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"When should you buy a burial plot?"

  • Grannysmith
    Posted: Sep 22, 2008 09:46 PM
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    Wilmington, DE
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    I’m trying to put my estate in order for my children and would like advice on buying my burial plot in advance.


  • #1
    Posted: Sep 28, 2008 07:43 PM
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    Houston, TX
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    My mother-in-law bought a plot several ears ago and has since remarried and moved to a new state with her second husband. We are now in the process of trying to resell the plot. It’s not easy. You never know how our life may change in the future – My advice is don’t do it!

  • #2
    Posted: Sep 21, 2011 07:36 PM
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    Ocala, FL
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    Bad advice, slimjim. My father recently passed away and had NOTHING planned. Even with my husband being in the funeral home/cemetery business, making arrangements have been a burden on the surviving family. Any time someone has the oppurtunity to make their final arrangements for this life, they should do so.

    Good for you grannysmith for wanting to get your estate in order. You should visit your local funeral home. They can help with pre-need arrangements.

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    Boom Staff
    Posted: Sep 28, 2011 06:56 PM
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    First of all, we applaud you for getting your affairs in order and preparing in advance; your children should be grateful for your forethought on these important issues.

    In terms of buying a burial plot, you must decide what type of burial you prefer (land, community or private mausoleum-crypt, or cremation – land- or mausoleum-based). Once you have decided on that, you will have to purchase the items/plan that the type of plot requires. For example, if you choose a land-based burial, you’ll have to arrange for a casket, for opening and closing the ground, for a vault which encloses the casket, and a memorial/headstone.

    You can search for burial plots available (and information on cost) in the state you wish to be buried via Be vigilant, however, so as not to be taken advantage of by cemeteries/funeral industry representatives who may charge an unfair price disguised as “factoring in inflation costs”; find out more about pre-need contracts and how to protect yourself at

    - submitted by Boomerater Staff

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