Burial Vaults

Burial Vaults: Do You Need One?

A burial vault is a container, often made of concrete, that surrounds a coffin to help keep a grave from sinking. Most cemeteries have rules that require burial vaults for caskets, but federal law doesn’t require you to choose one. However, graveyard operators typically stress the importance of vaults to keep the ground level and maintain the beauty of the cemetery.

A Burial Vault Can Lessen Burdens

If the weight of the casket causes the ground to collapse, this calls for ample maintenance. Too much maintenance can lead to economic, ecological, and administrative burdens. Thus, burial vaults play an important role in reducing these strains. 

A Burial Vault Can Bear Loads

Whether you need a burial vault comes down to sheer science. Durial a burial, certain loads will be placed on site. Burial vaults can sustain these weights, which include impact, dynamic, and static loads. 

  • Static (stationary) loads — The weight of the earth pushing directly on the burial vault. This can be up to 4,000 pounds.
  • Dynamic loads —  Tractors, heavy-duty lifts, and other equipment can cause dynamic loads, with varying pressures, while moving over the grave.
  • Impact loads — Often result from the tamper used during the backfilling process. The impact is usually stronger than that of dynamic or static loads. While it usually occurs briefly, impact involves steering high pressure to a small area.

How Much Does a Burial Vault Cost?

Burial vaults are typically more expensive than grave liners. Grave liners normally cost between $700 and $1,000, while burial vaults normally cost between $900 and $7,000 — but they can be up to $10,000 or even $12,000. Yes, we know this is a broad range! 

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So, Should You Buy a Burial Vault for a Deceased Loved One?

It depends on which cemetery you decide to bury your loved one. You often hear folks say that you can’t buy peace of mind, but you can purchase a burial vault to help protect their remains from underground processes. 

To avoid being misinformed, consider these points of information:

  • Burial vaults simply stop the ground from decaying around your loved one’s casket. It doesn’t block the decomposing process of the dead body.
  • According to the Funeral Rule, it’s illegal for funeral providers to declare that burial vaults or grave liners keep water, dirt, or other debris from getting into the casket.
  • Certain companies convince customers to choose intricate burial vaults with ornamentation, storage compartments, etc. Consumer experts say that you don’t need to spend gaudily.

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Get in Touch with Final Expense Direct

If you have more questions about funeral and burial costs, check out our blog or get in touch with our team. Final expense insurance, also called funeral or burial insurance, is a perfect way to cover these expenses and give your family peace of mind. We provide affordable coverage right over the phone, so give us a call at 1-877-674-0236.   


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