A burial service is a formality that involves two parts. It consists of a visitation where friends, family, and loved ones can come to view the body and wish the departed a solemn farewell.  The following ceremony is a funeral service, which can take place in a church, funeral home, or anywhere the family wishes. 

During both of these services, the family has the option to decide whether they wish to have the casket open or closed. This action is entirely up to the family and based on their personal or religious reasonings.

Similarly, it is also up to the family on where or how they wish to memorialize the remains. Individuals have the option to entomb the body in a crypt inside a mausoleum, which is an above-ground burial, or they can bury the remains in the earth. As a part of this decision, families must also choose the type of casket they wish to have, and they must also address whether or not they would like embalming as a means of preserving the body and preparing it for later services.

Types of Cemeteries

A cemetery is a place in which the remains of deceased persons are laid to rest. There are various types of resting places.  

A common choice is a monumental cemetery where inscribed headstones are erected. Lawn cemeteries are quite similar but are much more straightforward. Instead, they are solely marked by plagues, which are placed at the head of the grave.

Mausoleums and columbarium are also reserves for remains. However, mausoleums are free-standing burial chambers or buildings explicitly constructed for the deceased. A columbarium is the opposite, and it is, in fact, a wall where individuals can preserve cremated remains of their loved ones.

Natural cemeteries do not consist of any monuments or headstones. Instead, the deceased is commemorated by a tree or a rock. This form of interment is ideal for individuals seeking environmentally friendly options.