Memorial Garden and Memorial Overlook Policies

Memorial Garden and Memorial Overlook Policies

The Memorial Garden and Memorial Overlook provide burial space for those who choose cremation rather than whole-body burial. Memorial Overlook is in the woodsy area in the northeast corner of the cemetery that slopes away from the curved path called the Carriage Road. This is a managed habitat restoration area, carefully maintained by our staff and dedicated volunteers.

Ashes are placed in the ground without urns in these gardens. Bronze plaques are attached to the Memorial Overlook or to the nearby steles either for those whose ashes are placed in the gardens or as memorials for loved ones. The overlook provides a quiet seating area for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic cemetery. It can support a group of up to fifteen people at a burial service. The Memorial Garden, also on the wooded north slope of the cemetery, provides more intimate seating.

A copy of the deceased’s death certificate is not required for burial of ashes. Assisted by the Cemetery Administrator, the family may select a site for placement anywhere in either garden. As a general rule, one family member may place the ashes, but a cemetery staff member must be present at the time.

Bronze plaques are ordered and installed by cemetery staff. The font and style of the plaques is standard. The standard size plaque (6″x2″) can fit up to four lines of text. A second size (6″x4″) is also available. After the text is received from the family by the cemetery, the order will be placed and a proof requested from the bronze company. The ordering process takes approximately one to two months. Installation may take more time depending on the weather and staff workload.

We ask that visitors respect the sacred nature and dignity of these spaces by observing the following courtesies:

  • Place flowers at the scatter garden wall. Candles, glass and ceramic are not allowed.
  • Take all trash with you or deposit it in the receptacle near the Public Square.
  • Visitors and leashed dogs should stay on the gravel or bark areas at all times.
  • Families must schedule memorial events through the cemetery association and pay all costs associated with plaques and scatter rights.

The EMCA reserves the right to change policies or prices at any time.