Types of Cemetery Property

Whether you choose in-ground burial, aboveground entombment or an option for cremation, cemetery property provides a final resting place for family and friends to visit and reflect on your legacy. Dignity Memorial® cemeteries offer a wide range of burial options, and Dignity Memorial professionals are here to help you choose the property that best suits the personal wishes, family preferences and cultural traditions of you or your loved one. They can also help you choose a memorial, such as a marker or monument.

From exclusive private family estates to individual burial plots, lawn crypts to mausoleum crypts, cremation niches to scattering gardens and more, we have cemetery properties to meet your needs.

Water feature at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home

In-ground burial options

There are many in-ground burial options, whether you choose to be buried in a casket or urn. Not all cemeteries offer all options, so if you’re interested in a particular option, be sure to ask your local Dignity Memorial provider.

  • Individual plots for in-ground casket or urn burial are available in single-depth or double-depth options, depending on the cemetery.
  • Private estates include gated estates and hedge estates for in-ground casket or urn burial. A gated estate is like a cemetery within a cemetery. Typically more than one person can be buried there, and the property is kept private with a wall or a fence and a gate. Similarly, in a hedge estate, hedgerows indicate the perimeter of the private area.
  • Lawn crypts have pre-installed outer burial containers, making them an affordable final resting place for both casket and urn burial.

Aboveground burial options

When selecting an aboveground burial space, there are many choices. Some are private and exclusive, while others are community options. They all can be personalized.

A spacious community mausoleum with a glass ceiling provides benches for guests to rest and reflect at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Community mausoleums are typically built with granite, and they are sometimes very large and stately structures. A garden mausoleum has only outdoor-facing crypts. An indoor mausoleum is a climate-controlled building that’s comfortable for visitors even in very hot or very cold weather. Depending on the mausoleum and cemetery property, options can include single spaces, side-by-side spaces and companion configurations.

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Private family walk-in mausoleum with bronze doors and stained glass and flanked by granite benches.

Private mausoleums are exclusive, custom-built, aboveground spaces usually for a prominent individual, couple or family. The person or family building the mausoleum works with a designer to customize the architecture of the structure as well as features such as bronze doors or stained-glass windows. These exclusive mausoleums can be built to hold traditional caskets, cremated remains or both.

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Columbarium at Ocean View Burial Park

A columbarium is a room or structure designed to house cremated remains. Columbaria are permanent memorials with banks of cremation niches (similar to cubbyholes, but with secure fronts). A columbarium can be large or small, private or public. Some columbaria have glass-front niches, which allow you to see the cremation urn and personal artifacts stored with it. Other columbaria have granite-front niches that can be engraved or memorialized with a plaque. Some columbaria have both.

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Cremation burial options

When funeral planning, in-ground burial of cremated remains is a popular option for those choosing cremation. Your loved one may want be buried in a lovely open lawn or in a private family estate. With any below-ground burial, you can personalize the site with a permanent memorial, such as a granite headstone, bronze plaque or granite cremation bench.

An aboveground inurnment in a columbarium is another option for cremation. Aboveground inurnment in a specially designed cremation pedestal, boulder, statue or other structure is also an option at some cemeteries. Scattering cremated remains is also a common choice.

Some cemeteries offer gardens where cremated remains can be scattered; and the names of the people memorialized there are usually listed on a wall nearby. Even when cremated remains are to be scattered at a personally meaningful location—like a family lake house, the ocean or a favorite vacation spot—some families still want a convenient and permanent place to memorialize their loved ones. They may choose to scatter a portion of the remains in a cemetery scattering garden or they may simply choose to place a memorial, such as a bench or a birdbath, in a cemetery garden as a place to remember and reflect.

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Memorials for aboveground and below-ground burials

Whether you choose an aboveground or below-ground burial, a custom-built memorial is an excellent way to personalize a tribute to your loved one in granite, stone, bronze or marble. Memorials include statuary, monuments, benches and other structures. They are typically laser-etched with names, dates, verses, mottoes and more. A custom-built memorial can be placed near the site where someone is buried or can be a permanent place for friends and family to visit and remember someone who was buried elsewhere.

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Create a lasting legacy

Your life is one of a kind. Shouldn’t your final resting place reflect your special story? Choosing cemetery property is an important step in creating a family legacy, establishing a place of remembrance for future generations and paying tribute to a special life. The Buyer’s Guide to Cemetery Property answers all of your questions about this important decision, even if you choose cremation.


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