Choosing your cemetery is the first step in traditional burial plans. Cemetery selection should include an evaluation of its physical attributes from the perspective of those you will leave behind, because a cemetery is for the living.
Consider the cemetery’s beauty, appearance, and upkeep. Does it have an air of permanence suggesting good administration? Other factors to consider include interment options, lot selections, after-care services, and space to accommodate future generations. When you plan ahead you have the time to weigh your options and choose wisely.
Remember, the cemetery you choose and the lot you select are decisions that last forever. Making the proper choices in advance allows you the time necessary to consider what’s right for all involved.
- Spaces and Endowment (Perpetual Care)
- Interment and Service Fees (opening and closing grave)
- Private Estates
Since before the early Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations, mankind has embraced the concept of building a tomb to hold and honor the deceased. The word “mausoleum” itself dates back to 355 BC, meaning “the tomb of Mausolus,” king of Caria, at Halicarnassus (Turkey), known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Throughout the ages, from the Egyptian pyramids to the Taj Mahal, to America’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, many people have preferred the dignity, prestige and respect of above-ground entombment. Mausoleums provide the most complete and secure protection. Until recently, they have been available only to royalty, the rich and the famous. Now, people who can afford a traditional earth burial can afford entombment in a mausoleum.
Sylvan Abbey Mausoleum:
The practice of cremation dates back to ancient cultures, although modern cremation has little in common with the ancient practice. Today, it is the preferred means of final disposition in Japan, Western Europe and increasingly for many people in the United States and Canada. To some, cremation is a religious mandate, while others consider it a personal choice alternative to in-ground burial or entombment.
For those choosing cremation, an urn is typically selected for the permanent placement of cremated remains. Urns are available in many different styles, shapes and colors to offer the individual an effective approach to personalization.
Garden of Memories: