At Seven Stones Chatfield, we offer a variety of burial options. The first choice you must make is whether you would prefer cremation, or casket and burial. This is a personal choice that may be guided by spiritual philosophy, economic factors or merely personal preference. If you choose casket and burial, you may choose to be buried underground, in a mausoleum or in a family estate.
Every option that is available for traditional earth burial is also available for those who choose cremation. If you choose cremation, you can still have a memorial service and permanent memorialization. Just because you choose cremation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave a place for your loved ones to be able to visit to honor and pay their respects.
We recognize that there are a lot of choices, and making the decision can seem overwhelming. We get it. That’s why we’re here to help. Call us today, and we’ll walk you through your choices and help you understand what’s best for you and your family.
At Seven Stones Chatfield there are a number of different ground burial options to suit a wide range of preferences, including both traditional and “green” options. Memorialization options for ground burials range from bronze to granite, glass or metal, and can be displayed on a wall, post, monument or flush with the ground.
REASONS FOR CHOOSING GROUND BURIAL
1. Burial is traditional within your family, religious group or geographical area
2. The idea of cremation is unsettling to you
3. You prefer to have the body slowly return to the elements
• Whether or not the body is to be embalmed
• Which kind of casket (or shroud) will house the body
• Whether to buy a casket, rent one, or build your own
• Whether or not the cemetery requires a vault or grave liner
• Which cemetery to use
• What type of memorialization you want (how you want to be remembered and what kind of tribute you prefer)
If burial is the preferred option, we encourage you to visit Seven Stones Chatfield so we can show you around our grounds and fully explain the various options and locations available. We want you to feel comfortable knowing you have chosen the most appropriate style of burial in an ideal location.
The tradition of natural burials dates back to ancient times. Within the United States many Native American tribes still practice natural burials as the final stage of celebrating and committing back to nature a life lived and loved.
Over the past ten years the term “Green Burial” has become synonymous with natural burial. Just as there are many shades of green among the eco-conscious throughout our society, so too are there many shades of green burials.
With some green burials bodies are not embalmed; there are no cement grave liners; and the caskets, if used at all, are made of biodegradable materials. But there are many different variations of green burial, and how eco-friendly you want to be, and the decisions that accompany your wishes, is up to you.
Seven Stones will listen to what you want to do and advise you on variations available to celebrate the life lived in a natural, eco-friendly manner.
A community mausoleum is usually a building designed to provide above-ground entombment for a number of people. Sharing the costs of the mausoleum with other individuals makes it more affordable than a private mausoleum.
A private mausoleum is designed to provide above-ground entombment for a family or individual.
Within a mausoleum you’ll find a crypt – a chamber inside the wall where a casket is placed. Following a casket entombment, the crypt is sealed, and a granite or marble front is attached.
Urns are also commonly placed in mausoleums. A niche is the small personalized space within a mausoleum where an urn is placed inside and sealed. The front of a niche may be made of granite, marble, bronze, wood or glass.
GLASS FRONT NICHES
Glass front niches for urns have become very popular in recent years. The glass front niches are inside, in a temperature-controlled space in order to protect the memorabilia inside the niches and to prevent condensation. Glass front niches permit the family to see the cremated remains urn and place photos, war metals and other special memorabilia within for the family and others to view when visiting.
Cremation is a process in which intense heat is used to transform the body back to its basic elements. These remains are then put into an urn in preparation for final disposition.
Cremation is performed by certified entities (crematories) and often affiliated with particular funeral homes or cemeteries but also separate specialized entities. The process begins with the body being delivered to the crematory. In order to do this, the body must be enclosed in a container. Your decisions about the type of cremation container used should reflect your family’s preferences and religious beliefs. You may want to consult with clergy for acceptable choices for your faith. For example, in the Catholic Church, the presence of the body, not the cremated remains, is strongly advocated for the Funeral Mass.
All the same options for memorialization and interment at the cemetery that are available for traditional body burial also are available for cremation. In fact, more and more people are “burying” cremated remains at cemeteries. By doing so, it allows family members a place to go to pay their respects to their loved one. Cremation memorials, whether inside a niche within a mausoleum or in the ground, are permanent resting places where individuals can be remembered and cherished. They allow families a setting they can visit to express their grief, find closure and move on with their lives.
Because Seven Stones Chatfield has such a beautiful setting at the base of the foothills, many families will choose us for their private burial estates.
Private family estates are literally cemeteries within a cemetery. They’re custom-designed private mausoleums and crypts that come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
We have set aside premium locations at Seven Stones Chatfield exclusively for private family estates. We will work with you to design the exact memorial, from materials to overall design. You have an option to create a lawn area for ground burial, design a niche garden, have your own mausoleum constructed, or choose a combination of the above. Seven Stones design specialists will work with you to design a unique, one-of-a-kind estate for your family. Private family estates afford you and your family an exclusive, secluded option, not only for you, but for the generations to come. Whether interested in traditional burial, cremation or both, our private burial estates here at Seven Stones Chatfield are an ideal tribute to you and your family.
At Seven Stones Chatfield, we understand the special relationship you have with your pet. For most of us, they are part of our family, which is why we treat you and them with kindness and compassion.
We offer you a variety of ways to help you remember and pay tribute to your beloved pets. You may choose to have them cremated or buried. For pets we offer a green burial option with no casket, or you can choose an individualized grave site with the marker of your choice. We also have a wide variety of pet caskets to choose from.
If you choose to have your pet cremated, we also have a variety of options for you. You can bury your pet’s urn, or have it placed within a columbarium. Many unique tributes are available to you.
We can also help you honor your pet with a private burial ceremony.