Friday, February 27, 2015

Where is the burial vault industry headed?

Blake Swinford,
Project Manager
How often do you think about the future of the burial vault industry? With cremation on the rise, it should be a constant thought in your head. It is our job to encourage those currently working in our industry, as well as future funeral professionals, to remain educated on the importance of a burial vault, so that they have a better understanding of the product. If they can’t differentiate between concrete boxes and lined, sealed burial vaults then they will be unable to help families choose cremation for the right reasons.

One way that we at Trigard encourage the education of burial vaults is by visiting the future funeral professionals at their local colleges and universities. It is important to help them better understand the product and feel comfortable and passionate about it when they leave school and enter the work place. We currently partner with several schools located in surrounding areas, such as Ivy Tech in Indiana, Carl Sandberg College in northern Illinois, DMACC in Iowa and Mid-America, Jeffersonville, Indiana. By doing this we reach future professionals, some in their second or third careers, and introduce or encourage the burial vault conversation.

I believe that in order to slow down the increase in cremation, we have to keep educating the future members of our industry. I encourage you to get involved with your local colleges and universities and schedule career days or plant visits. The future of the burial vault industry depends on it.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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