Internments & Disinterments
The cemetery may require that a member of the family come in person to the Cemetery office to advise the Cemetery which grave shall be opened for an interment.
When human remains shall have been interred pursuant to a written interment permit, the Association may, unless said permit expressly provides otherwise, allow the nearest of kin of said decedent to erect a monument or memorial over or embellishment upon the grave in accordance with its rules and regulations.
The Association, its agents, servants and employees shall not be held responsible for any mistake or error occurring in carrying out a request from an order not submitted clearly in writing by a person authorized to place the order. The lot owner or representative thereof shall assume all risks of error when attempting to place an order or request by telephone or without benefit of precise and proper instructions as to the particular space, size and location in a plot or lot where interment is desired, or from the omission of the owner to file with the Association and maintain current information as to the address and identity of the owner, the representatives of the owner if not an individual, and a grave layout map approved by it.
Although the Association may elect to accommodate a lot owner by acting on less formal methods and less reliable documentation, the Association shall be entitled to refuse any instructions unless submitted in writing.
No grave layout map may be used unless and until it is first submitted to, approved by and filed with the Association in its Cemetery Office, and the Association’s charges for said approval and filing are paid.
In the absence of specific written instructions by the owner of a plot, lot, or a number of crypts, or whenever the Cemetery cannot with reasonable diligence communicate in writing with the owner’s designated representatives (based on the addresses last filed by the owners to obtain directives, etc.), the Association, or its officer or agent having immediate charge of the interment, may inter the remains of any person entitled to interment therein, in any one of the unused spaces therein, at its discretion.
When instructions regarding the location of any interment in a plot or lot cannot be obtained without undue delay or cannot be obtained at all, or where the instructions given with regard thereto are in the opinion of the Association indefinite, or when for any reason the interment space cannot be opened where specified, the Association may in its discretion open it in such location in the plot or lot as it deems best and proper, so as not to delay the funeral; and the Association, its agents, servants and employees shall not be liable in damages therefore.
All funerals, upon reaching the Cemetery, shall be under the supervision of the Cemetery Manager. The employees of the Association are not and shall not be obligated to act as pall bearers for the removal of the coffin from the hearse, or conveying it to the grave or crypt. Any such act by the employees of the Association is done as an accommodation and the Association shall not be liable for the handling of the coffin containing the remains.
Every funeral procession is required to stop at the Cemetery Office or other previously designated area and deliver to the Cemetery Manager or such other authorized agent of the Association then in charge of the Cemetery in his absence, the permits issued by the Board of Health and the owner of the plot, lot, grave, crypt, or niche, and to pay the opening and closing fees.
The Association reserves the right to insist upon receiving written notice of any interment at least 24 hours before the funeral cortege arrives at the Cemetery office, and at least one week’s written notice of any disinterment or removal of the remains.
Owners of plots, lots, graves, crypts, or niches shall not permit interments to be made therein for remuneration.
The Association shall in no way be liable for any delay in the interment of the remains where a protest has been made, or where its rules and regulations have not been complied with, and it reserves the right, under such circumstances, to place the remains in a receiving vault at the expense of the person making the interment, until the rights of all interested parties have been determined. The Association shall be under no duty to recognize any protest unless it is in writing and filed in its office at least 24 hours before interment.
Inasmuch as boxes and caskets made of wood and/or metal may deteriorate and collapse after a comparatively few years, thereby causing hazardous and unsightly sunken graves, the Association may, whenever it shall deem such action necessary prohibit the use of such boxes and/or caskets except when the same are enclosed in a concrete or stone vault or sectional concrete liner, of such specifications as shall be approved by the Association. The actual installation and sealing of concrete liner shall in all cases be made or overseen by the Association.
For the purpose of maintaining a high degree of dignity, and for the purpose of handling the casket safely, a lowering device and artificial grass covering must be used at each interment for the use of which the Association will make a reasonable charge.
Disinterment shall be permitted in accordance with the statute pertaining to the same. The Association may require that a court order be obtained by and at the sole cost and expense of the interested parties, if in its judgment the same is necessary or advisable.
The owners of plots, lots, graves, crypts and niches, and those ordering the same are required to prepay all of the Association’s charges of opening and closing the same and for interments, disinterments, removals, work and materials.
No interment or disinterment will be permitted in, and no monument, memorial or embellishment may be placed on any plot, lot, grave, crypt or niches, against which there shall be any charge of the Association due and unpaid.
All interments and disinterments can be made only by the Association, the charges for which shall be paid in advance.
The remains of no more than one person may be interred in any one grave; however, double depth interments of human or cremated remains are permitted if the lot owners original deed conveys double depth rights, but only in sections which are designated on the maps of the Association on file in the cemetery office as double depth graves.
When the person directing the funeral, whether he be undertaker or otherwise, presents himself at the Cemetery Office or other designated area with the remains, the Association shall have the absolute right to assume that said remains are those of the person mentioned in the interment permit presented to it for the interment thereof. The Association shall not be liable for any difference in identity between the person whose remains are sought to be interred and the person names in said permit.
The Association reserves, and shall have the right to correct any error that it may make in interments, disinterments or removals, or in the inscriptions on memorials or on the container for cremated remains, or in locating or placing of memorials, or in the contract for the sale of or in the conveyance of interments space (including but not limited to the erroneous inclusion therein of interment space which it had thereto fore sold or contracted to sell to another). In the event of any error made in the contract for the sale of interment space, or if for any reason it cannot sell the interment space therein described, it may substitute in said contract in lieu of the interment space therein described, other interment space of equal value and similar location as far as possible, or in its sole discretion, it may refund to the purchaser the consideration paid to it on account thereof and cancel said contract. In the event of any error made in the conveyance of interment space, or if for any reason it could not or should not have conveyed the same, it may cancel said conveyance and issue in lieu thereof a new conveyance for other interment space of equal value and similar location as far as possible, or in its sole discretion, it may refund the consideration paid to it there for. In the event that the correction of any such error shall require the removal of interred remains, the Association reserves the right to disinter the same and re-inter the same in the correct or in the new location. The Association shall not be liable in damages or any such error or the consequences thereof, or for the correction thereof.