Many Choices for Your Final Resting Place

Many Choices for Your Final Resting Place

There are more burial options than you would imagine and it can be difficult to decide which is the best choice for you or your loved one. You can have a traditional in-ground burial, an all-natural green burial, be placed in an entombment, or you can be cremated. It all depends on your personal preference and religious beliefs.

Deciding Where to Spend Eternity

No one wants to think about dying or where they will spend eternity, but the decision will eventually need to be made by either you or your loved ones. Even after you decide whether or not to be cremated or buried, you will still need to decide where your body or your loved one’s body will remain after it has passed on.

In-Ground or Above-Ground Choices

If you choose to be buried, most cemeteries offer the choice of garden or in-ground burial and those different burial plots give you the option of single grave spaces, double depth lawn crypts, or plots for large families that want to be laid to rest together.

If you would prefer not to be buried, there is also the option of above-ground entombment in a mausoleum. Up until recent years, entombment was considered a privilege only offered to the wealthy, but many cemeteries have made it more affordable for anyone who does not want to bury in the ground.

Above-ground entombment itself has many different choices. People can select a single, companion, tandem, couch, or quadruple crypt depending on the preference of the family. Many couples who have spent their entire lives together will choose a tandem burial, so they still feel like they are united.

What is a tandem burial?

A tandem burial vault is comprised of two identical vaults that are placed head to head. Each vault has their own nesting area for the casket, but they are essentially connected. This option gives people the opportunity to stay together long after they have passed away.

What about cremation options?

If you decide to be cremated, you still have plenty of options. You can be placed in a columbarium, left in an urn on loved one’s mantel, or you can have your ashes scattered by someone that was special to you. 

There are so many different choices for your final resting place that it can easily become overwhelming. Thinking about death is challenging enough without trying to decide where you want to spend eternity. My advice is to follow your heart and let it decide.

First, you will need to choose between burial, entombment, or cremation, and then you can decide exactly where you want to be. I personally plan on a tandem burial plot in a mausoleum next to my husband, but that may not be the right choice for you. Hopefully this article has at least helped explain the options, so you can have an easier time deciding.

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Choosing Final Resting Place

There are more burial options than you would imagine and it can be difficult to decide which is the best choice for you or your loved one. Things to consider when choosing a final resting place:

  • Burial, Emtombment, or Cremation?
  • If burial, do you want an in-ground or above-ground burial? 
  • If cremation, do you want to be placed in an urn stored on a loved one's mantel or in a columbarium? Or would you like to have your ashes scattered at a location that was special to you?