History of Mausoleums
A mausoleum is a free standing building that is constructed in memory of a deceased person. It encloses the burial chamber in which the deceased person has been laid to rest. It is in essence a type of tomb.
Mausoleums were a popular way to bury kings in Egypt. The pyramids are some of the largest mausoleums in history. However, this form of burying is thought to have originated in Persia. The mausoleum at Halicarnassus built for Mausolus is the largest ever known mausoleum and is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Some other famous mausoleums include the Taj Mahal and the catacombs of Rome.
While mausoleums were reserved for royalty and the rich in the past, they are now an option that many people consider for themselves and their loved ones.
You also need to consider proximity to the deceased’s family members. These are the people who will most likely visit the grave site most often. It is therefore best to have the dead body buried in a cemetery that they can easily access.
How mausoleums work
Unlike with traditional burials, the bodies are not buried underground. They are instead stored above ground in a space known as a crypt. This option is therefore ideal for those who don’t want to be cremated and are apprehensive about being buried.
Mausoleums are built like any other building. The deceased’s loved ones can therefore visit the crypt to honor the deceased. Some mausoleums even provide background music and benches to increase the comfort of the visitors and provide a peaceful and reflective environment.
Entombment also allows for families to be laid to rest together. A family can purchase a family mausoleum in which all members of the family can be laid to rest. This is a cost-effective option compared to having each individual buried separately. This makes them a great option for those looking to reduce the costs associated with burials.
Samantha Milano 9/08/18