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Cemetery plots, vaults confuse many when it comes down to it

February 26, 2011

Finding a final resting place can be a challenge and, even though there are not many laws covering rules of burials, each cemetery may have different rules. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home President and Funeral Director Jeffery Barb said people should pre-plan for their burial site.

"They should want to make it as convenient for the children and grandchildren as possible," Barb said. "I think everybody should have a place to go."

Barb said cemeteries have different requirements and it is important for people to ask questions and learn all the details possible.

"A vault is a requirement at cemeteries," Barb said. "There is only one that I know of that does not require a vault. Cemetery owners make that decision."

Barb suggests people look for a quiet cemetery where family members can pay their respects. He said people should preplan for their funeral because it can help family members with the grieving process.

"Cemeteries are a sacred place," Barb said. "Preplanning is a compassionate thing to do for the family," Barb said. "I am dealing with baby boomers right now and they have a lot of requests."

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In brief

Some cemeteries require vaults for plots, and that could be an extra cost.

Calling a cemetery can clear up most questions.

Different cemeteries have different regulations and rules.

Barb said funeral directors will help people deal with cemeteries and help with questions.

"We can help with calling cemeteries and ask about spacing and even help pick out the space," Barb said. "People should check with each cemetery to check the rules."

According to Barb, some cemeteries only allow monuments that set flush to the earth. People should also make sure there is easy access to the grave site for family members.



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