Plan Ahead FAQs
Everything you need to know and want to ask about planning ahead.
What is Cemetery pre-planning?
Cemetery pre-planning is taking care of your cemetery arrangements ahead of time so that your final arrangements are conducted according to your wishes, for peace of mind for both you and your loved ones.
Can I take care of the costs now?
Yes. You are welcome to take care of costs now, so that later on, all your family has to do is to focus on and celebrate your life.
I want to be able to discuss plans with loved ones. Do you have suggestions for doing this in the best way possible?
You are truly helping your family and doing a great deed by taking care of something that is so personal and important to you. Remember to respect their feelings and emotions, as this can possibly be a difficult subject for them. Assure them that you are making these plans because you love them and want them to feel free to celebrate life and heal together when the time comes. Find additional resources here.
What do I do when I have completed all my pre-planning? Is there anything else I should be aware of or need to do?
Relax and rest assured knowing that your wishes will be met, your needs have been taken care of and there's a capable team at Albany Diocesan Cemeteries that is always available to answer your questions or thoughts.
You will take an important step by choosing to plan ahead. By taking steps to arrange your cemetery arrangements now, you will take a large burden off of your beloved family, providing them with greater peace of mind. You’re relieving your family of the unexpected cost that can be associated with planning a burial, allowing them to celebrate and honor your life. And finally, you’re ensuring that your final arrangements are set according to your own wishes and needs.
You might have some questions as you begin planning ahead. We’re here to help answer them.
Here are some questions that are often asked by others making these important decisions:
Natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact. Only burial shrouds or natural biodegradable caskets can be used. Burial vaults are not permitted. Embalming is not required. Memorials are limited to natural granite blocks supplied by the cemetery. The granite may be inscribed with the name of the deceased and dates of birth and death. Decorations are not permitted.
Green burial is available at the Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery and St. Michael’s Meadow in Calvary Cemetery.
We know that you may have other questions, so feel free to call us so that we can walk you through your options and help you create the best possible plan for you.