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Traditional In-Ground Burial

Information to help decide the best option for your family in this difficult time


Cemetery Space (Grave site or Burial lot)

When choosing your space, you must decide on a location--Is it close to relatives? Does it have special landscaping features that you most prefer? Is it located in a place that is easy to find? Once you have chosen the location, you then select the space type--either “single-depth” or “double-depth."

  • Single-Depth Space: accommodates one individual; can be used in a single, stand-alone basis, or have an adjoining (“side-by-side”) space for a companion

  • Double-Depth Space: accommodates two individuals, one on top of the other

Finally, it is important to consider how many spaces you would like. Often, families will purchase enough spaces to accommodate all of their family members to ensure that they are buried in the same area.


Burial Vault or Liner

The burial vault is typically a concrete structure, placed into the grave space as a protective lining for the casket on all four sides, top and bottom. After vault placement, the coffin is lowered into it, and a lid is lowered to cover the casket. This seals the vault, protecting the casket from nature’s elements; and also keeps the land from shifting and sinking, ensuring the space remains level and firm, as well as protecting the casket from the weight and pressure from the ground, monuments and equipment being used above it. Older burial vaults in the cemetery were constructed of wood or brick, where today's may be made of concrete, metal or plastic. 

For those desiring a "greener" and less expensive alternative for casket enclosure, there are burial liners. A liner is similar to a a vault, but does not have a bottom. The coffin is lowered directly onto the earth. The liner is then lowered over the casket. Modern burial liners may also be made of concrete, metal or plastic. Because the sides of the burial vault are attached to the bottom of the vault, the burial vault is generally stronger than a burial liner.
NOTE: Vaults can be bought from either the cemetery or most funeral homes . Compare prices before purchasing! Either way, a vault service fee will be charged by the cemetery to cover handling and placement of the vaults at time of burial


Opening/closing of the grave

The opening-and-closing of the grave is a service performed by the cemetery staff at the time of burial. The fee for this service includes opening the ground, preparing the burial site for the service, filling in the land once the burial is complete, and appropriate landscaping of the area to ensure the site’s appearance is restored and beautified. There is an additional modest charge for tent and chairs.


Grave site memorial

There are many ways that families choose to memorialize the place of burial. The two most common are grave “markers” and grave “monuments.” Both can memorialize either one person ("single memorial") or two people such as a husband and wife (“companion memorial”). Some memorials are even large enough to accommodate multiple family members. The size of the memorial may also depend on the space type.

NOTE: Most sections of Mount Olivet dictate specific memorial styles and/or companion markers (ie: one monument over two graves, style of stone for lots adjoining roadways, feature lots).

  • Grave Marker: the marker is often a flat bronze plaque installed on a granite stone base, indicating the name of the deceased, the date of birth and death, and any other personal information that the family would like to have inscribed. Some cemeteries only allow flat markers because they are flush to the ground and allow for easier landscaping and a more uniform appearance.

  • Grave Monument: the monument is an upright, granite stone that indicates the name of the deceased, the date of birth and death, and other personal information. The monument memorial is often referred to as a “tombstone."

  • Foot Stones: A foot stone is a monument made of granite that is placed at the foot of a grave. these are most often used in family plots and correspond to a central grave monument depicting the family surname. 

On any grave memorial, families can choose from different emblems that represent their loved one, such as religious, occupational, or decorative symbols. Some families choose to have scenes or pictures inscribed on their memorial. It is a creative way to memorialize the life of your loved one, as well as serve the practical purpose of marking the spot of burial for visitors to find in the future. We offer several galleries on this site showing multiple examples of monument, marker and plaque treatments of varying designs. 


Upright headstones, called “monuments,” are commonly used to both identify and memorialize the individual(s)buried within particular ground lots on a cemetery's grounds. Headstones that are flat against the ground are called “markers.” In some cemeteries, or sections of cemeteries, only flat markers are used in an effort to preserve the natural appearance of the landscape. Other grave identifiers include family monuments and memorial benches.

2023 Price List

Traditional In-Ground Burial

(Pricing as of August 2023)
Note: Pricing varies between niche treatment (glass, marble, granite). 

Mausoleum Niche Spaces        
Main Chapel Mausoleum/Office Building:      

$1,500.00 (Outside-Granite Front)

                                                                 $2,000.00 (Inside-Marble Front
Glass Front  Niche                                $2,500.00 (Main Chapel/Office Building)

Monocacy/Potomac Buildings:          $3,000.00 (Inside only-Marble Front) (starting price) 

Opening-Closing                                 $1000.00

Bronze Niche Plaque                          $1,200.00* (plus applicable sales tax)

​​*Plaque Explanation
The niche plaques are formed in a mold with dates given at the time of purchase if desired. This costs $900.  A second plaque will need to be made/purchased at a later time to include subsequent death date of a surviving spouse. This will cost an additional $400.  In most instances this is generally accommodated in the initial contract

Vase (as part of niche plaque)           $318.00 (includes tax)

Bronze Ring and installation
for remove-able Flower Vase            $296.80 (includes tax)

Mausoleum Chapel Service              NO CHARGE ( if deceased has a mausoleum crypt or niche space)

Endowment Services                         Available

Second interment in Space               $9000.00
(A second opening/closing with deposition of cremains in existing single niche space that can accommodate two urns) 

​Approximate starting "Total Price" Estimates
Individual (with both dates inscribed)

Outside (Granite face) Niche/Main Building                              $3,772.00

Interior (Marble face) Niche/Main Building                               $4,272.00

Interior Glass Front Niche/Main Building                                  $4,772.00

Interior (Marble face) Niche/Monocacy-Potomac Bldgs         $5,272.00

Couple/Two-People (one date complete with one future death date and second opening/closing)

Outside (Granite face) Niche/Main Building                             $5,090.00

Interior (Marble face) Niche/Main Building                               $5,590.00

Interior Glass Front Niche/Main Building                                 $6,090.00

Interior (Marble face) Niche/Monocacy-Potomac Bldgs         $6,702.00

Cremains In-Ground Burial

In-Ground Burial Lot:           $3,200.00 (starting price)

Interment                                $1,408.80 (includes vault/vault service)
(aka Opening/Closing)


Graveside Service                   $100.00

Flat Double Marker                $1,100.00* (approximate starting price for one marker over double lot)
​Upright Marker                       $2,000.00* (approximate starting price for one marker over double lot)  
Monuments                             $3,700.00* (approximate starting price for one monument over double lot)
                                                   $2,700.00* (approximate starting price for one monument over single lot) 
Engraving                                $293.00 (Included at time of stone purchase)

​Endowment Services            Available

*(plus applicable MD sales tax on monument and foundation material)

Approximate "Total Price" Estimates (utilizing monuments)

Traditional In-Ground Burial for single person
                                   Lot plus Interment                                      $5,400.00 
                                   with Vault (& Vault Service)                       $1,876.00 
                                    Monument                                                   $3,380.00 (starting price)
                                          Total                                                        $10,656.00 (plus applicable tax)

Traditional In-Ground Burial for two individuals
                                   Lot plus Interment                                       $10,800.00 
                                   with Vault & Vault Service                          $3,752.00 
                                    Monument                                                    $4,200.00 (starting price)
                                            Total                                                       $18,752.00 (plus applicable tax)

 Cremains In-Ground Burial for single person                      
                                   Lot                                                                    $3,200.00 
                                   Interment plus vault                                     $1,410.00
                                   Monument                                                      $3,380.00 (starting price)
                                                                                                             $7,990.00 (plus applicable tax)

  Cremains In-Ground Burial for two individuals                      
                                   Lots (4 cremains/lot)                                    $3,200.00 
                                   Interment plus vault                                     $2,820.00
                                   Monument                                                      $4,200.00 (starting price)
                                                                                                             $10,220.00 (plus applicable tax)

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