When you are in the process of creating your final arrangements for your funeral, you will likely face a lot of questions about cemeteries. Check out some of the most common myths about these burial grounds so you have a better understanding.
Myth: Cemeteries require that you buy a headstone.
Some cemeteries may require that you buy a headstone, but many of them will not require that at all. You can choose to leave the grave unmarked if that is what you prefer to do. Typically, when someone passes away and is buried in a cemetery without a headstone, the funeral home will place a temporary marker at the spot.
Myth: You can't be buried in a cemetery if you are cremated.
You can still choose to be buried in a cemetery even if you are cremated. You will typically have to buy a full burial plot, just like you would if you were choosing a traditional burial in a casket or coffin. However, some modern cemeteries have what is referred to as urn gardens, which are specifically designed for the burial of cremains. The small plots of land are much smaller and not as expensive as an actual grave plot, but you can still mark the land with a small stone.
Myth: There is no difference between a cemetery and a graveyard.
Even though these two terms are often used interchangeably, there is actually a difference between the two. Graveyards are typically a "yard" that is attached to a church or a place of worship. Hence, the place of worship would have a certain yard that held the graves of the deceased. On the other hand, a cemetery is a place of burial that is not physically connected to church property; it is a standalone place not owned by a religious entity.
Myth: You own the burial plot when you pay for it.
While you may get a document showing that a burial plot is yours, this is not to say that you actually own the land and can do with it as you choose. Instead, what you have purchased is the right to use that particular plot of land indefinitely. Even if the ground where the cemetery is located is sold, your right to use that part of the land remains. Therefore, even though you do not technically own the plot, you will always have a right to be buried there.Share
22 July 2020
Unfortunately, death is an inevitable part of life. Everyone knows this, but the knowledge does not make it easier to handle the passing of a loved one. A good funeral home understands what you are going through and takes steps to make this challenging time easier on you and your family members. From leading a memorial service to hosting a viewing, funeral homes can help you say goodbye with grace. If you would like to learn more about funeral homes and the services they offer, check out the articles on this website. We think you will find them informative and helpful in the most caring of ways.