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What is the difference between The Gardens and similar cemeteries in South Florida?
The Gardens of Boca Raton is unique for many reasons. The centrally located location, just off I-95 in the heart of Boca Raton, serves South Florida from Miami to Jupiter. It is an above-ground cemetery that has two beautiful Mausoleum buildings that are fully air conditioned, and it also houses an indoor chapel for services. The property also has outdoor Mausoleums set in its idyllic gardens, with a family-owned facility that caters to all faiths.
Why should we go above ground verses in-ground?
South Florida is unique in that the water table is not that far below ground level. With that in mind, even properly sealed caskets will eventually leak. Our Mausoleum-style crypts give you and your family much-needed peace of mind. You also have the opportunity to be easily laid to rest with a loved one.
Pre-arrangements vs. at-need?
While we all procrastinate, leaving arrangements to the last minute creates untold stress on loved ones who, along with the grief of losing a loved one, now have to plan a funeral. Not only are you leaving your family with unnecessary stress, but they’re also being left with financial stress. Last-minute funerals cost more than ones that are pre-arranged. Preplanning a funeral allows you to dictate the type of funeral you would like to have and prepaying for it removes a financial burden from your family.
Where does my money go
The Gardens is fully licensed by the state, and a portion of the money from every burial on the property goes into a state-controlled trust fund. The interest on that fund guarantees that the property will be maintained and your final resting place will be kept in pristine condition for years to come. For more information regarding the trust fund, contact The Gardens of Boca Raton directly.
Why have a burial in South Florida vs up north?
Many people may choose to return to where they grew up for their final resting place, But if you were a resident for any time in South Florida, many of the people who you would want to attend your service would be here. Being interned here also makes it easier for your immediate family to visit.
Can The Gardens make all the arrangements for me?
The Gardens of Boca Raton can be considered a one-stop location. While it is not customary to think of a location like this to offer concierge services, consider all that goes into planning a funeral. From dealing with the hospital to obtain the death certificate, to working with a funeral director to move and prepare the body, to organizing a chapel for the service, The Gardens takes care of it all. That also includes arranging for flowers and limos to ensuring that this sad and stressful time is dealt with by professionals who truly care to make the time as easy on the family as possible. Many of these details can be pre-planned, which makes it so much easier on the family.
Do we have to put an obituary in the newspaper?
You do not have to submit an obituary to the local newspaper if you choose not to. We actually recommend you don’t submit an obituary, considering the influx of predatory phone calls that can happen after it is published. Your privacy is paramount to us and we will honor your wishes.
Can The Gardens do services after hours?
Yes! While the property does have set hours for the gates to be open, it is available to do after-hours services if it satisfies the wishes of the family. If asked, we can provide not only after-hour times, but also a secure location to an approved guest list to ensure a private and safe environment to remember your loved one.
Is this a non-denominational facility?
The Gardens of Boca Raton can handle all denominations and faiths. One of our Mausoleum buildings is dedicated to the Jewish Faith while the other Mausoleum caters to all faiths. Contact us for more details.
Are there in-ground options?
No. The property solely caters to above-ground burials
What are the hours at The Gardens of Boca Raton?
Our hours are the following:
– Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
– Saturday & Sunday – 10am to 4pm
What is an Irrevocable Trust?
An Irrevocable Trust is a vehicle in which your assets (in this case, your prepaid funeral and cemetery expenses) are protected from creditors. Technically, prepaying for your funeral is an asset, but it is still protected. Speak with your financial and/or estate planner today and protect your assets.
How early should I plan my pre-need arrangements?
When should I start preplanning? While it is never too early to plan, barring something unforeseen, it is best left until you have firmly planted your roots in an area. Once you realize this area is most likely where you would like to spend a majority of your life, then you should start planning. Where your children decide to settle could also impact your decision. While it is never too early, it is probably best as you approach retirement age to start planning. It is important to note that even if you buy space at The Gardens at Boca Raton, and you change your mind, you are then able to sell that space.
What is a mausoleum?
A mausoleum is usually an above-ground, free-standing building built with crypts and other types of burial compartments to hold caskets or cremation urns. Mausoleums can vary in size, design, and purpose. For example, there are family-owned mausoleums designated for one family and its members. But, there are also community mausoleums that have space for multiple individuals.
What Is A Niche?
Also known as a cremation niche, these are above-ground burial spaces used to place cremation urns. There are sealed cremation niches that can’t be opened, and glass niches that can be open at the family’s wish to personalize the objects in the niche.
What Is A Crypt?
Traditionally, a crypt is a stone chamber beneath the floor of a church used as a burial place or a chapel. A crypt contains coffins or urns. Crypts also refer to a space in a mausoleum designated to hold cremated or caskets.
What Is a Family Estate Bench (Memorial Bench)?
A family estate bench, also known as a memorial bench is a different way to memorialize loved ones. Family benches are monuments often placed near gardens or lakes. These benches also have the space to place a cremation urn inside the foundation of the bench, turning them into another burial option for families. A memorial bench often features a plaque or an inscription that includes the name of the family, the deceased’s name, important dates, and in some cases a short quote.
What Is A Funeral Service?
A funeral service is services provided by a Funeral Director, which includes family consulting, funeral planning, transportation, refrigeration, and in many cases embalming of the remains. Funeral services also include preparing and filing death notices, obtaining the required permits and authorizations by the city, coordinating with the cemetery, crematory, and other third party involved in the funeral arrangements.