Consumers should be aware of the two types of contracts or agreements made with cemeteries.
A pre-need contract is for a purchase made prior to death and may include burial goods and services such as opening/closing of graves, caskets, vaults and memorialization such as upright monuments or flush monuments. Pre-need contracts can be entered into with a cemetery, a funeral home, monument dealer, retail casket company or other provider.
The second is an at-need contract, for purchases made after a death has occurred. They can include the items noted above with the same parties as referenced above.