Many Americans choose cremation as their final disposition, but more than half of individuals in the U.S. still want to be interred at a cemetery–meaning it makes good sense to find a suitable final resting place before you need it. There are actually several advantages to purchasing a funeral plot in advance, regardless of whether you decide to be buried above or below ground.
If you live in the city, it’s easy to believe the old adage that “They’re not making any more land!”–space is at a premium and you may end up paying the price if you wait around. The same can be said of a prime funeral plot location, because if you wait around it may not be available when you truly need it. Most of the 40,000 cemeteries in the U.S. are facing a harsh reality: they will eventually run out of room. Land restrictions are limiting the amount of land where it is permissible to inter human remains.
Inflation is a serious topic, and one that most people don’t want to consider. As land gets more scarce it will also become more expensive, and the dollars spent on land now will multiply perhaps hundreds of times in your lifetime. If you have the option of spending eternity with your family overlooking a beautiful vale or a less-optimal location, which would you choose?
Perhaps the best reason for purchasing a funeral plot sooner than you need it, is that waiting can cause consternation and concerns within your family if you should pass away before the decision is made. If you feel strongly about a specific burial site, purchasing your funeral plot early in life can ensure that not only will you have the final peaceful resting place that you deserve, but can save some family heartache in the long-run.
There is no one answer for when you should purchase your funeral plot, but if you make the decision during your funeral pre-planning process you’re removing one more burden from your family when you pass beyond the mortal veil. If you have questions about purchasing your funeral plot or need more information about funeral pre-planning, contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.