How to Plan for Family Plots or Companion Graves

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Death is something most people would rather not think about until they have to. However, when it comes to purchasing a burial plot, it’s crucial to plan ahead. 

This is because burial land is becoming more and more scarce. As most cemeteries reach full capacity, the price of plots is increasing, and if you wait too long, you might not be able to secure the final resting place you’ve always envisioned. 

Planning ahead is especially crucial for those who are hoping to be buried alongside their loved ones. Companion graves take up more space, so you’ll need to secure these plots in advance. 

Here is everything you need to know about planning for family plots or companion graves.

What’s the Difference Between Family Plots and Companion Graves?

Companion graves are burial plots that are sold in pairs. They are typically for couples, but other close friends and family members can also choose this option. They may have two separate headstones, or one double-wide headstone with information on each person.  

A more affordable option for companion graves is known as a double-depth plot. Instead of being buried side by side, the caskets will be buried one on top of the other. 

A family plot, on the other hand, is a small area in the cemetery set aside for multiple members of a single family. Typically, family plots have one central headstone with the family surname. Then, each individual burial space has a smaller headstone commemorating the individual. 

Other options for multiple burials are also available. For example, a mausoleum is an above ground “burial” place, typically set in a large wall. This is a more affordable option due to the availability of space.

If you and your loved one are planning to be cremated, companion plots can be reserved for cremated remains as well. A columbarium is another option for keeping the cremated remains of families close after death.

How Much Do Companion Plots Cost?

Depending on where you live, a burial plot in a public corporate cemetery can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000. The average cost in a private church cemetery ranges from $1,000 to $3,000. The price will reach this high end in dense, urban areas. 

Burial plots for cremated remains are smaller, so they are more affordable than traditional burial spaces. This option will be around $1500.00 to $2500.00 in public corporate cemeteries.

These prices will almost double for every space being reserved.

How to Plan for Family Plots or Companion Graves

The first step in planning for a multiple burial space is to do plenty of research. Make sure the cemetery you’re interested in is a trusted and accredited business. Different cemeteries will have different prices, so make sure you’re getting the best value for your service. 

Next, you want to have an honest and open conversation with your partner or family members about their end-of-life wishes. If they are not interested in being buried, or with staying in the same place as the rest of the family, you will not want to rush into the decision. Make sure everyone is on the same page before you make this major investment.

Finally, when you’re certain with your plan, contact the cemetery and ask about their companion grave or family plot availability. They will walk you through your options and find the best choice for your budget and your family.

Custom Memorial Markers in Maryland

Once you’ve made plans regarding your final resting place, the next step is to plan your memorial marker. That’s where Merkle Monuments can help!

We create beautiful, custom-made headstones in Maryland. From double headstones to personalized bronze, slant and grass markers, and much more, we have all the options you need. If you have other plans for the end of your life, we also offer a wide range of urns. Call now to learn more!