Cremation & Cemetery Benches

Cremation is an increasingly popular choice, and many people don't know that cemeteries offer a range of cremation memorialization options. A cremation bench is among those options.

Crafted from granite, a cremation bench serves to memorialize a loved one in much the same way a headstone does. Only instead of sitting at the head of a burial site, it holds the ashes of the loved one (or multiple loved ones). It might also mark the place where ashes have been buried or scattered.

Cremation benches are typically installed in cremation gardens or other spots in a cemetery, though some families have them on their own properties or place them in memorial parks.

Cremation bench designs

There are a few kinds of cremation benches. All are customizable. They typically hold the ashes of two to four family members and are personalized. Some granite benches have bronze elements.

It's also important to note that each style of bench requires a specific type and size of urn. Benches have a limited capacity and don't usually hold the large, decorative urns displayed at home or in cremation niches.

Memorial bench and markers in memorial garden at Pacific View
A cremation garden with beveled memorial niches and benches.

Straight-leg bench

As the name implies, the legs on this bench are straight up and down, and the bench is open underneath. The seat of the bench and the legs are polished. The bench can be designed with a niche (or two) for cremated remains, and the seat is usually personalized with a name (or names), dates or a symbol.

Pedestal bench

The base of a pedestal bench is a solid granite pedestal that can be designed with one or two niches for cremated remains. The seat of the bench and the front and back of the pedestal are polished. The front and/or the back of the pedestal can be laser-etched with names, dates, images and more.

Personalizing cremation benches

No matter what type of memorialization you choose, personalization makes it more meaningful. Engraving on a cremation bench is limited only by your imagination and the amount of space on the bench. You won't have as much room as you might on a headstone, but you can often still include names, birth and death dates, a verse or line of poetry, even a likeness of the person or people being remembered.

How much do cremation benches cost?

The cost of a cremation bench can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars and depends on several factors: type and size of the bench, type of granite, and amount of engraving.

Larger benches require more granite. Imported granite is less expensive than domestic granite, but a bench made of imported granite can take up to six months to be ready for placement.

Other factors include cemetery property cost, the cost to install the bench and endowment care. Opening and closing fees also apply to cremation benches.

One way to possibly save on the cost of a cremation bench is by planning ahead. When you pre-plan your funeral or purchase cemetery property ahead of need, you can also purchase a cremation bench at today's price and avoid future price increases.

How to choose a cremation bench

Permanent memorialization is very personal, and the cremation bench you choose for yourself or a loved one will be determined by many factors. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide:

  • What types of benches does my cemetery of choice allow?
  • Where will this bench be placed?
  • How large is my cemetery property?
  • How many urns should the bench hold?
  • How much do I want to spend?
  • How long do I want to wait?
  • How much personalization do I want?

A Dignity Memorial associate can walk you through all your options for cremation benches and help you choose what's right for you.

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Many people don't realize the significance of choosing a final resting place. It is an important step in creating a family legacy, establishing a place of remembrance for future generations and paying tribute to a special life. Your Dignity Memorial professionals are here to help.

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