Five Things You Need to Know: Funeral and Burial Information
1. There are several burial options for families.
These include the use of an existing family plot or the purchase of a new plot. Some cemeteries, such as Pinelawn Cemetery on Long Island, have special sections for babies and a baby of any gestational age (even after a first trimester miscarriage) can be buried there.
2. Burial and cremation costs vary greatly.
Some funeral homes do not charge families who have experienced a perinatal loss, or the loss of a newborn. Others may offer a discounted fee, although fees vary widely. Cremations are done at a lower cost than a burial. Parents can decide whether or not to keep the ashes.
3. If you would like a funeral or cremation for your baby the first thing to do is to call a licensed funeral home.
The funeral home will help facilitate burial or cremation.
4. If you experience a loss in New York Citybefore 24 weeks gestation or on Long Island before 20 weeks gestation, and you want to pursue burial or cremation as a family, you must request the remains.
In the absence of a specific request most hospitals will take care of the remains for you, either with the hospital waste or in NYC by burial in a communal grave for infants at Potter’s Field.
5. There are several burial options for families.perinatal loss.