Traditional Memorials

Remembering a loved one

The need to remember the life of a loved one who has died has been part of the human experience throughout history. In the Catholic Church, the baptized are encouraged to remember through prayer, ritual and permanent symbols those who have gone before us in faith. The Catholic Cemeteries offers a variety of meaningful ways to permanently and reverently memorialize the life of a departed loved one. In addition, seasonal tributes including wreathes during the Christmas season are also available.

Monuments

Grave Monuments are above-ground granite memorials that customarily are placed at the head of a lot. Monuments are available in a variety of colors and sizes determined by the number of graves owned. A minimum of two graves (designated as monument graves), located in a monument section, is required for the placement of a monument. The common family name, names of individuals buried on the lot, and other design work may be inscribed on the face of a monument. If size permits, flower vases may be affixed to the monument base.

Markers

Markers are in-ground granite memorials that are customarily located at the foot of a grave. Like monuments, markers are available in a variety of colors and sizes determined by the cemetery rules. Markers are also permitted on monument lots along with a monument.

Flower Vases

Flower vases made of bronze or granite may be installed on a monument base. A self-standing in-ground bronze vase may be installed, and is a favorite way of adorning a non-monument grave. Bronze vases include either a concrete base or granite base. These in-ground vases can be inverted into the integral canister in the ground to allow for mowing and cemetery maintenance. The Catholic Cemeteries offers three bronze vase designs; the Lotus, Doric, and Grecian. Each style vase has a cross emblem. 

Personal Memory Rings

Personal memory rings are a unique feature available with a bronze in-ground flower vase. These can be inscribed with the name and years of birth and death of the person buried in the grave, usually a cremation burial on top of an existing conventional burial. It can also be used to remember someone who is not buried in the grave.

Memory Lights

Memory lights are an option interchangeable with the in-ground bronze flower vases. It fits onto a vase base and can be inverted into the ground. A wax candle or an inexpensive flickering battery-operated candle, can be placed inside the red colored plastic shell to provide the light over the gravesite.

Cremation Urns and
Urn Vaults

Cremation urns range in price and type of material. Urn vaults are also available for in-ground cremation burials. The urn is placed inside of the urn vault at the time of burial.

Mausoleum Crypt and
Niche Adornments

Families customarily remember a loved one interred in a crypt or niche with inscriptions of names and birth-death dates. Special adornments, such as vases and religious emblems, may be added to the crypt and niche fronts per cemetery regulations. The size and placement of the vases and emblems will vary with the space available on the crypt and niche fronts.

Decorations & Seasonal Tributes

Christmas wreaths may be ordered through The Catholic Cemeteries beginning in November and are placed at grave locations by The Catholic Cemeteries staff.

While purchasing Memorial Day tributes from The Catholic Cemeteries is currently on hold, we invite you to visit our cemeteries and to place your decorations. See “Rules” below.

Decoration Policy & Visiting Etiquette

Updated 4/17/2024

The Catholic Cemeteries’ memorial site decoration policies are designed to consider everyone’s safety and visiting experience. We appreciate your help in keeping our cemeteries naturally beautiful. Thank you for respecting and following our rules during your visit.

It is not possible for cemetery employees to attend all areas of the cemeteries during normal cemetery hours. There are occasions where flowers and winter decorations have been stolen. The cemetery cannot assume any liability for anything placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when making their selection.

Use the toggle buttons below to view the decoration policy for each type of burial space.

Please note: no decorations are permitted on Natural Burial graves. 

Mausoleum/ Columbarium

What is allowed? 

  • Vases purchased through The Catholic Cemeteries
  • Artificial floral arrangements secured inside vases
  • Emblems purchased through The Catholic Cemeteries

What is NOT allowed?

  • Anything placed on the sidewalk/floor/ground in and around the area
  • Fresh flowers
  • Command strips and tape on any surface
  • Floral arrangements (artificial only) in vases must not impede surrounding shutters
  • Metal objects
  • Glass or ceramic objects
  • Anything requiring electricity
  • Food or Seed
Flush (Non-Monument) Graves

What is allowed during Growing Season (March 1 – September 30)

  • Fresh cut flowers only in cemetery approved vases  (See “Exceptions to the Decoration Policy” below for a list of holidays where artificial flowers are permitted) 

Note: Beginning October 1 – all flowers will be removed and all in-ground vases will be inverted. In-ground vases can be damaged during the winter if left upright. 

What is allowed during Off-Season (November 15 – February 28)

  • Natural evergreen wreaths
  • Small non-lit Christmas/winter decorations (not to exceed 18″ tall)

The field staff will remove wilted or unsightly flowers and anything that does not comply with our Decoration Policy.

Monument Graves
The Catholic Cemeteries is not responsible for any damage decorations may cause to a memorial. Metal, adhesive, and various other items may cause a monument to chip, decay, or rust.

What is allowed?

  • Fresh cut flowers or artificial flowers secured in the monument vases are allowed year-round. 
  • During the off-season: November 15 – February 28 
    • Natural evergreen wreaths
    • Small non-lit Christmas/winter decorations (not to exceed 18″ tall)
The field staff will remove wilted or unsightly flowers, items that are not secured to the monument, and anything that does not comply with our Decoration Policy.
Exceptions to the Decoration Policy

On the following hollidays, holiday decorations are permitted to be placed on gravesites 3 days prior to that holiday and will be removed as soon as 7 days after said holiday:

  1. St. Patrick’s Day
  2. Easter
  3. Mother’s Day
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Father’s Day
  6. Independence Day
  7. Halloween & Day of the Dead
  8. Thanksgiving

Decorations placed after a burial will be removed as soon as 3 days after an interment.

Items Never Permitted

Items never allowed in any area of the cemetery:

  • Unattended food/beverages
  • Glass/ceramic/metal containers or items
  • Decorations or any items hanging from trees on the cemetery property
  • Small stones/rocks or other items on memorials
    • * These objects can damage equipment and cause injury. 

The field staff will remove wilted flowers and anything that does not comply with our Decoration Policy.

When is seasonal clean-up?

Seasonal Clean-Up: Grounds & Buildings

 Spring Clean-Up: Beginning March 1 all wreaths and Christmas/winter decorations will be removed.

 Fall Clean-Up: Beginning October 1 all flowers will be removed and all in-ground vases will be inverted. 

Visiting Etiquette
  • Avoid funeral processions on the roads
  • Avoid graveside services when visiting
  • Only service animals are allowed on the cemetery grounds
  • Please keep voices at a respectful volume
  • Loud music and external speakers are not permitted
  • Please do not park on the grass