How to Get a Grave Deed

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Grave deeds are granted to prove ownership of a specific grave plot. This ensures a proper burial in a prepaid location. Grave deeds are given to anyone who purchases a plot through a church or a state-operated cemetery. To obtain a grave deed as a first-time buyer or to replace a lost deed, you must fill out paperwork and work closely with the cemetery where the grave is located.

1 Contact your cemetery

Contact your cemetery of choice to set up an appointment to look at different available grave plots. You can choose single, double or a grouping of plots for other family members based on availability. Avoid narrowing your search to one cemetery by visiting several for a tour.

2 Purchase your chosen plot chosen from the cemetery

Purchase your chosen plot from the cemetery you choose. Many cemeteries offer payment plans if you cannot afford the entire amount of your plot.

3 Sign

Sign and date all receipts and your deed, also know as Right-to-Inter. You will receive a copy of your grave deed. The original will be kept on file at the cemetery's administrative office. Changes can be made to deeds as long as no one has been buried in the grave.

4 Place your deed

Place your deed in a safe place along with your receipts and other paperwork given to you from cemetery staff. You will be required to produce the papers to set headstones or for internment of a loved one.

Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.