Burial Vault Information
A burial vault is a protective outer container that the casketed remains are placed in at the grave and is then sealed closed. They protect the casketed remains, keep the grave intact and prevent sinking, and can add beauty to the funeral committal setting. McCullough Funeral Home is proud to offer Doric Brand Vaults from which you can choose.
The vault is often made of two pieces of molded concrete, usually steel reinforced, and most commonly with a liner of some material bonded to the inside of the top and bottom. Materials used for lining can range from a basic polystyrene plastic to heavier ABS type plastic and on up to gleaming stainless steel or copper. Unlined vaults or minimum grave-liners are also available. Vaults, like caskets, are often available to be personalized.
Some variations of vaults have been in use throughout the 20th century. Cemeteries started requiring them for functional and economic reasons, primarily to reduce maintenance costs from grave sinkage. Other reasons for their use are to reduce the disturbances of existing graves by the heavy machinery most cemeteries now use and also to enable the use of a grave for double-depth burials.
In most areas of the country, state or local law does not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink in. Either a burial vault or a grave liner will satisfy these requirements. We will coordinate with your chosen cemetery to determine what the requirements may be in your case. It is rare, however, that a cemetery these days will not require an outer burial container of some sort.