traditional funeral services end with the burial of the casket and body in a cemetery; however, cremated
remains may also be buried as well, according to the wishes of the deceased.
Cemeteries themselves are meant not only as a final resting place for
those who have passed away, but also as a place for families, friends,
and other mourners to find support and peace of mind, even many years
after a loved one has passed away.
What Is Required for Burial?
The requirements for burial often vary by cemetery; while there may be
no laws requiring the purchase of a burial vault,
the cemetery you choose may require a burial vault or grave liner to stabilize the casket. Caskets
are typically required to bury a body, but cremated remains may be buried
in an urn or other cemetery-approved container. Furthermore, embalming
is not required for burial—this option is a personal choice that
your family may make, depending on the funeral services you want or the
time between death and burial.
What Are Mausoleums?
Mausoleums are above-ground buildings that house caskets or cremation urns.
Unlike traditional graves, mausoleums are kept clean and dry, and are
an option for those who do not wish to be buried underground in a cemetery.
What Is Perpetual Care?
Perpetual Care, also called Permanent Care or Endowment Care, refers to
the ongoing maintenance of the cemetery and the personalized interment
space or grave. This fee is calculated by the cemetery and is part of
the cost of purchasing a gravesite, ensuring it will be cared for in the future.
If you have
questions about burial or funeral services in Chicago, IL, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can help you find the answers you need,
whether you are making funeral arrangements for a recently-lost loved
one or pre-planning funeral arrangements for yourself. Please visit our
website for more information about our funeral home, funeral services,
and the support we offer for those coping with loss and grief, or call
us today at (773) 846-6567 to speak with a staff member.