Cemetery Decorations Guidelines
To better serve all families who entrust their beloved to our care and visit this cemetery, and to maintain your Catholic cemetery in a neat and presentable manner, we have instituted the following guidelines:
- Decorating the grave with fresh cut flowers is welcomed and encouraged. Permanent flower vases can be purchased at the cemetery office.
- To protect both visitors and cemetery workers from injury during use of heavy equipment, artificial flowers are not permitted in the cemeteries during the mowing season (April through October), except in monument vases.
- Glass containers are not permitted at any burial site at any time.
- Artificial flowers, decorations or other ornaments are allowed during the days immediately before and after Memorial Day, or at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
- Natural evergreen wreaths are permitted from November through early March, and may be purchased through the cemetery office.
- No planting of any kind may be done in the ground at grave sites; decorations deemed objectionable can be removed at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
- Flowers, plants and decorations placed on graves during the mowing season of April through October will be removed weekly in order to carry out the normal lawn care and maintenance procedures.
- Special occasions such as holidays or holy days may necessitate special rules and instructions; please contact the cemetery office for assistance.
- Only cemetery approved and supplied flower vases and emblems are permitted on mausoleum crypt or niche faces. Please visit the cemetery office to inquire about these flower vases and emblems. All other vases, emblems, and other decorations will be deemed inappropriate and removed at cemetery discretion.
- Flowers placed at the time of an interment will be left a minimum of three days. It is suggested that potted plants from funerals not be left in the cemetery since they will be discarded. The Catholic Cemeteries cannot accept responsibility for ensuring that flowers and other decorations remain in place.
- Each week during the growing season cemetery personnel remove unsightly (wilted flowers) decorations from graves, crypts and niches. Normally, spring clean-up begins in early March, weather permitting, and all winter decorations are removed at this time. Fall clean-up begins in October and all summer decorations are removed at this time.
- It is not possible for cemetery employees to attend all areas of the cemeteries during normal cemetery hours. As a consequence, there are occasions when flowers and decorations have been stolen. The cemetery cannot assume any liability for decorations placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when selecting flowers or decorations for graves, crypts or niches.