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Cemetery FAQ's

Do I own the land when I purchase a plot?
It is common for people to think they “own” the land but actually they do not. What they have purchased is the “rights” to be buried there. This is called “Interment Rights”. “Interment Rights” also includes erecting memorialization in accordance with current bylaws.

How long will I own my interment rights?
You own these rights forever. Plot, cremation spaces, or any other interment right will never be re-sold.

Can someone else in my family use the grave I purchased?
Yes, as long as the individual who holds the interment rights gives written permission.

Can I scatter cremated remains (ashes) anywhere I choose?
No, permission must be obtained from whoever owns the land (Whether public or private). The Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act states that you can only scatter cremated remains (ashes) in a licensed cemetery. Keep in mind also that scattering is an irreversible process and your intentions might not always be respected when property changes hands or is developed.

What is the Care & Maintenance fund?
When an interment right is purchased a portion is set aside for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. This amount can be up to 50% depending on the plot chosen. The cemetery uses the interest from this account to carry out the care and maintenance. This way cemetery property may be cared for in perpetuity (Forever).

Are there fees for care & maintenance?
The amount for ongoing care and maintenance is included in the purchase price; therefore, no annual fees are required. When a marker/monument is purchased, there is a one-time care and maintenance fee depending on the type and size of the marker selected.

Why choose Town of Grimsby Cemeteries?
At Grimsby Cemeteries our goal is to satisfy the needs of the families that we serve, to make each and every person who deals with us feel special, and to exceed their expectations. We have been caring for loved ones since 1890 and will serve our community for many more years to come.

When can I visit the Cemetery?
Our cemeteries are open daily from seven-thirty am to dusk daily.

When do I have to remove my wreaths?
Wreaths must be removed from all plots in the cemetery by no later than April 1st each calendar year. They may go on a plot as of October 15th of each calendar year.

What kind of ornamentation is permitted in a plot?
Any type of plantings or ornamentation must adhere to bylaws for the subject cemetery. 

Can shrubs be planted on a plot?
Same as above.

Who do I contact for information to purchase plots or schedule interments?
The staff at the Town of Grimsby Administration Department will be able to answer any and all questions you may have with regards to cemetery plots and sales. The cemetery Office is located at Town Hall at 160 Livingston Ave, Grimsby, ON. PO. Box 159 L3M 4G3   (905) 945 9634

Who do I contact for maintenance issues at the cemetery?
The staff at the Cemetery will be able to assist you in these matters. If staff is not available at the cemetery, feel free to call (905) 945 9201 or (905) 945 9634 or visit our office.

How much notice is required for Interments?
Arrangements must be made and contract completed by 12:00 noon the day preceding the funeral. Saturday funerals must be completed by 12:00 noon or additional charges will apply. Interments are not performed on Sundays unless there are special circumstances.

When are interments performed?
"Interments are performed during the regular business hours of 7:00am a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Any interments performed outside these hours are subject to applicable overtime charges. Interments are not performed on Sundays unless there are special circumstances. "

Can a memorial be placed anywhere on a plot?
There are restrictions governing the placement of memorials on cemetery plots, which vary between cemeteries and between various areas within the cemetery. Please contact the cemetery office for more information.

Should I set up an appointment to arrange to purchase a plot or schedule an interment?
Appointments are required and will ensure staff are available to assist you and reduces your waiting time if staff are busy with other patrons.

What happens if I pre-purchase at a cemetery, but change my mind or move away from the area?
Care and Maintenance is non-refundable after 30 days
Formula to buy back plots
1. Plot seller gets the current interment rights value
2. Less the Care & Maintenance paid at the time of original purchase to 40% (if they paid 50%, we can only ask them for 40%)
3. Less applicable taxes paid at the time of purchase
4. When the plot is resold, only the difference between the sold back Care and Maintenance and the new charges go into Care and Maintenance.
5. The rest back to the general cemetery fund.

Can I sell my plot to someone else?
No. the Town’s by-law prohibits the private resale of interment rights. However, should you choose not to use your interment rights, the cemetery will be pleased to buy them back from you, in accordance with provincial law, or you may transfer your interment rights to a third party for a nominal charge through the cemetery office.

I’m making a family tree. What information can you give me?

The Town of Grimsby staff often has patrons in looking for family members. We can provide the information one would find on a monument as well as the location of the graves. We are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Town Hall) and would gladly help find any family members buried in our cemetery and show the locations to these patrons.

Which of your cemeteries still have space/graves available?
The Grimsby Mountain Cemetery has spaces available for burial.

Is cremation less expensive than ground burial?
When comparing the basic services required with each option, yes.

Does the Town of Grimsby have sections where veterans and their partners can be buried?
Yes. Queen’s Lawn Cemetery has designated areas for veterans and their partners.

Does one have to be a Canadian veteran to be buried in one of your veterans’ sections?
No. Veterans’ sections are available to both Canadian and Allied veterans.

Do you have a place where a reception can take place?
Unfortunately at the Grimsby Cemeteries we do not have a reception area. Services can however, take place at the graveside.

What are the hours of operation?
Our hours of Operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 pm. (Office hours)

Why is having a place to visit so important?
Remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. It provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural human needs.


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