It’s never easy to shop for a burial plot. It can be worse when it’s dropped in our lap during a time of significant grief. When a loved one passes without burial preparations, it puts an immense amount of stress and strain on their family when they should be focusing on their own healing, spending comforting time together, and achieving closure. That’s why it’s so important to plan for the inevitable now.
In this guide, we’re going to go over what you should expect to pay for the different types of burial plots or, more colloquially, graves. We’ll discuss what factors play a part in the prices of burial plots and finally, we’re going to give you some pointers on how to save money on a burial plot. Our goal is to help with your funeral planning now, so your loved ones don’t have to in their hour of grief.
Burial plots are often also called graves, grave plots and funeral plots but they are all referring to the same thing. Burial plots are where we bury the deceased with respect and the intention of leaving a lasting memorial behind. Humans have been doing this for thousands of years. Throughout the centuries, burial practices have changed, from mass graves that were later exhumed to move the bones into ossuaries and catacombs, to the large, sprawling green cemeteries we see today. Though burial is no longer as popular as cremation, millions of Americans still choose burial every year.
There are more choices in funeral planning, though, than just deciding between burial and cremation. Burial plots themselves come with several options to choose from. There are plots for individuals as well as plots for couples or families. There are single space burial plots as well as double-depth plots and side-by-side burial options. You can even opt to have your beloved pet buried with you. Of all the choices you’ll have to make choosing a burial plot, the cost and location are going to be the most impactful. We hope that by the end of this guide, you’ll have a better idea of what you want and how much a burial plot costs.
Funeral plots come in many different shapes and sizes. Before you start funeral planning, have a look at the different types of burial plots below so you can choose one that fits your wishes.
Single space plots are the most frequently used plots in the USA. They have room for just one casket and are for burying one person alone.
Companion plots have a couple of options as we’ll cover below, but generally speaking, these sorts of funeral plots are for couples and families and are most often chosen by two married people.
We’re going to give you an idea of the average cost of each type of burial plot below, but keep in mind that they are based on national averages and can be affected significantly by many factors. The city, state, size and type of cemetery are some of the variables that affect the price of funeral plots. Consider these factors when planning your final wishes as well as the average costs below.
In 2021, the average cost of a single space burial plot in the USA is between $200 and $2000 in a public cemetery. Private cemeteries are going to cost a considerable amount more, with estimates as high as $5000. Single space plots are the most affordable cemetery burial option for single people.
Companion plots can come with a discount, so they may cost less than buying two separate plots. With that said, a side-by-side companion burial plot costs an average of between $4000 to $8000 normally, but can cost quite a bit more than that in private cemeteries. Further savings may be possible with a double-depth plot, as you’re essentially paying for one space. A side-by-side plot is a great choice for a married couple with wiggle room in their budget, while a double-depth plot may be more budget-friendly.
If you’re looking for a burial plot for your cremated remains, a resting place in a public cemetery has an average cost of $350 to $500. In a private cemetery, the same can run you over $2000. If your final wishes include prepaid cremation, this is the perfect way to leave a permanent memorial behind for your loved ones while still saving money.
The average prices we’ve listed above for the different types of burial plots all have a large range. There are many factors that can influence your final cemetery plot price along those spectrums. The main variables that have a considerable influence/affect on how much you’ll end up paying for a funeral plot are:
Of course, your cost doesn’t stop at the burial plot. You’re also going to have to consider the price of many other services that come with a burial. These include:
After reading all of those average prices, additional fees and funeral costs, it can seem very expensive to bury a loved one. However, there are ways to reduce what you’ll pay for the same services. Let’s take a look at some of those options.
Preplanning your burial can be a significant money saver for many reasons. You’ll pay today’s prices which means that when the time comes years down the road, and the average cost of a burial plot is even higher, you’ve already paid what it costs in 2021 and your purchase will be honoured. You can also set up installment payments at some cemeteries for your prepaid funeral plot so the cost is a little bit easier to manage than one large lump sum.
You can save a lot of money by shopping around for the best price on everything you need for a burial. For instance, some shops online sell caskets for much less than at a funeral provider. You can potentially save money on the grave markers or headstones by purchasing them online as well. Peruse a funeral home directory and ask for prices from several.
If your family is willing, purchasing a family burial plot can save a lot of money. Cemeteries are often willing to give a discount when you purchase multiple burial plots for family members at the same time.
The cheapest way to be buried is by preplanning your burial. If you opt for a prepaid burial plot, you’ll be locked into today’s rates and won’t have to face inflation when the time comes.
A prepaid burial plot is a funeral plot that you pay for before you require it. It can be paid for years in advance, saving you money on inflation.
No, you are instead purchasing the interment rights to that plot of land. That means despite someone else owning the land, you have the right to decide who gets buried there.
In most states, you can resell your burial plot interment rights, either back to the cemetery or to a new buyer. You are then free to purchase a new burial plot in your new area/place of residence.
You can pre-buy a burial plot in advance of the need for it and purchase interment rights for the plot you have chosen. You are not buying the land, but rather the right to be buried on it.
Your interment rights for a burial plot can last anywhere from between 25 to 100 years.
Yes, pre-buying a funeral plot will save you money and prevent your family from having to find and purchase a plot during their time of grief.
Like any piece of real estate, the answer is yes. They are susceptible to the same fluctuations and value increases as any plot of land.
The cemetery you choose will temporarily mark your grave after burial until grave markers or headstones are ready. So yes, being as the marker they place is temporary, it’s a good idea to purchase a headstone.
Yes, most cemeteries are happy to work with you to figure out an installment plan in order to pay for your cemetery plot.
Yes, your pre-paid burial plot can be considered an asset.
In most situations, the answer is no. If you’ve prepaid for a burial plot in a cemetery, you will require a casket for burial. There are few exceptions but they include green cemeteries, which offer burial options that are more environmentally friendly.
End-of-life arrangements are unavoidable. You can choose to leave those burdensome decisions to those you love, or you can take care of them now. Prepaying for your final arrangements relieves your family of that stress, it saves you and your family money, and now, with the best prepaid funeral plans and insurance from Everdays, it’s a pleasant and simple experience. The payoff is immeasurable for just a few moments of your time now. So Let’s Start Planning.