Which Burial Option is Right for You and Your Family?
Deciding on the type of burial to memorialize you is a very personal decision between you and your loved ones.
This is the way your memory will be kept alive forever.
Types of Burial Options
The way you choose to honor and remember a loved one who has passed away is an important decision.
- In-Ground Burial
This is the most common option. A casket or cremation urn is placed into a vault that is placed into a grave and a flat or upright marker is installed at the gravesite.
- Above Ground Burial in a Community Mausoleum
A public Mausoleum (also known as a Community Mausoleum) is an above ground building memorializing many individuals. Mausoleums provide a secure enclosure that will remain clean and completely dry. The casket or urn will never come in contact with the earth. This mausoleum may be either indoor or outdoors.
- Above Ground Burial in a Lawn Crypt
An above ground container that the casket is encased in.
There are several memorialization options, scattering cremains, keeping them in an urn. Scattering cremains can occur in a cemetery scattering garden, at sea, or places with special meaning (this may be prohibited in certain areas). An urn can also be kept at home, in a community mausoleum niche, urn mausoleum (columbarium) or buried.
- Above Ground Burial in a Private Mausoleum
An above ground structure built specifically to entomb multiple family members of a single family. The Taj Mahal is an example of a private mausoleum.
- Natural Burial - Green Burial
The deceased is not embalmed, the body is placed directly into the earth, allowing the body to decompose naturally. Usually the deceased body is buried in a biodegradable casket or in a simple shroud, so as not to inhibit the decomposition of the body. No machinery is used to dig the grave, the graves are dug by hand.
Having a permanent place whether it be in a cemetery, mausoleum, or cremation garden - that can be visited regularly by family and friends gives everyone a special place to go to remember their loved one and commemorate important occasions.