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What is a Mausoleum?
Loosely defined, all types of mausoleums fall under the following description: a freestanding building built to enclose a burial chamber or interment space. They have crypts, which are compartments that hold caskets. They may also contain columbaria to house cremains.

When someone is buried in a mausoleum, they are said to be ‘entombed.’ Their remains will typically be held above ground, except in the case of a few kinds of mausoleums described below, and tend to be popular because the area will always remind dry, unlike a standard burial plot out in the open. Families choose mausoleums for both casket entombments and cremated remains. However they are constructed and whatever types of remains they hold, mausoleums are considered to be slightly more ecologically friendly than in-ground burials because they save on space. Mausoleums can be found in cemeteries, on church land, or on private land.

Family Mausoleums

A family mausoleum or private mausoleum serves to preserve the memory of not just someone who has died, but the entire extended family as well. People who choose a family mausoleum typically seek to feel a deep sense of closeness with their family members, both living and deceased. The family mausoleum serves to uphold the continuity of the family name and its traditions and allows for a permanent spot for future generations to visit and reflect upon their heritage.

Family mausoleums became popular in the United States beginning in the Victorian era (the late 1800s) and are very prevalent in places like New Orleans, where in-ground burials are difficult due to low elevation.

Public Mausoleums
Many cemeteries in the United States have public mausoleums in which families may choose to entomb their loved ones’ remains. Sometimes called ‘community mausoleums,’ these public types of mausoleums offer a cost-sharing benefit over private or family mausoleums, which tend to be cost-prohibitive for some families.

Some of the larger cemeteries have multiple mausoleums, each with a different character and style. Some can hold as many as several thousand entombments. They typically offer families useful and thoughtful amenities such as brass plaques that denote the loved one’s faith, vases for flowers, private seating areas for families to gather, and uplifting architectural touches like skylights and beautiful glass walls to the outdoors.

Garden Mausoleums
A garden mausoleum is a less expensive option for cemeteries located in cold climates. Space offers crypts for caskets but is most commonly a place to display urns and remembrances. Although not an indoor facility, some garden mausoleums include stained glass windows, statues, and works of art. These add a sense of peace and tranquility to the already beautiful garden oasis that surrounds these mausoleums.