Why Are Burial Vaults Required In Cemeteries?

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Many individuals that have lost a loved one opt to bury the person in a cemetery. Many people are unaware that they will need to purchase a burial vault, as observed at Nutmeg State Cremation Society.

Burial vaults are open-air containers that house a casket where the departed is laid to rest. The grave is sealed in a burial vault before placing the casket, preventing the earth above from sinking. Cemeteries prioritize grave liner installations and burial vaults to lessen the amount of work necessary to keep the ground level.

What Is The Purpose Of Burial Vaults?

The vault shields the casket from cemetery maintenance equipment and the weight of the soil. It also keeps the ground from sinking, which enhances water resistance while maintaining the beauty of the cemetery grounds. Vaults protect the ground considerably since the dirt under caskets lowers and dips as they decay and settle. Cemeteries require burial vaults for caskets to preserve the safety and beauty of their grounds, as well as to protect their maintenance equipment.

Although cremation urns settle in the ground far less than caskets, most cemeteries also require that urns be placed in vaults. Plastic, concrete, or metal are used to create these vaults, which are sturdy and non-biodegradable. You can alternatively choose a heavy steel burial vault, which would cost more depending on the quality of the product. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose from simple or more exquisite vaults.

Most cemeteries require families burying the deceased to buy vaults, and each cemetery will offer various options. It's best to contact the cemetery beforehand and get the required information. Because there are so many types of vaults, you'll be sure to find something that suits your needs.


Nutmeg State Cremation Society is here to provide you with the details you need about our customized services. We offer cremation services and can help you with all aspects of this process.

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