Mausoleums that will last for eternity require special expertise. A mausoleum is a building that houses the dead above ground. There are three main types of mausoleums in a cemetery:
- Indoor: A shared space where the crypts are located indoors
- Garden/outdoor: A shared space where the crypts are located outdoors
- Private mausoleums: Private spaces, where the crypts can be located indoors or outdoors
There are a number of different types and configurations of crypts available. The most common include:
- Single crypts: Single crypts are the most common type of crypt in a mausoleum. Single crypts contain the remains of one person in a casket.
- Side-by-side crypts: Side-by-side crypts are designed for two people. The caskets are positioned next to each other horizontally, and may each have its own engraved marker or the crypts may share a single large marker.
- Companion crypts or end-to-end crypts: Companion crypts are designed for two people, but only take the space of a single crypt. The caskets are lined up “end-to-end” and a single marker is shared. Companion crypts are the mausoleum equivalent of “double depth.”
You will find our trained, understanding cemetery staff happy to advise and assist you — explaining all the options, so that you will be comfortable and at peace with your choice. Feel free to schedule an in-person consultation by calling the Cemetery Office at 713-227-5109 or by contacting us.
Although it has not been a concern in the past, lack of cemetery space is becoming a common problem. There was a time when beautiful areas were set aside for burying the dead, with hardly a thought given to filling up the space. Now, cemetery burial sites in many places are at a premium. As time goes on, especially in large urban area, those who want to be buried close to home, or to family, may be disappointed. It’s wise, therefore, to reserve a place now — while it’s still available.
Further, as with real estate, “location, location, location” is a prime consideration in selecting a gravesite. Should you want to be buried in close proximity to a special feature in a cemetery — such as a waterfall, a beautiful tree or prized piece of sculpture — making arrangements in advance is likely the only way your wish will be fulfilled.
The desire to be buried in close proximity to other family members, however, is the most imperative reason to pre-arrange. All too often, cemetery personnel hear grieving family members say, “We wish we had reserved sooner … made plans in advance.” For those who consider it important to be laid to rest near loved ones, obtaining a burial site in advance is a way to ensure that option.