While no laws require burial vaults, there is a general public perception that they are required. This is because most cemeteries have a policy of using vaults. There are good reasons for using concrete and steel burial vaults. They make it easy to locate a grave so as not to disturb human remains when digging an adjacent grave. Vaults prevent grave collapse that does simplify maintenance, but more importantly, avoids a dangerous situation while digging graves with a tractor.
Outer burial containers meet the needs of cemeteries by providing protection again grave collapse but they are not lined or sealed and provide no protection from the elements.
Contact us at Northern Indiana Funeral Care with any questions you might have about burial vaults or funerals in general. It’s our pleasure to help! Call (260) 456-0890 and ask to speak to one of our Advance Planning specialists.