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  Cemetery Property
In addition to funeral services and the choice of burial or cremation, cemetery property, or “interment rights,” is another consideration when you’re making final arrangements, either for yourself in advance, or for a loved one.
A common misconception that people often have when they purchase the right of interment in a cemetery is that they have purchased the land itself, when in fact what they have really purchased is the right to be interred (also referred to as buried, entombed, enniched or placed) on or in that particular piece of property.
Burial of Casket
Most people are familiar with the concept of burial, or “interment,” but may not be aware of the variety of options that are often available. Many cemeteries offer one or more of the following:
• Ground Burial: burial of the casket below ground. A “vault” or “outer burial container” is required at most cemeteries.
• Mausoleum, or Community Mausoleum: a large building that provides above ground entombments.
• Private Family Mausoleum: a small structure that provides above-ground entombment of, on average, two to twelve decedents.
• Companion Crypt: permits two interments or entombments side-by-side.
• Private Family Estate: a small section of
a cemetery, usually bordered by gates, shrubbery, or other dividers, that allows for ground burial of several members of the same family.
Burial of Cremated Remains
Many people overlook the importance of cemetery property for those who choose cremation, but permanent placement, or “final disposition,” of the ashes or “cremated remains” is an important part of final arrangements. Just consider:
• A permanent site gives loved ones a physical place for visitation and reflection.
• The ceremony accompanying the placement of an urn in a cremation niche or a cremation garden in a cemetery provides family and friends with closure after the loss of a loved one.
• When ashes of a loved one are kept with relatives, they can easily become misplaced or discarded through the years, as future generations may not feel a connection to the deceased.
• A permanent placement provides future generations with a location to visit when researching heritage.

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