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During the difficult grieving time when you have lost a loved one, there are many decision that need to be made. You have many choices when selecting a burial method for your deceased loved one. Monuments and burial chambers allow you to memorialize a person in a private and protected place. Here are some common terms regarding mausoleums.

  • Community Mausoleum - A mausoleum designed to memorialize and hold multiple deceased people. The interned people are often not related.
  • Private Mausoleum - Also known as a family mausoleum, these buildings are separate and private and can inter an entire family. They provide visitors with a private place where they can memorialize and honor lost relatives.
  • Crypt - A chamber or vault, usually made of stone, that contains coffins of the deceased.
  • Companion Crypt - A crypt that holds two people, like a married couple. A monument is generally inscribed on the outside of the crypt much like a headstone or grave marker.
  • Lawn Crypt - A type of burial which functions much like an in ground burial, but keeps the body protected in a clean, dry space. Lawn crypts also incorporate grave markers.
  • Crematorium - A facility that cremates the remains of a deceased person, turning their body into ash. The remains are placed in an urn and scattered in a special place or buried in a mausoleum.
  • Epitaph - A message that memorializes a dead person and can be inscribed onto a headstone or on a plaque.
  • In Ground Burial - A common burial method of the deceased that takes place in a cemetery or memorial park. The body is placed in a casket and lowered into the ground. A grave marker or headstone provides an inscription that honors the deceased. A cemetery incorporates both above ground and in ground burial methods.
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    Montgomery County Monument Co
    1350 E Union Ave, Litchfield, IL 62056
    (217) 324-5673
    East Lawn Memorial Gardens
    1002 Airport Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704
    (309) 662-1222
    Lacky Monuments
    1832 W Jackson St, Macomb, IL 61455
    (309) 833-4133
    St Charles Memorial Gardens
    3950 W Clay St, Saint Charles, MO 63301
    (636) 946-6935
    Bridal Connections
    425 Dunn Rd, Florissant, MO 63031
    (314) 831-2030
    Pohl & King Monument Co Inc
    8868 N Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63147
    (314) 867-5100
    St Peter's Cemetery
    2101 Lucas and Hunt Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63121
    (314) 385-0841
    Memorial Park Cemetery
    5200 Lucas and Hunt Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63121
    (314) 389-3500
    Calvary Cemetery & Mausolelum
    5239 W Florissant Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63115
    (314) 792-7738
    Lake Charles Park Cemetery & Mausoleum
    7775 Saint Charles Rock Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63114
    (314) 725-7802
    7600 Saint Charles Rock Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63133
    (314) 721-4900
    Mt Lebanon Cemetery
    11101 Saint Charles Rock Rd, Saint Ann, MO 63074
    (314) 739-1211
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    7800 Saint Charles Rock Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63114
    (314) 721-7260
    Lacky & Sons Monuments
    149 W Main St, Galesburg, IL 61401
    (309) 343-8692
    New St Marcus Cemetery
    7901 Gravois Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63123
    (314) 352-0227

    Mausoleums, large above ground tombs or chambers, house the remains of deceased people. They can be ornate and stately, or small and understated. They can comprise one tomb to memorialize one person or they can comprise a small building with several vaults or chambers housing the bodies of several deceased people. Granite mausoleums differ from regular burial plots in that the body is not put into the ground, as you would typically see in a cemetery flagged with tombstones. The term “mausoleum” is believed to come from an ancient king named King Mausoleos, who was the first person to be entombed above ground. These types of tombs have been used for centuries, especially by the pharaohs of Egypt and European kings. Most indoor mausoleums feature a small area where services can be conducted. They are also heated and air conditioned so that family members can visit their entombed loved ones when they want. The typical structure of a mausoleum resembles a honeycomb, featuring reinforced concrete with individual crypts. You will find a mausoleum within a cemetery. People can pre-purchase a mausoleum from a company just as they would a traditional burial plot from a cemetery. Shortly after death, a funeral is held. The body is then transported to the cemetery and placed within the crypt after a short ceremony. Manufacturers of granite mausoleums may also offer related items such as headstones, monuments, and grave markers. There are usually many designs, colors, and sizes to choose from. People can seek out more information on mausoleums, whether private or family memorials, directly from mausoleums creators themselves, who often hand craft and engrave these stone items, such as headstones.
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