Cemetery Services

The last act of great kindness that we can perform for our family and friends is to prepare for our own passing – to make simple decisions now that will spare them from making difficult decisions in their time of grief.

Choosing a final resting place is one such decision. Made wisely, it is a choice that will not only bring peace to those who survive us but also allow us to face the future with strength and tranquility in the knowledge that our affairs are in order.

It is by honoring our departed that we affirm our values.  In the words of British statesman William Ewart Gladstone:

“Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.”

For generations, our cemeteries have provided families with many options to honor their loved one's final resting place.

BURIAL OPTIONS

Mausoleums

Mausoleums offer several advantages, including:

  • Above-ground casket entombments
  • Secure protection from both natural and manmade hazards
  • A variety of crypts and cremation urn niches to meet various needs and budgets

Once thought to be available only to the very wealthy, mausoleums have become a traditional and very affordable alternative to ground burial. Our cemeteries have a variety of mausoleums available, including Private Estates and Community Mausoleums.

History of the Mausoleum

Mausoleums have been in use since ancient times.  Some prominent examples of mausoleum burials throughout history are the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Westminster Abbey and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Probably one of the most famous mausoleums in history is India's Taj Mahal (Crown Palace), considered one of the Manmade Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan (died 1666 C.E.) in memory of his beloved wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal at Agra, India. It is an elegy in marble and has been described as an expression of a dream.

Mausoleums were built and used early in the history of our nation. However, the major surge in usage of mausoleums didn't come until the 1920's, when California cemeteries built hundreds. Since then, the building of mausoleums has spread throughout the United States and mausoleums are a common fixture in modern cemeteries.

Lawn Crypts

Lawn crypts, also known as “underground mausoleums,” are pre-installed vaults that allow for single or double-depth interment in a lawn space. Some crypts may hold multiple caskets so spouses or family members can be interred together.

Lawn crypts are affordable and feature pre-installed grass covering – they also feature an integrated drainage system, which allows for a 'dry' interment and a 'double-depth' configuration underground.

Traditional Ground Burial

Burial grounds reflect the broad spectrum of the community's history and culture. Our cemeteries reflect this history with a beautiful range of unique and dignified monuments honoring loved ones.  We have many types of gardens to select from.  The rich historical tapestry of our cemeteries depicts the values, customs and experiences of generations of years past.

Upright and flat monuments and memorials range from historic Civil War Veterans' headstones, White Bronze markers, hand chiseled stones and even standard bronze – all of these and more provide the option of personal customization to each person, depicting their place in history and the accomplishments of their lifetimes.  Please note that our cemeteries require an outer burial container as well.

CREMATION OPTIONS

Columbarium

A columbarium provides a final resting place for cremated remains.  It is similar to a mausoleum, differing only in that a columbarium is designed to house cremated remains within smaller compartments called niches.

Our cemeteries have a variety of columbarium niches available that provide beautiful and dignified options for the interment of individuals who preferred cremation to traditional burial.

History of Columbarium

The word columbarium comes from the Latin columba, which means the dwelling place of a dove. This name may have been selected because of the resemblance of the burial niches to dovecotes; the dove is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit, whose presence is associated with the resting place of the faithful departed.

Ossuary

Ossuaries date back to early Christian times when deceased human remains were placed in limestone crypts after death. The combination of climate and the dehydrating effects of limestone hastened decomposition, leaving only bones in the crypt after a relatively short time. The bones would then be removed from the crypt and placed in a large stone container or recess with the bones of many others. Once the container was full, it was permanently closed. This container, which held the bones of many people in a common grave, was called an ossuary, from the Latin word ossuarius, meaning bones. Ossuaries are still very common in Italy, France, Jerusalem and several other parts of the world.

However, the above practice is unknown in the modern United States, where ossuaries now serve as a final resting place for the group burial of cremated remains, rather than for skeletal remains as in older times.  Mound Grove Cemetery currently has an ossuary available for this exact purpose.

GROUND INURNMENT

Inurnment is the respectful and dignified placement of cremated remains into a standard ground space.  Ground inurnment is available at all of our cemeteries.  Just as for non-cremations, our cemeteries require an outer burial container.