Riverside, named for the Santa Ana River it sits beside, is the seat of Riverside County, California. Part of the Greater Los Angeles area, it is the largest city in the in the county with a population in excess of 316,000 people.
There are six funeral homes in Riverside situated around the city. Most of these are well within five miles of the central area.
Riverside has around seven crematoriums, and there are four cemeteries and memorial gardens in Riverside including: Riverside National Cemetery on Van Buren Blvd, Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery on Rimpau Avenue, and Olivewood Memorial Park on Central Avenue.
Notable places of worship include: Saint Andrew Orthodox Christian Church on Canyon Crest Drive, The Grove Community Church on Grove Community Drive, Temple Beth El on Central Avenue, Islamic Center of Riverside on West Linden Street, and Hindu Society of Inland Empire on Magnolia Avenue.
It is a condition of state law in California that a death certificate must be presented to the registrar within eight days of death. Refrigeration or embalming must take place in the event of final disposition not occurring within 24 hours. Burial must be in established cemeteries and while the law does not require grave liners, some cemeteries may require them because they keep the ground from settling after burial.
Those wishing to scatter a loved one’s ashes should first check no local prohibition exists and should have the written permission of the property owner or governing agency. Most funeral homes in Riverside will be able to provide further information.
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