Entombment is the interment of human remains in a tomb or crypt, and today is most often referred to as above-ground interment. It involves placing a casket or cremation urn in a crypt or columbarium niche within a mausoleum. The crypt or niche is then sealed and a memorial is added. Interment rights are required.
A mausoleum is a large building designed to provide above-ground interment for related or, in the case of a community mausoleum, unrelated people.
Historically, mausoleum entombment was thought to be only for the very wealthy. Community mausoleums have made above-ground burial or entombment an affordable option. Through modern architecture, technology and methods of construction, we have been able to bring one of the world’s finest forms of burial to a price where it is comparable or equal to ground interment.
There are also family mausoleums, which are relatively small, privately owned structures designed to house the remains of individual families. There are several fine examples of family mausoleums in Singing Hills Memorial Park.
Crypts are designed to hold casketed remains. Following a casket entombment, the crypt is sealed, and a granite or marble front is attached.
There are different kinds of crypts, including:
- Single crypts designed for one entombment only
- Tandem crypts, which are double crypts permitting two entombments lengthwise
- Companion crypts, which are double crypts permitting two entombments side by side
- Westminster crypts, which are double crypts permitting two entombments, one below floor level and the other above
Most mausoleums are built four, five and sometimes six crypts high. The price of the crypt will depend on its type and location. For example, upper-level crypts are less expensive than those located at eye level. Most of Singing Hills Memorial Park mausoleums offer a selection of crypts from which to choose, priced to meet all wishes and budgets.
Indoor crypts are made of marble, while outdoor crypts are made only of granite. The difference in materials used has to do with our climate. As beautiful as marble is, it is not suited to our harsh winters, or to today’s airborne pollutants such as smoke, smog and industrial gases.
A columbarium is an arrangement of niches designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. While many of the columbariums in Singing Hills Memorial Park are free-standing, indoors and outdoors, some are located inside mausoleums and chapels. Following an urn entombment, a niche front of granite, marble, bronze, wood or glass is attached.
In addition, it is possible to place one or more cremation urns inside a crypt. All that is required is the permission of the interment rights holder(s). The size of the crypt front, however, may limit the number of memorial inscriptions that may be placed on it.
An inscription on the crypt front is the form of memorial most often chosen with entombment. The same is true of niches for cremation urns, although niche fronts are more widely varied and include bronze, wood and glass. In addition, ceramic or photoplex pictures may be placed on crypt and niche fronts.
Singing Hills Memorial Park also offers a wide variety of memorial services and products that may be associated with an entombment.
Interment Rights for Entombment
When you purchase interment rights, you purchase the right to designate who may be entombed or interred in the space, as well as the right to place a memorial where permitted. The crypt or urn space itself remains the property and the responsibility of the cemetery. A portion of the purchase price of all interment rights is contributed to the Care and Maintenance Fund. A portion of the purchase price may also be contributed to the Supplementary Care Fund. Income from both funds is used to provide regular care and maintenance activities at the cemeteries.
Please contact the cemetery office for an appointment to discuss entombment. Our Service Co-ordinators will be pleased to provide full information about the forms of entombment, interment rights, and the many options and services available for those who choose entombment for the final disposition of remains.
All arrangements for entombment can be made in advance. By planning ahead, you have the opportunity to consider the many options available as well as to make an informed decision about your funeral and cemetery arrangements