The Beauty of Choice: Explore the 3 Most Common Burial Options
Planning your loved one’s burial can be stressful and upsetting. It may bring small peace for your family to learn that there are many options for modern cemetery burial. No matter your loved one’s final wishes, you can find a burial option that suits them.
Here are just the three most popular options for cemetery burial:
Traditional In-Ground Burial
Traditional, in-ground burial is the go-to option for many families and faiths. This type of burial allows for the kind of funeral or memorial service that is traditional in the Western world.
This burial style involves preparing the body – including cleaning, embalming, dressing, etc. – and using a casket for the final resting place. This casket will generally be lowered into the ground by cemetery staff directly after the funeral or graveside service, with a headstone or foot stone installed above ground to give the family a commemorative marker. As with any type of burial, the extent of the service held before or afterward is up to the family.
If the idea of interring your loved one beneath the ground bothers you, there are still burial options available. Most modern burial grounds include at least one mausoleum. These above-ground burial buildings typically allow for standard caskets to be interred in drawer-like openings that are then sealed to prevent elemental damage. To this, your family can add a memorial plaque, artwork, or any other significant marker to commemorate your loved one.
What if you decide to have your loved one cremated? For many families, this is the most economical choice, as well as one that their loved one specifically requested. Many people worry that this will prevent them from having a place to visit and remember their loved ones as they would with a traditional burial.
Thankfully, that is not the case.
Columbarium burial offers designated burial space for cremated remains. These are generally above-ground structures that are like mausoleums. They are specially designed for cremation urns and offer a great place for your family to commemorate your loved one while also choosing cremation for burial.
Perhaps the best thing about options like columbarium burial is that no matter what your family chooses to do with your loved one’s remains, you can still hold a cemetery service in Antioch. For more information about what options are available in local cemeteries and memorial parks, speak to funeral home director at Holy Cross Cemetery & Funeral Center. They can help your family plan the perfect memorial service, no matter which type of burial you choose.