Even though we’re seeing other burial methods rise in popularity, traditional ones are still commonplace. That’s why finding the right burial plot means a lot to the majority of Americans. For those who want to be laid to rest next to their family, a traditional burial is the way to go. Here are four factors to consider when you’re in the process of buying a burial plot.
Selecting the Right Location
Location is the primary factor for most people when they’re looking for a burial plot for themselves or their loved ones. What is the most scenic location available? How close can I be buried to my loved ones? What plot falls within my budget? Did my family reserve a plot for adjacent burials so that I can be laid to rest with them? Do I want to be buried next to people or would I rather be secluded? How easy will it be for family members to find my plot when they visit in the future? Keep all these questions in mind if you are seriously considering buying a traditional burial plot in a cemetery.
Choosing the Burial Monument or Marker
A monument is regarded as the most important aspect of a grave since it’s visible. Most people want their monument to be prominent and elegant, conveying a message of peace and tranquility when people view it. Tombstones are usually grey or white and your name can be engraved on them elegantly. They can be customized according to color, size, shape, engraving and several other ways to make sure that you or your loved one are remembered just the way you want.
Some cemeteries have memorial parks where you’ll see bronze markers in place of tombstones. These show the same information that you’d see on a standard tombstone, but they are placed flat on the ground. Since they’re made of bronze, they can weather time better than other material.
Deciding a Budget
Cost is often important when choosing a burial plot in a cemetery. It can vary depending on what state you’re in and a few other factors. There are several websites that you can review to get a ballpark estimate of what it would cost to get a burial plot in your preferred location. However, remember that these are only average prices and the plot you eventually decide to buy might be more or less expensive.
Choosing A Side-By-Side, Single, Or Double-Depth Plot
Just like location is important, you also want to decide if you or a loved one prefer to be buried next to each other, alone, or in the same plot as friends or family members. Side by side plots have to be acquired beforehand, so make sure you plan accordingly. Single plots, however, can be located anywhere in the cemetery where there’s availability. As is the case with side by side plots, a double depth plot also has to be planned and bought ahead of time.
Hopefully these four aspects have helped you be better prepared to choose the right burial plot for yourself or a loved one.