Most people are very aware and familiar with ground burials that involve caskets. But did you know that you can also bury cremated remains in an urn? While some people choose cremation to have their ashes scattered, many people may still wish to have a ground burial with their cremation. Today we are going to look at how families can bury their loved one’s cremated remains in cemeteries in Bellevue, WA.
How are the Remains Buried?
Although the laws that govern how the urns need to be buried can differ depending on the state, city, or even individual cemetery, the general rule is that the urn needs to be buried at least 3 feet deep.
When burying your urn it is always best to check with your local cemetery for their rules and policies about this act. Make sure you feel comfortable with their process and that you feel the urn is buried deep enough as well as enough earth on top of the urn to keep it secure.
When the urn is buried, often times it will first be placed into a burial vault. These vaults are just like those that are used for casket burials except smaller to accommodate the size of the urn. These vaults are used by most cemeteries and help keep the ground from collapsing or becoming uneven and the as urn decomposes. Most all urns made from wood, glass, metal, and ceramic would require a burial vault.
If families wish to have more of a green burial, they can choose an urn made from other materials such as paper, natural woods, bamboo, and more. These urns are made to decompose much quicker with some being completely dissolved with days such as the paper urns.
Why Bury Cremated Remains?
Families may choose to bury their loved one’s cremated remains for several reasons. One common one is for religious purposes. While many religions now accept a cremation as a form of body disposition, they do prefer for the ashes to be kept together and buried in a consecrated cemetery.
Other families may be drawn to burying their loved one’s ashes so that they have a physical location they can visit when they want to feel close to their loved ones. Having an actual grave site also provides the family to have a headstone designed which many families desire.
The last most common reason is that families may have a family burial plot. This means that all the family member’s plots are next to one another in the cemetery. Even though someone has chosen cremation, they still may wish for their remains to be placed next to their family.
If you are having to choose a memorial inscription for your loved one’s headstone, it can be a daunting task. With cremations becoming more accepted and chosen as a form of body disposition, urn burials are becoming also much more common. Because of this, you can find many cemeteries in Bellevue, WA. that can accommodate this service. If you would like more information on urn burials or where you can find a cemetery that provides this opportunity, give us a call anytime as we are always available to help.