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Frequently Asked Questions
Must I buy a burial vault?
At Sierra Memorial Gardens, all developed sections have had vaults pre set in each space, making the vault part of the overall purchase of your cemetery property and merchandise.
What options are available aside from ground burial?
Aside from ground burial, Sierra Memorial offers interment in lawn crypts, entombment in mausoleums and numerous choices for those who have selected cremation, including placement of cremated remains in a mausoleum niche or interment in a grave space or bench estate.
What is entombment?
Entombment is the interment of human remains in a tomb or mausoleum. It involves placing a casket or cremation urn in a crypt or niche (individual compartment within a mausoleum or columbarium), which then is sealed.
What is a mausoleum?
A community mausoleum simply is a large building designed to provide aboveground entombment for a large number of people. Sharing the costs of the mausoleum with other people makes it more affordable than a private mausoleum. Crypts are designed to hold casketed remains. Following a casket entombment, the crypt is sealed, and a granite or marble front is attached. Niches accommodate urns containing cremated remains. Following an urn entombment, a niche front of granite, marble, bronze, wood or glass is attached.
What are the advantages of a mausoleum burial?
Mausoleum crypts are both clean and dry. They offer a viable alternative for those who simply have an aversion to being interred in the ground. With a growing shortage of available land for cemetery use, mausoleums also allow for a maximum number of entombments in a minimum amount of space.
I want cremation, but my spouse does not. Can we be buried together?
Yes. Many couples have different preferences regarding final arrangements, just as they may about other choices in life.
What is Endowment Care?
A portion of the purchase price of the grave is contributed to an endowment care fund. Income from that fund is used to provide regular care and maintenance at the cemetery.
What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retarding the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.
Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?
No, embalming is not required for burial. It is your choice. Choosing not to embalm may depend on such factors as whether the family selects a service with a public viewing of the body, wants to enhance the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing, intends to have the body transported by air or rail, or chooses to extend the length of time prior to burial or cremation.
When I buy a grave space, do I receive a deed like when I buy other types of real estate?
When you buy a grave space you actually are buying THE RIGHT TO DESIGNATE WHO MAY BE INTERRED IN THE SPACE, rather than buying the grave space itself. The space remains the property and responsibility of the cemetery. A deed to this right is issued to the purchaser.
Is cemetery property tax deductible?
No, the purchase of a grave is not tax-deductible, although the charitable donation of unwanted grave spaces may be deductible as an "in kind" charitable contribution. Check with a knowledgeable tax adviser for details. Even without a tax break, a grave purchase today avoids rising costs in the future.
Isn't burial space becoming scarce?
While it is true some metropolitan areas have limited available cemetery space, most areas of the country have enough space set aside for the next 50 years without creating new cemeteries. In addition, land available for new cemeteries is more than adequate, especially with the increase in entombment and multi-level grave burial.
What happens when a cemetery runs out of land?
When a cemetery runs out of land, it continues to operate and serve the community. Because more and more individuals and families are buying their graves in advance, graves that have been sold will be opened when a death occurs, markers will be placed and other services will be provided. Most states have laws that require funds to be set aside from each sale for the long-term care and maintenance of the cemetery. The amount to be set aside varies from state to state. Florida requires 10 percent of the grave purchase price to be placed into an endowment care fund. Evergreen makes the full 10 percent contribution each year. Evergreen Cemetery has the largest endowment care fund of any cemetery in Florida and has the space to accommodate burials for another century.
If I choose a plot now, what assurances do I have that I actually will get that specific space when I die?
Cemeteries are required to keep accurate records describing the ownership of “Interment Rights,” or the right to use a space. These include numbering systems that ensure no space is assigned to more than one owner, except as specified by the purchaser.
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