Memorial Overlook and Memorial Garden Information

The Memorial Overlook and Memorial Garden provide burial space for those who choose cremation rather than whole-body burial.  Both gardens are managed habitat restoration areas, 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 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. The overlook provides a quiet seating area for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the historic cemetery, and supports a group of up to fifteen people at a burial service. The Memorial Garden, on the wooded northwest slope of the cemetery, provides an intimate landscaped setting.

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 in either garden.

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 is 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 fresh flowers at the scatter garden wall. Artificial flowers, 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.