Owned And Operated
By Trustees Of Graceland Cemetery Improvement Fund
Your Cooperation With These Regulations Will Help Keep Your Cemetery Beautiful
September - 2012
A. Guidelines and Regulations for Floral Tributes
or perennial landscaping. No permanent or perennial landscaping of
any kind whatsoever may be installed by individual lot or graveowners.
2. Artificial flowers, foliage or plants. No artificial flowers,
foliage or plants or any similar artificial landscaping or planting of any kind
whatsoever may be installed by individual lot or grave owners.
vases for cut flowers and flower bouquets. Individual lot or grave
owners may place cut flowers and flower bouquets only in in-ground vases. Individual
plot owners may install one (1) in-ground vase per family monument, gravestone
or headstone. In-ground vases shall be installed flush with, i. e. no higher
than, the surrounding ground. In-ground vases shall be installed flush with
cut flowers and flower bouquets. Cut flowers and flower bouquets may
be placed near family monuments, gravestones or headstones.
No decorations of any kind whatsoever may be installed on either a temporary
or permanent basis by individual lot or grave owners. Such decorations include
glass, ceramic pots, toys, balloons, statuary and other similar objects.
of cut flowers and flower bouquets. Cut flowers and flower bouquets
shall be removed by the Cemetery when, in the sole opinion of the Cemetery,
such flowers or bouquets have become unsightly, withered or otherwise are no
of non-conforming or non-permitted improvements. Landscaping and decorations
shall be removed by the Cemetery when they have not been approved by the Cemetery.
cultivation, weeding and all landscape maintenance. Pruning, cultivation,
weeding and all landscape maintenance will be done entirely and only by the
Cemetery and individual lot or grave owners are expressly prohibited from performing
any such activities or retaining landscape contractors or other parties to perform
such activities on their behalf.
blankets and live wreaths. Evergreen grave blankets and live evergreen
wreaths are permitted from November 15th until approximately March 1st. Cemetery
cleanup will be done on March 1st and again on November 1st each year.
B. Family Lot Monument Guidelines
All family burial
lots shall follow the landscape design principles first established by O. C.
Simonds when he devised the landscape plan for Graceland Cemetery in 1890. Simonds,
one of the leading landscape architects of his time, presented naturalistic
environmental designs of proper proportions, where each element, whether natural
or laid by man, related to one another with dignity and respect. By this vision,
a clear hierarchy of appropriate scale has been formed at Graceland, a precedent
that shall be carried through the development of the Family Burial Area.
All proposed family
monuments shall be in keeping with the Cemetery’s traditions of original
creative design, the highest level of craftsmanship and the finest quality of
material. The Cemetery encourages creativity in the monument designs, whether
it be in relief or “garden style” sculpture in the round. However,
the size and design of a monument shall follow the Monument Guidelines below.
1. Only one family
monument shall be permitted on each lot.
2. No monument
or marker shall be constructed of material other than natural granite or bronze.
No artificial material shall be permitted. No surface of the granite may be
of a polished finish.
3. The appropriate
size of any monument is site specific, i. e. the size of the lot as well as
its location and plantings shall set the scale for the monument. In addition
to plantings and lot size, all proposed monuments should consider the monument
scale of the neighboring lot in order to maintain accordance with the existing
4. All proposed
family monuments shall not exceed the following size limitations per lot:
Types A, B, C
||Up to 60%
of the width of the lot
cannot be less than eight inches in thickness
5. All individual
markers shall be no larger than 2’ x 1’ in plan and flush to the
existing ground level in the lot areas of Ridgeland and Evergreen. On other
lots where upright markers exist, the owner may utilize a flush marker or match
the existing markers.
6. All proposed
monument designs shall be reviewed for approval by the Cemetery. Once the design
is approved, the monument company responsible for the manufacturing of the stone
shall be required to furnish the Cemetery final shop drawings with all appropriate
dimensions and material specifications for final approval prior to construction.
The Cemetery reserves the right to make exceptions to these Guidelines.
General 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 management of 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 Rules and Regulations of the cemetery
and prices for burial spaces and services 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. Lots must be
paid in full before a burial is made. Full purchase price must be paid before
a burial rights agreement or grave receipt is issued.
4. 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.
5. No person,
other than employees of the cemetery, shall be allowed to perform any work within
the cemetery without permission from the cemetery.
6. 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 injury.
7. The use of
the cemetery land as a thoroughfare will not be permitted.
8. 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.
9. Bicycles, skates,
motorcycles, horses, etc., may not be used on cemetery lands except with the
approval of the cemetery. Pets are not permitted on the grounds.
No lawn chairs,
blankets or towels are permitted.
Food and beverage
are not permitted.
10. Bringing alcoholic
beverages or illegal drugs into the cemetery is strictly prohibited.
11. 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.
12. No signs,
notices or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed in the cemetery unless
placed by the cemetery.
13. Peddling of
any kind or soliciting the sale of any commodity, other than by the cemetery,
is prohibited within the confines of the cemetery.
14. Only still
photography is permitted in the cemetery. The use of bipods and tripods is strictly
prohibited, as is the photographing of funerals.
15. No animals,
with the exception of assistance dogs, are permitted on the premises.
The feeding of
wildlife is strictly prohibited.
Visitors are prohibited
from disturbing plant life or damaging any monument or structure in the Cemetery.
(Stone rubbings and the climbing upon monuments or trees are prohibited).