Burial Lot Owner Policies
- Burial of remains may only occur with the approval of those persons having authorization as defined by state law. All burials must be recorded with the EMCA.
- Lot owners choosing a casket or shroud burial shall use the services of a licensed funeral home. The opening/closing of a grave for casket/shroud burials is arranged through the funeral home. Opening/closing fees due the cemetery are paid directly to the EMCA.
- Lot owners choosing to bury cremated remains may place the ashes in an urn/box. The cemetery will be responsible for preparing the location in advance to receive the cremated remains. A member of the cemetery will be present to assist with burying the cremated remains. Opening/closing fees are paid directly to the EMCA.
- Lot owners are solely responsible for locating buyers for their unused burial spaces. The EMCA will not be involved in lot resale or follow up with regard to price negotiations. Before resale can occur, prospective buyers must meet with the administrator to review policies. To be valid, transfer of burial space rights must be recorded with the EMCA and fees paid.
- Disinterment of remains may only occur with the approval of those persons having authorization, as defined by state law.
- The purchase of a single lot in the cemetery allows for the burial of up to one casket and two urns or the burial of three urns.
- The purchase of a half lot in the cemetery allows for the burial of up to two urns.
- Grave liners are optional in the cemetery. If chosen, liners shall be arranged for through the funeral home. Grave liners for burials are not allowed within the Temple Beth Israel sections. Shroud burials are allowed by the cemetery.
- All funeral home employees and grave marker installers are subject to the control and direction of the EMCA.
- All graves must be dug by laborers employed by a licensed funeral home or approved by the EMCA.
- It is the lot owner’s responsibility to read and follow EMCA policies, and to keep contact information current. Temple Beth Israel Garden/Meadow lot owners should also keep current with internal burial policies of Temple Beth Israel.
- All maintenance of lots shall be implemented by EMCA staff only. No one else shall plant, prune, mow, “weed eat” or spray any substance on any plants on cemetery grounds. The EMCA may remove any existing tree, shrub, or planting if it is inconsistent with current landscape practices.
- Grave Marker design must be approved by the EMCA, and fees paid, before installation. The EMCA reserves the right to refuse installation of any grave marker that does not meet the criteria below. Any work to curbs and grave markers must be approved by the EMCA.
- Single lot: there may be up to 3 grave markers. One may be upright, while the others will be flush with the ground. Each grave marker shall have a concrete foundation, which sits below or flush with the ground.
- Half lot: there may be up to 2 grave markers. One may be upright, while the other will
be flush with the ground.
- Dimensions, single/half lot: upright markers shall not exceed 24” wide x 18” deep x 24” high, including any base (but excluding concrete foundation). Markers must be a minimum of 8” above ground.
- Flush markers shall not exceed 28” wide x 16” deep, before concrete foundation.
- In alley/street lots, only flush to the ground markers are allowed.
- Personal graphics may not exceed 10% on any one side of a marker’s surface. Personal graphics can include, but are not limited to, symbols associated with hobbies, religion, fraternal or civic organizations.
- Grave markers that function as benches or seats are no longer allowed.