Deciding Between In-Ground Burial and Above-Ground Entombment for Your Loved One

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Choosing a final resting place for your loved one is a major decision, and choosing a cemetery or memorial park is just one step in the process. If you are unsure about whether you would prefer to bury your loved one underground or intern his or her remains in an above-ground columbarium or private mausoleum, learn about the entombment options available from nearby funeral homes so that you can make an informed decision.

In-Ground Burial

  • Traditional Burial This method of burial has been practiced in the United States for centuries, and is still the burial method of choice for most families. A body is interned in a casket, which is lowered into an excavated space large enough for just that casket. A grave marker with birth and death information, as well as a brief epitaph, is placed above ground to memorialize the burial plot.
  • Lawn Crypts Because of the burial chamber design, a lawn crypt can be described as an underground mausoleum. Lawn crypt burials can generally be less expensive than traditional burials without sacrificing many of the benefits. If you choose this option, your loved one’s body will still be interned in an individual casket, and an above-ground grave marker will indicate where he or she has been laid to rest.

Above-Ground Entombment

  • Private Mausoleum Private mausoleums are generally purchased by families who wish to keep their physical remains in close proximity to one another after death. They are appropriate for both casket and urn storage, and offer families flexibility in design.
  • Mausoleum in the Sky Skylawn Memorial Park’s Mausoleum in the Sky is a two-story structure featuring columbary vaults for urn storage and larger niches in which full caskets can be stored. One of the most noteworthy advantages of choosing this option is the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean that span the length of the mausoleum.

At Skylawn Memorial Park, we offer a scenic location and have a fully multilingual staff that caters to the religious and cultural needs of any family who needs help planning a funeral. To learn more about our Mausoleum in the Sky and other entombment options, call (650) 349-4411.

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