Factors To Consider When Choosing a Loved One's Burial Place

Monday, July 26, 2021

Choosing the final resting place of your loved ones is a decision that requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You should ensure that you respect their wishes as well as choosing a beautiful and peaceful burial place for them. 

The place you choose should be significant to both you and your loved one. It should be a place where you can be reminded of your love for them and your connection to them. 

This decision-making process can be overwhelming. Often, when choosing a burial place, most people don't know where to start. In order to help, we've put together a list. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing a loved one's burial place.

Burial Preferences 

First of all, it's important to take into account your loved one's burial preferences, if you know of any. They may have requested certain details in their will or may even have mentioned things to you personally. Whether they preferred to be buried traditionally or cremated may make a difference in their final resting place. 

If you're unsure, think about what they liked and what you knew about them. Consider making their burial place somewhere they loved to visit or somewhere close to their home. 

You could also consider burying your loved ones or family members together if you know of a place where other loved ones are buried. This could be a good way to establish a relational connection to the burial place.

Religious or Military History

There are multiple different types of cemeteries, among them religious cemeteries and veteran cemeteries. You may want to bury your loved one in either of these if it applies. 

If your loved one was religious, it may be a good idea to choose a burial place with the same religious affiliations. This could help to honor their memory and their beliefs in life. 

If your loved one was a U.S. veteran or a spouse or dependent of a veteran, it's a possibility that they could be buried in a Veteran's Affairs national cemetery. This is a good choice not only because it pays respect to your loved one's time in service, but it may also come with benefits and forms of compensation. 

Proximity to Loved Ones

If you and others want to pay your respects often, you should take into account the proximity of the burial ground from where you live. Choosing somewhere that is easy to access and central to you and your other loved ones' homes will make it simpler to visit. 

Minimizing the distance between you and your loved one's final resting place may also help you feel more connected to them. However, this only applies if you and your other loved ones live close together. 

Cost of Burial Place

This factor likely goes without saying, but it's an important one to consider. While you want to honor and respect your loved one in the best way possible, you should make sure you can afford to do so.

There are often multiple costs that you should be aware of, including the cost of the burial place, the burial process, and cemetery maintenance. Each cemetery is different, so look into the prices of each one you're considering. 

Cemetery Restrictions 

You should also look into any restrictions that a cemetery might have before deciding on a burial place. These may impact your final decision. 

Look to see if the cemetery you're considering has good visiting hours for your schedule or if they allow photography, decorations, or flowers. Decide whether or not these are important factors for you. 

Learn More About Funeral Planning

Selecting a burial place for your loved one can be a difficult process. We hope this list has helped to clarify your thoughts when considering burial options. 

Take a look at our services to get more help with funeral and burial preparations. 

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more.  

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