Share Burials

What is the Share Burial?

The Share burial is a common burial of infants who have died due to loss of pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death. One or two small white caskets are buried holding all infants being buried at that time. Because of this common burial, disinterment is not possible. You may choose to have a small toy, note to your baby, or blanket buried with your infant. Items should be delivered to Snyder’s Funeral Home, 414 East King Street, no later than the week prior to your burial.

Mementos may be left at the graveside after the burial service. Items that are left are cleared periodically by the groundskeeper for cemetery care taking.

The burial includes a graveside service which is lead by a variety of local clergy who willingly give of their time to provide this service.

There is no cost to you for a Share burial.

If you choose to have a private burial, this can be arranged inexpensively by local funeral homes.

Where is the Share Burial?

The burials are at the St. Joseph’s New Catholic Cemetery on 170 Charles Road in Lancaster (near the Manor Shopping Center).

When is the Share Burial?

Burials are held the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November. The graveside service starts at 2:30 pm on those days. These services are lead by a variety of local clergy who willingly give of their time to provide the service.  Following the service, the Share Board sponsors a gathering with food and refreshments at the Community Room at St. Philip’s Church.  The gathering typically lasts until 4pm and is informal.  Directions to the gathering are provided following the service.

How do I arrange for a Share Burial?

If you decide while in the hospital, simply inform your nurse or doctor of your decision and they will make the arrangements.

If you decide after you are home, you may call your healthcare provider or contact Chip Snyder at The Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home. Their telephone number is 717-393-9661. You may contact them up to two weeks following your loss.

Where will my baby be until the burial?

Your baby will be held at the hospital where you delivered until close to the burial date when he/she is picked up for burial.

Due to the nature of a common burial, please keep in mind the following pertaining to a Share burial:

  • A private viewing of your infant is not possible at the funeral home
  • Photos can not be taken by or at the funeral home
  • All infants share one casket for burial
  • Burial sites are marked by number and not by individual infant names. However, a record of individual infant names is kept by Snyder’s Funeral Home and St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

What if I miscarry at home?

Contact the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home at (717) 393-9661 and they will help you arrange for a Share burial.

You should contact your doctor for any medical issues or concerns.

Due to the nature of a common burial, please keep in mind the following pertaining to a Share burial:

  • A private viewing of your infant is not possible at the funeral home.
  • Photos cannot be taken by or at the funeral home.
  • All infants share one or two caskets for burial.

Burial sites are marked by number and not by individual infant names. However, a record of individual infant names is kept by the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and St. Joseph’s Cemetery.