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Jackson, TN 38301
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Glossary

This is a list of cemetery terms that we feel are important to know when planning a burial or looking for a cremation niche for a loved one. However, there may be terms we’ve not listed, or you may question the meaning of a word you’ve seen relating to cemetery operations or interment traditions. If that is the case, just call or email us.

Ashes or Cremated Remains
The product of reducing the human body through cremation.

Casket/Coffin
A box or chest for burying human remains.

Columbarium
A structure with compartments or niches (small spaces) for placement of ashes or cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

Cremation
Exposing human remains and the container holding them to extreme heat and flame and processing the resulting bone fragments to a uniform size and consistency.

Crypt
A space or compartment in a mausoleum or other building to hold casketed whole human remains.

Entombment
Interment in a mausoleum.

Grave
A space in the ground in a cemetery for the burial of human or cremated remains.

Graveside Service
A service to commemorate the deceased held at the gravesite.  Families choose this option if they wish to see the casket lowered into the grave.  Burial immediately follows.

Interment
This term covers burial in the ground, inurnment, and entombment.

Inurnment
The placing of cremated remains in an urn.

Mausoleum
A building in which human remains are entombed in compartments, or crypts.

Niche
A space or compartment in a columbarium, mausoleum, or niche wall designed to hold an urn.

Perpetual Care Fund
This is money collected from cemetery property purchasers and placed in trust for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. Government authorities monitor the fund, and only the interest earned by such funds may be used for the care, maintenance, and embellishment of the cemetery.

Urn
A container to hold cremated remains, an urn can be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or it can be buried in the ground.

Vault
A box and cover that completely encloses a casket in a grave.