Burial Specifics

Burial is the usual thought that comes to mind when we start talking about funerals.  It’s the strongest tradition in our Western culture, and it involves a lot of choices and a number of options.

Traditional funerals usually involve a viewing before the funeral ceremony itself, plus sometimes another service at the grade site.  A body is prepared for these visits by being embalmed first, and then cosmetics are applied to diminish the obvious signs of death.  The body is dressed in clothes appropriate to the occasion (which is entirely dependent upon what they have requested and the nature of their community), and they are arranged in the casket for visits and ceremonies.

Caskets come in a wide variety of materials such as wood, aluminum, or steel, and there are thousands of different options for customizing the casket to reflect the life of the decedent.  There are caskets with religious symbols, with sports team logos, with personal sayings, and even thematic shapes.  The interior of the casket is lined with a type of fabric, often velvet or crepe satin, and this, too, comes with a wide range of options.

It has also become a standard practice for cemeteries to require a burial liner as well to go around the casket.  This is to prevent long-term interment from degrading the casket and causing the grave site to become sunken.  These can range from a simple concrete burial liner to an ornate composite vault.  The differences are profound, though.  Low-end liners only serve to support the soil above the grave, but they are not waterproof and will usually break down over time, often causing degradation to the casket.  Mid- and high-end vaults are made of steel or composites, and they are built with proper seals to prevent water and other materials from infiltrating to the casket.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the types of caskets available from our partner companies, please send us a message and a Family Counselor will get back with you shortly.


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