Types of Funerals: Burial and Entombment

Ground burial is one of the oldest and most used method of disposition for human remains in the United States and many other places.  Most commonly, the deceased is made to look as life-like as possible, placed in a casket for visitation by friends and family members.  Usually a funeral service takes place, then the casket is placed in the ground for burial.  In many instances, the casket is placed into an outside container, such as a burial vault, which protects the casket from soil and water, and keeps the grave from "sinking".  Sinking is the settling of the soil, which can cause damage to a casket not in an outside container, and also cause extensive cemetery maintenance.


Most people choose cemeteries that are convenient for their families to visit.  Some people choose a cemetery where other family members are buried.  In our region, many families have their own private cemeteries, which are held very dear to them.  Headstones made of granite, marble, and bronze, mark the location of the grave, and helps keep the memory of the deceased to live on for generations.  


Visiting the grave of a loved one can help many people to cope with their grief or pay their respects. Decorations such as floral arrangements, pictures, stuffed animals, and other personal items, can be placed on the grave, which helps people to feel connected to their departed loved one.


When all things are considered, a traditional funeral with ground burial gives a family more options, and is considered by many to provide comfort and therapy for surviving family members.  Usually, the costs of this type of arrangement is more expensive than some of the other choices.