- Prepare the burial site
- Place the body in the grave, mausoleum space, or crypt
- Close the grave, mausoleum space, or crypt
- Install a headstone or grave marker
In addition, cemeteries will obtain the necessary licenses to bury the body and will keep the burial record. After the burial, the cemetery will maintain the gravesite, including maintaining any grass and landscaping around the grave.
Types of cemeteries
There are four types of cemeteries:
- Public cemeteries, the most common type, which are for-profit cemeteries (independently or corporately owned).
- Religious cemeteries, which are non-profit cemeteries owned by a religious organization.
- District or municipal cemeteries, which are non-profit cemeteries owned by the city or county.
- National or veterans cemeteries, which are government-run cemeteries for the burial of veterans and their families.
To learn how to find the type of cemetery you want, see our article How to Choose a Cemetery.
To find a cemetery, use our resource Guide: Finding a Cemetery.