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FAQs

At Eastlawn Memorial Park, we understand planning for end-of-life decisions presents families and friends with many questions and hardships. Choosing from many options – such as cremation, burial, memorial options – and finding reliable answers to these many questions is often very difficult. Here, we provide families, friends, and loved ones with honest answers for choosing the perfect end-of-life options to truly memorialize a loved one.
What is the significance of having a place to visit?
What needs to be done when a death occurs in one city and the interment will be held in another city?
What is perpetual care?
How do I buy cemetery property?
Can I make my burial arrangements before I die?
What is aboveground entombment?
What are my choices for in-ground burial?
Are there different types of markers?
What happens to the cremated remains (ashes)?
Why is it important to select a final resting place for the cremated remains?
What is a cremation garden?
What is a columbarium
Can I prearrange my own cremation with remembrance and memorialization?
Why should I preplan?
Can I pay for my arrangements now, or does it have to be done after death occurs?
Are there financial benefits to prefunding my arrangements?

What is the significance of having a place to visit?

Since the start of recorded history, societies have honored those who have died. The Great Pyramids and the Taj Mahal are examples of lasting tributes. Today, many experts agree that the benefits of memorialization are for those who remain behind. Coming to terms with the loss is important to help survivors adjust and recognize that a death has occurred, and having a permanent place of remembrance allows your legacy to continue on for generations to come.

What has to be done when a death occurs in one city and the interment will be held in another city?

A death that occurs away from your loved one’s hometown may be an unusual experience for you and your family. However, funeral arrangers are trained professionals capable of handling the necessary details necessary when this happens. The local funeral arranger can assist you in selecting a funeral home in the city where the services are to be held and will help coordinate the transportation of your loved one to the care of a funeral arranger in that city.

What is perpetual care?

We are proud to offer your family the promise that when you choose Eastlawn as the place of remembrance you choose will remain beautiful for generations to come. The preservation of the cemetery is paid for through a perpetual-care trust, funded by a portion of the purchase price of burial rights sold, to ensure that the grounds and facilities are properly maintained and monitored by the state.

How do I buy cemetery property?

Our caring staff will be happy to assist you through the process of purchasing rights of interment at our cemetery. Visit the Contact Us page or call the cemetery office today to get started.

Can I make my burial arrangements before I die?

Yes, preplanning is one of the most caring things you can do for your loved ones. It provides them with a clearer picture of your final wishes and offers them reassurance about how you would really prefer to be remembered. These plans may be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. You can comfortably prefund your arrangements to help alleviate placing future financial burdens on your family. The preplanning process allows you to plan at your own pace, equipped with facts and ample information, so that you feel comfortable about the choices you make. Making arrangements in advance also allows you to prefund at today’s prices, if you choose to do so. We can assist you with your prearrangement needs. You can also visit our preplanning guide for more information.

What is aboveground entombment?

Aboveground entombment is a form of memorialization in which remains are interred above ground in family tombs, mausoleums and columbaria, for example. From simple tributes to more elaborate expressions, we offer personalized options for you or your loved one.

Contact us today for more information on opportunities for aboveground entombment at our cemetery.

What are my choices for in-ground burial?

In-ground burial, often referred to as “traditional” burial, allows you to personalize your memorialization by offering a variety of choices such as individual, companion or family locations within beautifully manicured gardens and special areas. Depending on what type of in-ground burial you choose, an outer container may be necessary.

Please visit the Burial Memorialization section or contact us today for more information about in-ground burial options at our cemetery.

Are there different types of markers?

Yes. The most common markers are bronze memorials (ground-level tablets of remembrance), granite monuments and memorial benches. All are customizable, and most have individual or companion options. Please see the Markers & Special Remembrances section or contact us today to learn more about the memorial options available at our cemetery.

What happens to the cremated remains (ashes)?

During the arrangement conference your family will be asked to select an urn to permanently hold your loved one’s cremated remains. Urns can be crafted from bronze, ceramic, glass, porcelain, wood or other materials. They are made in traditional vase or cube shapes, or they can be unique designs. A variety of urns are available to reflect your loved one’s hobbies, beliefs or lifestyle.

There are many options from which to choose when selecting a final resting place for your loved one’s urn because cremation memorialization can take any number of forms. Our cemetery has created areas specifically for lasting remembrance. Typically, cremated remains may be permanently memorialized in a columbarium, ground-burial area or specially designed cremation garden. Some families also choose to place portions in miniature keepsake urns or pieces of jewelry and scatter another small portion at a special place. (Please note that it is necessary to check local restrictions on scattering cremated remains both on public and private property.)

Why is it important to select a final resting place for your loved one’s cremated remains?

Where will your loved one’s—or your own—cremated remains end up 5, 10 or even 50 years from now? Whether you choose to scatter, create portions for yourself and loved ones, or hold the cremated remains in an urn—or a combination of these options—it is important to establish a permanent place to memorialize your loved one. It will provide your family and friends with a focal point on special days, like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, to assist them in remembering the life that was lived.

What is a cremation garden?

A cremation garden provides a final resting place for your loved one’s cremated remains. It is a designated area of the cemetery that may vary from a simple urn garden to a more elaborate area featuring elegant landscapes, graceful water designs and stunning granite monuments. The space can provide a beautiful and comforting experience for the spirit and the senses. Refreshing plants, trees and other natural botanical details may complement the garden. An array of options including family estates, personalized granite pedestals, niche walls, unique benches, garden columbaria and water features may be available.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a structure designed specifically to hold cremated remains, and it is commonly constructed of granite. Often found in mausoleums, chapels or cremation gardens, a columbarium is made up of many small compartments called “niches” that hold urns.

Can I prearrange my own cremation with remembrance and memorialization?

Yes, making plans in advance of the time of need ensures that your wishes and preference for cremation will be known. Planning in advance allows you to learn about all of the available choices and select at your own pace the options that will best fit your and your family’s needs. This can be one of the greatest gifts you give the people you love. Your family will not have the burden of guessing what you would have wanted or how much to spend.

Why should I preplan?

We plan for vacations, weddings and retirement. Preplanning funeral, cemetery or cremation arrangements is no different. Making final arrangements ahead of time helps to take the doubt and confusion away from all of those who will be tasked to make difficult decisions on your behalf. It also allows you to make sure that your final wishes are known; and when you take time to plan calmly and with ample information in hand, you can help to alleviate emotional overspending.

In many ways, preplanning is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your loved ones because it offers them peace of mind. They will know exactly what your final wishes are and will feel relieved that they don’t have to guess what you would have wanted.

Can I pay for my arrangements now, or does it have to be done after death occurs?

You have the option to pay most of the costs ahead of time. You can prepay your arrangements to help avoid the possibility of inflation, while making informed choices that fit within your budget. You also have the added assurance that there will be less confusion over financial responsibility during your family’s time of need.

Are there any financial benefits to prefunding my arrangements?
• Estate- tax reduction: Advance planning may reduce your heirs’ future estate-tax burden.
• Medicaid/SSI spend-down exemption: Prepaid funeral and cemetery costs are often exempt from the spend-down process to qualify for Medicaid or state assistance.
• Cost-saving plans: Prefund your arrangements now at today’s prices.
• Helps to eliminate future costs: Preplanning may remove unexpected financial costs for your family.
• Secure cemetery location of choice: Prefunding ensures that you reserve the cemetery property of your choice because you will receive a Conveyance of Interment Rights for the space you have selected.

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