Hi all, I can’t remember where, but I recently glanced over an article on mausoleums that where leaking in the western PA area where I live. That got me to thinking- both my parents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins are interred above ground in mausoleums. I have always realized that embalming is to keep things tidy during viewing, and in no way gaurantees no decay. However, I never gave any thought to leaving the casket lids slightly open in the crypts. I can remember bumping heads with my families funeral home’s ( the one all my relatives have passed through) owner/director back in 1985 when my mother passed on. He tried to tell me that the casket I chose for her was gauranteed water tight for thirty years, and told him he was full of crap! I have been in construction all my adult life and I can accurately tell you “nothing” is water tight around here for thirty years! But that didn’t matter because she was interred above ground. Here in the northeast I wonder if the time of year will determine the rate of decomp? It seems logical that, as an example, my parents where interred in Nov, and Dec, and my aunt in july. I think this week, I’m going to pay the cemetery a vist and get some answers, along with the funeral director. I hate being lied to, and I will kic k ass and take names if that is the case! thanks for a great article, more people need to read up on this subject regardless of their ability to handle the truth. It’s just another fact of life.