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Methods Of Disposition

What follow is how you can be put to rest or “disposed of” when you are gone.

1. Interment (earth burial). This is where the body is placed in a casket and then into the earth. Almost all cemeteries require a burial vault (or “outer container”) also, which the casket goes into. The casket never touches the earth.

The original reason for burial vaults (now most often referred to as “grave liners” or "grave boxes") was to deter grave robbing during the nineteenth century. The reason a vault or liner is required today is to prevent the ground from sinking or settling. The soil above the vault can be compacted without the casket being crushed, and the ground will remain level and not sink or settle over time. Burials can also be done as “green burials” with no casket, something that is of concern to some environmentalists.

Burial plots are offered by cemeteries and memorial parks, including veterans cemeteries. Memorial parks owned by "chain operations" are usually more expensive than city cemeteries. Some city cemeteries are "sold out," which would require you to look elsewhere. Neighboring city cemeteries, however, offer only a slightly higher price if you are not a resident of that city.

For residents of Northern Utah, I try to keep an updated table together to make it easier to consider your options.


2. Entombment. This is the use of a mausoleum or tomb for either casketed or cremated remains. Not very many city cemeteries offer mausoleum entombment. They are generally only available through Memorial Parks and endowment care cemeteries of private ownership.

3. Cremation. This is the process that reduces a corpse and whatever container it may be in to ashes and small bone fragments. Cremations are on the rise in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, cremations have been the norm for a long time for various reasons, the primary being scarcity of land for burials.

There are four primary reasons why cremation is becoming increasing popular in the United States: (1) cremation usually costs less than burial or interment; (2) our country is running out of cemetery space; (3) modern cremation methods are relatively clean, quick and efficient; and (4) cremation has become more tolerable, especially among religious groups, than in the past.

All of these options can include a “service” or “memorial.” It all very much depends on whether you want survivors to see and/or remember you. Generally having a funeral service with a viewing involves more costs. If you are not directly cremated or immediately buried, the body is required in most cases to be embalmed—a fee that runs around $600.00 on average in 2018.

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Cremated Remains to Be Buried

Cremated remains, or "cremains," can be buried in a cremation space--which is smaller than normal and costs less than a full adult burial space. Or two cremated remains, along with the required cremains vaults, can be buried per adult burial space. Up to four can be buried in double-depth arrangements. Some mistakenly believe that large numbers of cremated remains can be buried in a single space. Cemeteries generally have a limit of (2), as many cremains vaults as will fit in the space. And they will not bury cremated remains without a vault (outer container).

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Double Depth (“Stacked”) Burials

Most cemeteries and memorial parks allow the option of burying two persons in one grave space, normally known as a double depth interment. It is one on top of the other, each with its own casket and vault. They generally charge extra for what is known as a “second interment right.” A second interment right is nothing but an additional cost, as you are not buying additional ground space. Typically second interment rights cost half of what a regular, second burial space would cost. For example, if a single burial space for one adult costs $1,400.00, a second interment right in that space might cost $700.00. These rights can be purchased with the space at the outset for one total price, or they can be purchased later in a burial space you already own. Double depth burial arrangements will normally cost you less money than two burial spaces, and it helps the cemetery conserve burial ground. The size of the marker or headstone on the ground is a bit more limited, because the grave width is typically around 40 inches. When you have two side-by-side burial spaces, on the other hand, you can have a much wider marker by putting it midway between the two spaces.

Remember this important point: If you have burial plots at a facility that also has a funeral home, you can use whichever funeral service provider you choose. They can’t force or coerce you into using theirs, nor can they penalize you for using another. Don’t be tricked into believing you must buy everything from them. You may have much better alternatives, and their products and services might be too expensive to consider.


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