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  • Burial – The disposition below ground of human remains.

  • Care – The general maintenance of the cemetery including but not limited to cutting grass, trimming around memorials, raising and leveling sunken graves, pruning of trees, repair of roads and irrigation systems, maintenance of buildings,

  • Casket – A rigid container designed to hold human remains and customarily constructed of wood or metal, ornamented and lined with fabric.

  • Certificate of interment rights – The document by which the cemetery conveys a right of interment, entombment or inurnment in an interment space.

  • Columbarium – An collection of niches that may be on a wall in a mausoleum or on a free standing structure in a burial garden within the cemetery.

  • Community mausoleum – A building, usually built of concrete and steel with granite or marble facing that contains crypts and niches used for the permanent placement of caskets and urns.

  • Double (multiple) depth burial – When two caskets are to be placed in one grave, one above the other.

  • Companion mausoleum crypt – A space in a mausoleum capable of holding two caskets side by side or end to end.

  • Companion niche – A space in a columbarium, designed to accommodate two cremated remains.

  • Cremains – The remains of the deceased after the cremation process is completed.

  • Crypt – A space for the entombment of human remains.

  • Endowed care – An account in which a portion of the monies collected from the sale of interment spaces is invested for the future care of the cemeteries once all gravesites have been sold.

  • Family (or private) mausoleum – A privately owned mausoleum building intended for the exclusive use of a family that can contain two or more crypts.

  • Foundation – The base on which a monument or memorial is installed.

  • Garden – A section within a cemetery containing multiple interment spaces.

  • Grave – A space in the cemetery used for the burial of human remains.

  • Given name – The first name of an individual.

  • Individual memorial – A grave marker the purpose of which is to indentify the deceased by name.

  • Interment- the burial of human remains.

  • Interment space – A grave, crypt or niche.

  • Inurnment – The placement of cremated human remains in an urn and the placement of the urn in a niche, crypts, grave or other suitable location in the cemetery.

  • Lawn crypt – Interment space in the cemetery which contains a pre-constructed and pre-installed concrete container capable of holding a casket.

  • Lot – contains multiple graves

  • Mausoleum – A building for the entombment of human remains; it may contain a combination of crypts and niches.

  • Mausoleum crypt – A space in a mausoleum capable of holding a casket.

  • Mausoleum niche – A space in a mausoleum or columbarium used, or designated to be used for inurnment of cremated human remains in an urn.

  • Mausoleum vase – A receptacle for the placement of flowers on a crypt or niche.

  • Memorial – A monument, tombstone, grave marker.

  • Memorial Foundation - Foundation placed under the memorial.

  • Monument – An upright memorial that denotes who is buried in the graves.

  • Niche – A recessed panel on a wall or columbaria into which an urn, containing the cremains of a deceased person, is placed.
    Outer burial container (or vault) – a concrete and steel unit, that may or may not seal, which is placed into a grave and into which the casket is lowered. The purpose of the vault is to prevent the surface of the grave from collapsing.

  • Owner – The person or persons:

    1. to whom the cemetery has conveyed a burial right or burial rights; or

    2. who have acquired such burial right or burial rights by transfer in accordance with cemetery rules and regulations; or

    3. who hold such burial right or burial rights by inheritance.

  • Plot – One, two or more adjoining graves, crypts, or niches.

  • Pre Need – Purchasing cemetery property and services in advance of actual need.

  • Surname – The family name (last name).

  • Urn – A container for cremated remains.

  • Urn garden – An area in the cemetery used for the burial of cremated human remains.


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