An unfinished wood box or other non-metal receptacle
without ornamentation, often made of fiberboard,
pressed wood or composition materials, and generally
lower in cost than caskets.
A box or chest for burying remains.
A grave, crypt or niche.
Opening and closing graves, crypts or niches; setting
grave liners and vaults; setting markers; and
long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and
A structure with niches (small spaces) for placing
cremated remains in urns or other approved
containers. It may be outdoors or part of a
Exposing remains and the container encasing them to
extreme heat and flame and processing the resulting
bone fragments to a uniform size and consistency.
A space in a mausoleum or other building to hold
cremated or whole remains.
The placement of cremated or whole remains in their
final resting place.
Endowment Care Fund
Money collected from cemetery property purchasers and
placed in trust for the maintenance and upkeep of the
Burial in a mausoleum.
Person responsible for handling/settling a deceased
A service commemorating the deceased, with the body
Services provided by a funeral director and staff,
which may include consulting with the family on
funeral planning; transportation, shelter,
refrigeration and embalming of remains; preparing and
filing notices; obtaining authorizations and permits;
and coordinating with the cemetery, crematory or
other third parties.
Funeral Planning Society
See Memorial Society.
A space in the ground in a cemetery for the burial of
Grave Liner or Outer Container
A concrete cover that fits over a casket in a grave.
Some liners cover tops and sides of the casket.
Others, referred to as vaults, completely enclose the
casket. Grave liners minimize ground settling.
A service to commemorate the deceased held at the
cemetery before burial.
Burial in the ground, inurnment or entombment.
The legal term relating to death without a will.
The placing of cremated remains in an urn.
A building in which remains are buried or entombed.
A ceremony commemorating the deceased, without the
An organization that provides information about
funerals and disposition, but is not part of the
state-regulated funeral industry.
A space in a columbarium, mausoleum or niche wall to
hold an urn.
Power of Attorney (POA)
Person legally recognized and responsible to handle a
persons affairs when that person is unable to do so.
POA ends upon that persons death.
A container to hold cremated remains. It can be
placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or buried in
A grave liner that completely encloses a casket.
Courtesy of the California Department of Consumer Affairs,
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau