what to expect

Perhaps no other moment in the funeral process is as powerful as the final disposition. For survivors, this is a strong symbolic moment, a confirmation that they must let go of the person who died and look ahead to a changed life. For this reason, it is important that families choose the kind of final disposition most meaningful to them, and most appropriate for the deceased.

Interment (Earth burial)

Earth burial, otherwise known as internment, is the most common form of disposition in the United States. Many people prefer the idea of a final resting place and a gravesite where they can go to remember the person who died.


Like burial, entombment offers a fixed, final resting place. When a body is entombed, the casket is placed in a mausoleum, an above-ground structure usually made of marble or stone. Mausoleums vary greatly in size and design.

Final Disposition of Cremated Remains

Final disposition options following cremation include earth burial, entombment and scattering. Some families keep cremated remains in an urn or other appropriate container.