Burial Considerations

Since the beginning of time we have buried our dead in places of respect. The pyramids were the first “mausoleums.” Communities have set aside places and maintained these grounds in an impeccable matter. Why do we do this?

We always talk about the funeral process and how each different service provides a safe place for people to mourn. Cemeteries are another example of that. It is not unusual to see expressions of joy that families will display in the flower plantings or items left on the gravesite. Around the holidays or specific times of the year people will leave religious symbols behind at the grave.

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A sense of connection is obtained anytime we go to the cemetery to pay our respects. Birthdays, special times of the year, anniversary of the death or a core family member could just be having a bad day, these are all examples of times when people can come to the cemetery reconnect and mourn in a safe environment.

When considering a final resting place, families whom are religious should consider following their church rules/guidelines. Is there a local cemetery that already has other loved ones buried there? When determining which cemetery is right for you, things that need to be taken into consideration include: costs, maintenance, geography and the overlook and feel of the cemetery you are considering.

Flat stones are affordable, some people, even prefer the clean, park-like look they offer. However, finding the right grave when all the stones are flat, when the snow is a foot deep is nearly impossible. For families who will be looking to make a connection at the grave during the winter this will become problematic.

Families should determine if purchasing additional graves for other family members is appropriate. This can be especially challenging when burying a young spouse.

Cemetery Types

Monumental cemetery: A monumental cemetery is the traditional style of cemetery where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground.  There are countless different types of designs for headstones, ranging from very simple to large and complex. Click here to watch a short video of a burial service.

Mausoleum: A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people.  A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb or the tomb may be considered to be within the mausoleum.  The most famous mausoleum is the Taj Mahal in India.

Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains.  While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family a place to come to mourn and visit.  Columbarium walls do not take up a lot of space and it is a cheaper alternative to a burial plot. Click here to watch a short video of an inurnment service

Natural cemeteries: Natural cemeteries, also known as eco-cemeteries or green cemeteries is a new style of cemetery set aside for natural burials.  Natural burials are motivated by the desire to be environmentally conscience, although natural burials can be performed at any type of cemetery, they are usually done in a natural woodland area.  Conventional markings such as headstones are generally replaced with a tree or a bush or a placement of a natural rock.