Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum offers a wide variety of services and options
from which you may choose. From traditional burial in our gardens, to
our mausoleum, which features aboveground entombment and niche selections,
you’ll feel comfortable knowing you’ve selected a place of
distinction. Individual and family spaces are available in various settings
offering alternative surroundings to satisfy your personal preferences.
We encourage your desire to create an enduring memorial that is both personal
Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum staff provides caring and professional
guidance, fully and clearly explaining all of the details involved in
planning a memorial. Their years’ of experience working with virtually
every family preference and individual situation enables them to present
you with a wide array of options. They’ll guide you through the
selection process so you’ll feel certain you’ve made the decisions
that are right for you and your family.
Choose from individual and family lots available throughout our 25 acres
of meticulously maintained grounds set in a park-life setting with gardens,
enduring monuments and dignity.
Is There a Time Limit After a Death for a Person to be Buried?
States have different laws—some limit the maximum time before final
disposition. Things that must be considered: securing official permits
and authorizations, notifying friends and family, preparation of the burial
site and religious requirements. Your funeral director will be well versed
on these and other regulations.
About Embalming—Is It Required?
No. Embalming is a matter of choice. Your decision will be influenced
by several factors: 1. Length of time between death and burial; 2. To
enhance the deceased’s appearance in an open casket for public viewing
or private viewing by family members; 3. Transportation of the body by
plane or train.
are “Opening and Closing Fees?”
Fees for “Opening and Closing” cover the cost of many separate
services performed by cemetery personnel. They include administering and
permanent record keeping which encompasses the determination of ownership,
obtaining necessary permission and completing all other necessary documents,
including entering the interment details in the interment register and
maintaining all legal files. The fees also include actually opening and
closing the grave, crypt or niche. In the case of in-ground burial, we
locate and lay out the boundaries of the grave, excavate, make the burial
and fill the space. We also level, tamp and sod the gravesite and level
and re-sod it again if the earth settles.
is a burial vault?
A burial vault is the outside container into which the casket itself is
placed. It is designed to protect the casket and keep the grave surface
from sinking in. Burial vaults vary in type and can be made of one or
more of the following materials: concrete, stainless steel, galvanized
steel, copper, bronze, plastic and fiberglass. Grand Prairie Memorial
Gardens and Mausoleum requires the use of a burial vault for in ground,
I Make the Necessary Arrangements in Advance?
Yes. You can make all arrangements in advance. Planning ahead lets you
consider the options you prefer and make the decisions about your funeral,
your cemetery arrangements and memorial that you are comfortable with.
They will be meaningful decisions that will give you peace of mind, knowing
that you have relieved your loved ones of the emotional and financial
burden of having to make decisions in their time of grief. It’s
also a wise economic choice because you purchase at today’s prices,
free from future inflation.
I Buy a Grave, Do I Receive a Deed?
No. The purchase of a grave is really a purchase of the right to designate
who may be buried in that grave and what kind of memorial you want, subject
to what the cemetery’s rules permit. You are not really purchasing
the land or the actual grave, crypt or niche. They remain the property
and responsibility of the cemetery. You will receive a Certificate of
Ownership for your burial rights.
is Endowment Care?
Endowment care income is a portion of the purchase price contributed to
a special fund that provides for regular care and maintenance of the cemetery
which can include mowing, planting and maintaining trees, water supply
system, maintenance, roads, drainage and more. The minimum amount that
can be contributed to the endowment care fund is usually legally mandated.
Once exclusively for the wealthy and famous, mausoleum entombment is now
well within reach for families looking for the simplicity and dignity
of aboveground burial. Mausoleums are open 365 days a year and families
can visit regardless of the weather in a beautiful, clean and comfortable
environment. Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum offers a variety
of crypt configurations including individual and companion.
fact: The first mausoleum, built and named for Mausolo, a beloved minor
monarch who would otherwise have been forgotten, is now one of the original
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Choose a Mausoleum?
Mausoleums provide the prestige, dignity and serenity of aboveground burial
that includes a clean, dry, ventilated environment. Covered mausoleums
provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for families to visit their
loved ones regardless of the weather.
Makes Mausoleum Entombment the Wise Financial Choice?
Aboveground burial compares favorably with the cost of in-ground burial
by eliminating the need for lots, vaults, monuments and memorials. In
one indoor, aboveground space, the concrete vault is sealed and the casket
is protected from the elements.
Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum offers substantial pre-planning discounts,
as well as low down payments, interest-free financing and special savings
on companion crypts, making the choice of mausoleum entombment even more
Can Friends and Family Visit Mausoleum Crypts?
All year-round, in any weather, you can pay homage to the memory of departed
loved ones in a beautiful, inspirational setting.
Embalming Necessary When Selecting a Crypt?
The Rules and Regulations of Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum
require embalming when selecting aboveground entombment.
for handling your cremated remains are many. You may decide to be embalmed
and have a casket, viewing hours and full-service with cremation being
performed after the funeral service. You may choose to have your remains
scattered or placed in an urn of your choosing for burial in a traditional
plot or placement in a mausoleum niche. If you choose to have your remains
scattered, memorial plaques provide a tangible and lasting remembrance
for family and friends.
Cremation involved placing the deceased in a special chamber in a building
called a crematorium and incinerating the body at high temperatures for
several hours until it is reduced to a fine white powder. These remains
are commonly called “cremains”. Because of the simplicity,
dignity and affordability, cremation is the most popular option to the
traditional funeral and burial.
Common Is It?
Cremation has seen a steady rise in acceptance in the United States over
the past four decades among people of all backgrounds and faiths. In 1960,
cremation accounted for less than 4% of all final arrangements in America
but today the rate is over 25%. By the year 2010, cremation is projected
to be 40% of all arrangements.
I Need a Casket if I’m Being Cremated?
With cremation, neither a casket nor embalming is generally required.
However, you can always choose to be embalmed and have a casket, full
viewing and a full service. Cremation can be performed without a service
or done before or after a funeral service. Cremains may be scattered,
kept at home, buried in a cemetery, or inurned into a niche in a columbarium
(a structure containing niches).
is Cremation Becoming More Popular?
One factor is our increased mobility. People often live away from family
and would prefer to have their remains “closer to home” where
they have a stronger attachment and where family and friends may visit.
Perhaps a person would like to be remembered in two different places or
have their remains encased in molten glass objects d’art or crafted
into jewelry. Some people are even having their cremains launched into
space. Literally, the sky’s the limit.
Cremation Options does Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum Offer?
Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum offers a wide range of plans
and locations for the inurnment of cremains. Constructed of the finest
materials with granite fronts, niche spaces provide an enduring memorial.
Our cremation plans include a niche space, urn and lettering. The Pavilion
niches offer memorialization in a peaceful, outdoor setting overlooking
I Plan My Cremation in Advance?
Planning now lets you make choices you’re comfortable with and protects
your family from unnecessary burdens. You also take advantage of substantial
pre-planning discounts and protect your family from future price increases
while conserving their insurance benefits. There are no hidden costs.
Your loved ones pay no additional charges at the time of loss or any time