Perhaps no other moment in the funeral process is as powerful as the final disposition. For survivors, this is a strong symbolic moment, a confirmation that they must let go of the person who died and look ahead to a changed life.

For this reason, it is important that families choose the kind of final disposition most meaningful to them, and most appropriate for the deceased.

"Perhaps no other moment in the funeral process is as powerful as the final disposition"

Interment (Earth burial)

Earth burial, otherwise known as interment, is the most common form of disposition in the United States. Many people prefer the idea of a final resting place and a gravesite where they can go to remember the person who died.

Earth burial most often takes place in a cemetery that is owned privately, or by the municipality where it is located. Veterans may be eligible for burial in state or nationally owned government cemeteries. Cemeteries vary in the type of outer receptacle they require; some place restrictions on markers or monuments. Your funeral director can answer your questions about local cemeteries.


Like burial, entombment offers a fixed, final resting place. When a body is entombed, the casket is placed in a mausoleum, an above-ground structure usually made of marble or stone. Mausoleums vary greatly in size and design and are often found on cemetery grounds. Some are large enough for entire families, with a separate room for each person's casket.

Final Disposition of Cremated Remains

Final disposition options following cremation include earth burial, entombment and scattering. Some families keep cremated remains in an urn or other appropriate container. At Roper & Sons Funeral Home, we provide cremation services with the same dignity and respect as all our funeral services. If you are interested in further details about cremation, click here.