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 must 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.