Burial Vault FAQ
What is a burial vault?
It is an outer container placed in the ground, usually constructed of reinforced concrete but sometimes steel or composite material.
What purpose does a vault serve?
The primary purpose for a burial vault is to support the ground above it and to provide protection for the contents. It also serves as a barrier to the elements and other disturbances.
Are vaults required?
Endowed-care and perpetual care cemeteries often require the use of burial vaults as a maintenance and security issue. Others see an added value of providing a level of benefit to the environment. States or municipalities may require their use as a matter of law only in a few instances and the state of Alabama does not address the issue. Concrete or steel vaults are required for standard ground burials at Mobile Memorial Gardens as a matter of policy.
Where are burial vaults purchased?
Many cemeteries offer vaults either when needed or prior to need and may include them in their combined memorialization programs that also may include the memorial or monument. Funeral homes are also a retail outlet for vault suppliers. This is helpful since some cemeteries do not provide them or manufacture them. Often times this is when a church, municipal, or small private cemetery is used for burial. Keep in mind some firms may emphasize higher priced exotic models lined with stainless steel, bronze, or other costly materials. Mobile Memorial Gardens manufactures and supplies its own models and does not market the more costly exotic versions.
When should I buy my vault?
Experience has proven that selecting and prepaying your cemetery arrangements in advance can considerably reduce the financial and emotional burden for your family. At Mobile Memorial Gardens we are in a position to deliver and / or install virtually all property and merchandise we sell following its payoff. This has proven to be perhaps the safest method for prepaying and preplanning your arrangements because it is physically achieved in advance of need making it unnecessary to set aside funds in a bank, trust account, or insurance policy.
How much should I pay?
Since the vault is rarely seen by most family and friends, paying extra for appearance or exotic materials seems to serve little purpose if a vault is properly constructed. As a cemetery product, cemeteries are in a position to offer good value, especially if the cemetery manufactures their own. Purchasing directly from a manufacturer rather than a third party retailer is normally more cost effective for most products people buy, especially if the manufacturer is onsite.
Can an MMG vault be purchased for use in another cemetery?
As a 501c(13) nonprofit corporation, Mobile Memorial Gardens can only sell merchandise, which includes vaults, for a use that is related to someone either buried at the cemetery or that will be.