Do I Have To Use A Burial Vault For Burial?

By: Brian K. Daly
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Many grieving individuals opt to inter their loved one's ashes in cemeteries. However, many people are not aware that they may need to purchase a burial vault for the burial, as we have witnessed at Ocean County Cremation Service.

Burial vaults are external containers that house a casket to bury a deceased person's body in the earth. The grave is lined with a burial vault before placing the casket to prevent the ground above it from sinking. Cemeteries concentrate on grave liners and vaults to minimize the amount of maintenance necessary to keep the ground surface leveled well.

Why Are Vaults Needed For Burials?

The vault keeps the casket protected from the earth's weight and the impact of heavy maintenance equipment at the cemetery. Additionally, it keeps the ground from sinking, which helps in water resistance and preserves the cemetery's or memorial garden's attractiveness.

Cemeteries may need burial vaults for urns and caskets to maintain their grounds' safety and attractiveness and safeguard their maintenance equipment. Vaults provide additional protection for the land because when caskets and urns gradually disintegrate and settle, the earth underneath them falls and dips.

Although cremation urns produce significantly less settling than caskets in the ground, most cemeteries also require that urns be buried in burial vaults. Burial vaults for caskets and urns are composed of sturdy, non-decomposing materials such as masonry or plastic. There are also solid metal burial vaults available. As with most things, the price determines the burial vault quality. You can select something elaborate or simple as per your needs and budget.

If you want any more information on this topic or pre-plan a funeral, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We'll be happy to help with the knowledge and services you need.

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