Grave Decoration Policy

Grave Decoration Policy

The following information is provided as guidelines for cemetery procedures. The Catholic Cemeteries reserves the right to change the following policies and procedures without notice. Please limit decorations to one per grave.

Natural and Artificial flowers are permitted and must be in approved containers.

Containers of the following sizes are permitted: Pots -- 6 to 8 inches, Boxes -- not exceeding 18 inches in length, 6 inches in height, 8 inches in width. All containers should be of plastic or wood construction with ample drainage. They should be placed on the marker, not dug into the turf.

Some of these containers are not suitable for the snow or harsh winter. The cemetery will not take responsibility for damage to them.

Metal: stands, boxes, easels, pots, and shepherd hooks are strictly prohibited as well as lawn ornaments, glass, or decorative stones and border edging. Candles of any kind are not permitted. These restrictions are necessary for your personal safety. Any violations mentioned above will be removed and disposed of immediately. Special holiday decorations will be removed one week following that holiday.

All decoration items should be contained in the approved planter boxes specified above and not dug into the turf. Overall height of decorations (including container) should not exceed 30 inches.

Between November 1st and March 15th, when the grass is not being cut, artificial wreaths of less than 30 inches placed on stands are permitted.

Evergreen blankets or grave coverings are not permitted at any time.

Spring and Fall Major Cemetery Clean Up

March 15-31 and October 15-31 are used to clean up the grounds and prepare the cemetery for the spring and winter. All decorations will be removed and disposed of at this time. If you wish to save your decoration, please remove it before March 15 and before October 15. Please do not place any decorations during this time. All decorations will be removed and disposed.

Monument Lots

Planting beds of up to 18 inches are permitted directly in front of a raised family memorial. You cannot plant behind the monument if you do not own the graves on that side. Decorative stones and border edging are strictly prohibited. Woody perennials such as: trees, bushes, or evergreens are not permitted, and they will be removed and disposed of. All plants will be cut level to the turf after October 14th.

Flags

Flags are permitted provided they are placed in the approved containers as stated in this brochure and conform to the overall height restrictions not to exceed 30 inches, (including container). Flags will be removed when and if they become tattered, faded or unsightly.

Reverence and Respect

We encourage the placement of decorations. We will be as careful as possible with our normal interment and maintenance activities.We regret that we cannot guarantee that all decorations will be free from damage or loss, and we cannot accept responsibility for these occurrences.

The Catholic Cemetery is a Holy Place.These sacred grounds are blessed by the Church and dedicated as a place of prayer and dignity for our faithful departed.

Please maintain a quiet reverence and respect for the other people visiting the graves of loved ones.

Please abide by the following:

  • Proper attire at all times
  • Proper behavior at all times
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No picnics
  • No pets

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