cemetery guidelines

CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES:  We encourage visitation and placement of decorations at gravesites.  The following CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES apply to all Our Cemeteries and are effective October 5, 2016.

FEBRUARY CLEAN-OFF is the time period of six (6) days - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - beginning with the first Monday in February each year.  This is the time period each year when our staff attempts to review decorations at each gravesite - removing and discarding decorations which are not consistent with our CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES. Extensive WINTER DECORATING items are removed and discarded during this time period in preparation for the beginning of the upcoming turf season.  It is not possible for our staff to retain decorations removed during this time period.  Clients should remove important decoration items from gravesites prior to this week and should not replace important decoration items until after this week.

STANDARD DECORATING is the time period of approximately ten (10) months beginning Sunday following FEBRUARY CLEAN-OFF thru the following November 30th which is considered our turf season. STANDARD DECORATING encourages secure placement of natural or artificial floral arrangements in a Permanent Vase Unit that has been designed as part of the monument.  Other types of decorations – such as flags, ribbons, solar lights, sun catchers, pinwheels – may be placed as decorations if they are, likewise, securely located inside a Permanent Vase that has been designed as part of the monument.  In the absence of a Permanent Vase Unit that has been designed as part of the monument or in the absence of a Permanent Monument, a single natural or artificial floral arrangement may be placed directly in the ground at the top, center of the gravesite - removing and replacing any existing decoration that may already exist at the gravesite.

The following approaches to decorating are just a few examples of ideas not consistent with STANDARD DECORATING as they do not place decorations securely inside a Permanent Vase Unit that has been designed as part of the monument:  shepherd hooks, easels, planting, fencing, bricks, rocks, borders, mementos, trinkets and keepsakes that are located on the ground or not secured to the monument. 

WINTER DECORATING is the time period of approximately two (2) months beginning the first day in December thru FEBRUARY CLEAN-OFF.  During WINTER DECORATING decorations of fresh and artificial flowers and other types of decorations - including grave blankets, wreaths, easels, bouquets and other items - may be placed directly on the ground as long as they do not extend beyond the gravesite.

INTERMENT DECORATING is the time period of ninety (90) days following date of burial.  During INTERMENT DECORATING decorations of fresh and artificial flowers and other types of decorations may be placed directly on the ground as long as they do not extend beyond the gravesite and present a danger to individuals visiting or to the staff by potentially becoming caught-up and thrown by mowing, trimming or maintenance equipment.  An approved temporary marker is allowed to be placed during this same time period, reflecting name and dates of the deceased.  After ninety (90) days, STANDARD DECORATING applies and the approved Temporary Marker is removed.

Decorations placed inconsistent with CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES will be removed and discarded.  The fact that every part of these CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES may not be absolutely applied or enforced at all times does not mean that these CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES are no longer valid and in force.  It is the responsibility of clients to understand these CEMETERY DECORATION GUIDELINES as they apply to their specific desire to place decorations.  

While Our Cemeteries encourage visitation and gravesite decoration, our clients are reminded that it is not possible for Our Cemeteries to assume the responsibility of safe keeping or protection of decorations placed on-site.  Decorations are placed strictly at the risk of our clients and may become lost, stolen, broken or discarded.  Our Cemeteries assume no liability for decorations which become lost, stolen, broken or discarded.

Ground Burial

Ground Burial

Traditionally, in-ground burial has been the choice of many families. We provide families with many in-ground burial options, including large family estate lots, multiple space lots and single grave spaces. Depending on the needs of the family, there are many areas throughout the cemetery to choose.

Cremation Options

Cremation Options

Chapel Hill Mortuary - Funeral Homes & Cemeteries maintains a variety of facilities for the interment of cremated remains, giving you a full selection of urns, niches, mausoleums and urn gardens. For those families who desire it, we’re also able to combine in-ground burial for both casketed and cremated remains.

Cremation niches are available in our mausoleum and the outdoor cremation garden. These small in-ground lots accommodate two urns and are memorialized with flush bronze memorials. Landscaped with trees, a flowing water feature, and beautiful flower beds, our cremation garden provides families with a uniquely tranquil setting.

We also provide bench, tree and statue memorial interment of cremated remains.



Mausoleums allow for above ground entombment in either community buildings or specially designed family structures. At one time the advantages of mausoleum entombment were available only to royalty, the famed or the very wealthy. Well-known mausoleums include the Taj Mahal, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Egyptian Pyramids. Mausoleum property is now affordable to most everyone.

The existing mausoleum at Chapel Hill Mortuary - Funeral Homes & Cemeteries is a community mausoleum with crypt space for single caskets, and cremation niches which can hold one to six cremations. Families may opt to have a glass front on the niche, which allows them to place a photo or personal memento in the niche. This memento may be placed at the time of service or later at the convenience of the family.

With beautiful architecture, enhanced by glorious stained glass windows, our community mausoleum begs to be experienced.

Private Family Mausoleums

Only just recently have family mausoleums become an affordable and viable option for more and more families. Annual sales of family mausoleums have increased 2200% in the past 20 years and are expected to continually increase in the future.

Selecting a family mausoleum is a sound and permanent investment requiring thoughtful, thorough consideration of many factors. We suggest an orderly step-by-step approach to eliminate uncertainties, minimize expenses and assure selection of the family mausoleum that meets all of your requirements.

Our experienced staff can help you arrive at the perfect decision for you, and your family. Call us at (844) 914-9040 to discuss the wide variety of permanent Memorialization Options, or contact us via the contact form.