Burial Services & Prices

We offer an array of burial options, customized to reflect each unique life. Generally, a burial is combined with a traditional funeral service, which includes a family or public viewing (some often refer to this as, calling hours or wake) of the deceased. After the viewing, the family can hold a funeral service in the church or at the funeral home. This service is then followed by the underground or above ground burial of the deceased.

Our most selected Burial options

Simple Burial - $3,170 -
This selection includes the use of our facilities for a private viewing and the supervision of a graveside ceremony at a cemetery.

Burial with Service at the funeral home - $3,545 -
When the family decides to have a celebration of life service held at the funeral home. Includes coffee, tea, citrus water.

Burial w/ calling hours & mass at church - $4,160 -
When the family decides to have calling hours for 3 hours (ex 4-7pm) at the funeral home, prayers at the funeral home before church and then procession to church for a service/mass and cemetery. Includes complimentary continental breakfast morning of service, coffee, tea, citrus water during calling hours.

*not included - merchandise for burial or third party items.

Cemetery Types

Monumental cemetery: A monumental cemetery is the traditional style of cemetery where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground. There are countless different types of designs for headstones, ranging from very simple to large and complex, even flat stones may be used in certain sections. Local examples are, Holy Sepuclhre Cemetery, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery, Irondequoit Cemetery.

Memorial Park/Cemetery: Is where each grave is marked with a small commemorative plaque that is placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground-level.  Families can still be involved in the design and the information contained on the plaque, however in most cases the plaques are a standard design. A local example is, White Haven Memorial Park.

Mausoleum: A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people.  A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb BUT is often referred to as a crypt. Just about all local cemeteries here in Rochester have a mausoleum.

Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains.  While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family a place to come to mourn and visit.  Columbarium walls do not take up a lot of space and is another alternative to a burial plot.

Natural cemeteries/ Green Burials: Natural cemeteries, also known as eco-cemeteries or green cemeteries is a new style of cemetery set aside for natural burials.  Natural burials are motivated by the desire to be environmentally conscience, although natural burials can be performed at any type of cemetery, they are usually done in a natural woodland area.  Conventional markings such as headstones are generally replaced with a tree or a bush or a placement of a natural rock. Most of our local cemeteries have a section within their cemetery that allows Green Burials. There are many different cemeteries that offer this here in Rochester, for more information please call or email.

Burial FAQ

What is opening and closing and why is it so expensive?
Opening and closing fees can include up to and beyond 50 separate services provided by the cemetery.  Typically, the opening and closing fee include administration and permanent record keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be required, entering the interment particulars in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space); installation and removal of the lowering device; placement and removal of artificial grass dressing and coco-matting at the grave site, leveling, tamping, re-grading and sodding the grave site and leveling and re-sodding the grave if the earth settles. 

Why is having a place to visit so important?
To remember and to be remembered are natural human needs.  A permanent memorial in a cemetery provides a focal point for remembrance and memorializing the deceased.  Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture.  Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping them bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin.  Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.

What happens when a cemetery runs out of land?
When a cemetery runs out of land, it will continue to operate and serve the community.  Most of the larger cemeteries here in the Rochester area have enough room for burial for up to 150 years still.

In a hundred years will this cemetery still be there?
We think of cemetery lands as being in perpetuity.  There are cemeteries throughout the world that have been in existence for hundreds of years.

How soon after or how long after a death must an individual be buried?
There is no law that states a specific time from for burial.  Considerations that will affect timeline include the need to secure all permits and authorizations, notification of family and friends, preparation of cemetery site and religious considerations.  Public heath laws may have limitations on the maximum length of time allowed to pass prior to final disposition.  Contact your local funeral provider for more details.

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is buried?
No.  Embalming is a choice which depends on factors like if there is to be an open casket viewing of the body or if there is to be an extended time between death and internment. Public health laws may require embalming if the body is going to be transported by air or rail.

What options are available besides ground burial?
Besides ground burial, some cemeteries offer interment in lawn crypts or entombment in mausoleums.  In addition, most cemeteries provide choices for those who have selected cremation.  These often include placement of cremated remains in a niche of a columbarium or interment in an urn space. 

What are burial vaults and grave liners?
These are the outside containers into which the casket is placed.  Burial vaults are designed to protect the casket by keeping it clean and dry, they form whats called a seal. Burial vaults are made from a variety of materials such as, concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic or fiberglass. A grave liner is a  lightweight version of a burial vault which simply keeps the grave surface from sinking in and does not keep the casket clean and dry.

Must I purchase a burial vault?
Most large, active cemeteries have regulations that require the use of a basic grave liner for maintenance and safety purposes.  Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.  Some smaller rural or churchyard cemeteries do not require use of a container to surround the casket in the grave.