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Important Facts About Pricing You Should Know
 

6 Components of Price Comparison for Grave (in-ground) Burials

All “in ground” graves contain 6 basic elements that determine their total costs.  These components include costs necessary for cemetery burial.  When “shopping” for prices, it is important to include all these components.  Often a price is quoted for just a “grave” or “plot” and only includes the physical space.  At first glance, this quote can appear to be a bargain but may be incomplete and misleading.  If researching prices for burial, make certain the price includes ALL of the following elements to determine the final, actual cost to you:

  1. Physical Space – The cost quoted for the physical parcel of ground to be opened for burial.
  2. Endowment Care –The fee placed into trust to maintain the cemetery in the future.  It covers costs such as mowing, watering, repairing/replacing roads, vases, etc.
  3. Labor – The cost for labor related to opening (digging) the grave, waiting while the service takes place, lowering the casket at the end of the service, and closing the grave (replacing the burial vault lid, the earth and the grass).
  4. Recordation Fee – The administrative costs and record keeping.
  5. Burial box/vault – Now required by most cemeteries.  The casketed remains are placed into a wood, concrete box or sealer vault.
  6. Memorialization – This includes monuments, markers, and setting fee.

By verifying the prices quoted to you are comprehensive, there will be no financial “surprises” after you have selected the cemetery for your family’s needs.

 

5 Components of Price Comparisons for Above Ground Entombments in Crypts

  1. Physical Space – The cost quoted for the physical crypt in an outdoor or indoor building.  It includes the cost of the marble or granite “shutter” which covers the crypt opening.
  2. Endowment Care – The fee placed into trust to maintain the cemetery in the future.  It covers costs such as repairing/replacing roads, maintaining the buildings, restrooms, carpeting, vases, etc.
  3. Labor – The cost for the labor related to opening the crypt, taking down the marble to be inscribed, waiting while the service takes place, placing the casket into the crypt at the end of the service, sealing the crypt and rehanging the marble shutter.
  4. Inscription and vase – The cost for inscribing the name onto the marble or granite shutter.  Emblems and photos are optional and are an additional cost.
  5. Casket protector may also be necessary.
 

6 Components of Price Comparisons for Cremation Burials and Entombments

  1. Physical Space – The cost quoted for the physical site to be opened for burial, whether it is a cremation grave, niche or crypt.
  2. Endowment Care – The fee placed into trust to maintain the cemetery in the future.  It covers costs such as mowing, watering, repairing/replacing roads, maintaining the buildings, restrooms, carpeting, vases, etc.
  3. Labor – The cost for labor related to opening the grave, niche or crypt, waiting while the service takes place, placing the urn into the grave, niche or crypt, and closing the grave, niche or crypt.
  4. Urn burial box/vault – Now required by most cemeteries.  The urn containing the cremated remains is placed into a fiberglass (or other material) box.  If going into a niche or crypt, this is not needed.
  5. Memorialization – Includes monuments, markers, setting fees or inscriptions on shutters.
  6. Urn – the container that holds the cremated remains. An urn may be purchased for an additional cost and can be personalized.