Most funeral home clients who choose burials arrange to have bodies placed in cemetery plots. However, there are situations where the deceased is interred in an above-ground mausoleum. The structures are often designed to hold more than one casket, although there are versions where single bodies are entombed. This style of interment may by chosen due to family or religious traditions. Some people simply do not like the idea of being buried in the ground. A Mausoleum Cost Breakdown will vary depending on factors that include location, size, and type.
Community Mausoleums Can Vary By Use
Some church properties and cemeteries include community mausoleums that contain many crypts, or vaults. Clients pay a per-person-fee to have individuals entombed in the structures. Those who choose single or double crypts typically pay between $3,000-$10,000. Upscale versions can cost as much as $30,000.
Family Mausoleums Offer Privacy
Many families inter members in mausoleums that have been standing for decades. Those who want to create a new family mausoleum generally order structures with room for one to eight crypts. However, they can choose larger styles. Private mausoleums are usually more expensive than other types, especially if clients want styles with walk-in areas and ornamentation such as columns. A basic private model typically costs about $25,000-$50,000, depending on the materials used. Larger, more elaborate structures with walk-in space often start at around $200,000 but can cost as much as $1 million.
Garden Crypts Are Often the Most Affordable
Clients can also opt for an outdoor, or garden, crypt that has no covered visiting area and is one of many housed in a large mausoleum. The design is simple and there are usually no benches or other amenities found in public areas. Crypts are enclosed in walls that are very tall. Lower level spaces are usually more desirable so they cost more. Single crypts typically start at around $3,500 and doubles at approximately $6,100. The cost increases for quads (four entombments) and indoor crypts.
Families that want members buried above ground typically arrange to have them entombed in crypts located in mausoleums. The most common types offer community, family, or garden interment. Building a new family mausoleum is the most expensive but can also provide a dignified burial place for future generations.