Frequently Asked Questions
Can a cemetery refuse burial?
Yes, but only under three conditions–all involving nonpayment. They are the following:
- Nonpayment of the total purchase price of the grave or lot
- Nonpayment of the burial (interment) charges
- Nonpayment of an authorized lot tax
These three conditions apply only to those cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the Cemetery Board.
Can someone be buried on private property?
While some communities may have local regulations on this matter, there are no state regulations concerning burial on private property. Anyone wishing to make burial arrangements on private property should check with his or her local government officials about distances between the burial site and water sources.
Can I choose how my remains will be disposed of?
Yes, you have a choice of how your remains will be disposed, including cremation, burial, and entombment. Written instructions explaining your wishes are recommended.
What is the difference between a memorial service and a funeral service?
The difference between a memorial service and a more traditional funeral service is that the casket is not present at a memorial service. However, if a memorial service is held after a cremation, the family may choose to have the ashes present.
A memorial service is often held if someone has died overseas or interstate, allowing local friends and family to celebrate the life of their loved one.
How long does a cremation take?
The time taken depends on many factors, including body mass, bone density and the material the casket is made from. The average time for an adult is around 90 minutes and the full cremation process takes approximately 4 hours from insertion to final cooling.
Are artificial flowers allowed?
To help us keep their grounds clean, tidy and hazard free, most cemeteries have developed floral and memento guidelines. Please check these to ensure your gift will not be removed.
If I want to clean up a cemetery I’m concerned about, may I go ahead and do so?
Members of the public should not attempt to clean up or maintain cemeteries until they have clearly determined who the legal landowner is, and obtained that person’s permission to go onto the land. Unsolicited voluntary clean-up efforts might be viewed by the landowner as trespassing. In addition, there are proper ways, as well as harmful ways, to clean and repair stones, and anyone attempting to conduct such activities should be acquainted with the proper techniques.