For a host of reasons, many people feel uncomfortable talking about death and death-adjacent topics like burial and cremation. While it may not be easy to have these conversations, it is important to distinguish between myth and fact when it comes to end-of-life options. At Sunset View Cemetery and Mortuary our staff frequently speaks with families from El Cerrito, Oakland, and Berkeley who have heard rumors or myths about burial.
Here are four of the most common burial myths debunked:
- A burial vault is required for burial.
A burial vault was originally used to protect the casket from grave robbers. This type of structure also helps support the surrounding ground and lessen maintenance costs for cemeteries. According to California state laws, a burial vault is not required for burial. However, some cemeteries do require an outside container for the casket. When you visit our funeral home, our funeral experts will help you select the appropriate burial options to meet your needs.
- A religious official must be present at every burial.
The Bay Area is a diverse area that is home to families hailing from various cultural and religious backgrounds. For this reason, not everyone in our community wants a priest or pastor to oversee their loved one’s graveside burial. Families seeking an alternative option can arrange for a humanistic service instead of religious services and incorporate special readings, music, and other personal touches into the memorial.
- There are no burial options for families who choose cremation.
Choosing cremation for your loved one means you can still decide to hold a graveside burial. Our cremation professionals will assist you in selecting a cremation urn or box and help you arrange a meaningful graveside service for your loved one.
- Choosing traditional burial limits your personalization options.
When you choose traditional burial with us, you can decide to incorporate a customized casket, a video tribute, an environmentally friendly balloon release, and a variety of other personalized aspects into the service. We want every family we serve, whether they choose burial or cremation, to have access to the same personalization options.
If after reading this, you still find yourself with questions about burial, contact our supportive staff by phone or email. We are here 24/7 and ready to serve you and your family.