Monocacy Cemetery Charges, Fees, and Services
Effective October 1, 2019
Burial sites are available throughout the property for both caskets and cremated remains.
Purchase of Grave Sites:
Single site — $2,000, including Perpetual Care
Interment Service Charges: (Monday–Friday)
Single-depth opening — $1,700
Double-depth opening — $1,850
Cremation opening (container/urn, no vault) — $550
Cremation opening (container/urn with vault) — $700
Additional charge for Saturday service — $250
No burials take place on Sunday.
Monocacy Cemetery prohibits the scattering of ashes within the property because rain water carries these cremains onto adjacent burial sites.
No burials on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Monocacy Cemetery is committed to Perpetual Care, as defined by the Annotated Code of Maryland, Title 5, “Cemeteries,” as follows:
Pursuant to Section 5-601, Business Regulation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland:
In this subtitle, “perpetual care”:
(1) means the maintenance, including the cutting of grass abutting memorials or monuments, administration, supervision and embellishment of a cemetery and its grounds, roads, and paths; and
(2) includes the repair and renewal of buildings, including columbaria and mausoleums, and the property of the cemetery.
Accordingly, 10% of all fees for purchase of grave sites and niches are set aside in our Perpetual Care Account. Earnings from this account are used to conduct perpetual care activities, as defined above.
Please note: Perpetual Care does not include installation, maintenance, or care of gravestones or other items installed by grave site owners, as these items are the property of said owners.
Monocacy Cemetery strives to protect its grounds and maintain a visual quality befitting this cemetery’s sacred purpose. We therefore ask that all visitors assist us by observing the following:
- Park on roadways and allow other vehicles to pass.
- FRESH and/or ARTIFICIAL flowers may be placed on graves at any time, using appropriate containers. (Use of Glass or Ceramic containers is prohibited for safety reasons.)
- EASTER: LIVE POTTED PLANTS are permitted on graves from one week before until one week after Easter Sunday.
- MEMORIAL DAY & VETERANS DAY: Decorations may remain on graves for two weeks after each holiday, respectively. Flags are collected on the Saturday following the holiday.
- CHRISTMAS: WREATHS are permitted during the season.
- NON-FLORAL items intended for indefinite placement directly on or positioned above grave sites are prohibited.
No items may be attached to headstones or grave markers, except for recognized military medallions. Any alteration of headstones or grave markers is prohibited.
- The possession or application of any hazardous item or substance, or conduct of any activity posing risks to any persons, property, or wildlife is prohibited.
- Monocacy Cemetery assumes no responsibility for items left at grave sites, and reserves the right at its sole discretion to remove items considered unsafe, unsightly, unauthorized, or inappropriate, at any time.
Monocacy Cemetery ensures that the cemetery property is maintained to the highest level of care befitting a burial ground. Visitors should respect the property, the graves, and the grave markers.
Fresh-cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time. When fresh-cut flowers become unsightly they should be removed. At its discretion, Monocacy Cemetery may remove and discard flowers that become unsightly. Flowers may be removed and discarded to allow for routine mowing or other grounds maintenance activities. Water is available at the caretaker’s facility.
Plastic, metal, paper, and fabric flowers and decorations may be placed on graves at any time. Appropriate containers must be used. Glass and ceramic containers are not permitted for safety reasons.
Live potted plants are permitted on graves one week before and one week following Easter Sunday. Christmas wreaths are permitted on graves during the Christmas season and will be discarded beginning February 1.
Memorial Day and Veterans Day flags and decorations will be allowed to remain on the graves for two weeks following those holidays. National, State, Military, and public service flags will be allowed to remain until the following Saturday after Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
No item or object may be permanently attached to a monument or marker. Monuments may not be altered in any way. Military medallions are the only exception.
The placement or application of any hazardous item or substance which poses a potential risk to any persons, pets, local wildlife, or cemetery structures or grounds is prohibited.
Monocacy Cemetery reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove unauthorized, unsightly, hazardous, and inappropriate items at any time. If you have questions, please contact the Monocacy Cemetery Board.
Monocacy Cemetery assumes no responsibility for items left at graves. Due to the open nature of the grounds, Monocacy Cemetery cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism, or the effects of nature, including damage by wildlife or fallen trees.
Procurement and installation of headstones and grave markers are the responsibility of the lot or grave site owner(s). Grave markers must be professionally installed by a qualified contractor or person, with a proper foundation according to industry standards, so as to promote their long-term viability and stability. This includes installation of an appropriate concrete foundation to support the grave marker.
Lot and grave site owners are required to contact the Cemetery prior to placement of a headstone or marker, so the proper location may be verified and marked prior to installation of the foundation. If a grave marker is installed in the wrong location, and the Cemetery was not given the opportunity to verify and mark the location, the owner(s) will be held responsible for the removal and re-installation of the grave marker.
Lot and grave site owners are responsible for the maintenance and care of headstones and markers in perpetuity. Owners are expected to maintain headstones and markers in good, stable, and clean condition, and to initiate repairs or replacements should it become necessary.
Lot and gravesite owners are not allowed to plant permanent trees and shrubs on cemetery property. The Cemetery Board has learned through experience that such plantings require maintenance and care in the short-term and throughout their (often extensive) life spans. For example, if shrubs such as boxwoods are not regularly trimmed, they eventually grow large and often obscure the grave and headstone. The cemetery cannot accept these maintenance responsibilities primarily due to financial constraints.
In circumstances where a family burial site(s) have remained unused, a descendant of the original site purchaser may request to claim the site(s) through the process of Rightful Ownership. This would require the person(s) to notify all known living relatives to let them know their intention of using burial sites that were purchased by their common ancestor. This technically releases Monocacy Cemetery from any issue that may be brought up in the future if a relative was not contacted.
Download the Certification of Rightful Ownership, contact all the relatives, fill out the form, and sign it in the presence of a Notary Public. Mail the form to Monocacy Cemetery at the address shown at the bottom of the form.