If you want to place your loved one’s remains in a cemetery after their cremation services in Aurora, CO., one option you have is to have them placed in a mausoleum. While mausoleums can be found in many cemeteries all over the world, many people are still unfamiliar with them or the benefits they can provide. Today we are going to talk about mausoleums and what you need to know about them to help you decide if it’s the best option for you and your family.
What is a Mausoleum?
For those who are not familiar, a mausoleum is a free-standing structure that is built to house the remains of the deceased. An urn would consist of an enclosing for interment and with a burial, this space would be a burial chamber.
Types of Mausoleums
There are several types of mausoleums families can choose from. The most common include:
- Garden (or Outside) Mausoleums – These structures are typically a shared space where the crypts and enclosures are located outdoors
- Indoor Mausoleums – This is a shared space where the crypts and enclosures are located indoors
- Private Mausoleums – These are private spaces typically for a family. These can be indoor or outdoor spaces.
Why Families May Choose a Mausoleum Over Ground Burial
There are several reasons why families may choose to place their loved one’s cremated remains in a mausoleum rather than bury them. Some of the most common reasons we see include:
- Mausoleums can offer a quiet place to visit and honor their loved one
- These structures can provide a very distinct and elaborate memorial
- Mausoleums offer an alternative to using cemetery grounds which are becoming more scarce
- With indoor mausoleums, family and friends can visit their loved ones and be protected from the elements while doing so
How Does a Mausoleum Burial Work?
A mausoleum burial or interment works much like a traditional ground burial. Family and friends gather at the cemetery after the funeral service for a committal ceremony. After this ceremony, the urn with the deceased’s ashes is then interred in the mausoleum. Depending on the mausoleum, it may or may not be accessible after it is closed at the end of the internment.
How Much Do Mausoleums Cost?
Knowing how much a mausoleum or an urn enclosure inside one will cost is difficult as there are so many variables that can affect the price. For a private, custom-built mausoleum, they can range from a single-person one at about $35,000 to those that can house an entire family for around $300,000 all the way to $600,000 or even more. Of course, this price would be much less for an enclosure space in a public mausoleum.
Mausoleums can make a wonderful choice for those who may wish to choose cremation as their form of disposition yet still be laid to rest in a cemetery. With several types and prices to choose from, families have several options.