Understanding Different Burial Options

Whether you are pre-planning your own burial or choosing the right burial for a lost loved one, you may be surprised to learn about how many different options there are. The cemetery you choose can explain the options to you and help you make the right decision for your family’s needs. This look at some of the most common burial options will also help you make a choice.  

In-Ground Burial 

In-ground burial in a grave or lawn crypt is what most people envision when they think of burial. The deceased is buried in casket in a private interment space in a cemetery. A gravestone marks the place of the burial. This traditional option is popular for people who want the option for outdoor visitations and who want to have a gravestone marker at which to leave flowers and other mementos. Often, families choose to purchase interment rights in multiple interment spaces grouped together to allow their final resting places to be adjacent or close to each other. 

Above-Ground Burials 

Above-ground burials are done in mausoleum crypts. Mausoleums are buildings with single or double entombment spaces, in either indoor Sanctuaries or outdoor “Garden Crypts.”  The burial place of each person may be noted on the outside of his or her space with a crypt plate. Mausoleums have the advantage of paved access and durability, with fewer maintenance needs.  

Cremation with Burial 

Choosing cremation does not necessarily mean forgoing burial. After cremation, it is possible to choose in-ground or above-ground burial in a traditional grave, crypt, or niche. Your cemetery representative can help you decide on the type of placement after cremation that best suits your needs and your budget.  

At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of interment options so that you can choose the right fit for your family. Our cemetery in the Los Angeles area also offers the option of burial pre-planning. Learn more by calling (310) 412-6500. 


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