What Is an Interment Service Exactly?

Monday, September 18, 2023

Whether you are preparing arrangements for yourself or for a loved one, planning for a funeral or memorial is never an easy task. 

One of the central components of planning a thoughtful funeral is honoring the wishes and memorializing the deceased in a way they would appreciate. 

There are many memorial and burial options to consider in the planning process. Some families may opt for the comfort of a private interment service. 

What is an interment service? Continue reading to learn more.

What is Interment? 

Interment is the act of laying a person to rest respectfully. Individuals can be interred in a below-ground grave or an above-ground structure such as a mausoleum. 

Interment can occur in a cemetery, at sea, or private property. It is often an emotional experience for loved ones as it is a final opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased. 

Cremation and Interment 

Laying the ashes of a loved one to rest is also considered interment. Cremains can also be buried below ground, placed in an above-ground mausoleum niche, or spread in a favorite place of the deceased (ex., burial at sea). Often, families place ashes in an urn for interment. 

Not all families inter their loved one's ashes. Some may decide to keep a loved one's ashes at home. 

What is an Interment Service? 

An interment service is a ceremony in which the deceased is laid to rest. Interment services can be a part of a funeral service or can be a private affair after a funeral service concludes. 

During an interment service, families may choose to have a special prayer said or a favorite song of the deceased played. Interment services vary in length and are customizable based on the deceased or their family's wishes. 

Benefits of A Private Interment Service 

How to lay a loved one to rest is one of the most important aspects of planning final arrangements. There are key benefits to selecting a private interment service as part of your or a loved one's arrangements. A private interment service allows family and close friends to lay their loved one to rest at their final resting place in an intimate way. 

Intimacy and privacy can be a comfort during this challenging time. Losing a loved one causes many emotions and can be a challenging experience. Some families may find that private interment is more appealing as they move forward after the passing of a loved one. 

Schumacher & Benner Can Assist 

Schumacher & Benner has served families in the Pottstown, Pennsylvania community since 1905. Our experienced team of funeral directors and staff is here to assist you in planning a funeral and final arrangements. 

If you are wondering what an interment service is and how to plan a thoughtful one, we are glad to answer any questions. Our services include cremation and traditional burial. 

If you are planning final arrangements for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to contact a team member and explore our resources today. 

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