Placing Cremated Remains in a Cemetery

The Grove at Rest Haven Cemetery is an one option for burying cremated remains.

Placing Cremated Remains in a Cemetery

The Grove at Rest Haven Cemetery is an one option for burying cremated remains.Even with all the options available today for memorialization, many people still want to bury the cremated remains of their loved in a cemetery. Sometimes this is because there is a family cemetery where generations have been laid to rest. Other times it’s because a spouse or other close family members has already passed and had a traditional burial.

Although aCremation specializes in simple cremations (also called direct cremation), many of the families we serve choose a cemetery as the final resting place for the cremated remains. If you are planning on using a cemetery, we can provide any additional documentation they may request although it is typically not required.

Cemetery Options

Once you make the decision you want to bury cremated remains in a cemetery, there are some things to think about. The most common approaches are:

  • Burying the remains in a traditional cemetery plot
  • Placing the cremated remains in a columbarium
  • Utilizing an urn garden that accommodates burials

Traditional Cemetery Plots

If you already have a cemetery plot, or choose to purchase one, you may have the options to put multiple people in a single plot but this up to the cemetery. The cemetery will typically ask that you use a vault as well to help hold the shape of the ground where the urn is buried. If you do not wish to have a vault, there are several green cemeteries that do not require them.


Today, most people have at least seen a modern-day columbarium. Many cemeteries have constructed them as cremation has gained in popularity. Typically, they are a structure that has many small places designed to hold an urn. Some are very simple, while others allow for personal memorabilia to be included as part of a display along with the urn.

Urn Gardens

More and more cemeteries are introducing urn gardens each year. Some of them are accompanied by scattering gardens. One of the prettiest I’ve seen is The Grove at Rest Haven Cemetery in Rockwall, Texas. It is beautifully landscaped with a brook flowing through it. You actually have the option of having the remains buried as part of a large rock, in a bench or in other landscape elements.

Buying a space for cremated remains

Although many cemeteries are affiliated with a traditional funeral home, you typically are not required to use that funeral home in order to purchase an area for cremated remains. You will find in most large cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, prices will vary significantly so don’t be afraid to shop around.


About aCremation

aCremation is a licensed funeral establishment specializing in direct cremation throughout North, Central and South Texas. We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Our team of dedicated, compassionate professionals are available around-the-clock to assist with making cremation arrangements and to answer any questions. aCremation currently serves Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco. We invite you to call us, toll-free at 877-353-3626.

Mary Beth Barnett

Mary Beth Barnett is a licensed Funeral Director in Texas. Her involvement with aCremation began before our doors opened – researching how we could provide affordable cremations and still keep quality and service standards high. Through this process, she developed a passion for working with families who are going through one of the most stressful phases of life – planning for death.

  • Carole Cliffe
    Posted at 23:06h, 15 June Reply

    If you family was buried in a pd for plot, and a son or daughter dies can their urn of ashes be placed in the gravesite 3 ft. will they dig 3 ft what is the fee for doing that?

    • Mary Beth Barnett
      Posted at 07:52h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you for your question. Each cemetery makes their own policy regarding if they will agree to bury remains in an existing plot and they set their own pricing as well. You would need to contact the cemetery to find out their specific policy.

  • Teri Burks
    Posted at 18:47h, 26 August Reply

    I recently contacted the cemetery my parent was cremated in 25 years ago. My parents were to be “inurned” together after the other passed away. I was told that one of my parents ashes that they were suppose to be holding is “missing/lost”…I asked for them to investigate and find my parent…I was told there was nothing they could do…what did I expect them to do about it”? HELP…IS there anything I CAN do about it???

    • Mary Beth Barnett
      Posted at 19:58h, 30 August Reply

      I can only speak for Texas but this is something you would need to address directly with the cemetery. Most cemeteries would inurn the first parent when they passed (and then do a second inurnment at the appropriate time). Or they would request that you maintain possession of your parent’s remains until you were ready to bury them both together.

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