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How Much Does a Lawn Crypt Cost?

average costInternment Fees: $600-$1,500+high costLawn Crypt: $1,900-$12,000+
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Also called an underground mausoleum, a lawn crypt is a compromise between traditional underground burial and aboveground entombment in a mausoleum. Lawn crypts provide in-ground burial of a casket or caskets within a sturdy crypt. A lawn crypt is essentially a premade tomb or vault of concrete and steel that is installed underground in an excavated area and then covered with soil and grass.

Typical costs:

  • A lawn crypt can cost $1,900-$12,000 or more, depending on capacity (one to six caskets) and location -- with local real estate prices and availability and the relative luxury or celebrity status of the facility being prime factors in the cost. Highland Cemetery[1] in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, charges $1,850 for a single lawn crypt and $2,550 for a double. The upscale Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens[2] in Southern California advertises "state of the art" lawn crypts for $9,750-$11,750.
Related articles: Mausoleum, Gravesites, Headstones, Life Insurance, Funeral

What should be included:
  • Lawn crypts are usually installed side-by-side, with no dirt in between, so they occupy less overall ground space in a cemetery than traditional burial plots. Often a cemetery will install a large block of lawn crypts in an excavated area, then sell the pre-installed crypts to consumers. Most lawn crypts are placed completely underground, with only a memorial plaque on the grassy surface. Many lawn crypts are double-depth, meaning they hold two caskets vertically in a single gravesite, but lawn crypts can hold anywhere from one to six caskets. Lawn crypts allow underground burial in areas with poor soil or flooding problems, and eliminate the need for a grave liner or burial vault. Our Lady of Victory Cemetery in Ohio explains lawn crypt burials[3] .
Additional costs:
  • If not included with the lawn crypt purchase, internment fees (to open and close the crypt, replace the sod, legally required recordkeeping, etc.) can cost $600-$1,500 or more depending on the cemetery's rates, plus surcharges for evening or weekend internments. However, a few lawn crypt packages include the cost of internment. Catholic Cemetery Association of Peoria[4] in Illinois charges $4,600-$6,225 for a double lawn crypt including two internments and a "companion" headstone. (Most crypt prices include a headstone or marker, but there might be an engraving charge.)
  • People who purchased lawn crypts in advance (usually to be buried near other family members) and then either hit financial difficulties or moved out of the area are selling their lawn crypts at discounted prices on specialized sites like[5] .
Shopping for a lawn crypt:
  • A lawn crypt is a specific type of burial plot within a cemetery. When choosing a lawn crypt, ask whether internment fees and costs for engraving the memorial plaque are including in the purchase price. Find out about any cemetery restrictions on the use of headstones or graveside flowers. Determine if there is a perpetual care fund to keep the cemetery operating and looking good; whether it's optional or mandatory to participate; and if it's a one-time or recurring fee. Funeral home or mortuary staff will know which local cemeteries offer lawn crypts.
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