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 About Mausoleum Interment

For Catholic Families who have a preference for Above-Ground Burial

The first mausoleum was built in 353 B.C. for King Mausolus, from whose name the word "mausoleum" was derived. Scripture tells us that Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. "He then took it down, wrapped it in a shroud and put him in a tomb which was hewn in stone in which no one had yet been laid." (Luke 23:52-54) Throughout the Church's history, mausoleum-style entombment has been utilized.

Early Christians were buried in the catacombs. Private mausoleums can be found in some older churchyard cemeteries but because of their costs, were available only to the affluent. Today, community garden crypt facilities make above ground burial affordable for persons who have a preference for this type of burial. We invite you to investigate the many benefits of the new mausoleum. The marker that defines ones' mortality; the essence of the mausoleum, is established through a series of progressions, from a single crypt front, to an intimate family bank of crypts, to a unique court, to the mausoleum complex as a whole. Finally, it takes its place as part of the cemetery and Catholic community at large.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crypts:

What is usually required for an entombment?

  • The Crypt
  • The Entombment Fee (payment can be deferred until time of need)
  • Bronze Memorial Plaque Or Inscription, Vase For Flowers & Future Care of the Facility with No Additional Fees.
  • Optional: Bronze religious figures, bronze and glass votive lights (where available)

Does it cost more for an in-ground burial or crypt entombment?

In some cases it can cost more for in-ground burial than it does for crypt entombment. It depends on grave selection, memorialization and the concrete outer burial container selected for the casket.

Do the Archdiocese cemeteries have accommodations for cremated remains?

Yes, there are areas that have been specifically set aside for cremated remains.

Must crypts be paid for in full at the time of selection?

No. pre-need crypt purchases may be financed. Catholic Cemeteries offer a payment plan with a low down payment and monthly payment for a period of up to 60 months.

What are the crypts like?

Each crypt is a clean, dry, vented chamber constructed of poured in place, steel reinforced concrete. After each entombment, the crypt is sealed with the insertion of a panel behind the crypt front.

What are the advantages of the Garden Mausoleum?

The garden mausoleum offers most of the advantages of an indoor mausoleum, and it's less costly. Everything is arranged at today's cost. The selection price can include entombment fees, the bronze memorialization or inscription on the crypt front, as well as future maintenance costs.

Full credit is given for removals from previous ground burials to the mausoleum.

Because prices vary significantly depending on type of burial crypt, tier height, and location, we suggest you call for an appointment to visit the Garden Mausoleum in order to discuss the options available to you.

Mausoleum Products

Once exclusively for the wealthy and famous, today the advantages of above-ground burial are well within the reach of all Catholic families.

Mausoleum burial is clean, dry and ventilated, and it compares favorably with the cost of in-ground burial by eliminating lots, vaults, monuments or memorials.

Crypt ownership provides year round visitation, regardless of the weather, in a beautiful, inspirational setting.

From individual to companion and family crypts, from bronze to marble and granite designs, we offer a variety of configurations and styles. The cost of these options depends on your selections and is tailored to your financial requirements:

  • Individual or Companion Crypt. Choose from beautiful Perlato Marble, Rosa Parrino Granite or Breccia Aurora Marble crypt design.
  • Westminster (accommodates two). Built directly into the mausoleum floor, the Westminster provides families with an affordable choice and is available in marble, granite or bronze designs.
  • Family (accommodates four). This variation of the Westminster crypt gives families a reasonably priced, dignified entombment option.
  • Individual Couch. This deluxe 8' wide marble or granite memorial represents one of the most prestigious options.
  • Cast bronze memorial plaque and space for floral tribute are available.
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