Glossary of Terms

Cemetery
A burial park, for earth interments or a mausoleum, for crypt or vault interments

Columbarium
A structure with niches for placement of urns

Cremains
Cremated human remains

Crypt
A chamber (as a vault) wholly or partly underground; a vault under the main floor of a church; a chamber in a mausoleum

Endowment
A fee collected by a cemetery for perpetual care of cemetery grounds after site is full or closed and no further placements are allowed

Entombment
The process of placing human remains in a crypt or vault

Interment
The disposition of human remains by entombment or burial in a cemetery

Inurnment
The process of placing cremated remains in an urn or vault

Mausoleum
A structure or building for the entombment of human remains in a crypt or vault

Niche
A space for placement of cremains, housed in an urn, in a wall or columbarium

Scattering
The authorized dispersal of cremated remains at sea, in other areas of the state, or commingling in a defined area within a dedicated cemetery

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