If a family does not own a grave or plot in a local or out of town cemetery, they must purchase one for at least their immediate needs. When planning in advance or for immediate need, the family should always consider the future, and make plans for the purchase of a plot that will accommodate more than one burial. With all there is to consider, it may be a difficult decision to choose a cemetery for burial of yourself or a member of your family. Obviously, the decision may be made best when it is well in advance of need. This will allow the parties involved more time to look at all the options and make a choice, rather than making a hasty or stressful decision after a death has occurred. A decision should be made weighing religious affiliation, locality, cost, space availability and cemetery settings. Thought should be given to future needs for burial, as well as plans for relocating to a different part of the country. If you plan on visiting the cemetery after a death in the family, you may wish to choose a cemetery that isn't too far from your home.
In our service area, there are both sectarian and non-sectarian cemeteries. There are large and small cemeteries, rural and inner city, and some that are open only to residents of a specifics section of a town. Some have no remaining new graves for purchase, while others have plenty of open space. Some cemeteries have restrictions on the type of monuments allowed, either in the entire cemetery or according to the section you choose. In most states there is a least one cemetery for the burial of veterans and their spouses. Cemeteries can contain regular graves (for caskets), some have graves that can be two caskets deep, and most all cemeteries can accommodate the purchase of a multiple grave, family plot. Cemeteries can also contain free standing private mausoleums (above ground), and some have large public mausoleums containing multiple crypts. Cemeteries can have sections for earthen burial of cremated remains (cremains) and a few have niches in public mausoleums for the interment of cremains.
Though it is not a law in Connecticut, the cemeteries in this area require an "Outer Burial Container", which is placed in the grave, to prevent settlement of the earth. The casket is placed inside this container, a lid is placed on top and the grave is closed (filled in). The construction of these containers vary, but they are usually made of reinforced concrete and lined with different materials to make them a sealed unit protecting the casket.
During the week, most cemeteries are open for reasonable business hours. There may be extra charges for Saturday burials, and most cemeteries do not make burials on Sundays or holidays.
For several reasons, some cemeteries in this area close for all burials during the winter. If the cemetery were to be closed, the casketed body would be placed in a winter receiving vault to await the opening of the cemetery for burials. At that time, usually in the spring, final committal services may be held.
At local cemeteries, a single grave may cost between $900.00 and $1800.00. After the grave is purchased and when a death occurs, the grave must be opened (dug) for burial, and an additional charge will apply. Cost for opening a grave in our area ranges from $900.00 to $1500.00 and is usually made an item on the funeral bill.