Burial, either entombment or earth interment, is special for many reasons including that for generations, perhaps, your family has been choosing this form of tribute for themselves or their dear loved ones. Now, you make that same decision.
Dealing with a loss or planning for yourself, burial may be a form of disposition that is more suitable to your lifestyle. There are four fundamental segments to consider when desiring burial: choosing embalming, picking a casket, and deciding on a cemetery and service that best represents the individual. Many of these segments have numerous choices and abundant combinations. The options for a casket alone include a well defined color, material, and thickness. Deciding on a cemetery can be even more complex. Comprised of different types of cemeteries; family, fraternal, municipal or religious, most will require specified burial spaces, monuments and outer burial containers. The funeral service also includes a range of choices. The funeral could be a service with or without remains present, have a visitation, or as a veteran option could be held on a ship that concludes with burial at sea.
Burial should be an experience that is remembered and regarded as a traditional but personal tribute. In doing so, we will take the time to communicate your sincerity and sensitivity and ultimately strive to make it easier in expressing the unique characteristics that is desired in a final ceremony.
We have a variety of burial options available and are here to guide you with any decision you make.
For further details please take a look at our burial options or give us a call at (904) 781-4314.
Opening and closing fees can include up to and beyond 50 separate services provided by the cemetery. Typically, the opening and closing fee include administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be required, entering the interment particulars in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating, and filling the interment space); installation and removal of the lowering device; placement and removal of artificial grass dressing and coco-matting at the grave site, leveling, tamping, re-grading, and sodding the grave site and leveling and re-sodding the grave if the earth settles.
The actual opening and closing of the grave is just one component of the opening and closing fee. Due to safety issues which arise around the use of machinery on cemetery property and the protection of other gravesites, the actual opening and closing of the grave is conducted by cemetery grounds personnel only.
To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs. A permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and memorializing the deceased. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping them bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.
When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and serve the community. Most cemeteries have crematoriums, and some historic cemeteries even offer guided tours.
We think of cemetery lands as being in perpetuity. There are cemeteries throughout the world that have been in existence for hundreds of years.
There is no law that states a specific time frame for burial. Considerations that will affect timeline include the need to secure all permits and authorizations, notification of family and friends, preparation of cemetery site, and religious considerations. Public heath laws may have limitations on the maximum length of time allowed to pass prior to final disposition. Contact your local funeral provider for more details.
No. Embalming is a choice which depends on factors like if there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an extended time between death and internment. Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail.
Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer interment in lawn crypts or entombment in mausoleums. In addition, most cemeteries provide choices for those who have selected cremation. These often include placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an urn space.
These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed. Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket and may be made of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic, or fiberglass. A grave liner is a lightweight version of a vault which simply keeps the grave surface from sinking in.
Most large, active cemeteries have regulations that require the use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements. Some smaller rural or churchyard cemeteries do not require use of a container to surround the casket in the grave.
If you have any questions regarding our burial options, we are just a phone call away to help you during this difficult time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.