2nd interment question

Billed for 2nd interment

Recently my grandmother passed and the funeral and service went well. 5 years prior my father passed away and was cremated. Me and my siblings had not decided on his final location. So at the service for my grandmother we decided to lay him to rest with my grandmother. My grandfather agreed to have his name added to the headstone at his request. He went to see the headstone today and was given a bill for $1600, $1400 of which was a 2nd interment fee with $200 being charged for the engraving. There was not a 2nd service and my father’s name was not mentioned at the burial. Me and my brother placed the ashes in with my grandmother and now we are receiving this bill.

No service was provided. The cemetery did not even touch his remains and no additional space was needed in the casket. I am confused and livid that this is being added to my family’s bill. Is this normal?
I am appalled at the cost of them doing nothing.

6 thoughts on “2nd interment question”

  1. Jennifer Lane

    Based on what you wrote, this is not a normal way of learning about these charges. What is normal, is for a contract to be signed *before* any services are done. The $200 for engraving sounds about right (but again, this should have itemized on a contract or an invoice where you knew what amount to pay before the engraving was done.)

    As for the $1400 2nd interment fee, a cemetery will charge for an “additional right of interment” (also known as 2nd Interment ). This is almost always charged when cremated remains are buried in the same grave space as a full casket/vault .

    It usually involves 2 fees – the labor charge for digging the hole to add the urn on top of a full burial, and the fee for the 2nd right of interment. How did the cemetery know your father’s remains were in your grandmother’s casket? Was this discussed with them prior to your grandmother’s burial? Either way, the cemetery would generally assess a fee for the 2nd right of interment, but you should have known what the charge was going to be. I would talk to the manager at the cemetery and request an explanation of the charges (i.e., was the $1400 only for the additional right of interment?) and who signed agreeing to the charges. Better to do this in person rather than over the phone. It is unusual to get a bill after the fact and not having any prior knowledge about what to expect for the charges.

    • Brenda

      We have similar situation – my mom passed away 2 years ago, cremated and in an urn. My aunt just passed away and we are placing the urn in her casket, the funeral home want $4000. To do this “2nd Rite”. Ive heard there is a “loophole” to avoiding this outrageous fee, but havent found it. Can you give guidance to avoid this cost

  2. Jennifer Lane

    Hello Brenda – The funeral home must give you a price list for any charge they assess. It is very odd for a funeral home to charge for “2nd Interment Right” unless the funeral home has added this as a “Cash Advance” charge, meaning it is the cemetery’s charge that they are carrying on the funeral home contract. You should then contact the cemetery for explanation of this charge.

    • Gale Smith

      Our experience, similar thing happened to us 4 days ago. Dad’s Urn was there since 1985. So, 2 days before Mom’s service they call to say , “we discounted the 2nd burial right fee from $1900 to $569”. We had not heard if this . So, it was paid. Turns out Dad’s urn was “under” the headstone, which has Dad’s name on the left. Leaving the whole right side for Mom, they didn’t have to disturb it. Mission Park South San Antonio Tx, kept throwing fees at us ‘after’ a package contract was signed. They already charge for Opening & Closing , her burial fee, the funeral home fees, etc. They told us, after we signed contract, that it was a single burial plot, said they would have to charge a full 2nd burial. All of this information was given to us after contract was signed… seems so unprofessional. They prey on things we don’t know and our raw emotions and distress… a shame…

      • Lisa Andrade

        Gale Smith, we too buried our father at Mission Park South . It was suggested at the time of preparing dads burial that at a cost they could dig deeper in order to leave space for our mom in the future. We agreed to a Double Depth fee of 1995.00. They mentioned a 2nd Right fee that would be charged upon our moms death and burial. I recently called and almost fell out of my chair when I heard what they plan on charging for the 2nd right to bury. Gentlemen started at 3200.00, then came back and said 3400.00 and in the end said oh no the fee to allow your mom to be buried over your dad in the same plot will be $4800.00!!!! This to me is much more than I ever imagined! I’m disappointed.

  3. Robin Daltorio

    You would think it would be less expensive to bury 2 people in the same Plot right? I bought a plot years ago for $700, I just buried
    My Husband there and I will be buried on top. I don’t understand how a right to be buried can cost 2 or more 3
    Thousand dollars, Why is this? Your using the same
    amount of space? Please
    Can someone answer this for me? Don’t get me wrong
    I cannot say enough good things about the People that work there but I don’t get it.

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