Our knowledgeable staff at St. Pierre Family Funeral knows how challenging it can be for some of our neighbors in Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Pendleton to decide where they’d like to be laid to rest. There are so many options in the Indianapolis area and beyond, and many important factors to consider. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing your final resting place.
Consider where family members are buried.
If family members are buried at a certain location, you might wish to be laid to rest at the same place or somewhere close by. Some families even purchase a burial plot, family vault, or crypt to ensure enough space for each family member. If appropriate, have a conversation with your loved ones about family burial locations to be sure you’re all in agreement should you choose to be buried together.
If applicable, honor your religious customs.
If you participate in a religious tradition involving a certain church or house of worship, you may wish to be buried there if possible.
Buy a plot in advance.
One way to secure a place in your preferred location is to purchase a burial plot ahead of time. This way, you can consider all of your options, discuss them with those closest to you, and make an informed decision on your own timeline.
In the case of cremation, decide whether to bury or scatter your remains – or both.
For those who choose cremation, the decision process around settling on a final resting place looks a little different. Some people wish to have their cremated remains buried, while others prefer them scattered in a meaningful location like their birthplace or another location of significance. Others still set aside a portion of cremated remains as a keepsake while scattering the rest. Keep in mind that it is illegal to scatter remains in certain locations, but scattering can occur at any location that is permitted by local regulations. St. Pierre Family Funeral can help facilitate scattering discussions with the proper authorities.
Visit the burial ground or cemetery first.
If you can, make arrangements to visit the burial ground or cemetery of interest before securing a burial plot. Seeing the space in person will likely help clarify whether or not you wish to be buried there.