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Generally, the following items are included in the cost of a cemetery burial:
- “Right of interment,” also known as “interment rights.” This is the purchase of the burial plot or mausoleum space. Owning interment rights to a place means that you have the right to be buried in that place or to designate the burial of someone else in that place.
- Opening and closing. This includes the digging and filling the grave, and may include securing necessary permits, maintaining legal files, keeping records, the use of a casket-lowering device, and other items or services.
- Burial vaults or grave liners. In the case of ground burial, many cemeteries require either an outer burial container—either a burial vault or grave liner—to protect the earth around the casket.
- “Perpetual care” or “endowment care.” This one-time maintenance fee, often 5% to 15% of the plot price, may be legally required by the state for re-investment in a state-mandated cemetery maintenance fund. This fee generally does not pay for the maintenance of headstones or other gravesite memorials.
- Headstone installation fee. Even if you purchase a headstone or grave marker from the cemetery, they may charge you a fee for installing the marker on the grave.
The prices for cemetery burial generally break down into the following items and price ranges:
Item Price Range
|Burial vault or grave liner||$500-$2500|
|Opening and closing||$1000-$1500|
|Headstone or grave marker||$500-$4000|
|Installation of headstone or grave marker||$450-$850|
|TOTAL (for plot burial)||$4100-$11,600|