Burial Options: In-ground Burials

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National Free Planning Kit

October 26, 2016

Choosing a burial option can be a difficult decision to make when there are so many factors to consider.  In this post, we’ll take a look at in-ground burial to see if this option may make sense for you.

What is an in-ground burial?

To begin, let’s review what an in-ground burial actually entails.

Traditional in-ground burials involve the body of the deceased being interned into a casket. The casket is then placed into a vault or outer burial container, in an excavation, where it is covered with soil. Above ground, the gravesite is memorialized with a grave marker displaying birth and death information, as well as any additional epitaphs honoring the deceased.

Traditional burials are the most common method of burial in the United States.

What is needed for an in-ground burial?

Traditional in-ground burials typically include five components: a casket, a gravesite, a memorial, a vault, and the opening and closing of the gravesite. While each of these services can be purchased separately, they are commonly obtained together to save costs.

Additionally, most traditional burials include a burial service to commemorate the gravesite and give loved ones a time of remembrance and closure.

What are the benefits of an in-ground burial?

Traditional in-ground burials remain popular because they offer a host of benefits that other services (such as cremation) do not.

For those who wish to remain connected to their families through tradition, an in-ground burial can be a fitting choice, as it can provide the option to be buried beside family members. Additionally, in-ground burials give the loved ones of the deceased a place to come visit them. Many people prefer to have a single gravesite and grave marker at which to leave flowers, as opposed to having their ashes scattered over a broad area.

While it’s important to consider costs when choosing an in-ground burial, traditional burials can be very affordable through pre-planning. If you’re considering an in-ground burial, please request our free informational kit to obtain all the information you’ll need to make the decision that’s right for you.