FAQ's about Cemeteries
Q: Why are cemeteries important?
A: Throughout time, cemeteries have provided those who have lost loved ones with a place to go visit, to reflect and to heal. Providing, permanence, security and historical connection with one’s past. There can be no measurement for the gravity of one’s loss. Everyone is unique. Time is the key element in the process of healing. Memorialization at any one of our Fairmount Memorial Association cemeteries will insure a peaceful, serene and well cared for resting place for the remainder of time.
Q: What cemetery should I use?
A: The cemetery that you choose should be one that is meaningful to you and your loved one. A location that is comfortable and convenient for family and friends to visit, one that is carefully maintained to respectfully honor the deceased.
Q: Is burial space becoming rare in the Spokane area?
A: In some areas of the country, land burial may be becoming rare. Fairmount Memorial Association has developed just under 350 acres and has available and yet to be developed approximately 400 more acres of land. With continued careful planning, we will be able to serve families for hundreds of years to come.
Q: When can I visit the cemetery?
A: Fairmount Memorial Association cemeteries are open and welcome visitation during day light hours. Gate openings vary with the natural day light hours from early morning to dusk. Our business offices hours are: Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and Saturdays 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Q: What is the cost of a lot?
A: Cemetery property price will vary throughout the cemetery based upon the location of the chosen plot. Please contact one of our one of our Fairmount Memorial Association office locations for assistance.
Q: What happens if I have purchased property and I decide to move?
A: The actual dollar value can be transferred to any ICCFA participating cemetery or you may choose to sell the property privately. Please contact us for additional information.
Q: What is my option if I do not want a traditional funeral?
A: All cemeteries can provide Direct Burial or Direct Disposition, the transferring and care of the deceased with the processing of the final documentation without visitation or services. It is your wishes that we wish to carry out. We invite you however, to consider a celebration of life for your family and friends. Such a celebration is available without requiring the presence of your remains. Memorial services are often the first step in the process of healing. Life celebrations help those left behind, to move forward.
Q: Is cremation necessary for Direct Disposition?
A: No, cremation is not required for Direct Disposition.
Q: What is Endowment Care?
A: Endowment Care is a state required fund set up to provide income for cemetery park maintenance. A portion of the purchase price for cemetery property is set aside into an Endowment Care trust fund. Only the earnings from this trust can be withdrawn to care for the cemetery.
Q: How can I be sure that Endowment Care will take care of the cemetery?
A: No Guarantee can be offered. The Endowment Care funds are carefully managed to grow and produce funds and are regulated by state law. Only the income earned by the managed funds can be withdrawn and used for maintenance and care of the cemetery.
Q: Why is an outer burial container (vault) necessary?
A: The vault is designed to keep the casket or urn protected from the elements of nature. In addition to preserving the beauty of the casket or urn, the outer burial container helps to maintain the beauty and integrity of the cemetery grounds.
Q: May we witness the lowering of the casket?
A: Witnessing of the casket can be accommodated. This desire should be communicated to your Fairmount Memorial Family Service Representative so that your wishes may be met.
Q: What is an ‘Open and Closing’ charge?
A: The Opening and Closing charge is a fee collected for the opening/preparing of the site prior to entombment and the restoration of the site to its original state. This cost may vary depending on whether the preparation is for a ground burial or a niche, and whether it is for full body or cremated remains. The fee is also used to defray the considerable amount of administrative work involved: verification of ownership, interment permission, verification/marking the site and the processing of the permanent records.
Q: Does the government provide a deceased veteran any cemetery benefits?
A: The United States government will provide head stones and markers for the honorably discharged. A copy of the veterans DD214 will be requested for verification.
Flat markers options are: bronze, granite or marble. Upright memorials made of marble are also available. This choice must fall within the cemetery guidelines for placement of upright memorials. Niche markers are also among the available options. Representatives from any of our cemetery offices are happy to assist in this process.
Q: Is an outer burial container necessary for a casketed burial?
A: Outer burial containers may not be required by law. However, each cemetery has their set regulations. At Fairmount Memorial cemeteries outer burial containers are essential. The use of an outer container is important for preserving the overall appearance of the cemetery grounds. Without the container, continual settling of the grounds would make the park sites unsightly.
Q: What is a Mausoleum?
A: A Mausoleum is a building designed to be an indoor, final resting place. Mausoleums can be smaller, designed for individual families/generations or a larger community mausoleum. Remains will always be kept dry and protected from the elements of nature.
Q: How does the cost of a Mausoleum compare to a traditional ground burial?
A: Interment in a mausoleum or crypt (entombment in an above ground structure) is more costly than a traditional ground burial. The above ground in or outdoor interment as well as the traditional ground burial prices may vary due to location and/or the cost of the merchandise selected.
Q: What is a Columbarium?
A: A columbarium is a multiple unit structure designed to inter cremated remains. This structure may be found indoors or outdoors.