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Do You Need a Burial Vault?

Many bereaved choose to bury their loved one’s remains in cemeteries in Charlotte, NC. However, many of these families are unaware that they might be required to purchase a burial vault for said burial.

Burial vaults are outside containers that hold a coffin or casket for burying full body in the ground. Their primary function is to protect the casket, and to help maintain the gravesite’s integrity so the surface doesn’t sink in. Most active cemeteries do require burial vaults to keep the cemetery ground intact and safe. However, this requirement is not the law in most states. The majority of states to not have laws requiring burial vault containers for buried cremation urns, rather, it’s only the cemeteries that have the requirement. Though, according to North Carolina state law, graves using a non-permeable container, like a vault, must be buried at least 24” below the surface. Meaning, if the container is 12 inches high, then the hole is 36” inches deep. Some cemeteries allow a cremation urn to be buried in an existing grave and allow the urn to be place on top of a previously buried vault. Some families prefer this, as it allows them to place loved ones together even in death.

Burial Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be buried in a vault?

To keep the ground above the casket from sinking in, a burial vault is used to line the grave before placing the casket or coffin in it. To lessen the amount of upkeep required to maintain the ground level, cemeteries mainly focus on vaults and grave liners.

Why are vaults required for burials?

It shields the casket from the earth’s weight and heavy maintenance equipment that will pass over it. It also prevents the ground from settling, which helps to resist water and protects the beauty of the cemetery or memorial garden.

What is a proper burial?

A person’s remains or body is believed to have been given a respectable or proper burial in biblical and scriptural terms if they were appropriately covered or wrapped in a fine material, such as fine linen shrouds, or placed in a casket and buried in a grave.

What is a burial funeral?

Following the main funeral service, a burial service is frequently given when the coffin is lowered into the ground. Depending on religious beliefs, grieving are frequently requested to attend the burial, which may include brief readings and prayers.

How do Burial Funerals work?

A simple service is frequently given at the graveyard when a person is buried. This service may be confined to direct family members or it may be open to everyone who witnessed the funeral. More prayers or readings may be recited by the funeral officiant before the remains is laid to rest.

Is a burial the same as a funeral?

The primary distinction between a Funeral and a Burial is that a Funeral is a memorial service for a deceased person, but a Burial is a ritual act of burying a deceased person. A funeral is a ritual that takes place in conjunction with a burial, cremation, or other kind of cremation.

Which is better cremation or burial?

If a person gets cremated, it is burnt, leaving just ashes behind. The body is preserved when it is buried. Following a regular funeral service or before a memorial service, both cremation and burial can take place right after death. Cremation is the more cost-effective option of the two.

Cemeteries can choose to require burial vaults for both caskets and urns to preserve the safety and beauty of their cemetery grounds, and to make sure their maintenance equipment is protected. Vaults offer more protection to the ground because as caskets and urns naturally break down and decompose over time, the earth on top of them settles and sinks. Although buried cremation urns cause this settling on a much smaller scale than caskets, most cemeteries do still require burial vaults for urns.

Burial vaults for both urns and caskets are made of durable materials that do not decompose, like metal, concrete or plastic. You can even find solid metal burial vaults. Like most things in life, the quality of the burial vault you choose mostly depends on the price. You can find basic, affordable burial vaults on websites like Amazon for less than $200, but the price only goes up for thicker, heavier, higher quality containers. If you want an ornate, decorated burial vault, you need to be prepared to shell out some serious cash.

If you desire a cemetery burial for your loved one but don’t have a big budget, you can save money by choosing a simpler urn and less ornate burial vault. As both will be buried, they don’t have to be ornate. If you desire, you can also buy a decorative urn to memorialize the deceased above ground.

cemeteries in Charlotte, NC

Do you have more questions on burial, burial vaults, and Charlotte, NC cemeteries? Gethsemane Cemetery and Memorial Garden is here to help. Please visit us or give us a call. We would love to help you learn more about burying cremated remains, as it is a great way for families to enjoy the flexibility and affordability of cremation while still creating a permanent resting place in a traditional cemetery.