No one ever wants to think about death or dying. However, facing death – either our own or the death of a loved one – is a fact of life. Few people stop to think about what death entails beyond the loss of life. There will be final arrangement details that may seem superficial compared to the loss of your loved one during your time of grief, but will be of utmost importance to attend to.
If the departed has pre-planned their own funeral arrangements, your job will simply be to make sure all of the details that were laid out ahead of time are followed. More often, though, the loss of life is sudden and without warning, meaning you will need to make decisions quickly and efficiently. One of the first steps you will have to take is deciding how to handle the internment of the deceased.
In the U.S., traditional burial in a cemetery is still the first choice for final arrangements of the departed. If your loved one did not already have burial property, this means you will need to find cemetery plots for sale. Hardly anyone ever gives any thought to how cemetery plots are sold, so the idea of trying to locate one quickly – usually within only a few days time – is unimaginable. Here are some suggestions of where you can start your search.
If you choose to use a funeral home and funeral director to help you with funeral arrangements, he or she will be able to assist you in locating burial property. This is an easy and convenient means of finding burial space, but be sure to ask for several options of lots.
Online Cemetery Registry
An online Cemetery Registry will provide listings for burial property in your area. There are registries that will also have listings for cemetery plots in other states if you need to plan a funeral for someone not living near you. The nice thing about an online Cemetery Registry is that you will easily be able to see many options for what is available within the area or cemetery that you would like to make the final resting place for your loved one.
Local religious leaders may have information about burial plots for sale, especially if you are in need of burial space within a certain religious cemetery property.
If the deceased was a veteran he or she may be able to be buried in a military cemetery. You can check with the local veterans administration for information and availability.
Anyone Who Assists in Estate Planning
If the deceased had a will or trust, the consultant for that will or trust may know of available cemetery property. Likewise, accountants, attorneys, estate planners – anyone who plays a role in taking care of matters surrounding death may have knowledge of available burial property.
A Word About Cost
Cemetery property is much like housing real estate in that location affects the price of the lot. Not only does each cemetery affect the value of the property, but also the location within the cemetery. One way to save money is to decide if you need to have a premium location for your loved ones final resting place. Though lots located on hilltops and by waterways are nice, consider how often friends and family will visit the gravesite before making your final decision. It’s a good idea to have someone less affected by the loss of your loved one accompany you when making the cemetery plot purchase.