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What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Cemetery Plot

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Alecia Milano
Posted by Alecia Milano on February 18, 2020

When preparing for a funeral or making final arrangements, it’s best to be informed on the different aspects of the burial process. One detail that may be unfamiliar is the cemetery plot. Always discuss with a trusted memorial dealer before buying a cemetery plot.

A cemetery plot is the place where the body is laid to rest. Whether in the ground or in a structure like a mausoleum, there are several considerations when it comes to burial plots, including the type of plot, costs and more.

To help prepare you for choosing a cemetery plot, we’ve detailed the cost and different types of options available.


How Much Does a Cemetery Plot Cost?

Cemetery plots can range widely in cost depending on various factors, such as:

  • Cemetery location.
  • Plot size.
  • Available space in the cemetery and plot location considerations. (Different sections can have specific rules and vary in price.).
  • How the remains are buried (crypt, mausoleum, etc.).

According to, the average Ohio burial plot is around $1,200. View the chart below for averages in several different states.


Burial Planning Chart - average burial plot cost by state


If you work with a trusted memorial provider, they can explain these costs and help you make the best decision based on your needs.


Types of Cemetery Plots

There are cemetery plot options for individuals, couples and families. Many factors might influence which option makes sense for you or your loved one.


Single-Depth Burial Plots

A single-depth burial plot is one of the most common options. It is meant for one person and is marked with an individual flat marker, slanted or upright headstone, depending on your preference and the cemetery’s rules.


Click here to access a list and interactive map of headstone
rules and regulations at cemeteries in the Cleveland area.


Single Depth ExampleExample of a flat headstone to be placed on a single depth burial plot.


Double-Depth Burial Plots

Double-depth burial plots are intended for two people, typically siblings or married couples.

Double-depth plots are single plots with caskets buried on top of each other. Double-depth plots tend to be more affordable because they only require purchasing one plot.

Each cemetery will likely have a standard for how double burial plots are set.


Double-Depth PlotExample of an upright headstone for a double depth burial plot.


Family Plots

Family plots are used for multiple people and enable you to choose the number depending on your needs and the cemetery’s availability.

With family plots, you’ll typically see the family name engraved on a large, single headstone, with smaller headstones marking the individual graves of each family member.


Family Plot Example


This is one example of a memorial for a family plot. They can also
be a group of separate headstones rather than one large one.



Mausoleums are above ground structures with an enclosed crypt that can hold traditional caskets.


Mausoleum ExampleExample of a mausoleum.



A columbarium is a structure that stores cremated remains for multiple people.

Columbaria are walls, rooms or buildings used to store urns that hold the ashes of people who have been cremated. These types of burial plots are usually sacred, public places for those who do not want to keep ashes in an urn in their home.


Columbarium ExampleThis is an example of a Columbarium.


Private Estates®

Private estates® are reserved spaces meant for a family. This burial option involves multiple burial sites in a specific area and a family can create a monument or a mausoleum depending on their wishes and the cemetery rules


Do You Know the Memorial Rules and Regulations at Your Cemetery?

A memorial or headstone acts as a lasting symbol of a life lived. Each person or family should have the opportunity to design something that is unique and that reflects the person or persons buried there.

While there are a number of different options for burial plots, many cemeteries have regulations for headstones allowed on the grounds.

Ensure your memorial is allowed at your cemetery and access our interactive map of memorial rules and regulations for Cleveland-area cemeteries. It contains design rules for dozens of the most visited cemeteries in Northeast Ohio. There may be cost or fees associated with the burial and memorial placement.


Cemetery Rules and Regulations Map and List



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