A Guide to Mausoleums and Estates

There are many ways to commemorate a life. A lasting place of remembrance such as a mausoleum or estate tells a story that can be honoured for generations to come.

Whether you are selecting a final resting place for a loved one or are beginning to think about planning for your own final arrangements, mausoleums and other aboveground options are important to consider.

We’ve also put together a free and helpful downloadable guide that will walk you through these aboveground burial options. This guide includes detailed information in one easy-to-navigate document. Download the guide today to find out more about some of these choices for you and your family.


For centuries, mausoleums have honoured unique individuals. Today this tradition continues in a setting of perpetual beauty and care in Dignity MemorialĀ® cemeteries and memorial parks throughout North America.

Private family walk-in mausoleum at Pacific View Memorial Park. Features mixed-use, stained glass and special embellishments.

Private mausoleums

Private mausoleums are not only a permanent and exclusive memorial to your own life story, they can be a unique and priceless tribute to a family name and legacy. These beautiful aboveground burial structures are a distinguished form of remembrance and can be customized with features like stained glass, benches or special landscaping. They can accommodate caskets or urns, or a combination of both.

Granite private family mausoleum holding eight crypts.

Community mausoleums

Community mausoleums are aboveground structures designed to be another form of prestigious and lasting memorialization. They may be indoor or outdoor buildings and can include spaces for urns, as well as caskets. Companion options are also available.

A large, private garden with tropical landscaping and a bench at Pacific View Memorial Park.

Estate areas

Estate areas are a unique and distinctive form of remembrance for those choosing ground burial. There are many types and designs to choose from and all can be further embellished with custom landscaping, statuary or other special features. Your Dignity Memorial® professionals can provide additional information and offer onsite tours so that you can see firsthand some of the types of estate options available.

A private, gated family estate garden with red brick walls and a memorial bench.

Walled estates

A walled estate area is a lushly appointed memorial site that features stone walls and planned landscaping. Walled estates can vary in size, layout and design, and can be built to complement the cemetery and surrounding areas.

Iron gate leading into a green hedge garden.

Gated estates

Estate areas may also feature a gated entrance, offering additional customization and privacy. Gate designs can vary from ornate to simple, reflecting the preferences of the family.

A semi-private garden with memorial benches decorated with red and white flowers at Pacific Vew Memorial Park

Bench estates

A bench estate is another elegant and affordable way to memorialize a family or loved one. The setting features one or more memorial benches and offers a beautiful, semiprivate place for visitors to reflect and remember.

Hedge estates, like these at Hillcrest Memorial Park, use natural barriers to separate semi-private estate gardens.

Hedge estates

Estate areas may be bordered by well-maintained hedges, creating a semiprivate area of reflection in a natural setting.

A row of customized family cremation memorial markers at Ocean View Memorial Park.

Cultural options

Culture and tradition are an important part of who you are, so it’s only natural to include them in your memorial. When you talk with a Dignity Memorial professional about ground burial or aboveground options, you'll work together to determine the best way to weave your traditions into the memorial option you choose.


Create a lasting legacy

Your life is one of a kind. Shouldn’t your final resting place reflect your special story? Choosing cemetery property is an important step in creating a family legacy, establishing a place of remembrance for future generations and paying tribute to a special life. The Buyer’s Guide to Cemetery Property answers all of your questions about this important decision, even if you choose cremation.


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