Types of Burials

In Ground Burial

In Ground Burial represents the majority of traditional burial options offered by cemeteries. In-ground burial may be for either a traditional casketed burial or for the burial of cremated remains and interchangeably referred to as plots, spaces, or graves. In-ground burial sites may be marked by a permanent memorial to memorialize the individual(s) at rest within the specific resting place.

Above Ground Burial

Above Ground burial is an option wherein an individual is placed into a crypts or niche. The process of placing an individual into a crypt or niche is referred to as ‘entombment’. Above ground entombments may be made within a: community mausoleum, private family mausoleum, columbarium, or sarcophagus. Above ground entombments may be made for either casketed remains or for cremated remains placed in urns. The primary advantages of above-ground entombment are the assurance that the casket or urn is kept secure, clean, and dry.

Cremation

Cremation reduces the body to its essential elements through a process that exposes it to open flames, intense heat, and evaporation. This takes place in a specially designed furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. Many crematories require a container for the body, such as a casket appropriate for cremation or a rigid cardboard container.This option is accepted in many religions (although prohibited for Muslims and some members of conservative Jewish sects). It is the most cost-effective funeral type.

Budget Considerations

Note that funeral costs vary significantly among regions, states, and cities.
Just Right ($8,000 or Less)

In Ground Burial represents the majority of traditional burial options offered by cemeteries. In-ground burial may be for either a traditional casketed burial or for the burial of cremated remains and interchangeably referred to as plots, spaces, or graves. In-ground burial sites may be marked by a permanent memorial to memorialize the individual(s) at rest within the specific resting place.

Flawless ($8,000-$15,000)

Will cover funeral director’s basic fees, along with transportation, casket, embalming, viewing and burial. A traditional funeral can cost anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 – mostly depending on whether you chose cremation versus burial.

Above & Beyond ($15,000+)

Usually implies following the traditional route, including all services from wake to visitation to burial, and concluding with a large reception. Keep in mind that caskets and cemetery plots can vary widely in price, depending on your preferences.

Types of Services

Traditional Funeral

A funeral is an end-of-life service where the deceased’s body is present and usually takes place in a funeral home, church or temple. A casketed body is usually present, but this is by no means a rule; cremated remains may also be present at a funeral service. A traditional funeral service may include a eulogy, a sermon, praying, singing and sometimes and a visitation or viewing the night before.

Memorial Service

In many ways, a memorial service is quite similar to a funeral but the deceased’s body is not present at the service. If your loved one had a special or favorite place such as a park, golf course or restaurant consider that location as an option. If cremation has been performed, often a memorial service is conducted to inter or scatter the cremated remains, at the same time as the celebration of the deceased’s life.

Types of Ceremonies

Viewing or Wake

A wake or viewing is held before the funeral or memorial service as a time for close friends and family to gather together to say goodbye to the deceased.

Visitation

A visitation happens before a funeral or memorial, but the body is typically not present during this event. People use visitations to express their sympathy and support for the family without the time constraints of a funeral.

Graveside

Typically, a graveside service includes many of the same aspects of a funeral service. This includes things like the singing of hymns, a eulogy, prayers, and readings. The service can either be led by a religious officiant or by a loved one of the deceased. During a traditional burial service, the committal is when the casket is lowered into the grave. However, during a graveside committal service for cremation, the ashes are either placed in a columbarium niche or buried in the ground.

Reception

Having a reception after the funeral is the perfect way for friends and family to get together and share special memories about the deceased.

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