Spring and Autumn Chanting
The Spring and Autumn Chanting are Buddhist memorial ceremonies that demonstrate respect and honor for parents, elders and ancestors. The ceremonies are based on Thrice Yearning scripture, a recitation of the Amitabha Sutra three times. This special event co-hosted by the Hsi Lai Temple International Buddhist Progress Society is open to the public.
Memorial Day Observance
For more than 100 years, Rose Hills has hosted an annual Memorial Day Observance to honor and remember our fallen heroes. This special event features patriotic music and performances, a vintage aircraft flyover, a military display, remembrance trees, an Honoring Heroes photo display, flag placement and family activities.
Welcome Home Veterans Resource Fair and Car Show
As part of Rose Hills' commitment to serving the military and veterans community, we host an annual Welcome Home Veterans event with a resource fair with 40-plus vendors, a car show, a band, family activities and a military display. In previous years, we’ve donated profits from this event to local veterans groups, such as the Rio Hondo College Foundation Veterans Center, Mt. San Antonio College Veterans Center, American War Mothers, Working Wardrobe and Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.
Día de los Muertos Community Altar
In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of life, and Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday to remember loved ones who have passed. It’s a time to honor those who have moved on from this life and support their spiritual journeys in the next one. Día de Los Muertos festivities vary by region and family, but they often include altars (ofrendas). These elaborate, multi-tiered displays incorporate traditional paper banners (papel picado), ceremonial bread (pan de muerto), fruit, salt, candles, flowers, painted ceramic or sugar skulls, and photos and mementos of loved ones. Rose Hills welcomes families to add photos to our community altar in remembrance of their loved ones. Remembrance cards are also available for families who want to add notes to their loved ones or loved ones’ names to the altar.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared as the Mother of God in Mexico to St. Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, on December 9, 10 and 12, 1531. She left a miraculous image of her appearance on his cactus-fiber cloak, or tilma, which still exists today for all to see at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Leaders from the basilica gifted Rose Hills a replica image of this cloak. It’s permanently enshrined in a reliquary inside Our Lady of Guadalupe Mausoleum at Rose Hills. Each year, we host a special celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This event features a reenactment of the appearance, ceremonial blessing, performances and a procession leading to the mausoleum reliquary.
Celebration of Life Remembrance Service
Rose Hills invites families who’ve recently experienced a loss to this special event that honors and remembers their loved ones. The Celebration of Life Remembrance Service features musical performances, a candle lighting ceremony, a stone ritual, wish lantern decorating and personal remembrances.