How to Choose a Cemetery Plot

Monday, July 10, 2023

Planning a funeral usually takes around four weeks, and picking a cemetery plot is a pretty big part of that process. Your loved ones deserve a beautiful place to rest, but it should also be close enough for the family to pay their respects whenever they want. Ticking all these boxes can be a real challenge.

Because the perfect burial plot is a rare find, you may have to compromise on appearance or practicality when choosing one. If you want to be sure you're making the deceased proud with your choice, keep scrolling for the most important things to consider.

Public vs Private Burial Plot

Public plots are the more affordable option. They offer available cemetery plots to anyone who wishes to be buried in that location. Because they're so common, you'll have greater access to your loved one's final resting place.

The only downside is that there's less solitude. Private cemeteries have the advantage of offering more seclusion.

While private burial plots are more intimate, they're usually only available to a specific group. If your family isn't part of the chosen club, you won't be able to use their services. You can consult the owners of the cemetery to see if they're willing to make an exception.

Plot Location

If you plan to visit the cemetery, make sure it's in a place where other families will feel comfortable. The cemetery location should be inviting enough for relatives to spend time reminiscing with the deceased. Some people honor deceased loved ones by having conversations, so the plot should be in a place where they can speak without disturbing others.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Cemeteries are responsible for maintaining their grounds, so you should find out about the maintenance schedule and what it entails. For example, some cemeteries provide fresh flowers for burial sites. If this is important to you, look for a cemetery that has such a program.

Plot Type

The first step in choosing a cemetery plot is to determine which type of burial you want.

Single plots are where one person is buried. It's the most common way families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Some households chose another path: companion plots. People are buried side by side or in the same area as their loved ones. Spouses are usually laid to rest in this manner.

Other options include a mausoleum burial. A mausoleum is a building that houses multiple burial spaces. You can opt for an above-ground mausoleum or a below-ground mausoleum.

Find a Cemetery Plot That’s Right for You and Your Family

The perfect cemetery plot is out there, so don't lose hope. You can make your search a little easier with Schumacher and Benner. As a funeral home, it's our priority to offer comfort and direction through these times.

Contact us if you have any questions about the funeral planning process.

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