What You Should Know About Traditional Ground Burials

The traditional burial for body disposal was once the most preferred method for most people. Today, this can vary as depending on the what state you live in, cremation is quickly becoming the most popular method because of its cost effective options. In traditional burials, you select a vault and casket, obtain and purchase a cemetery or memorial plot, and plan a service according to the wishes of the deceased or immediate family.

The advantages of a burial ceremony may include religious or family traditions you may want to follow. With a burial location such as a cemetery, there is a place for the surviving family members to return to whenever they wish to pay respects. Many people still believe that a burial feels much more personal than if one had been cremated. This may be due to the fact that you are able to have the body present for a viewing or wake in a burial.

A disadvantage of burial is related to the cemetery expenses and the continued maintenance that often accompanies it, as well as land use fees. At a memorial park you purchase a plot, but the memory of your loved one is retained with a memorial marker. Below are some additional information pertaining to a traditional burial:

Grave Liners: Grave liners are usually cement slabs that the casket is placed in upon burial. They are not legally required by law but are mandated by many cemeteries to protect the ground from settling.

Vault: A vault is an outer burial container that a casket fits into. They are not legally required but this too can be mandated by many cemeteries to keep the ground from settling.

Cemetery Deed: A cemetery deed is the document from the cemetery that establishes your right to bury the deceased in the plot you’ve purchased.

Entombment: Entombment is a burial in an above-ground crypt usually within a mausoleum or in a lawn crypt.

Outer Interment Receptacle: Outer interment receptacle is a contain in the ground in which the casket is placed. The vault and grave liners is one such example of this type of receptacle.  Some cemeteries may require you have this to prevent the ground from collapsing or sinking of the grave plot.

These are the most common things to consider when looking at the traditional burial as an option. Today, it can be the most expensive way of body disposal depending on the materials you choose. It’s always best to review both cremation and burials with your funeral director, if you are unsure or need to know the laws within your state in regards to the disposal of the body.

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