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Couple Burial Options

Make A Will for Same Sex Couples

Burial Options for Same-Sex Couples

  1. Double Depth Burial

    Description: In a double depth burial, two caskets are stacked on top of each other in a single grave. This option allows same-sex couples to rest together, sharing the same burial plot. The couple typically shares a single headstone or marker that features both names. It symbolizes their eternal bond and commitment.

    Advantages:

    • Economical, as it requires only one burial plot.
    • Symbolizes unity and togetherness.
    • Simplifies maintenance for future generations.

    Considerations:

    • Requires pre-purchasing a double-depth grave.
    • Both partners must pass away before the arrangement is used.

  2. Side-by-Side Burial

    Description: Side-by-side burial involves adjacent plots for each partner. While they have separate graves, the proximity allows them to remain close. Each partner has an individual headstone or marker. It represents companionship and shared memories.

    Advantages:

    • Allows individual recognition.
    • Provides space for personalized markers.
    • Honors each partner's unique identity.

    Considerations:

    • Requires purchasing two adjacent plots.
    • May be costlier than double depth burial.

  3. Cremation and Joint Urn

    Description: Cremation is a popular choice for same-sex couples. Their ashes can be combined in a single urn, symbolizing unity even in the afterlife. The joint urn can be buried, placed in a columbarium niche, or kept at home.

    Advantages:

    • Compact and portable.
    • Allows customization (engravings, designs).
    • Facilitates scattering or sharing among family members.

    Considerations:

    • Personal preferences regarding cremation.
    • Decide on the urn's final resting place.

  4. Memorial Benches or Trees

    Description: Some cemeteries offer memorial benches or trees. Couples can have their names engraved on a bench or a plaque near a tree. These living memorials provide a serene and natural setting for remembrance.

    Advantages:

    • Integrates with the environment.
    • Creates a peaceful space for reflection.
    • Symbolizes growth and continuity.

    Considerations:

    • Availability in specific cemeteries.
    • Maintenance and longevity.

  5. Custom Monuments

    Description: Designing a custom monument allows couples to express their unique love story. Consider personalized sculptures, engravings, or artistic elements. It can be a shared legacy for generations.

    Advantages:

    • Artistic and meaningful.
    • Reflects the couple's journey.
    • Becomes a conversation piece.

    Considerations:

    • Requires professional design and craftsmanship.
    • May vary in cost based on complexity.

  6. Crypts or Mausoleums

    Description: Crypts in a mausoleum allow couples to be interred together. Mausoleums often have shared spaces for family members. It provides an elegant and dignified resting place.

    Advantages:

    • Architecturally impressive.
    • Climate-controlled environment.
    • Allows for personalized inscriptions.

    Considerations:

    • Availability in specific cemeteries.
    • Cost varies based on location and design.

  7. Scattering Together

    Description: If both partners choose cremation, their ashes can be scattered together in a meaningful location. It could be a favorite beach, garden, or mountaintop.

    Advantages:

    • Symbolizes freedom and return to nature.
    • Honors shared memories.
    • Minimal environmental impact.

    Considerations:

    • Legal restrictions on scattering.
    • Choose a location with sentimental value.

  8. Natural Burial Grounds

    Description: Natural burial grounds emphasize simplicity and environmental sustainability. Couples can rest together in a serene, undeveloped landscape. No embalming or traditional markers are used.

    Advantages:

    • Eco-friendly choice.
    • Encourages native plantings.
    • Blends with the natural surroundings.

    Considerations:

    • Research available natural burial sites.
    • Understand site-specific rules.

  9. Shared Memorial Services

    Description: Host a joint memorial service to celebrate both partners' lives. Friends and family can gather to honor their relationship, share stories, and find solace together.

    Advantages:

    • Unites communities.
    • Acknowledges the couple's impact.
    • Provides emotional support.

    Considerations:

    • Plan logistics and invitations.

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