The professionals at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons are pleased to offer guidance and support as you select the interment option that will serve as a tribute to your loved one and a place of remembrance and reflection for you and your family. We frequently work with many cemeteries in the Houston area, and will gladly work with any cemetery of your choice, whether in Houston, other parts of Texas, across the country or even across the globe.
Geo. H. Lewis & Sons is affiliated with the magnificent Reflection Lake Estates at Memorial Oaks, and many families we serve choose to make cemetery arrangements at this beautiful property. With the peaceful Reflection Lake as its centerpiece, Reflection Lake Estates is located on the most exclusive property of Memorial Oaks Cemetery. Interment options at the 26-acre development include a limited number of build-to-suit private family estates and the majestic Texas Liberty Mausoleum and Robert L. Waltrip Memorial Chapel. If you would like more information about a lasting memorial at Reflection Lake Estates, we will be honored to assist you in scheduling a tour of that property.
Regardless of the cemetery you choose, cemetery property is an important consideration in addition to the funeral service when you’re making final arrangements for yourself in advance or for a loved one. For your information, we offer the following cemetery definitions and explanations.
A common misconception that people often have regarding cemetery property is that they have purchased the land itself, when in fact what they have really purchased is the right to be interred (also referred to as buried, entombed, enniched or placed) on or in that particular piece of property. This is also referred to as “interment rights.”
Most people are familiar with the concept of burial, or “interment,” but may not be aware of the variety of options that are often available. Many cemeteries offer one or more of the following:
- Ground Burial: burial of the casket below ground. A vault or outer burial container is required at many cemeteries.
- Mausoleum, or Community Mausoleum: a large building that provides above-ground entombments
- Private Family Mausoleum: a small structure that provides above-ground entombment of, on average, two to 12 decedents
- Companion Crypt: permits two interments or entombments side-by-side
- Private Family Estate: a small section of a cemetery, usually bordered by gates, shrubbery, or other dividers, that allow for ground burial of several members of the same family
Common methods of final disposition of cremated remains include:
- Cremation Niche: an above-ground space to accommodate a cremation urn
- Columbarium: often located within a mausoleum or chapel and constructed of numerous niches designed to hold urns
- Cremation Garden: a dedicated section of a cemetery designed for the burial, scattering or other permanent placement of cremated remains
- Memorial Benches: benches that either simply memorialize a loved one scattered or buried in a cremation garden, or actually contain the remains within
Markers, Monuments and Mausoleums
Some cemeteries allow upright headstones, called “monuments,” to be used with ground burials. Headstones that are flat against the ground are called “markers.” In some cemeteries, or sections of cemeteries, only flat markers are used to preserve the natural appearance of the landscape.
Regardless of whether you prefer a marker, monument or even a private mausoleum, our professionals will be pleased to work with you to select and design the cemetery memorialization option that is right for you and your family.