Opening and Closing 

Grave Opening and Closing Services  

Ground, Crypt, or Niche Burials

A grave opening-and-closing or interment service is a requirement for any mausoleum crypt entombment, in-ground burial, or mausoleum cremation niche entombment.

The burial ground opening and closing is performed by the cemetery at the time of the service. The process and cost of opening and closing a grave will differ depending on the type of memorialization. The main options include:

1 Mausoleum entombment 

Mausoleum entombment 

Includes opening the crypt or niche and then closing it after placement of the casket or cremation urn for a

2 Ground burial

Ground burial

Includes opening the grave ground, preparing the burial site for the service, grave back-filling, and landscaping the area to ensure restoration and on-going beauty.

Mausoleum entombment 

Includes opening the crypt or niche and then closing it after placement of the casket or cremation urn for a

Ground burial

Includes opening the grave ground, preparing the burial site for the service, grave back-filling, and landscaping the area to ensure restoration and on-going beauty.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average cost of opening-and-closing a grave?

An opening-and-closing ceremony is normally required for a burial. The cost of opening-and-closing a grave can differ based on factors such as cemetery and... read more