Just as you would want to be sure that the issuer of a life insurance policy will be there to make a payment, or that the manufacturer of your car can stand behind its warranty, you want to be sure that the cemetery you select will be there for the long term, and will take proper care of its grounds.
As you consider this important decision, we recommend asking the following questions.
The Cemetery Association of Belvidere is a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and protect the cemetery, its history, and its landscape.
Cemeteries may be family-owned, part of a for-profit chain, church-owned, or a nonprofit. It is important to be comfortable with the owner, the mission, and the way the property is operated and cared for.
Cemeteries incur significant expenses over time for continuous upkeep and repairs. When the cemetery reaches capacity, the endowment becomes its sole source of funds. Similar to a large park with many roads and monuments, basic upkeep for a cemetery can run into hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars annually.
If a cemetery does not have a sizable endowment, be sure to ask how it plans to care for the cemetery in perpetuity.
With many thousands of interments, the ability to keep meticulous records over many decades is very important. Select cemeteries have sophisticated software systems that may allow for digital storage of photos and family records.