Things to Consider When Choosing a Cemetery

July 29th, 2022

The funeral process is never easy to endure, and the last thing you want is to make it more difficult than it has to be. When deciding where to be buried or where to lay a family member, knowing some of the right questions to ask when buying a cemetery plot can impact the well-being of you and your loved ones. Consider some of these factors when it’s time to decide where to be buried and help fulfill the wishes of the ones you love.

The Type of Cemeteries

One of the most important questions to ask when buying a cemetery plot is the type of cemetery to be laid in. Some common burial options include public options, religious locations, and burial plots for veterans and other occupations. Depending on the individual being buried and the comfort levels of your family, your burial location may change, and it’s important to at least narrow your search down to one of these areas.

Public

Public burials are usually available to anyone and are much more lenient with things like headstone restrictions. Public cemeteries follow local laws and are also in many different locations, providing you and your family with plenty of options to choose from.

Religious

Religious cemeteries are good locations for those with spiritual preferences. Depending on your religion, you might have to expand your search for a final resting spot. Some religious sites are confined to specific locations, so it’s good to have a few options in mind.

Veteran

Veteran-based cemeteries are government-funded and meant to offer a location for those who served in the military. Some of these locations also provide services for loved ones of veterans, such as children, spouses, and parents and guardians.

District

Funeral costs can be expensive, so one of the questions to ask when buying a cemetery plot is how much you and your family can afford. District cemeteries are funded by the government and meant for those who suffer from a lack of resources to afford a proper ground burial. 

The Location of Your Cemetery

Another question to ask when buying a cemetery plot is what locations are convenient for you or the attendees. Depending on who is being buried, you might want to consider a site without many rules and regulations or one with a series of plots located near other family members previously buried. If your other attendees are located in another state, you might find it more convenient to choose a location further away or near an airport or hotel.

The Costs of Your Service

Money is probably the last thing on your mind when thinking about the burial process, but it’s important to know how much your service will cost. The cost of cremation in PA will differ from the cost in California or Texas, and that doesn’t even include the additional fees you might incur from different locations. Regardless of how wealthy you are, the burial process can be expensive, and it’s not worth wasting your money and dealing with the stress you might be dealing with.

The Rules of the Cemetery 

Some cemeteries have rules about what type of headstones you can use, and others follow different state and local laws that might run additional costs. Some state laws require outer burial vaults or grave liners to ensure that the ground around the site doesn’t cave in. Plot costs might increase depending on some of these factors.

Planning Funerals Will Always Be Difficult, but McCafferty Funeral Home Can Make It Easier 

At McCafferty Funeral Home, we know the difficulties of burials, and we know you’ll have a ton of questions to ask when buying a cemetery plot. From funeral directors to assistants, we all take pride in providing a safe and comfortable environment for you and your family and answering all the questions you may have about buying a cemetery plot. Reach out to us today for assistance with funeral planning in Philadelphia, PA, and we’ll help you get through this difficult time together. 


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