Mortuary Guide
MORTUARY GUIDE
RESOURCES
FUNERAL TERMS
The following are terms you will encounter when planning a funeral:

    Alternative Container: An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle without ornamentation, often made of
    fiberboard, pressed wood or composition material; it generally costs less than a casket.

    Casket: A rigid container usually made of wood or metal, designed to hold remains.

    Cemetery Property: A grave, crypt, or niche in a cemetery.

    Cemetery Services: Opening and closing graves, crypts or niches; setting up grave liners, vaults or markers; maintaining
    cemetery grounds and facilities.

    Columbarium: A room or building with niches that hold urns containing cremated remains.

    Cremation: A heating process that incinerates human remains.

    Crypt: A space in a mausoleum or other building that holds cremated or whole remains.

    Direct Cremation: Disposing of remains by cremation without having a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony with the body
    present.

    Disposing, or Disposition: Placing cremated or whole remains in their final resting place.

    Endowment Care: Maintaining a cemetery facility including grounds, plantings, roadways and water systems.

    Endowment Care Fee: Money collected from cemetery property buyers and placed in trust to pay for cemetery maintenance.

    Funeral Ceremony: A service commemorating a deceased person with the body present.

    Funeral Provider: Any person, partnership or corporation that sells or offers to sell funeral goods and funeral services to the
    public.

    Funeral Services: Any services that care for and prepare bodies for burial, cremation or other final disposition and arrange,
    supervise or conduct a funeral ceremony or final disposition of remains.

    Grave: A space in the ground for the burial of remains.

    Grave Liner: A type of outer burial container that covers the top and sides of a casket in a grave.

    Graveside Service: A service commemorating a deceased person held at a cemetery before burial.

    Immediate Burial: Disposing of remains by burial without having a formal viewing, visitation, or ceremony with the body present
    before the graveside service.

    Interment: Placing remains in a grave, tomb or niche.

    Inurnment: Placing cremated remains in an urn.

    Marker: An inscribed stone that stands or is laid over a grave.

    Mausoleum: A building in which remains are buried or entombed.

    Memorial Service: A ceremony commemorating a deceased person without the body present.

    Niche: A space in a columbarium, mausoleum or wall to hold an urn.

    Outer Burial Container: A structure that partially or completely surrounds a casket in a grave.

    Urn: A container to hold cremated remains.

    Vault: A type of outer burial container that surrounds a casket in a grave.
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