one enjoyed modern art? You could consider a family trip to the Museum of Neon Art located in the downtown area. MONA exhibits a visually exciting collection of some of the most famous L.A.-based neon signs, so it’s certainly worth visiting.
There are also plenty of outdoor options if you’d instead remember their life in a quieter, more reflective way. Deukmejian Wilderness Park, located at the northern point of the city, offers more than 700 acres of nature trails —including the Dunsmore Canyon Trail, which features sweeping views of the valley below. This could be a good spot to hold an intimate get-together with family and friends to commemorate the life of your loved one.
Glendale is filled with enough beautiful spaces to meet any of your needs when planning a special gathering after losing a loved one. Here at Opal Cremation, we’re here to support you as you deal with death, plan a cremation, and hold a memorial service.