When it comes to laying your loved ones to rest, in-ground burial is not the only option. Above-ground burials offer an alternative that's becoming increasingly popular for various reasons. From their origins as a response to flooding concerns to their acceptance across cultures and religions, above-ground burials come with unique advantages. Here are five key insights about above-ground burials that might interest you.
Contrary to what some might believe, above-ground burials hold a tradition as rich and profound as their in-ground counterparts. This method is widely recognized and respected across most major religions and cultures. Cities like New Orleans, Louisiana, often referred to as the "Cities of the Dead," highlight the prominence of above-ground burials with their extensive use, showcasing the deep historical roots and cultural significance of this burial practice.
Opting for an above-ground burial typically involves mausoleum entombment. Mausoleums, whether for individual or companion use, stand as striking architectural structures, distinguishing them from traditional ground burials. These structures accommodate both caskets and cremated remains, providing a versatile and dignified option for memorializing loved ones. Whether you prefer a private estate or a community-style chapel, mausoleums offer a climate-controlled environment that honors and preserves the memory of those who passed.
While offering an economical choice for many, the cost of above-ground burials can vary significantly based on personal preferences, such as the choice between public or private mausoleums, the number of entombment spaces needed, and the design and size of the crypt. It's important to engage in pre-need planning with a cemetery professional to understand the options and make informed decisions that align with your wishes and budget.
4. Space Considerations
Not all cemeteries can accommodate above-ground burials, primarily due to space constraints. While mausoleum's are efficient in terms of ground space, their vertical structure requires careful planning to fit within the cemetery’s capacity. Consulting with cemetery staff about available space and options is a crucial step in the planning process.
Your Partners in Memorial Choices
If an above-ground burial aligns with your vision for memorializing a loved one, Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery is here to guide you through the process, from choosing a private mausoleum to selecting your cremation options. Located in Mobile, AL, our compassionate team is dedicated to supporting you during your time of need.
For assistance with pre-need planning, ground burial, cremation burial or selecting memorials and monuments, please reach out to us at 251-661-1333. Let us help you honor your loved one with dignity and respect.
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