Cemeteries are divided into several types. There are private family cemeteries, community and municipal cemeteries, corporate cemeteries, and . Some cemeteries serve certain religous or fraternal groups.
Each cemetery has the right to set their own Rules and Regulations. It is your responsibility to make sure all necessary arrangements are made between you and your cemetery. You must make sure that the correct grave space has been marked for the burial as soon as possible.
The question of establishing a family cemetery comes up from time to time. Please make sure to check with your county officials prior to a burial.
For lots of good cemetery information and terms and definitions related to cemeteries in Texas go to Health and Safety Code Chapter 711.001.
We will address these and other issues in this section.
Interment Rights: Cemeteries can offer interment rights for casketed burials as a traditional grave space, a lawn crypt, or mausoleum crypt. Cemeteries may also offer interments rights for urns as a traditional grave space or an above ground niche. A cemetery may or may not require you to use an outer burial container in a grave space. A lawn crypt has a pre-installed single or double depth concrete crypt, and a mausoleum (private, garden and chapel mausoleum) is an above ground single or multi level group of concrete crypts with marble or granite coverings. Interment rights may be purchased one at a time, companion or as many as you desire. Some cemeteries also sell a second right of interment so that two interments can take place one above the other in a single grave space. The are a lot of options.
Outer Burial Containers:
If the cemetery that you are using requires the use of an outer burial container, a concrete grave liner will meet their minimum requirement. Outer burial containers surround the casket and support the weight of the dirt so the grave has less settling. A concrete grave liner supports the weight of the dirt but allows ground water and other outside elements to pass through. A burial vault (concrete or metal) supports the weight of the dirt and resists the entrance of ground water and other outside elements. The final container that I will mention is the Surface Burial Vault. It isn't used much, but they are available.
Opening and Closing the grave: The Opening and Closing fee usually (but not always) includes the tent and chairs that will be present at the gravesite. If you choose a service such as an you may be able to save money by not using the full set-up.
Extra Tent or Chairs: Most cemeteries and grave services provide one (1) tent and twelve (12) chairs with an opening and closing service with a full set-up. If you need an additional tent or chairs there will most likely be an additional charge.
Weekend & Holiday Fees: We do not handle burials on Sunday or National Holidays. Some cemeteries and grave services charge extra for Saturday services.
Rock Charges: Some cemeteries have a solid rock layer or are just rocky. If rock is present and the cemetery or grave service must use a jack hammer or hydraulic ram to dig the grave there will be extra charges.
Dirt Removal Fees: Some cemeteries require the grave service to haul off excess dirt. There is usually a fee to do this.
Cemetery Association Fees: If your cemetery is managed by an association, you are responsible for making sure that all association fees, if any, have been paid.
Grave Markers: We do not sell or install grave markers, including VA provided grave markers or monuments, or arrange for additional inscriptions such as a final date. Please call a monument shop to assist you. You always have the right to pick-up and install a VA provided grave marker or monument.
Disinterment: If you have a previous burial that needs to be moved from a cemetery in Texas to any other cemetery you must complete an Application for Disinterment and a Cemetery Consent Form. If a burial needs to be moved from one grave space to another grave space within the same cemetery permits are generally not needed.