What Happens to a Body Buried in a Mausoleum?

Since the remains of the dead are not buried in the mausoleum, it would be more correct to say that the body is buried, not buried. Mausoleum burial is considered an alternative to traditional underground burial, in which the body is stored in a mausoleum rather than underground.

A body buried in a mausoleum decomposes as it would underground. However, the mausoleum is above ground, which means there is no surrounding soil to soak up the gas produced from the decomposition. So the building slowly accumulates gas, and this is let out when the tomb is opened.

The burial of a mausoleum is a highly desirable form of internment among families who can afford the costs involved. Mausoleum burial is another fairly expensive burial option, where $4,000 is on the lower end of the cost spectrum. Burial in a public mausoleum may be more reasonable, although buying a place in a mausoleum can still be more expensive than buying burial land.

Mausoleums Are Great for the Impoverished and Families

For those who want an above ground burial but find a family mausoleum too expensive, a community mausoleum is a great option. If you are looking to buy burial land for your family, a private family mausoleum is a great choice. If money is an issue, mausoleums designed to bury many people in a family or community can cover burial costs. Those who are worried about the cost of a burial mausoleum might consider the amount their foundation would spend to bury several family members in an elite cemetery mausoleum.

While many opt for traditional burial or even cremation, the mausoleum should not be ruled out as an option for storing the remains of loved ones. Above-ground grave crypts, such as those found in mausoleums, may also be designed to hold cremated remains in perpetuity. Mausoleums also allow long-term burial of cremated remains, which is not possible with underground burials. An above-ground burial space, the mausoleum contains one or more crypts or burial chambers for both the burial of the whole body and the cremation of the ashes.

Meanwhile, there are several types of above-ground tombs and catacombs (see below). Unlike any other type of mausoleum mentioned here, Lawn Tombs are located underground, not above ground. Some mausoleums have an open space with crypts built along the outer walls, or a level above-ground crypt inside. Modern mausoleums are usually constructed taking into account all local architectural requirements, including those related to earthquakes.

Spaces within Mausoleums Can be Reserved

They may place the coffin in an interior space, or numerous crypts (burial chambers) may be built inside to contain the remains of all family members. A mausoleum is a free-standing elevated building that contains crypts or other types of burial chambers for storing remains. A mausoleum is a self-contained structure of varying sizes that contains burial chambers in which coffins and/or urns can be placed. You have the option to bury the remains (ground burial) or they can be buried in a crypt inside the mausoleum (above ground burial).

Arrangements may include traditional/natural/green burials in a cemetery, mausoleum or crypt; or cremation in a crematorium. Permanent burial of such bodies or remains will be by burial in the ground or by placement in a chamber, vault or grave in a cemetery owned, maintained and managed under Commonwealth law, by vaulting of a mausoleum, or by cremation.

The remains of a human body after cremation can be placed in a niche of a columbarium or in the crypt of a mausoleum, buried or disposed of in any way that does not contradict the law. Unless otherwise required by law, or where a corpse is legally transported or removed from the Commonwealth for the purpose of burial or burial elsewhere, any human corpse which dies within the Commonwealth, and the remains of any body after an autopsy therein, shall be decently buried, buried in a mausoleum, crypt or tomb, or cremated within a reasonable time after death.

Cemetery Policies Dictate Mausoleum Use

Depending on the cemetery’s policy, you can choose to bury the ashes in your spouse’s coffin or use the space provided next to him/her. Grass graves may contain chests containing the remains of several people placed side by side above and below one part of the cemetery and/or other parts.

Some cemeteries do not have separate buildings and are used only for cremated remains; therefore, existing mausoleums will have a section dedicated to cremation of remains in addition to the basement area. In addition to traditional burial grounds, garden mausoleums often contain niches for cremation of remains.

A public mausoleum is similar to a public cemetery in the sense that anyone can be buried there and anyone can visit and pay their respects to the deceased. A public mausoleum could have hundreds of burials, or more or fewer, depending on the location. Members of the Islamic faith typically build elaborate monuments to honor their deceased loved ones, while members of the Jewish faith follow the ancient tradition of above-ground burials in mausoleums.

Mausoleum Burial Occurs after a Memorial Service

Burial in the mausoleum may take place after a memorial service, commemoration or memorial service, but the specifics will depend on the unique wishes of the deceased’s relatives. Many who choose to be buried in a mausoleum do so to honor a special life, as a way to lovingly commemorate the deceased and provide a great place to visit and remember loved ones. Burial in a mausoleum is the best opportunity to make a declaration of love and secure a place of remembrance long after the deceased has left the world.

When choosing a mausoleum, there is no need for expensive crypts and monuments or memorials, which are almost always bought with a regular burial on the ground. Most families today opt for a more traditional burial in the ground and choose a headstone type as a marker for the grave. You can use a mausoleum, a free standing outside building with a tomb inside.

On the other hand, a sarcophagus mausoleum is a mausoleum that is partly above ground and partly underground. The sarcophagus, which is a stone coffin, contains burials in a concrete structure located underground, with a crypt that can be seen above the ground. Mausoleums with two, four, six, eight, or 12 crypts can accommodate multiple full-body burials and/or crematory urns in the crypt.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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