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 Memorial® 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.


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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