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It is important for our families to be informed of all aspects that they may face during this difficult time of grieving. Below are some situations that may occur:


It is important for our families to feel comfortable with the graveside committal services, and understand some of the procedures, problems and solutions that can occur.

  • The personnel of the cemetery and/or vault company will determine the safest location for a cemetery committal service. If the area around the gravesite, in their judgement, is considered unsafe, (due to instability of the gravesite, grade or topography of the ground, placement of other grave markers, uneven ground, snow, ice, etc.,) a more suitable and safe location as near as possible to the gravesite may be warranted for the safety of the family and their guest. This is called a "false set-up". In most cases, the funeral home personnnel will not know if a false set-up has been chosen. In the event we (the funeral home) have advanced knowledge of this, we will make every attempt to notify the family.*
  • The cemetery and/or vault company personnel may be present to direct the parking of cars, handle floral arrangements, assist in the placing of the casket on the lowering device, removing the funeral procession flags, etc. They will then leave the gravesite area.
  • Some heavy equipment, such as a vault buggy, back hoes, trucks, etc., may also be in the area near the grave, as well as the Outer Burial Container top and/or base.
  • *In the event of unstable conditions, the cemetery and/or vault personnel, based on their judgement, may not have the Outer Burial Container set at the time of the committal service. This is done for safety reasons and the unstability of the gravesite.
  • Funeral home personnel will remain at the gravesite until the casket is placed into the Outer Burial Container and it is completely placed at rest.

MONUMENT PLACEMENT: the cemetery and/or vault company personnel may not have enough space for opening the grave and setting the lowering devices without damaging monuments already placed on a cemetery lot. In most cases, the monuments need to be moved to open the grave. This will incur additional monument expenses through your monument company.

Please advise us if you have any specific desires, questions, comments, or clarifications.

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