Basic Guide to Selecting a Cemetery: 5 Factors to Consider

Basic Guide to Selecting a Cemetery: 5 Factors to Consider

When a loved one passes away, one of the decisions that must be made is where they will be laid to rest. This can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process.

There are many things to consider when choosing a cemetery, but here are five of the most critical factors:

1. Location 

When choosing a cemetery, the most crucial factor is the location. You will want to choose a cemetery close to where you live or where your loved ones live. This makes it easier for you to visit the cemetery and tend to the grave.

2. Size and Type

Some cemeteries are vast, while others are much smaller. Meanwhile, some cemeteries are for specific religions or denominations, while others are for everyone. You will want to choose a size and type that is comfortable and right for you. 

3. Price  

Cemetery plots can be expensive, so you will want to compare prices before deciding. You may also consider whether the cemetery offers discounts or payment plans.  

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial in 2019 was $7,640. Adding a vault and headstone raised the price. 

There are also more families opting for cremation over burial. The 2021 cremation rate was 57.5 percent, while the burial rate was only 36.6 percent.

The Federal Trade Commission Funeral rules also say you can choose and pay for only the necessary services. However, this isn’t always the case. 

So, always ask the funeral home and cemetery about options and costs. Ask for a price list of all immediate and future charges to guarantee you’re paying for what you want.

4. Facilities and Services

Finally, consider the amenities that the cemetery offers. Some cemeteries have on-site funeral homes, while others do not. Some cemeteries offer a wide range of services, while others are more basic. Here’s a list of things you should consider to make sure you’re getting what you need. 

  • Is the graveyard well-maintained? This includes things like the condition of the grounds, the buildings, and the roads.
  • Does the cemetery have a chapel or other place of worship on-site? This can be important for religious ceremonies or simply for peace of mind.
  • Is the cemetery easily accessible? This includes factors like location, parking, and public transportation.
  • Does the cemetery offer any additional services? This can include things like pre-planning, grief counseling, and pet burial.
  • What is the cost of the cemetery? This includes the price of a plot, the cost of a headstone, and other fees.

5. Rules and Regulations

Every cemetery has its own set of regulations. Some cemeteries, for example, have rules about what sorts of headstones are permitted and how large they can be. Some cemeteries only accept flat markers rather than headstones that protrude from the earth.

Moreover, most cemeteries are governed by state legislation governing burial practices. Typically, burial without an outside burial container or vault is forbidden. In some cemeteries, scattering of ashes is strictly prohibited. In other cemeteries, they restrict the dispersal of ashes. 

Requesting a list of rules and standards from a cemetery you are considering is critical. Remember that a graveyard is a semi-public space, so these rules aim to protect the feelings of the rest of the people who are visiting their loved ones.


Buying a grave plot is an important choice that shouldn’t be made on the spot. When making this purchase, there are numerous elements to consider, and being aware of these criteria will assist you in selecting the best plot for your deceased loved one.

If you are looking to find a grave where you can lay your loved one to rest, inquire at Evergreen JAX. We are committed to providing a peaceful place that honors the life of your loved one. Contact us now to learn more about your options. 

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