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Above Ground Burial in a Philadelphia Catholic Mausoleum

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A community mausoleum, or public mausoleum, at a Philadelphia-area Catholic cemetery is an above ground structure offering a secure enclosure for multiple individuals. The mausoleums at our Catholic cemeteries remain clean and dry for visitors, with caskets and crypts never coming into contact with the earth. You can find more information below on the components of this type of burial preference.

Choose a Philadelphia Catholic Cemetery Community Mausoleum if you:

  • Want loved ones to be able to visit in any weather
  • Prefer above ground
  • Appreciate being entombed inside

Four steps for above ground burial in a Catholic mausoleum:

  1. Choose a space location or “crypt.” If you’ve already done this, you can schedule an appointment to discuss purchasing products.
  2. Specifying if you want a single or companion (two-person) crypt. You may be interred with a spouse even if he or she is not Catholic.
  3. Identify the location level (most families prefer “eye-level”)
  4. Select a “crypt plate.” This is a flat memorial made of various bronze and granite materials that is installed in front of the crypt and can be inscribed with specific personal information.
  5. Please note: While a casket and opening-and-closing service are necessary, a vault and memorial are not.

Casket protection is also available with all crypts contained in a private mausoleum. Please contact the specific Archdiocese of Philadelphia cemetery of interest for more information. 

If you think you might prefer a public mausoleum at a Catholic Cemetery of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, request a free, no-obligation kit now to ensure it’s all taken care of at today’s prices.

*Community Mausoleums are not offered at the following locations: Cathedral Cemetery, Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery, New Cathedral Cemetery, and St. Michael Cemetery.