Frequently Asked Questions
Question to Consider
Here are some preliminary topics our Family Service Counselor or Community Counselor will discuss with you when you meet:
- What cemetery are you most interested in?
- Will your service be a full casket burial, cremation burial or inurnment or entombment? Our Counselors will discuss the meaning of each option mentioned above and specifics of service choices available for each.
- How many graves, crypts or niches would you be interested in purchasing?
Pre-planning today gives you and your family the ability to carefully consider the options and make an informed decision.
Here are some of the most common questions and answers to better assist you in making your cemetery arrangements.
What are my choices in ground burial?
Generally speaking, there are single and double gravesites and family lots comprised of multiple gravesites.
How do I choose a grave?
Choosing a grave depends on personal preference, but there are a number of things to consider when making this decision. What type of memorial do you prefer—for example, a marker set flat on the ground or an upright monument? Are you arranging for yourself or your family? How many burials do you expect to take place? How much do you want to spend? Do you want to be near a family member? Answers to these questions will help you make the right choice.
What is the Interment service fee better known as opening and closing fee?
Opening and Closing fees include a variety of services provided by the cemetery. Generally, the fee includes administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and completion of other documentation which may be required, recording the specific details in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space, installation and removal of equipment, placement and removal of artificial grass dressing or matting at the grave site, leveling, re-grading and sodding the grave site; opening and closing the crypt or niche (locating the crypt or niche, installation and removal of equipment, removal and reinstallation of the crypt or niche front.
What is a burial vault?
A vault is a container into which a casket is placed in the ground. Burial vaults are typically made of concrete, though other materials may be used.
Do I have to have a burial vault?
Memorial Plan cemeteries require all casketed remains to be placed in an outer burial container. A vault or liner prevents damage to casketed remains and prevents the grave site from sinking. Please contact your local Memorial Plan cemetery regarding cemetery rules.
What does entombment mean?
Entombment is the placing of casketed human remains in a mausoleum crypt. Crypts are individual compartments within a mausoleum building.
What is an inurnment?
An inurnment is the placing of cremated human remains in a columbarium niche. One option include private columbarium estates.
What is a mausoleum?
A mausoleum is a building designed to provide above ground entombment in a crypt. Mausoleums offer an alternative for those who don’t want to be buried in the ground. Mausoleums offer a wide variety of options that can be tailored to fit your needs.
Are there different types of crypts?
Yes. Single crypts are designed for one entombment only. We offer three different kinds of double crypts: a tandem crypt permits two entombments lengthwise in a crypt, a companion crypt permits two entombments side by side, and a couch crypt permits two entombments widthwise. Also, families may select from a wide selection of private mausoleum estates. These are customized private buildings placed in premium areas of a cemetery. The price of the crypt will depend on its location and type.
Can I make my cemetery or funeral arrangement in advance?
Yes. When you plan ahead, you will be able to consider the many options available in a much more comfortable and relaxed environment. You’ll be able to make an informed decision about your cemetery or funeral arrangements and the kind of memorial you want. Making choices that are meaningful to both you and your family will give you peace of mind, knowing your family and friends will be relieved of the emotional and financial burden associate with making these arrangements. By pre-arranging your cemetery services, you also benefit by purchasing at today’s prices, free of inflationary pressures in the future.
When I buy a grave space, do I get a deed like type of real estate?
No, you do not receive a deed however you do receive an Interment Rights Certificate. When you purchase a grave space, you are purchasing the right to designate who may be interred in that space, rather than purchasing the grave space itself, which remains the property and responsibility of the cemetery. You also have a right to place a memorial where rules permit.