Saint Remy Rural Cemetery Association
Information for Mortuary Professionals
Proof of Plot Ownership
It is standard practice to require proof of
plot ownership prior to burial. The Saint Remy Rural Cemetery
Association adheres to this practice because it protects legitimate
plot owners, the Association and other involved parties.
While many cemeteries consider a deed to be
the only acceptable proof, we understand that a deed may become
lost or destroyed. In order to ease the burial process, the Association
has developed a list of acceptable proofs of ownership.
Acceptible proofs are listed here.
Any ONE of these proofs is acceptable
- A plot deed made out to the person
- An entry in the official books of
the Cemetery Association showing ownership by the person
- A canceled check from the person being
interred to the Cemetery Association and showing the plot
number under notations as well as a legible date and amount paid
and deposited to the account of the Cemetery Association.
- Any of the above proofs to another
name PLUS a written document such as a bequest,
will or deed from the original owner (or his
heirs or assigns) to the person being interred.
- ANY TWO of the following three
PLUS A notarized affidavit of
- A prior interment in the plot
with a burial certificate showing an acceptable name and
- An in place permanent marker
showing the name of the person to be interred and an acceptible
name of a prior burial. (Family stones and similar markers).
- Appropriate corner markers.
|The Association fully supports
burial of cremated remains.
We allow burial of up to two cremation remains per
plot as per Board resolution..
All remains and containers must be buried below
the average frost line1, or three feet,
whichever is greater.
Excavation must be pre-approved by the Association.
Vaults are not required for cremations.
Proper Footings/Foundations are required for all monuments.
All foundations must extend below the average frost line1,
or three feet, whichever is greater.
Footings are to be poured concrete. Foundations may be poured concrete,
concrete block with masonry joints and filled holes, or stone laid up with
It is imperative that no upper part of a foundation extend laterally beyond
a lower part to prevent frost lifting.
Excavation must be pre-approved by the Association.
Foundations must be at least the full width and length of the monument.
Foundations must be flush with the finished ground surface as much as practical..
We recommend that foundations have a mowing edge extending about two inches
beyond the monument on all sides.
While the Association strongly discourages the practice of
stacking burials in a single grave, we will consider making an exception
for extraordinary circumstances, if we are given adequate proof that
the original burial was at a depth of no less then six feet.
Reuse of Ancient Graves
New York State Law permits reuse of graves (with burials over
a certain age) by the plot owners. Because this practice brings with
it the potential for greater emotional stress for family members,
the Association strongly discourages it except where unmarked ancient
burials are accidentally disturbed by excavations for new burials.
Approved Grave Diggers
All excavations and persons creating excavations must be approved
by the Cemetery Association prior to commencement of work. Excavations
are to be made by a pre-approved contractor under the direction of
the Association. This also includes cremation burials.
Our costs for individual graves are $xxx per
grave, plus $yyy for four corner markers.
Open and closing charges are $www for full graves and $zzz for cremations.
Vaults are required for all burials in the "new" section (all areas
north of Greenkill Road)
Vaults are suggested for burials in all areas south of Greenkill road.
(Sometimes there is insufficient room for a vault because old plots
were smaller.) The Cemetery association shall not be held responsible for
the inability to use a vault.
Vaults are not required for cremation burials. Remember that
all cremations must be below frost line1
The Committee of Superintendence
As specified in the by-laws of the Association, the "Committee
of Superintendence" or the Superintendent must approve all excavations,
burials, markers etc on Cemetery grounds and insure that these items
conform to Association rules.
These people are volunteers. They receive no pay for what
they do. A Cemetery representative spends 1-3 hours supervising each
burial. They help because they care about our community and cemetery.
We are grateful for the professional way that most funeral
directors (local and from out of town) work with our staff.
Current General Rules of the Cemetery
Note: This is list is for reference only and is not intended to be all
inclusive. The original rules and by-laws also apply unless
superceded by current rules.
Endnote 1: As specified by the
Town of Esopus Building Department. (This is currently
- The Cemetery is open to visitors
from dawn until dusk.
- Visitors should keep their
vehicles on the roads and should not bring vehicles into
the cemetery when the ground is wet or snow covered.
- The Cemetery is open for burials
from April 15th until November 30th - as weather permits.
- Plots and lots are available
for sale in the new (north) section.
- Standard plot size in the new section is 10' by
3' 6" inches.
- Standard plot size in the old
section is 8' by 3' 4".
- Vaults are required in the
- Vaults are suggested in the
old section - space permitting.
- All graves except for cremation
remains only are to be at least six feet (72") in depth.
- Graves for cremation remains
must extend below the frost line1.
- All grave openings must be
arranged through the Cemetery Association.
- Well cared for live flowers
are encouraged. (You may need to bring your own water.)
- Artificial flowers are prohibited.
- All markers require proper
foundations of concrete or stone.
- Foundations are required to
extend below the frost line1
and be approved by the Association.
- All plots or groups of plots
must have permanent corner markers.
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