2012-04-04 “Cemeteries”

I’ve been asked to explain how cemeteries work.  This will take more than one week to explain, but here is part one …

There are a number of cemeteries in Chatham-Kent; many are operated by the Municipality and some are operated privately (generally by a board of directors).  I will keep this Musings to the cemeteries that are operated by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent such as Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim and Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown which is operated on behalf of the Greenwood Cemetery Board by way of a contract.   

Let’s say that I bought eight graves in Evergreen Cemetery.  In each of those graves, I can inter one casket and two urns containing cremated remains, or if there is not a casket interred in a grave, I can inter four urns in that grave.  There are a couple of rules though that must be considered.  First, since I own the graves, permission must be granted for someone else to be interred there.  Second, if you are thinking about using a grave for one casket and two urns, the urns (if interred before the casket) need to be interred in such a way as to not be disturbed when the casket interment is made

So how do other people get permission to use the extra graves that I bought?  There are several ways that can happen.  The best way may be for me to take care of giving permission myself and that can be done through the Chatham-Kent Municipal Cemetery Office.  However, in the event that I die before I have given permission, there are still options available for the continued use of cemetery property.  Should you have any questions, feel free to call the Cemetery Office at 519-360-1998 or e-mail them at CKpch@chatham-kent.ca