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Different Types of Burials

Most people who have visited or driven past a cemetery have noticed that all burials are not the same. There are different types of burial plots that can be purchased from a funeral home. Confer with your funeral home official to get a list of all available options at local cemeteries and their costs. Here are the most common options, although every cemetery may not have all available options:

  • Single plot. The most common type of burial involves a single plot, often with a headstone, where an individual loved one is buried. Depending on the size of the cemetery, you may have choices about where in the cemetery you'd like to be buried. Under the Funeral Rule, all funeral home officials must offer a written list of prices for all funeral services. Cemeteries do not fall under the federal Funeral Rule, so be sure to ask for a written estimate.
  • Companion plots. Many people with spouses or significant others choose a companion plot so that they can be buried next to their spouse or loved one. In some cases, depending on the policy of the funeral home and local laws in the community, a couple can be buried side-by-side in a companion plot, which often is larger and more expensive than a single family plot.
  • Public mausoleum. In some towns, there is a mausoleum where you can be buried in a single or companion crypt. The benefit of a mausoleum is that mourners can visit at any time without regard to weather conditions.
  • Private mausoleum. Some families or businesses have private mausoleums, which are only open to those with an appropriate connection to the deceased.
  • Lawn crypt. Instead of being placed in the ground in a casket, a lawn crypt is an aboveground burial location. A lawn crypt is more expensive than a burial plot, but provides a clean, dry space for the remains.
  • Cremation. If a family member is cremated, that does not rule out any of the traditional burial options. An urn can be buried in a plot in the ground, placed in a public or private mausoleum crypt or included in an above-ground lawn crypt. Additionally, some families may decide to do away with all burial options and have a beloved family member take possession of the urn and cremation ashes.

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