Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

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Two Options For Preventing Flood Waters From Displacing Deceased Loved Ones


One of the eeriest stories to surface in the wake of flooding in areas like Louisiana and Virginia is the phenomenon of floating caskets. This unfortunate situation occurs as a result of flood waters seeping into the ground and loosening the soil so much that the caskets buried underneath literally rise to the surface and float wherever the water takes them. Understandably, this can be immensely upsetting to people who expected their loved ones to rest peacefully for all eternity. Here are two options to prevent this sort of thing from happening to your deceased loved ones in the future.

Invest in a Burial Vault

One option for ensuring your loved one's casket stays in the ground is to place it in a concrete burial vault. These vaults were created to protect the integrity of the ground surrounding the casket. Since caskets are made from biodegradable materials, they deteriorate over time. As the box breaks down, the dirt around it shifts, which may lead to the ground collapsing and sinking and creating an unattractive concave space on the plot where the person was buried.

A side effect of a burial vault is it can help keep the casket in place should the area flood, since the weight of the concrete makes it more resistant to being lifted and moved by flood waters. Be aware, though, that burial vaults are generally not sealed completely. This is so gasses associated with the decaying process can escape; otherwise, the gasses would build up and cause an explosion. Your loved one's remains may get wet, but he or she is less likely to be dragged out of his or her final resting place because of flooding.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $900 to $7,000 for a burial vault, depending on the type of material it's made from.

Opt for an Above-Ground Tomb

Another option for keeping your deceased loved ones safe during a flood is to place the person in an above-ground tomb. This may seem counterintuitive at first, but a well-designed above-ground vault can help keep the decedent in his or her resting place during a storm. These types of vaults are popular in areas with high water tables—such as New Orleans—which makes underground burial unfeasible.

The above-ground tomb should be constructed of heavy material, such as concrete. The casket itself can be further secured to the tomb using spikes or other tools that may help keep it in place should water make it inside the structure.

The cost of an above-ground tomb varies depending on style and size. You can expect to pay $25,000 to $50,000 for a private mausoleum for your family. However, you can also have your loved one entombed in a structure shared by the community for around $3,000 to $10,000.

For more information about these options or suggestions to prevent floods from hurting your loved one, contact a funeral home such a Elmwood Meunier Funeral Home.


18 October 2016