Mount Auburn is committed to providing elegant, tranquil, and environmentally-sensitive burial space now and well into the future. Burial space options include conventional casket graves, natural burial graves, and space for the burial of cremated remains, and accommodate a wide range of memorial styles. With features like reflection pools, woodland gardens, or scenic overlooks, today’s offerings reflect the Cemetery’s founding principle that nature helps to console the bereaved and inspire the living.
In the years since the arrival of Covid-19, Mount Auburn has seen an unprecedented interest in the purchase of burial space. While we fully encourage end-of-life planning before it becomes a necessity, our available inventory of graves has become depleted. In order to better serve all of the people who come to us for burial space purchase, whether “pre-need” or “at-need,” we have temporarily suspended “pre-need” burial space tours during the winter months to ensure that we have spaces available for those with immediate or imminent needs and to give us time to replenish our inventory for everyone. We appreciate your patience during this hiatus and would be glad to contact you by email when pre-need tours are available again. To add your name to the list of those to be contacted, please fill out the form below.
If you have an immediate need for burial space (a death has occurred), or if you or a family member are facing an imminent need (likelihood of needing a space in the near-term), please call the main office at 617 547-7105 or email email@example.com.
CONVENTIONAL CASKET GRAVES
Conventional casket graves are available throughout the Cemetery in both historic and more modern areas. These graves typically accommodate two caskets, provided the first is buried extra deep, and most require the use of a concrete liner. Companion graves that accommodate up to four caskets are also available. Monumentation varies from shared tablets to private lawn (also known as flush or flat) makers to private upright markers. Casket graves may also be used for the burial of cremated remains. Prices begin at $25,000.
CREMATION BURIAL & NICHES
Mount Auburn provides a variety of options for the earth burial of cremated remains, as well as a limited number of individual niches in the Story Chapel Columbarium. Outdoor cremation graves range from individual spaces to graves intended for three or more individuals. Memorialization options include shared listing stones or wall panels, individual wall panel blocks, private lawn (also knows as flush or flat) makers, or upright private markers. Most locations allow for burial in urns or other suitable containers, while all allow the pouring of remains directly into the earth. Prices start at $3,000 for individual graves and $15,000 for spaces that accommodate two or more burials.
NATURAL BURIAL GRAVES
Natural burial graves are available largely in the historic areas of the Cemetery and are intended for unembalmed bodies buried in biodegradable containers. Natural burial graves accommodate one individual each, though Mount Auburn does allow one additional cremated remains burial in any natural burial grave. Many natural burial graves are unmarked, while others include rights of the inscription on a shared memorial tablet or rights to erect a private marker. Memorial tree plaques are a popular option to commemorate those buried in unmarked graves. Prices begin at $9,000.
WHAT DOES THE PURCHASE OF BURIAL SPACE INCLUDE?
Purchase of a burial space includes right of burial, perpetual care of turf or plantings around the grave in accordance with its location, and associated inscription or monumentation rights. Not included in the purchase of space are the fees for the interment of a casket, natural burial, or cremated remains; and depending on the type of space purchased, the fees for inscription on a shared memorial or fees for the setting of a private marker. Please note that Mount Auburn does not sell private markers.
Annual care or perpetual care of additional plantings may be allowed in some areas at an additional cost, and we also offer perpetual care of monuments.