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4 Types of Burial Options: Which Is Right For You and Your Family?

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burial_optionsThe type of burial you choose for a loved one is a deeply personal decision for your family, as there are many factors to take into consideration, including cost, location and more. 

Like all decisions, you should weigh your loved one’s burial options carefully, considering his or her final resting place is where you’ll memorialize them for years to come.

While there’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to burial, some options may be more fitting for your loved one than others.

Below, we explore the various types of burial options, including above and below ground.

1. In-Ground Burial

In-ground burial is one of the most traditional types of burial, typically involving a casket and plot. However, in-ground burial can also apply to cremated remains.

Many cemeteries require you to purchase a vault or liner to protect the container (casket or urn) from sinking.   

While not required, most families who choose in-ground burial also purchase a memorial marker or monument for the gravesite. This allows surviving family members and friends to visit the memorial.

If you choose in-ground burial, you may request a group plot to memorialize other family members alongside your loved one. 

Costs vary depending on the products purchased, but a typical burial plot in Ohio is around $1,200.   

2. Private or Public Mausoleum

Other burial options include above ground private or public mausoleums.

Mausoleums are typically climate-controlled buildings, where families can visit to spend time with their loved ones. Typically, the deceased is entombed behind granite or marble walls in crypts or niches with the name engraved in the stone to mark each specific burial location.

A private mausoleum may be a standalone building that is reserved for you and your family, whereas a public mausoleum is a larger building that memorializes multiple individuals who purchase space inside.

The average cost of mausoleums can range between $3,000 and $5,000 for a public mausoleum, and $25,000 and $50,000 for a private mausoleum.

3. Lawn Crypt

Lawn crypts differ from traditional in-ground burial methods because they’re built with specific features to protect the casket from outside elements. They’re installed underground in an excavated area with a water drainage system directly below the structure to keep the casket clean and dry. Usually made of strong concrete materials, they often have heavy lids reinforced by steel rebar. They’re then covered with soil and grass, so the structure blends into the environment. 

Although lawn crypts are available for one person, they’re generally designed for two or more people, with the caskets placed horizontally inside.

While a single lawn crypt is cheaper than a double, you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000.

4. Green Burial

Green burial is growing in popularity, as it aids in the conservation of natural resources, and the restoration and preservation of habitat.

This non-evasive, eco-friendly practice is free of toxic chemicals and fluids that are commonly used with earth burials. It requires that products be constructed from plant-derived, natural, animal, or unfired earthen materials to preserve and steward land.

Green burial uses biodegradable adornments, caskets, containers, liners, urns, shells and shrouds to allow the body to decompose naturally. This type of burial does not use heavy equipment or machinery for digging the gravesite. Instead, the gravesites are dug by hand.

If interested in green burial, you’ll want to look into certified providers in your area. Ohio is home to conservation, hybrid and natural burial grounds, cemeteries and preserves.

Green burial prices can flex up or down given the services selected, but range anywhere between $500 and $4,000.

Record Your Burial Preferences When You Preplan

Knowing there are many decisions to make following a death, you can lift the emotional and financial burden from your family by preplanning. When you preplan, you can signify your preferences for burial or cremation, so your family doesn’t have to decide for you. If you’re interested in preplanning, we encourage you to download the Seniors’ Guide to Funeral Arrangements. Our guide explains what preplanning is, and offers insights on the benefits of arranging ahead of time.

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Jim Busch
Jim Busch
Owner and president of our firm. Fourth generation funeral director and certified crematory operator, Jim is guided by his principles in faith, family and friends. He loves to hear feedback from our families. Proudly serving Busch families since 1986.

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