When you think about planning a funeral, you might think about buying the casket for the individual to be laid to rest in. You might not have thought about buying anything additional, but a burial vault, which houses the casket, is actually important as well. These are a few reasons why.
1. It Keeps the Casket from Getting Wet
First of all, burial vaults help protect the casket from water. If it is raining on the day of the burial, the burial vault will help provide protection. Additionally, once it is buried, there is moisture in the soil that you have to worry about. With a burial vault in place, this moisture should not be a problem, even in areas where the soil is very moist below ground.
2. It Protects the Casket from Heavy Equipment
When someone is buried, a lot of heavy equipment is used in the process. Not only is heavy equipment used to dig the hole in which the casket will be buried in, but additional equipment is used to fill in the hole after the burial and the smooth out the surface on top. This helps ensure that the casket is buried properly and helps with the appearance of the cemetery. This heavy equipment can put a lot of weight on the casket and can cause cracks and other damage in some cases, but a burial vault is heavier and stronger and is designed to protect the casket from this.
3. It Prevents Excessive Settling
Lastly, you have to think about what happens after the casket is buried in the ground. Over time, the ground can begin to settle, and the casket can begin to be damaged because of it. With a burial vault in place, this can help protect the casket and can help keep the ground around the casket level and undamaged, which can make a difference in the appearance of the grave site and the cemetery.
As you can see, if you are in the process of pre-planning your funeral or planning a funeral for a loved one who has recently passed away, buying a burial vault is important. These come in different sizes and styles, so you do have multiple options to choose from along with the casket. Luckily, someone from the funeral home should be able to assist you in the process of choosing and purchasing the right burial vault for your needs.
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