Green-Wood offers many options for interment. These include traditional below-ground burial, placement (or “entombment”) of a coffin in a crypt in our community mausoleum (an above ground structures), or the creation of a family mausoleum. Our memorial counselors can describe and explain each option to you.
With a limited amount of land still available, Green-Wood has only a select number of lots for traditional below-ground interment. Each is offered at a premium price, which a memorial counselor can review with you.
Select areas for private lots are available throughout the cemetery. Locust Grove, located near the monument to Samuel FB Morse and named after his home in Duchess County, NY, is our newest area for crypts (above-ground burial) as well as premium graves. One of our memorial counselors will be happy to review the options with you.
What if We Have an Established Family Lot at Green-Wood?
Over the past 175 years, families and individuals have established thousands of private lots at Green-Wood. Many of these lots were purchased with the intention of creating a legacy, through providing a place for family members to be buried together for generations to come. If you are a descendant of the original lot owner (purchaser) of a lot at Green-Wood, you, your spouse, and your descendants most likely have rights of interment on that lot. If you are interested in learning more about who is buried at Green-Wood, please contact our executive office at 718-788-7850, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with establishing your rights of interment.
For more frequent attention to the upkeep of a burial plot, lot holders have the option to set up an endowment in accordance with New York State law. Once the plot or grave is endowed, the principal amount is invested in securities (that are overseen by state cemetery law) and it remains invested in perpetuity. Only the income on the principal is used for the care and maintenance of the plot or grave. Our staff can explain the options to you, which include purchasing Endowed Care for the first time, or upgrading an existing endowment.
This popular option has, in the past, been called Perpetual Care. Indeed, the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law still uses the term to refer to Endowed Care. However, it should be noted that no cemetery cannot guarantee that endowed funds will be sufficient for upkeep in perpetuity. If the endowment proves to be insufficient over time, care and maintenance may be reduced. Additional funds may be added to the principal endowment at any time to help generate greater income.
Flowers, Lights of Remembrance and Christmas Arrangements
In community mausoleums, Green-Wood is proud to offer the opportunity to embellish a family crypt with seasonal floral arrangements. In the Hillside VI mausoleum, a floral vase with a “perpetual light” is also available.
In December, traditional evergreen arrangements (“blankets” and wreaths) have been placed by Green-Wood on outdoor graves since the Victorian era. Each of these programs is available for an additional fee.
A member of our staff can describe these options and costs. Contact Madeline Christopher, 718-210-3066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green-Wood is firmly committed to offering green burial options to families seeking a way to bury in harmony with nature and with the earth in which the body is interred. Green burials do not permit embalming or caskets that include man-made materials. The body is enveloped in a bio-degradable container – either a casket of natural materials or another form of natural receptacle. Unlike other cemeteries, Green-Wood does not require a vault (a kind of in-ground liner, of steel, concrete or other materials into which a casket is placed) which also keeps the ground free of man-made materials. Our memorial counselors will be pleased to answer your questions and explain these options to you.
Please note that in accordance with New York State law, families must work with a licensed funeral director, who will in turn make arrangements for a burial or cremation at Green-Wood. Funeral directors in your area can be found through personal recommendations, a simple Internet search, or through your place of worship.
Also, in accordance with New York State law, these prices have been set and approved by the New York State Cemetery Board:
– Premium One Grave Lots (up to three burials): $21,000 or $29,000 – plus foundation
– Premium Two Grave Lots (up to six burials): From $58,000 – plus foundation
– Premium Three Grave Lots and Larger: From $29,000 per grave – plus foundation
– Full Price List
Note: Each grave holds three burials.
There are several more options than are listed here; our memorial counselors will walk you through the possibilities so you can select what’s right for your family.