This is Article #5 of a 5 part series that Tate Mortuary had published in the “Tooele Transcript Bulletin” around February of 2005 addressing frequently asked questions about funeral related issues.

Cremation:

Cremation is an alternative to burial as a method of final disposition.  It may be accomplished after traditional funeral services or before any public or private ceremony.   Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to ash, in a special furnace for that purpose.

The remaining cremated remains are usually grey in color and granular in texture.  They may be further processed to resemble powder.  Following cremation, the cremated remains are placed in either a temporary container or an urn, according to the wishes of the next of kin.  Cremated remains may be kept in the home, scattered in accordance with local law, entombed in a columbarium or niche, or buried in a cemetery. Choosing cremation does not preclude having embalming, a viewing, a funeral or other ceremonies.  Many families have mistakenly assumed that choosing cremation meant they could have no ceremony.  While not for everyone, cremation in recent years has become more widely accepted here in the U.S.  For those considering cremation, there are options that will suit the wishes of most family members.  We will be glad to discuss them at your convenience.

Cemeteries:

 We have considered several times building a cemetery in the Tooele Valley.  Each time, we weigh the cost for us to provide a private cemetery space with the current prices in Tooele & Grantsville Cities.  In order for us to build and properly fund a private cemetery, we would need to charge between $750 and $1000 for each space plus a charge for opening and closing the grave.  With grave spaces in both Tooele & Grantsville (excluding non-resident fees) in the $300.00 range, it is difficult for us to justify construction at this time.  During our research, however, we have found some very interesting information which we would like to share about cemetery pricing.  Those of you who are considering burial in other cemeteries should be aware of several things. 

Many cemeteries have restrictions on graveliner or vault installation.  They may have special fees that they charge for allowing the installation of a vault that they did not sell.  In some cases, the fees are as high as the cost of the vault.  In these cases, it is well to compare the prices of the vaults or graveliners that the cemetery sells (including installation) with the cost from the funeral home plus the “setting fees” charged by the cemetery.  The cost of the vault or graveliner from the funeral home usually includes installation in a local cemetery.  Some purchase contracts include a stipulation regarding purchase of a graveliner or vault which should be considered prior to purchase.  Some cemeteries have begun the promotional selling of “unassigned grave spaces” – a grave space with no specific location at a discounted price.  If you are buying a single space and don=t care where it is, this may be a comparatively good deal.  If you are buying several grave spaces that are unassigned, never assume that they are together.  In most cases there are substantial fees associated with assigning these spaces next to each other.  Make sure you understand all charges and fees when purchasing discounted grave spaces.  Most municipal cemeteries sell assigned grave spaces so you are able to be assured that they are located next to each other.  Be sure to ask questions about what you are buying and be sure any agreement you sign is consistent with what you were told.

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