Finding The Right Cemetery For Your Funeral Pre-Plan


One of the key decisions you'll make in your funeral pre-planning process is in which cemetery you'll be laid to rest. Your choice will be based partly on your comfort with the facility, but also on how well they will work with your family after you have passed away. Here are some important factors to consider when looking for the right cemetery.

Management Differences

Cemeteries can be owned by a variety of entities, each of which may manage the facility differently. They can be owned by:

  • private businesses
  • funeral homes or funeral home chains
  • religious organizations
  • not-for-profit groups

You'll want to visit each cemetery you are considering. Talk with someone in management to determine how well they will work with your family as they follow your funeral pre-plan.

Rules and Regulations

When you visit the cemetery, ask for a printed copy of their regulations. There will be certain rules they have to follow to be compliant with state and local restrictions. They will also have a number of rules that may affect some of your pre-planning choices and how your family works with the facility, such as:

  • what materials are allowed in the cemetery for grave markers
  • the size and shape of allowable grave markers
  • who is responsible for the care of the grave markers and other decorations
  • how damage to grave markers is handled

Make sure the regulations are not so restrictive that your family has difficulty executing your funeral wishes.

Services Offered

A number of basic services will be offered by all cemeteries, such as:

  • preparation of the grave site to receive your casket
  • maintenance of the grounds around your cemetery plot

They will offer additional services, for a charge, that your family may need to use, such as:

  • the use of awnings, tents, tables and chairs at the graveside service
  • the use of banquet rooms and other spaces for services
  • preparation of the grave to install the headstone

Considerations When You Choose to Be Cremated

If cremation is part of your funeral pre-plan, there are additional items to look at when reviewing a cemetery, including:

  • the use of a cemetery-owned crematorium
  • the use of and accessibility to a columbarium
  • the types of funeral services allowed in the columbarium
  • the decorations allowed in the facility at or near your columbarium niche

The cemetery may have a special section available for the burial of your cremation remains. These will be smaller spaces than standard cemetery plots. Find out the rules governing markers and decorations in this area, if you choose burial over having your cremains placed in a columbarium niche. Contact a funeral home, such as Clark Funeral Home Inc, for more information.   


10 February 2016

Have You Planned for Your Future?

When my father passed away a year ago, my mother didn't have any problems with the funeral or burial. My father planned his funeral in advance. He didn't want to burden my mom with any problems during her time of grieving. That hit me. I realized that I didn't have any plans for my own future, which would make it even harder on my wife and kids. So, I contacted a funeral home online and requested information about burial services. The funeral home provided me with many options that I could afford to pay over time or upfront. My wife also helped select burial plots for us because we didn't want to be separated — even after death. I encourage you to read through my blog. It offers great tips and advice on how to plan for your own future. Don't wait. You never know what life holds for you.