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Wilbert offers multiple ways to personalize a burial vault or urn vault with words, symbols, and images that speak of a singular spirit. Your loved one had a unique personality. The selections you make for the visitation and service should communicate that singular spirit. These choices ensure your loved one's memory is remembered for generations to come.

Wilbert products include burial vaults and cremation urns, as well as keepsakes, memorialization, and mementos.

What is a Burial Vault?

A burial vault is a lined and sealed outer receptacle that houses and protects the casket.  They are constructed of high-strength concrete, reinforced with a metal or plastic liner, and provide the most lasting protection. 

Read more, and view the Wilbert burial vault video explaining the important role of a burial vault.

What is an Urn Vault?

Wilbert offers lined cremation urn vaults that give cremation urns varying levels of protection from subsoil elements, the weight of the earth, and cemetery maintenance equipment.  A lined urn vault is made of high-strength concrete and reinforced with durable plastic or a combination of durable plastic and metal (bronze, copper, or stainless steel).


The following list contains some commonly asked questions that families raise with funeral professionals during their selection of a burial vault. It should help the funeral professional become more comfortable in answering questions about Wilbert burial vaults.

Q: “We bought a sealer casket.”
A: “In order to provide the casket with greater protection for the weight of the earth and
heavy cemetery maintenance equipment passing over the grave, the casket should be placed in a lined burial vault.”

Q: “We want to use the same product that we used before.”
A: “In 1965 the outer burial receptacle that you purchased for your mother’s service was a
very wise decision. But as I am sure you are aware, technology changes in every facet of our lives including funeral service. In 1967 the Wilbert Company introduced the thermoplastic lined burial vault. With your permission I would like to take just a few minutes to present those burial vaults to you.”

Q: “What do you recommend?”
A: “In all fairness to you, I will share with you what burial vault I have (or will) use for my
parents but would prefer not to do so until after you have made your selection. We each have our own needs and desires and I would not want to influence your decision in anyway.”

Q: “Why do I need a burial vault?”
A: “Many cemeteries require some type of outer burial receptacle for the casket which is capable of withstanding the weight and pressures of the earth above and surrounding the receptacle. While a graveliner is sufficient to meet the cemetery’s requirement, a burial vault will provide greater strength.”

Q: “What is the difference between a burial vault and a grave box or graveliner?”
A: “A grave box is not a sealed or lined receptacle, and merely meets the minimum
cemetery requirements. The Wilbert burial vault provides greater protection against the weight of the earth above and surrounding the receptacle.”

Q: “Why should I purchase a burial vault constructed from concrete?”
A: “Concrete is the ideal material for a burial vault because it continues to gain strength in
the ground due to the interaction of moisture in a subsoil condition. Since there is a natural moisture in soil, a concrete burial vault buried decades ago can actually have a greater compressive strength than the day it was interred.”

Q: “Why do all Wilbert burial vaults feature inner liners?”
A: “For greater strength and peace of mind.”

Q: “Is it important to purchase a lined burial vault?”
A: “The importance of purchasing a lined burial vault is twofold. First, this receptacle will
afford greater protection against the weight and pressures of the earth above the grave and surrounding the receptacle. In addition, the inner bonded liner in a Wilbert burial vault will also add structural strength to resist the weight of heavy cemetery maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers and back hoes passing over the grave.”

Q: “Why should I purchase a burial vault that uses semi-precious metals?”
A: “Semi-precious metals such as bronze and copper have been used throughout the ages
as the finest construction materials for both caskets and burial vaults. When these materials are bonded to the inner liner of a burial vault, they add structural strength. You may also wish to use a burial vault made of a complimentary material as the casket you have selected.”

Q: “Is there a difference between a burial vault and lawn crypt?”
A: “A lawn crypt is a concrete box designed with sufficient steel rod and wire mesh
reinforcement to support normal earth loads. A premium quality burial vault consists of high strength concrete, as well as a seamless plastic inner liner in the base and cover, joined together at their tongue and groove juncture with a sealant.”

Q: “Which is more important: the casket or the burial vault?”
A: “Both items are equally important. The casket is the focal point during the visitation and
is an important part of the grief process. The burial vault is the focal point at the graveside before interment. It is capable of withstanding the weight of the earth above and surrounding the grave.”

Q: “What purpose does a burial vault serve?”
A: “A burial vault is capable of withstanding the weight and pressures of the earth above
and surrounding the grave. Many cemeteries require some type of burial receptacle to facilitate beautification and maintenance of graves and of the cemetery grounds. While a graveliner is sufficient to meet the cemetery’s requirement, a burial vault will provide greater strength.”

Q: “What difference does it make?”
A: “As with any item available for purchase today there are many different models available
to suit everyone’s individual needs and desires. This also holds true with burial vaults.”

Q: “I want a good casket not an expensive burial vault.”
A: “A casket is only as good as the outer receptacle in which it is placed. The outer
receptacle must support the weight of the earth above and surrounding the grave as well as the weight of the cemetery maintenance equipment to protect the casket.”

Q: “You’ll never see the burial vault, anyway.”
A (for Graveside): “As you can see by the picture on the interment process card, the Wilbert
burial vault that you select will be displayed at the cemetery graveside. The burial vault will be painted in a manner to compliment your casket selection and will have the name, year of birth and year of death as well as a decorative emblem of your choice displayed on the cover. At the conclusion of our committal service, I will ask the family to step over with me to the burial vault cover to see the nameplate and to answer any questions you might have concerning the burial vault.”
A (for Chapel): “At the conclusion of the committal service in the Chapel, I will take you to view
the burial vault in the adjacent holding area before the vault is transported to the gravesite.”

Q “Why a burial vault? Isn’t the graveliner good enough?”
A: “A graveliner meets only the minimum requirements of the cemetery. A quality Wilbert
burial vault not only meets but exceeds these minimum requirements with the help of a seamless plastic liner in the base and cover that is epoxy bonded to the concrete. This liner and bonding method gives the Wilbert line of burial vaults increased capacity to resist greater loads. These loads can be created by heavy cemetery equipment or frost heaving.”

Q: “Why should I select a Continental® over a Monticello®?”
A: “Explain feature differences between the two: heavier construction, two-tone
complimentary colors; weight differences; heavier cover construction.”

Q: “Why should I select a SST® over a VENETIAN®?”
A: “Explain SST® is a 3-part construction unit with the same type of liner used in a
Venetian®. The stainless steel not only adds beauty but also contributes substantially to the overall strength and integrity of the unit. When a SST® is selected over a Venetian®, the overall strength of the unit increases by 40%.”

Q: “What is ABS?”
A: “ABS is a man-made thermoplastic substance. Similar types of ABS are used in the
construction of football helmets and telephone casings. These are high impact non-biodegradable substances.”