Cemetery Pre-Arrangement is wise and economical. Who should pre-arrange cemetery property? Anyone who feels well placed in their community should look into pre-purchasing property in the cemetery of their choosing. A hasty choice by family members at the time of death could prove regrettable. It is disheartening to discover a cemetery is too expensive, too commercial, too inconvenient or otherwise unsuitable once interment has taken place.
The purchase of cemetery property in advance of need can be considered the most important aspect of funeral pre-arrangement. At the time of death, cemetery property must be fully paid for at least 24 hours prior to the Funeral Service, while Funeral Directors are in the position of accepting delayed payment for their charges through life insurance and other death benefits. With the pre-purchase of cemetery property you are actually purchasing goods at today's prices on terms of your own choosing. This assures you that cemetery related expense won't affect your family at the time of death. For planning ahead, the cemetery provides you with the best pre-arrangement option.
For information regarding mortuary costs such as casket, transportation, preparation of body, funeral director's non-declinable professional fee, and use of mortuary facility, contact the Funeral Director of your choice. The National Funeral Directors Association has stated that in 1997 these commonly selected items were available for an averge cost of approximately $4,800. Another option to consider is the establishment of a revocable (until death) funeral trust commonly referred to as a Totten Trust. Totten Trusts allow the depositor to save money in an interest-bearing bank account established to pay for funeral costs. The depositor names a beneficiary such as a trusted friend or family member or funeral home. The depositor remains in control of this revocable trust. A Totten Trust becomes irrevocable at the depositor's death. While it is well to set guidelines regarding our own wishes, funeral ceremonies are for the folks left behind. Leaving some of the decision making process to our families will be beneficial.
Casket Burial is what we in the midwest have become most accustomed to at the cemetery. It generally costs more than urn burial because of the size of the interment space and increased labor expense handling a casket requires. Some interment spaces are designed to accommodate two caskets, the second interment placed above the first. This double depth arrangement saves money but must be pre-arranged.
Urn Interment - cremation - constitutes about 10% of disposition in Kansas. Do not underestimate the value a final resting place and permanent marker has for survivors of a person who has chosen cremation . Unfortunately for most folks, little idea exists of what to do with the cremated remains once they are retrieved from the funeral home or mortuary's crematorium.
Maple Grove responds to urn interment as we do to casket interment. The only difference is in the size of the remains. Since an urn is considerably smaller, charges are generally less. Maple Grove's earth interment sites for urns are affordable and similar to casket burial sites. Alternatively, our cremation garden offers a means of surprisingly inexpensive disposition and memorialization.
Mausoleum Entombment is available for either casket or urn at the community mausoleum - The Maple Grove Abbey - or by way of private family mausoleum constructed to meet your requirements.
Interment Space (Interment Rights)
Interment spaces vary in price according to supply and demand. In that way, a cemetery tends to develop like a city with neighborhoods. In this day and age grave spaces are usually sold individually or in pairs. Larger family lots are less common. Consequentially, fewer upright monuments are purchased to mark family lots. For this reason, lawn level memorials situated in park-like sections of the cemetery are prevalent. Interment spaces for both casket and urn are available throughout Maple Grove, each with a variety of memorial options from which to choose.
It is the policy of Maple Grove Cemetery to place a portion of the sale
price of each interment space in a state monitored, irrevocable trust
designed for the future general care and maintenance of the cemetery.
This trust, known as the Maple Grove Permanent Care Fund, is one of the
largest such trusts in the State of Kansas.
The Interment & Recording Fee compensates the cemetery organization for services and work performed by the organization at the time of an interment service including: opening and closing of interment space, use of appropriate service equipment, restoration of area after interment service, removal and disposal of funeral decorations, recording of cemetery documents, routine work by cemetery grounds and office staff and use of cemetery facilities. This fee is not included in the cost of interment rights.
Outer Burial Container (Vault or
Vaults are available in several different styles. The more expensive vaults
are more impressive visually and are featured at the graveside/committal
service. The more expensive vaults are usually constructed of higher quality
materials. The lower cost vaults meet cemetery requirements for permanence
but are not designed to be a funerary feature.
Permanent Memorials (Markers or Monuments)
Memorials (markers and monuments) are the only really permanent record left behind. They not only mark a gravesite, they speak of the departed and of his/her values and beliefs. The cemetery regulates memorial specifications through rules and regulations designed to work with a general plan. It is important to understand memorial regulations prior to the purchase of interment space. Many options exist at Maple Grove.
Memorials may also be placed for people not buried at Maple Grove, simply
to their memory or in their honor. These are inscribed with what is referred
to as a Cenotaph. Our most popular form of cenotaph is our memorial tree
and plaque, a living tribute and fitting memorial to any loved one.
Cenotaph: a permanent
memorial dedicated in memory of the deceased whose remains lie
elsewhere. Often denoted by the words "In Memoriam."
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