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Casket Lowering in a Conventional Cemetery Burial
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death, Funeral Expert
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Dateline: Albuquerque, NM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022


How is a casket is lowered into the grave in a conventional cemetery burial? Watch this video.

A team of two workers for the cemetery remove the supports under the casket, allowing the weight of the casket to be supported by the green lowering straps. The metal framework around the grave has poles that rotate, allowing the straps to extend downward, lowering the casket into the grave.

Once the casket touches the earth, the straps are pulled out from underneath and rewound on the poles. The team removes the metal framework before the completion of the funeral service.

This example is typical of burial in a conventional cemetery. In a green burial, often individuals with hand-held ropes or straps lower biodegradable caskets into a shallower grave in a green or hybrid cemetery. There is often more hands-on involvement by the family in a green burial setting.

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The functions of the funeral home and funeral director are separate from the work of the cemetery. Very often, a funeral and burial are done by two separate companies. Many folks who choose burial don’t know that both the funeral home and the cemetery will charge separately for their services, and the total can add up to much more than a family anticipates.

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Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist (that's a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the end-of-life and funeral planning conversation started. She "knocked 'em dead" with her TEDx talk, A Good Goodbye. She provides continuing education credit classes for attorneys, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice workers, financial planners, funeral directors and other professionals. She's a Certified Funeral Celebrant and funeral planning consultant who has been interviewed in national and local print, broadcast and online media.

Known as The Doyenne of Death®, she is the event coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival and author of a guide to holding such festivals. Her podcast is also called The Doyenne of Death®. She produces videos about the funeral business and related topics. Her YouTube Channel features more than 600 videos!

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association. Her speaking profile is available at eSpeakers.com.

Gail Rubin has been interviewed about funeral planning issues in national and local broadcast, print and online media. Outlets include The Huffington Post, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, CBS Radio News, WGN-TV,  and local affiliates for NPR, PBS, FOX, ABC-TV, CBS-TV and NBC-TV. Albuquerque Business First named her as one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

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