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Plan Ahead FAQs

Pre-planning versus pre-funding? I've heard both terms, what is the difference?

Pre-planning is making all of your arrangements ahead of time so that everything can be conducted according to your wishes, for peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. Pre-funding is taking care of all costs for your pre-planning, so that everything is taken care of for you and your family.

Can I move a previously planned arrangement?

Yes. If you choose to move your arrangement to another cemetery, we can help transfer your plans to any cemetery in the United States that accepts the contract. You should never have to feel stuck in your decisions.

Can I take care of the costs now?

Yes. You are welcome to take care of all costs now, so that later on, all your family has to do is to focus on and celebrate your life. When you choose to pre-fund your final arrangements, your money is put in a state-approved funding option until needed. After your funeral is paid for in full, you will never have to pay more for the guaranteed items you listed on your contract.

If I pre-plan with Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, what are my options if I change my mind later on?

When you pre-plan with Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, your plan will go where you go. No matter where you reside at the time of your passing, no matter what funeral home you choose to work with, your plan will be transferable to any funeral home in the United States that accepts the contract. Your peace of mind is of the utmost importance to us.

I want to approach my family and talk to them about my plans. 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 planning something that is so personal and important to you. Remember to respect their feelings and emotions, as this can possibly be a difficult subject to broach with 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.

Plan Ahead FAQs

Everything you need to know and want to ask about planning ahead.

You will take an important step by choosing to plan ahead. By taking steps to arrange these important plans 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 every last detail is planned 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:

What decisions need to be made?

What decisions need to be made?

The first decision is the type of burial and memorialization to choose. Where do I start? Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers a wide range of options including traditional burial lots, family heritage lots, family mausoleums, lawn crypts, natural green burial, and community mausoleums. If you are considering cremation, we offer traditional burial, urn gardens, columbariums, and niches in community mausoleums. We can help you choose an appropriate memorial from a wide array of cast bronze markers and granite monuments from our Catholic Monument Design Center. Memorials are available in a variety of designs, sizes, and prices.

What is The Catholic Funeral Plan®

What is
The Catholic Funeral Plan®

The Catholic Funeral Plan® is a faith-based, pre-need plan that allows Catholic families to plan their funeral arrangements in advance. The plan guarantees that, when you die, the funeral arrangements you’ve selected will be delivered as planned and in accordance with the liturgical traditions of the Church.

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What are Lawn Crypts?

What are
Lawn Crypts?

Lawn Crypts provide burial space for two in a pre-installed, double depth concrete crypt. The reinforced lawn crypt is manufactured under controlled factory conditions using a combination of steel mesh bards and 5,000 PSI concrete, designed to achieve required strength and to withstand earth and equipment pressure.

Lawn Crypt burials are marked with bronze memorials mounted on granite.

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What are Community Mausoleums?

What are
Community Mausoleums?

A Community Mausoleum is a building memorializing individuals. Mausoleums provide you with a secure enclosure that will remain clean and dry without ever letting the casket or vault come in contact with the earth.

Modern mausoleums offer a number of options to meet the preferences and budgets of most families.

What isGreen Natural Burial?

What is
Green Natural Burial?

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 permittedCremated remains are not allowed.

Green burial is available at the Kateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery and St. Michael’s Meadow in Calvary Cemetery.

How do costs compare?

How do costs compare?

If you purchase grave space, a vault is required. Vaults are not necessary with lawn crypts or mausoleum crypts, so these two options may cost less. There is an additional cost for memorialization. 

What are Family Heritage Lots?

What are
Family Heritage Lots?

Custom landscaping and distinctive memorialization is available on these estate lots.  Family Heritage Lots can accommodate either a family mausoleum or in-ground burial spaces.  

What are theoptions forCremation?

What are the
options for

Human cremated remains must be given the same respect as one would the body, including the manner in which they are carried and the attention given to their appropriate transport and placement. 

Special urn gardens and columbarium niches provide a reverent 
final resting place for cremated remains. An urn containing cremated remains may also be buried in a grave or, under certain circumstances, in an existing grave of a close relative.

Do you sell monuments?

Do you sell monuments?

Yes.  Our Catholic Monument Design Center can help you choose an appropriate memorial from a wide array of cast bronze markers and granite monuments from the finest manufacturers, or create a customized memorial with our computer design program. 

Memorials are available in a variety of designs, sizes, customizable options, and prices and may be purchased in advance of need. 

Purchasing your memorial from Albany Diocesan Cemeteries also supports your Catholic Cemetery.

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After we purchase burial space, are there other charges?

After we purchase burial space, are there other charges?

At the time of death, an interment fee is charged for services which include the opening, closing and recording of the burial. A grave marker, monument, or crypt inscription can be purchased to memorialize the final resting place. Some charges may be pre-paid.

What are the payment options?

What are the payment options?

Affordable payment plans are available. Contact us for information.

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.