Learning All About Funeral Arrangement Options
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Learning All About Funeral Arrangement Options

Hi everyone, my name is AnaMae Merton. I recently lost my birth parents during a heavy storm. Their deaths left me reeling, though we were not very close. Furthermore, I was the only surviving kin, so it was my job to arrange the funerals for both of them. The funeral arrangement process was incredibly difficult without knowing much about their personalities or passions. I struggled to find the best songs, outfits, caskets, burial sites and flowers. Luckily, the funeral director helped me identify suitable options for my birth parents' funerals. I hope to help people understand all of the different funeral arrangement options available today. Please visit my site anytime to learn more.


Learning All About Funeral Arrangement Options

You Must Answer These Two Burial Questions

Christine Fleming

When you discuss the death of a loved one, the subject of burial quickly comes up. There are two questions you must answer before you can plan their funeral services. These fundamental questions are how and where will you dispose of the body of your loved one? Here are a few options you may consider.

Where Will The Burial Take Place?

Where is usually one of the easiest questions to answer but may require a little research. Is there a pre-purchased burial plot? This purchase is an investment some families are now making. With limited burial space in many cities, the price of graves is quickly increasing.

Did your loved one have a church where they can be buried for free or for a small fee? Is there a family graveyard, or will you need to purchase a grave site at a public cemetery?

If your loved one served or is the spouse or minor dependent of someone who served in the military, a military cemetery may be an option. Choosing an interment in a government-governed space may be cheaper than other options. Military because there are specific components the government provides. 

For example, you will not have to pay someone to open or close the grave. You will also not have to purchase a headstone. The cemetery will provide one for free. 

How Will The Interment Take Place?

Once you find out where the burial will occur, you must figure out how you will inter them. Here are a few options.

Traditional In-ground Burial - In-ground burial is the option people are most familiar with. For in-ground burials, you will need the following:

  • A Casket
  • A Gravesite
  • A Casket Vault
  • A Marker

Unfortunately, depending on where you live and whether or not you have access to a gravesite, it may or may not be a viable option. If you choose an in-ground burial, you must also pay to open and close the gravesite.

A Lawn Crypt - A lawn crypt is a concrete burial vault that holds one or two caskets. A lawn crypt varies from a burial vault primarily based on the burial depth. The lawn crypt is as deep as the crypt is tall. Once the graveyard installs the crypt, they cover it with a thin layer of soil and sod. 

Above-Ground Mausoleum - You can also inter your loved one in an above-ground mausoleum. In some cities, such as New Orleans, above-ground burials are a requirement. This requirement is due to the city being below sea level. Large mausoleums can hold whole families for multiple generations.

No matter which option you choose for the funeral services, the funeral director will walk you through all the steps needed.