Cremation Burial Services

January 1, 2020

Thank you for scheduling a cremation burial service at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Below is additional information to help you prepare for what will happen on the day of the scheduled service.


A member of Mount Auburn’s staff will greet you and all other members of your group at our Entrance Gate. The procession to the gravesite will take place once everyone in your group arrives at the Cemetery. Cars will be parked as close to the grave as possible.


The cremation grave, approximately 12″ x 12″ x 18″ in size, will be covered with a decorative marble covering when the family arrives at the site. The earth that will fill the grave is nearby, covered under a cloth. A small table, set up next to the grave, will display the urn during the graveside service.

If the Cemetery has the urn before the burial, our staff will bring the urn to the gravesite and place it on the table once the family arrives at the burial site. If the Cemetery was not storing the urn before burial, the family or a funeral director, if one is assisting with the burial service, is responsible for carrying the urn to the gravesite.

The graveside service can be as formal or informal as the family wishes. Some services include remarks and prayers from a religious officiant, while others feature readings and remembrances shared by those attending the burial. The cremated remains are placed in the grave once the ceremony concludes.


Families may leave the area before or after the remains are placed in the grave. If a family does not want to witness the burial, our staff will place the urn in the ground and fill the grave after the family has left the area. When a family chooses to watch the burial, our staff will uncover the grave after the ceremony concludes. Families can place the remains in the grave, or watch as the Cemetery does this. If they wish to do so, families may also place a small amount of earth in the grave and then watch as our staff complete the burial.

Please complete the form below after reserving a date for the burial with our office. We will confirm the service details in advance of the burial.

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