(Revised February, 2007)
The following rules and regulations have been adopted as a guide
to the use and management of the Cemetery. The rules and regulations
will help protect all who have interest here. All owners of interment
rights, visitors and contractors performing work within the Cemetery
shall be subjected to said rules and regulations, amendments or
alterations as shall be adopted by the Trustees of Elmwood Cemetery
from time to time.
Crypt is a casket space in a mausoleum used for
or intended to be used for the entombment of human remains.
Family Lot is an area of six lots or more restricted
to a group of persons related by blood or marriage.
Lawn Crypt is an interment space in the Cemetery
that contains a pre-constructed and pre-buried vault capable of
holding a casket.
Lot is a grave, crypt or niche.
Memorial is a monument, tombstone, grave marker
or headstone identifying a grave or graves or a nameplate with inscription
identifying a crypt or niche.
Monument is an upright memorial made principally
Niche is a space in a mausoleum or columbarium
used or intended to be used for the inurnment of cremated human
Owner(s) is the person or persons to whom the Cemetery
has conveyed a burial right or rights or a person or persons who
have acquired such rights by transfer in accordance with the rules
of the Cemetery or a person or persons who hold such burial right
or rights by inheritance.
Single grave is a grave for one person.
Urn is a container used for cremated remains.
Rules and Regulations
1. Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery and prices for burial spaces
and services are made by the Cemetery and become effective upon
approval by the Cemetery.
The Cemetery may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right, at
any time, with or without notice to lot owners, to adopt new rules
and regulations or to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation
and/or article, section or paragraph in these Rules and Regulations.
Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of the
rule may impose unnecessary hardship. The Cemetery, therefore, reserves
the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions or modifications
in any of the Rules and Regulations when, in its judgment, the same
appear advisable, and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or
modifications shall in no way be construed as affecting the general
application of such.
2. The Cemetery retains to itself, for the benefit of all interment
right owners, full and complete supervision, control and management
of the land, buildings, improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development,
books and records, and the full and complete authority, rights and
privileges to make, change administer and enforce all rules and
regulations and restrictions not inconsistent with the laws of this
State wherein this Cemetery is located.
3. All lots in the Cemetery are sold in accordance with the provisions
of the laws of the State of Michigan and shall not be used for any
other purpose than as a burial place for dead human beings. All
lots sold after 1949 are sold with permanent maintenance provision.
4. Lots must be paid in full before a burial is made. Full purchase
price must be paid before a certificate of ownership is issued.
5. Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.
Any person found on the Cemetery grounds after closing will be considered
6. The Cemetery issues to each owner of the rights of burial for
its lots, crypts or niches a Certificate of Ownership describing
the location and naming the owner or owners of the said location.
The naming of more than one owner is indicative of joint ownership
in common with rights of survivorship.
The issuance of such certificate is the Cemetery’s sole form
of recognition of ownership. Possession of the Certificate by a
person whom is not listed on the Certificate is not in itself evidence
of ownership. Purchasers of lots, crypts or niches simply acquire
the right of burial.
7. The owner of interment rights hereunder may dispose of same by
will or, should the owner die in testate, such interment rights
shall pass according to laws of this State governing intestacy provided,
however, the Cemetery shall not be bound by such transfers unless
and until an exemplification of record of same has been presented
to it and such change has been recorded on the books and records
of the Cemetery. Any plot, crypt or niche in which there are no
burials, entombments or inurnments may be transferred to a new owner,
providing the original Certificate of Ownership is submitted to
the Cemetery together with proper transfer agreement, upon payment
of transfer fee in accordance with the Cemetery’s established
schedule of charges.
8. In the event of loss or destruction of a Certificate of Ownership
and upon the presentation of a written request, accompanied by a
properly executed affidavit by the owner setting forth the circumstances
of the loss or destruction and indemnification for the Cemetery,
the Cemetery will prepare a duplicate Certificate from its records.
9. Lot owners are prohibited from allowing interments to be made
on their lots for compensation.
10. If a lot owner sells or transfers title to his or her lot, as
provided by these regulations, he or she must pay any and all indebtedness
due the Cemetery before such transfer of title will be allowed.
11. All lot owners are required to notify the Cemetery of any change
of address. All notices required to be sent shall be sent to the
last recorded address and such notices shall be deemed adequate.
12. No person, other than employees of the Cemetery, shall be allowed
to perform any work within the Cemetery without permission from
13. The Cemetery shall direct all improvements within the grounds
and upon all lots before and after interments have been made herein.
14. Charges for work and services performed by the Cemetery or for
materials purchased from the Cemetery will be at rates as approved
by the Cemetery.
15. The Cemetery will take all reasonable precautions to protect
lot owners and their property within the Cemetery from loss, damage
or injury but it shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or
16. The use of the Cemetery land as a thoroughfare will not be permitted.
17. The right to use automobiles or other vehicles in the Cemetery
is authorized solely and exclusively for the purpose of transporting
persons to visit burial plots. The speed limit within the Cemetery
is fifteen (15) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving on any gardens
or grassy areas are prohibited for purposes other than those obtained
from the Cemetery.
18. Bicycles, skates, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses, etc., may
not be used on Cemetery lands except with the approval of the Cemetery.
Dogs are not permitted except when kept on a leash or in a vehicle.
19. Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs into the Cemetery
is strictly prohibited.
20. The Cemetery shall have the right to enter upon or use any adjoining
lot or lots to carry out its duties as to interments, erection of
monuments or markers, etc., without prior notice to the lot owner.
21. No signs, notices or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed
in the Cemetery unless placed by the Cemetery.
22. Peddling of any kind or soliciting the sale of any commodity,
other than by the Cemetery, is prohibited within the confines of
& Funeral Regulations
23. Interments into a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial
therein according to these rules and regulations.
24. The Cemetery shall be in no way liable for any delay in the
interment of a body where a protest to the interment has been made
or where the rules and regulations have not been complied with;
and, further, the Cemetery reserves the right, under such circumstances,
to place the body in the receiving vault until the full rights have
25. The use of one grave space shall be limited to interments as
follows unless otherwise permitted by the Cemetery:
a) One adult burial, or
b) One adult burial and one infant burial, or
c) One adult burial and three urns of cremated remains, or
d) Four urns of cremated remains
The use and placement of memorials shall be governed by Rule 53
26. No burial of a casket over three feet in length will be made
unless there has been provided an outer container or receptacle
of concrete or such other material which the Cemetery will deem
to have comparable strength or resistance to deterioration.
27. Funerals are to be at the Cemetery by 3:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday and by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday or be subject to overtime fees.
28. No disinterment will be allowed without permission of next of
kin, the lot owner, the Cemetery and the proper authorities.
29. The Cemetery shall in no way be liable for any container, receptacle
or urn of cremated remains placed in any lot, crypt or niche. A
permanent type of urn or vault is required for ground interment
of cremated remains. The scattering of cremated remains over a family
lot is prohibited.
& Decoration Regulations
30. The Cemetery reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths
or other decorations from lots as soon as they become unsightly.
The grounds will be cleared of decorations twice a year. Spring
cleanup begins March 1, and Fall cleanup begins October 1. In order
for a family to save any decorations placed on a grave, the decoration
should be removed prior to these dates. New decorations may be placed
beginning April 1 and November 1 respectively.
31. Fresh flower arrangements are allowed on lots in a disposable
vase. Artificial flowers and glass containers are prohibited.
32. Grave blankets and wreaths are allowed as winter decorations
from November 15 until the spring cleanup beginning March 1.
33. Items not allowed to be placed on a lot within the Cemetery
include, but are not limited to, the following: shepherd’s
hooks, standup decorations, coping, curbing, decorative rocks, fencing,
hedging, grave mounds, borders or enclosures. No decorations of
any type are permitted in trees or Cemetery plantings.
34. Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day, the Fourth of
July, Flag Day, and Veterans Day. Flags should be kept to 12”
by 18” in size or smaller. Flags are subject to removal by
Cemetery within ten (10) days of the Holiday.
35. Trees and shrubs are placed throughout the Cemetery by the Cemetery
for overall beauty and serenity of the grounds. Individual graves
are not permitted to have trees or shrubs. Any such tree or shrub
not approved by the Cemetery may be removed without notice to the
36. Certain lots embrace a tree that may interfere with space that
otherwise might be used for burial. In such a case, the Cemetery
recognizes that right to the retention of the trees as prior to
the right of use of such space for burial. Should any such tree
die naturally, the Cemetery will remove it at its own expense.
37. Glass is prohibited at all times.
38. Devotional lights of any type are prohibited in the Cemetery.
39. The Cemetery shall have the right to remove all objects whose
appearance and condition warrant removal and/or violate the Cemetery’s
rules and regulations. The Cemetery also will not be liable for
any flower or decoration removed or lost by any cause.
Individual Burial Spaces
40. Planting will not be permitted to cover substantially an entire
grave space or even the center or end of a grave away from the headstone.
41. Planting will be permitted in the area the length and width
of a headstone and directly below the same.
42. Artificial flowers, displays and designs will not be permitted
anywhere except artificial wreaths simulating dark green or dark
brown leaves with modest use of contrasting berries will be permitted
if maintained in sightly condition and in proper position.
43. Winter blankets and sprays made of artificial flowers and material
will not be permitted. They must be of balsam or pine and decorations
confined to red ruscus, natural or silvered pinecones and red berries.
Removal tags must be attached or purchased at the Cemetery office.
Family Burial Lots
44. The foregoing regulations relative to plants on single grave
spaces will apply also to family burial lots except that family
lot proprietors may obtain approval from the General Manager or
his or her designee (to be given only in writing) of other forms
of planting if considered consistent with the general landscaping
of the particular part of the Cemetery and if adequate arrangements
are made for the care of the planting and for any added cost of
maintaining surrounding grass areas.
45. Monuments are not permitted except on a lot (consisting of six
or more single grave spaces) and except in accordance with these
rules. Where the configuration of the lot permits a family monument,
the size, material and design of the monument must be submitted
for prior approval by the Trustees of Elmwood Cemetery. No monument
on any lot, other than those so designated in the prior rules, shall
be installed without first being reviewed and approved by the Trustees.
46. All memorials must be made of the highest quality standard bronze
or of granite approved by the Cemetery except on the monument lots
where all monuments shall be made of granite. All markers on individual
graves shall be set flush except in limited designated area. The
granites which will be accepted at Elmwood are limited to quality
granites and in colors approved by the Cemetery. The following granites
and colors have been pre-approved as of the date hereof: Barre Gray,
Ebony Mist Black, Mahogany, Missouri Red, Dominion Pink, Mountain
Rose Pink, Blue Pearl and Waussau.
47. The Cemetery shall have the authority to reject any memorial
that, on account of its size, type, design, inscription, quality,
color or method of construction is unsuitable for the particular
lot or grave on which it is to be placed. The Cemetery reserves
the right to prevent the placing or to remove any marker or other
objects that do not comply with the standards of the Cemetery. Also,
the Cemetery reserves the right to require the purchase of any and
all markers from the Cemetery or approved producers or retail dealers.
48. No marker or monument will be accepted by the Cemetery for installation
unless a sketch has been furnished defining the dimensions, material
content and lettering and permission of the lot owner or proper
agent of the person having burial rights in the grave to be marked.
All markers and monument foundations shall be placed by employees
or agents of the Cemetery only.
49. All fees or encumbrances due on a lot must be paid in full prior
to any memorial being placed on the lot, including any installation
50. Corner markers are allowed on all lots and must be installed
at grade level.
51. In the event a memorial is placed where it is necessary to remove
it for an interment or disinterment, the Cemetery shall have the
right to remove such memorial without notice to the lot owner.
52. The Cemetery may, at its own expense, without any liability,
correct any error that may occur in the placing of a foundation
53. Memorials shall be set in accordance with the general plan of
the Cemetery. Not more than two (2) memorials may be placed on a
grave, one at the head and the other at the foot, unless otherwise
approved by the Cemetery.
54. No photographs or porcelain material may be incorporated into
any memorial. No protective glass or breakable material of any kind
will be allowed on the memorial.
55. Monuments cannot exceed one-half of the width of the lot or
a six-foot maximum. The tablet must be at least eight inches thick.
The base and tablet together cannot exceed five feet in height except
on lots specifically plotted for larger family monuments or family
56. Marker Regulations: Sections 7, 6, 2; On lots as designated
on maps of the Cemetery, respectively, will permit slant style markers
made of Gray granite to all be 24 inches by 10 inches in length
and 16 inches high. All the slant style memorials will have rock
pitch sides, back and top. This is the only style, size and material
permitted on these lots.
57. Monument Regulations: Sections R and T; On lots as designated
on maps of the Cemetery. Upright family monuments or lawn level
memorials are permitted on these lots. The upright family monuments
must be made of quality granite and in colors approved by the Cemetery.
The following granites and colors have been pre-approved as of the
date hereof: Barre Gray, Ebony Mist Black, Mahogany, Missouri Red,
Dominion Pink, Mountain Rose Pink, Blue Pearl and Waussau. The monument
base must be rock pitched on all four sides with a polished or steeled
top. The tablet, or die, must have a polished or steeled front,
back and top. The sides must be rock pitched. The monuments may
only be one of the following two sizes:
Tablet 30 inches by 8 inches by 20 inches high
Base 40 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches high
Tablet 36 inches by 8 inches by 24 inches high
Base 46 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches high
58. All entombments or inurnments in the mausoleum must be performed
by regular employees of the Cemetery. All bodies to be entombed
in the mausoleum must be embalmed.
59. Such entombments must be made in a casket understanding the
crypt dimensions are 2’ 8” wide by 2’ 2”
high by 7’ 8” deep.
60. The Cemetery will provide all inscriptions, lettering or crypt
plates on the crypt or niche fronts to ensure uniformity. Either
a floral tribute area or vase will be provided for each crypt.
61. The Cemetery reserves the right to limit floral tributes. Only
one floral tribute per crypt or niche is allowed to be placed on
the benches or other holders where provided.
62. The Cemetery reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths
or other decorations from the mausoleum as soon as they become unsightly.
The mausoleum will be cleared of decorations once a year. The annual
cleanup will begin March 1. In order for a family to save any decorations
placed in the mausoleum, the decorations should be removed prior
to these dates. New decorations may be placed beginning April 1.
63. Visiting hours are as posted in the Cemetery. Any person found
in the mausoleum after closing without permission will be considered
64. No decorative objects or photos may be affixed to the crypt
fronts by tape or other means. No toys, glass containers, ceramic
containers or like objects shall be permitted in the mausoleum.
All such unauthorized items will be removed by the Cemetery without
65. All niche spaces in the mausoleum are intended for an individual
inurnment. A container of suitable material is required.