Ground burial remains the most common form of memorialization. In this case, a casket is placed inside a concrete container called a burial vault that is placed in the ground. Those who prefer a ground burial have a variety of choices including where the gravesite is located within our cemeteries and what type of monument you wish to have. One popular choice is the family lot that includes four or more individual gravesites to be occupied by immediate family members. This option allows for the installation of an upright family marker, as well as individual grave markers that are set flush to the ground. Individual graves and companion graves are also available throughout the grounds of our properties.
For many, keeping it simple is a way of life, so the desire for more basic choices has inspired a renewed appreciation for natural burial. In keeping with this philosophy, natural, or green burial is offered at our newest cemetery, The Preserve at All Saints. A natural burial disallows the use of certain embalming chemicals, cement burial vaults and metal caskets in favor of simple wood or wicker caskets, or shrouds that permit the natural cycle of life to occur. Furthermore, The Preserve is a cemetery where the grounds themselves are preserved in a more natural state—that is, pavement and landscaping typical of traditional cemeteries are excluded. Here the land is treated with great respect that both a nature preserve and a cemetery deserve.
As cremation has become a common practice, we have developed a number of options for dignified interment that are in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Church. It should be noted that cremation is not an alternative to interment in a cemetery since cremation is not the final disposition of the body. Cremains can be interred in a gravesite or in a niche in one of our mausoleums or columbaria. In either case, the cremains are placed inside an urn of the family’s choosing before interment in the grave or niche. One of our Family Counselors can show you examples of popular urns.
Mausoleums offer an elegant alternative to ground burial. Numerous options are available to accommodate different family preferences, from granite-encased outdoor columbaria to indoor, climate-controlled mausoleums. Polished marble or granite seals each crypt and dignified decorative options are available such as photoceramics and flower vases. Niche fronts can be marble or granite, or in some case glass that is engraved. Because mausoleum crypt and niche spaces are above ground, no burial vault is required. The cost for crypt and niche spaces is based on the individual building and the location within. Our mausoleums are open daily and you are invited to experience first hand the grace and reverence this options provides.
Private Family Estates
Family estates are small, private mausoleums designed and built exclusively for the use of an individual family. They can contain from 1 to 24 crypts, and, most importantly, they are entirely private—accessible only to the family or those granted access by the family. As an elegant alternative to a family mausoleum, you may elect to build a sarcophagus. These are above ground, granite coffins set on a stone base that are designed for either individuals or couples.
Building a private estate mausoleum provides you with maximum flexibility and endless options to create a refined and personalized memorial. They can be built exactly as you wish, from the selection of granite to the ironwork, stained glass or other distinctive finishes that are important to you. An estate mausoleum ensures that your family’s community standing will be remembered and respected for many, many generations to come.