No matter how rich and fulfilling a life is, sooner or laterit will inevitably come to an end. Death is a reality inthe cycle of life and whether it is for yourself or a loved,choosing a cemetery is a reality, too.On the surface, choosing cemeteries may seem prettysimple and straightforward, but there are manydifferent elements to consider before making a finaldecision.As you read through the following points, you willdiscover which considerations are most important toyou.
Planning AheadIf you’re able, planning ahead and choosing a cemeteryfor yourself while you’re still healthy is a viable option.Preplanning takes the responsibility off your loved one’sshoulders and will avoid higher prices when that dayfinally does arrive. Consider things like:• Your executor• Budget• Type of casket, urn or mausoleum• How you want to be memorialized
Cemetery LocationThe location of the cemetery is always an importantthing to consider, for yourself or a loved one. Whenconsidering the location of cemeteries, consider theperson’s personality, proximity to living familymembers and the overall look and feel of the grounds.Some people might have a favorite town or city, somemight like to be buried where they grew up, and somemight just want to make it easier for family to visit.Take every aspect into consideration before choosingthe location.
Type of CemeteryThe type of cemetery is another important considerationwhen making a final decision. There are generally fourtypes of cemeteries, including:• Public cemeteries• District or municipal cemeteries• Religious cemeteries• National or veteran’s cemeteriesSometimes, the choice will be made for you due toreligion or budget, but other times you will have tochoose.
The Cemetery RegulationsSometimes, the cemetery rules and regulations goagainst a person’s wishes and this aspect can become anissue. Some cemeteries have regulations regarding:• Religious requirements• Type or size of headstone or marker• Decorations placed on graves• Personal memorials or messages• Flower arrangements or in-ground plants
Aesthetics & UpkeepNot all cemeteries are created equal when it comes tooverall aesthetics and upkeep. Look for things like:• General maintenance of grounds and graves• Landscaping• Benches for visitors• Freshness of flowers at grave sitesIt’s nice to know that your loved one or you will beresting in a place that is well kept and respected by thecemetery and its employees.
SecurityThe security element isn’t one that too many peoplethink about when choosing cemeteries, but it is nice toknow that family members visiting will feel safe and thatgrave markers won’t be vandalized.Ask about the security when you first approach thecemetery, so you can feel confident have peace of mindthat it is taken seriously.
CostNaturally, the cost of the cemetery plot and burial willcome into play at some point. You may be able to savesome money by choosing a plot a little ‘out of the way.’Also, watch for hidden fees like:•Grave opening and closing fees•Set up fees•Graveside service fees• Maintenance fees