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Glossary of Terms

Casket: A box or chest for burying remains.

Cemetery: A place for burying the dead

Cemetery Services: Opening and closing graves, crypts, or niches; setting grave liners and vaults; setting markers; and long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and facilities.

Columbarium (See Niche): A vault with niches (small spaces) for placing cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

Cremation: Is the technical heating process that reduces human remains to bone fragments. This reduction takes place through heat and evaporation.

Cremation Box: A utilitarian container in which cremated remains may be placed for transport or to await disposition at a later time.

Cremated Remains: Are the remaining bone fragments after the cremation process is completed. They are not ashes as we understand this word in relation to home fireplaces and furnaces.

Endowment Care Fund: Money collected from cemetery property purchasers and placed in trust for the maintenance and up keep of the cemetery.

Flat Marker / (See Flush Marker): A headstone that lies flat on the ground usually made of granite or bronze.

Flush Marker: A flush marker is a headstone that lies “flush” or flat against the ground.

Grave: A space in the ground in a cemetery for the burial of remains.

Grave Liner: Cover that fits over a casket in a grave.

Grave Marker: Headstone that lies flat on the ground that is usually made of granite or bronze.

Headstone: A grave marker, memorial stone or monument set at the head of a grave.

Interment: Burial in the ground, inurnment or entombment.

Interment Right: The particular right to inter the remains of a deceased person in a specific interment space within a cemetery, subject to the limitations set forth by the cemetery.

Inurnment: This is when cremated remains are placed in an urn or container of any type as opposed to scattering. In modern usage it often means the placement of the urn in a specific location such as a niche.

Lot: A subdivision of a Section that may contain one or several grave spaces.

Marker: A headstone that lies flat on the ground usually made of granite or bronze.

Monument: An upright memorial, a stone structure (or statue) erected to keep the memory of someone or something alive.

Niche / (See Columbarium): The recessed compartment or cubicle for placement of a cremation urn.

Owner: The owner of an Interment Right or Rights with in the cemetery, as reflected in the cemetery’s records.

Plot: A space in the cemetery used, or intended to be used, for the interment of human remains. The term includes and applies to one or more adjoining graves, one or more adjoining crypts, or one or more adjoining niches.

Purchase Agreement: The written contract between the cemetery and a purchaser pursuant to which the cemetery agrees to sell and the purchaser agrees to buy Interment Rights in the cemetery.

Scattering Garden: An area at a cemetery, crematory or mausoleum for the strewing of cremated remains in a common ground. Individual names may be identified on a unique garden feature. Scattering results in the co-mingling of remains and scattered remains are unrecoverable.

Section: An area of a cemetery that usually encircled by a road and has been subdivided into lots containing one or more grave spaces.

Slant Marker: A marker that is slanted and on a granite base.

Urn: The receptacle into which the cremated remains are placed.

Vault: A grave liner that completely encloses a casket.

Davis Cemetery District & Arboretum

820 Pole Line Rd.
Davis, CA 95618
PHONE 530-756-7807 FAX 530-756-7850
e-mail: cemetery@dcn.org