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Cemetery - Glossary

At-Need Status: When a product, service or interment right being purchased is presently required or requested by the purchaser and will be delivered, ordered, rendered or conveyed by the city upon full payment.

Certificate of Interment Rights: The city treasurer’s receipt document by which the cemetery conveys to the owner the exclusive burial right in a particular grave or niche or the nonexclusive right in the scattering garden upon receipt of full payment.

Companion Grave: One grave of a double depth and sold to accept the interment of two human remains; one interment above the other.

Dome/Liner/Vault: A rigid outer burial container used to surround a casket or a cremated remains container.

Final Date: The engraving of the date of death on the burial marker.

Infant Burial Plot: May be used when a casket is no more than 45 inches wide and 36 inches long.

Interment: The disposition of human remains by burial or inurnment.

Interment Right: The right to inter the remains of a deceased person in a specific interment space within the cemetery.

Interment Services: Refers to the opening and closing of a particular interment space.

Inurnment: The placement of cremated remains in an urn.

Lazur Picture: A reproduction of a photo added to a burial marker.

Marker: A headstone.

Niche: A space used or intended to be used for inurnment of cremated human remains.

Opening/Closing: The process of excavating the burial plot to make the space for an interment and then putting earth back to fill the excavated space after the interment.

Pre-Need Status: When a product, service, or interment right being purchased is not presently needed and will be delivered, ordered, rendered, or conveyed by the city at some future date upon full payment.

Vase: A belowground container in which flowers or other memorabilia may be placed. Items not in an approved vase are subject to removal.


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