What Are the Different Types of Burials?

Monday, May 9, 2022

Dealing with death is the definition of difficult. Nearly 3.4 million Americans passed away in 2020, roughly 1% of the population. Each person deserves respect after they pass away, but there is no one way to show respect. 

Burial is no longer a matter of digging a six-foot hole and putting a casket inside. There are a few different types of burials, and you need to know about each one.

What is the most common type of burial? What is a burial in a mausoleum like? Can the burial process be environmentally friendly, and can ashes be buried?

Answer these questions, and you can find the right burial for your loved one. Here is your quick burial guide.

In-Ground Burial

In-ground burial is what most people think of when they think of burial types. Staff members at a cemetery dig a hole in the soil, and they lower a casket or coffin containing someone's body into it. You will need to consider buying funeral clothes for the deceased, though you can put them in any clothes you want.

In-ground burial is the traditional form of burial in the United States. You can customize a burial in several ways, including burying your loved one on their private property. You can select any headstone you want to mark the grave as well.

Above-Ground Burial

Above-ground burial involves burial in a mausoleum or crypt. As with in-ground burial, a person's body is stored inside a casket.

Mausoleums are community buildings, so the remains of many different people lie inside of them. If you want more privacy and want to memorize several family members, you should opt for burial in a crypt. You can perform a funeral by the crypt just as you would by a graveside. 

Natural Burial

Natural burial can mean a few different things. You can bury your loved one in a shroud instead of a casket. This allows their body to decompose into the soil and reduces the environmental impact of the burial.

You can decline to use embalming fluid. This will also allow for a faster decomposition process. Embalming fluid can pollute soil and water, making it hard for plants to grow.

You can mark a natural grave with a headstone, but you can also lay flowers or plant a tree over the grave. You or the cemetery staff can dig the grave by hand without using heavy equipment if you have the time.


You can bury cremated remains the same way you bury whole bodies. You can place an urn with someone's remains in a grave, mausoleum, or crypt. 

You can apply for a burial at sea if your loved one was a military veteran or active-duty member. Though you can bury a whole body at sea, you can bury ashes closer to the shore.

The Most Common Types of Burials

The different types of burials may surprise you. You may be aware of in-ground burials, which involve digging holes in the earth.

However, you can opt for an above-ground burial. Your loved one can be memorialized in a mausoleum or a family crypt.

If you want to follow environmentally friendly burial tips, you should select a green burial. You can also cremate your loved one's body and bury their ashes, including at sea. 

Don't go through the burial process alone. Schumacher and Benner Funeral Home and Crematory serves the Philadelphia area. Contact us today.

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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