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A burial is a traditional method of honoring the body after death, involving either burying the body in the earth in a cemetery, on your private property, or a mausoleum. When a body is buried in the ground, it is traditionally laid out in a casket or in a burial shroud, and placed in a plot in the earth while loved ones watch and mourn. The plot is then covered, and marked with a headstone or commemorative plate. When the body is entombed in a crypt or mausoleum, it is laid out in a casket, which is then placed in a large niche in the wall, usually reserved for that specific person, and then sealed.

If you have decided to bury the body of your loved on private land here in Ohio, you should check with the county or town clerk for any local zoning laws that much be followed before doing so. There should be a map of the property conducted to locate the grave and then be filed with the property deed. This is to ensure that in the future if your property goes up for sale it is made clear to potential and interested buyers.


The family of the deceased has many different options to personalize a burial and the service of their loved one. Typically, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship where a casket will be present and decided upon whether to be open or closed.

Family or religious traditions are often a factor for choosing burial and the type of service you will arrange.  Decisions also need to be made on whether the body will be embalmed, the kind of casket that will be used, and what cemetery and gravestone will be selected.  

Some defining features of burial 


  • The body of the deceased person remains intact
  • The body can be buried at a variety of times depending on the family’s wishes. This can include before a memorial service, after a funeral, or at a time when the family can all be together to mourn.
  • Burial generally costs more due to costs associated with the casket, burial plots or spaces in the crypt or mausoleum, as well as the cost of a headstone or memorial plate

Frequently Asked questions about burials

What is opening and closing and why is it so expensive?

Opening and closing fees can include up to and beyond 50 separate services provided by the cemetery.  Typically, the opening and closing fee include administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be required, entering the interment particulars in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space); installation and removal of the lowering device; placement and removal of artificial grass dressing and coco-matting at the grave site, leveling, tamping, re-grading and sodding the grave site and leveling and re-sodding the grave if the earth settles. 

Can we dig our own grave to avoid the charge for opening and closing?

The actual opening and closing of the grave is just one component of the opening and closing fee.  Due to safety issues, which arise around the use of machinery on cemetery property and the protection of other grave sites, the actual opening and closing of the grave is conducted by cemetery grounds personnel only.

Why is having a place to visit so important?

To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs.  A permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and memorializing the deceased.  Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture.  Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping them bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin.  Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.

What happens when a cemetery runs out of land?

When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and serve the community.  Most cemeteries have crematoriums, and some historic cemeteries even offer guided tours.

In a hundred years, will this cemetery still be there?

We think of cemetery lands as being in perpetuity.  There are cemeteries throughout the world that have been in existence for hundreds of years.

How soon after or how long after a death must an individual be buried?

There is no law that states a specific time from for burial.  Considerations that will affect timeline include the need to secure all permits and authorizations, notification of family and friends, preparation of cemetery site and religious considerations.  Public heath laws may have limitations on the maximum length of time allowed to pass prior to final disposition.  Contact us for more details.

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?

No.  Embalming is a choice which depends on factors like if there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an extended time between death and internment.  Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail.

What options are available besides ground burial?

Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer interment in lawn crypts or entombment in mausoleums.  In addition, most cemeteries provide choices for those who have selected cremation.  These often include placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an urn space. 

What are burial vaults and grave liners?

These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed.  Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket and may be made of a variety or combination of materials including concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass.  A grave liner is a lightweight version of a vault which simply keeps the grave surface from sinking in.

Must I purchase a burial vault?

Most large, active cemeteries have regulations that require the use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes.  Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.  Some smaller rural or churchyard cemeteries do not require use of a container to surround the casket in the grave.

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