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What to Know When Choosing Burial

For thousands of years, burial has been a traditional means of caring for the physical remains of a loved one. Historical precedence is one thing, but for you, burial may simply be the tradition of your family.
When burial is chosen, your loved one may be:

✓ Interred in the ground in a regulated cemetery, or if
local legislation allows, on private property

✓ Entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum

✓ Buried at sea

It’s a Deeply Personal Decision

Even if it isn’t what your family has commonly done over the years, there are many personal reasons you may have to choose burial over cremation.
These could include:
✓ Religious or geographical preferences

✓ An aversion to the cremation practice of using flame to reduce the remains to ash

✓ You wish to erect a monument in honor of your loved one

✓ You wish to have a natural location where you can visit, graced with trees and open spaces
These are just a few of the different ways that you can commemorate your loved one and celebrate their journey through life.

A unique memorial service like the ones we have mentioned will allow you to feel a stronger connection to your loved one and create a positive experience your guests will love.
To learn more about unique memorial services or to begin planning one, please contact us today to speak with a member of our staff.

Burial Arrangements Frequently Asked Questions

Is a burial service the right choice in your situation?
Our objective in developing this website is to burial arrangements funeral costsempower families and individuals, by providing them with the quality of information they need in order to make the appropriate choices in regards to burial arrangements and more for their deceased loved one and family members.
The staff of Memorial Funeral Chapels is available to answer all your questions, like whether you're looking to learn more about cremation or burial.

Should you have any inquiries regarding burial services or graveside services, or funeral costs which is not reflected in the information provided, we encourage you to call us at +1 (830) 773 9591.

Burial Arrangements Need to Know Information

1What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?
What does it cost to bury a person in a cemetery?
The initial funeral costs involves the purchase of the "right to use" the burial plot. Unlike a real estate purchase, where you buy the land and all the structures on it; here you are only purchasing what is called the "interment rights" to the land.

Other associated funeral costs include; the "opening" and "closing" of the gravesite, obtaining the necessary permits; the maintenance of cemetery files and records; the use of any special equipment (such as a casket-lowering device); and the costs for any other services or items purchased. There is also the headstone or grave marker installation fee, and a one-time "perpetual care" fee (sometimes called "endowment care"), paid to ensure your loved one's burial site is well-maintained.
2Does my loved one have to be embalmed prior to burial?
Does my loved one have to be embalmed prior to burial?
Many funeral homes suggest (and may even go so far as to require) embalming if you are planning a viewing or visitation.

The reason for this is to provide the best experience for the family members as well as guests; proper embalming can ensure the deceased looks as good as possible.

As a general rule, embalming is not necessary or legally required if the body is cared for in a relatively short amount of time. Please contact one of our professional funeral directors for more information.
3How much will a casket cost?
How much will a casket cost?
The costs of caskets can vary, depending on the type purchased.

If budgeting is a major factor in your decision making process, please speak with one of our professional funeral directors who can advise you on the most appropriate casket for your situation and budget.
4What is a burial vault, and why do I need to buy one?
What is a burial vault, and why do I need to buy one?
Today, most modern cemetery grounds are well-groomed, with vast expanses of green grass.

A burial vault helps protect this pristine view, ensuring there is no sign of burial plots "settling".

The vault also protects the casket; but the primary role of a burial vault is to protect the beauty of the cemetery environment.
5What's involved in a cemetery burial?
What's involved in a cemetery burial?
If your loved one has not made previous arrangements for their burial, the first thing that is required is the selection of the cemetery and burial location within the grounds.

You will also be required to choose the most suitable casket and burial vault, and provide us with the clothing you'd like your loved one to wear including any 'special items' you'd like us to place in the casket.

Once payment is made, the date and time of interment is agreed upon.

At that time, the cemetery grounds keepers will take care of the "opening" and "closing" of the grave and the proper placement of the casket in the burial vault.
6Do I have to buy a headstone or grave marker?
Do I have to buy a headstone or grave marker?
The cemetery will put a temporary identification marker on your loved one's grave.

This is only temporary until a permanent headstone or grave marker is permanently installed.

Without a proper permanent identification marker, your loved one's burial site will appear "unmarked" once the temporary marker becomes illegible or is somehow removed.
7Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?
Where do I purchase a headstone or grave marker?
Vescio Funeral Home and many cemeteries have built strong and trusting working relationships with the monument companies.

When you are ready to order a granite headstone or bronze grave marker, we come together to help you orchestrate the selection, and placement.

Please speak with one of our professional funeral directors for complete details.
8What is "direct burial"?
What is "direct burial"?
When we make arrangements for the direct burial of an individual, we are expediting their interment.

There will be no funeral, memorial service or celebration-of-life; instead, we provide the physical care of the deceased (perhaps embalming their body, but certainly dressing and casketing), and then escort the casket to the cemetery for immediate burial.
9Is direct burial right for our situation?
Is direct burial right for our situation?
This question is difficult to answer until we have the opportunity to speak with you.

Direct burial works well when there are few mourners or if your loved one's wishes were for a simple interment.

The burial is done quickly and professionally, without ceremony of any kind.

To further explore the idea, please speak with one of our professional funeral directors.
10What services do you provide when I choose direct burial?
What services do you provide when I choose direct burial?
One of our professional funeral directors will complete and file the death certificate, obtain signatures on any required permits or authorizations, help you select a cemetery, a casket and burial vault.

He or she will oversee the burial arrangements, physical care of the deceased: they will be dressed in clothes you've provided, casket the deceased, and then provide an escort to the cemetery for immediate burial.

Our professional funeral director will also witness the burial and provide you with copies of all pertinent papers for safekeeping.
11What is a graveside service?
What is a graveside service?
Rather than having a service in a church or funeral home chapel, and then adjourning to the cemetery for the burial; some families choose to gather solely at the cemetery.

There, they are led through a ceremony prepared by a clergy person or celebrant and witness the in-ground committal of their loved one's casket.

If the idea of a graveside service appeals to you, speak with one of our professional funeral directors about your options.
12What "extra" fees or charges will I need to pay?
What "extra" fees or charges will I need to pay?
Some of the things you will discuss with our funeral director involves the purchase from outside vendors for which you will be required to pay at the time of the arrangement conference.

One of the most common is the fee charged by a newspaper to print your loved one's obituary.

Other fees incurred could include clergy, musicians, floral arrangements, reception necessities, such as food/beverage and/or facility rental fees.

Our funeral director will provide you with a detailed invoice outlining all additional fees.
13When do I pay?
When do I pay?
The answer to this question largely depends upon the services, products and cemetery you have selected; but as a good rule of thumb, expect to make some form of payment (deposit), at the time the funeral service contract is signed.

One of our professional funeral directors will provide all specific details regarding payment.
14Who will write my loved one's obituary?
Who will write my loved one's obituary?
This is a decision we leave to the family, with guidance from one of our professional funeral directors.

Perhaps you would like to ask a friend or family member to prepare the obituary or perhaps you're thinking it's something you would like to do.

There is also the option of having the funeral director take on this task.

Our professional funeral directors are experienced in obituary writing, and are always willing to assist families with this particular task.
15Should we request memorial donations instead of flowers?
Should we request memorial donations instead of flowers?
This is a component usually decided on by the family and/or the final wishes of the deceased loved one.

Upon instructions from the family during the arrangement conference, our professional funeral directors will follow through with the families' choice with any on-line publications, telephone inquiries and internal stationary.