Utah Veterans Cemetery held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate it’s 4000 grave expansion. A Federal VA loan worth $4.5 million is funding the 65 acre expansion.
“Fortunately with this remodel renovation here we will not run out of space for probably the next 20 years,” said Utah Veterans Memorial Park Cemetery Director, Dennis McFall.
However, more cemeteries are turning people away. Murray City Cemetery sold its last plot two years ago.
“I did not realize that that’s very sad to me what are families doing?” said Julie Slack.
Families are left to search other local cemeteries or consider cremation.
Some cemeteries are taking other precautions to protect the space.
“What they keep doing is raising the prices of the plots, it makes it harder and harder to people to buy them,” Harris said.
The burial plot problem will never go away as long as Utah’s population continues to grow.
“I think it’s something that you always know is going to happen, but it’s hard to plan for to think about your own mortality,” said Harris.
One solution for your family may be to pre-order a burial plot. Veterans can obtain a burial plot free of charge in the Utah Veterans Cemetery. Immediate family of veterans can buy a plot in the cemetery for $700.