What is Perpetual Care?

By: Danny Amoruccio
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Most cemeteries offer perpetual care and some are legally obligated by the state laws to offer it. This term is very easy to misunderstand and most clients don’t know what’s included in it. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we encourage people to understand what it means. Here’s a brief introduction to what you need to know about perpetual care:

What is It?

Perpetual care is a fund put together to help maintain cemetery grounds, graves, crypts, mausoleums, etc. Families of people buried in the cemetery grounds contribute towards these funds to ensure the place is clean, well-maintained, and secure.

What does the Cemetery Establishment do With These Funds?

They make sure the grass is mowed regularly, pathways and seats on the grounds are maintained well, and signage is visible. Some establishments will also use the funds to repair broken headstones or grave markers but this doesn’t happen often. The management won’t clean or maintain your loved one’s gravesite. That is your responsibility and not involved in services provided. However, some cemeteries will accept requests to keep the gravesite clean at an additional cost.

Two Care and Maintenance Funds

Sometimes a cemetery establishment will have two different care and maintenance funds. One is reserved for general cemetery grounds care while other is reserved for gravesite care. They will make sure the gravesite is safe and undamaged and keep the cemetery securely locked during nighttime. This can help prevent vandalism. It’s always a good idea to speak with the cemetery management directly regarding perpetual care. They will provide a clear idea of what to expect and what’s not included in the program.

If you want to know about cemeteries or need to book a space, just give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on 203 222 8646 or contact us through our online form.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

When I Bury Or Entomb Cremated Remains, Can I Keep A Separate Small Amount?

Losing someone close to you can be a challenging and stressful time. While the family members have to deal with their grief, they also have to plan and organize the funeral or memorial service (in ...

Recommended Reading Selections for Funeral Services

Funeral readings are a way to express your feelings about the loved one you have lost. These readings are used during memorial services, celebrations of life, and funerals. Types Of Readings Beca...

Pre-Planning The Time is Now

The idea of preplanning a funeral is not very new and had been around for some time now. However, not every person is comfortable with planning their funeral, especially younger people, who believe...

Memorial Service Ideas for Families Who Choose Cremation

Many people feel that they can’t conduct a memorial service or visitation when they opt for cremation rather than a burial. This is not always the case and you can have a memorial service or wake a...

How Do You Say Good-Bye?

When someone very close to you, passes away, saying goodbye isn’t easy. It can be tough to come to terms with your loss and move on. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we know that healing takes time and the...

Easy Ways to Personalize a Funeral Service on a Budget

Depending on the services you opt for, you may find that organizing a funeral can be expensive. Even when you are working on a modest budget, you would still want the service to be unique and speci...

5 Common Misconceptions about Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Although talking about dying isn’t easy, the emotional benefits of planning your funeral outweigh any discomfort you might experience. Common Misconceptions About Preplanning At Willowbrook Cemet...

Celebration Of Life Vs. Funerals

Many funeral services have a distinct theme. The service contains standard eulogies, choral music, and prayers and follows a set structure. The primary goal of a funeral service is to provide conso...

Top Reasons To Pre-Plan Before You Need It

Death is unavoidable. Despite this, we hardly speak about it or debate what it means. However, more people today are keen on pre-planning their funerals. You should consult with the funeral d...

Building a Bucket List

A lot of people consider developing a bucket list. This list covers the different things you'd want to do, the hopes you want to pursue, and the milestones you want to achieve before...