About Burial

Even as the cremation rate has increased in recent years, the time honored tradition of burial continues to be a popular option.


Service Options to Commemorate a Life through Burial

Burial with a Traditional Funeral Service

The body is embalmed immediately after death. A visitation and funeral service occur at the funeral home, church, or other desired location, where the body of the deceased is present in a casket.

After the service is complete, the casket is buried at the chosen cemetery. This part of the funeral can be public or private, depending on the family's wishes.

Burial with a Veterans Service

The body is embalmed immediately after death. A visitation and funeral service occur at the funeral home, church, or other desired location, where the body of the deceased is present in a casket.

After the service is complete, special military honors, rites, or ceremonies occur at the chosen cemetery. 

Burial with a Graveside Service

The body is embalmed immediately after death. A funeral service occurs at the place of burial, where the body of the deceased is present in a casket.

 

Immediate Burial

No funeral services or viewings occur after death - the body is immediately buried. Generally, embalming is not required, unless burial will be over 72 hours from time of death.


Burial Products

We offer a large selection of burial caskets and outer burial containers (burial vaults).

Burial FAQs

If your question isn't answered here, one of our funeral directors would be happy to assist you.
What is embalming?
Embalming is the process of disinfecting and preserving the deceased’s body by chemically treating the body to reduce the presence and growth of bacteria, to slow organic decomposition, and to restore an acceptable physical appearance.
Is embalming required by law?
Embalming is not required by law, except in the following circumstances as provided by Minnesota Statute 149A.91. Subd. 3:

- The body is to be publicly viewed.
- Final disposition will be over 72 hours from time of death.
- The body is to be sent out of state by public transportation.
- The Commissioner of Health requires embalming for the control of infectious diseases for the safety of public health.

If embalming is required, the funeral director will specify the reason in writing on the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected.
Is an outer burial container (vault) required by law?
A burial vault is not required by law in Minnesota, however, most cemeteries do require an outer burial container. A concrete graveliner will satisfy most cemeteries, but a burial vault is more substantial, surrounds the entire casket in concrete or other material, and offers the best protection from ground sinking and water penetration. There are many different models of burial vaults, in all price ranges. If an outer burial container is required, the funeral director will specify the reason in writing on the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected.

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