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Coffins and Other Products Used In A Funeral

Burial Vaults Or Grave Liners: What They Are, How To Purchase

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Burial vaults or grave liners, also known as burial containers, are placed in the ground before burial, and the casket is lowered into it at burial. The purpose is to prevent the ground from caving in as the casket deteriorates over time.

A grave liner is generally made of reinforced concrete, and surrounds the sides and top of a casket when placed in the ground.

A burial vault is more substantial and more expensive than a grave liner. It totally surrounds the casket in concrete or another material and may be sold with a warranty of protective strength.

Neither grave liners nor burial vaults are designed to prevent the eventual decomposition of human remains.

State laws do not require a vault or liner, and it is illegal for a funeral provider to indicate otherwise. Keep in mind, however, that many cemeteries require some type of outer burial container to prevent the grave from sinking in the future. Burial vaults and grave liners generally have to satisfy the rules of the cemetery.

It may be less expensive to buy a burial container from a third-party dealer than from a funeral home or cemetery. If you do purchase a burial vault or liner from a funeral provider, they are required to provide you with a list of prices and descriptions before showing you any of the items.

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