Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures

Traditional Burial

Choose from individual and family lots available throughout our 86-acres of meticulously maintained grounds set in a park-like setting endowed with lush gardens, enduring monuments and old-world charm.

From shaded woodlands to a gently flowing stream, to green hills and a valley graced with a unique array of trees and natural flora, Elmwood Cemetery's landscaped park-like grounds provide a setting where you and your family can find peace and tranquility. Spread out over 86 acres, there are approximately 80,000 gravesites with over 25,000 graves still available for individual, companion and family use. Whether you choose to be close to the chapel, overlooking the water of Parents Creek, or up on the hilltop, easy access is available by car to all locations.

For families interested in an upright monument on a family lot or a personal family mausoleum, a minimum of six sites is necessary. Our memorial advisors would be happy to show you available locations.

Prices for graves are the same for every location in our cemetery. Memorial prices vary dependent upon type and size chosen. Fresh flowers and other seasonal adornments are always welcome and will be cleared by our staff for your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There a Time Limit After a Death for a Person to be Buried?
States have different laws, some limit the maximum time before final disposition. Things that must be considered: securing official permits and authorizations, notifying friends and family, preparation of the burial site and religious requirements. Your funeral director will be well versed on these and other regulations.

What About Embalming – Is It Required?
No. Embalming is a matter of choice. Your decision will be influenced by several factors: 1. length of time between death and burial; 2. the deceased's appearance in an open casket for public viewing or private viewing by family members; 3. transportation of the body by plane or train.

What Are "Opening and Closing Fees?"
Fees for "Opening and Closing" cover the cost of many separate services performed by cemetery personnel. They include administering and permanent record keeping which encompasses the determination of ownership, obtaining necessary permission and completing all other necessary documents, including entering the interment details in the interment register and maintaining all legal files. The fees also include actually opening and closing the grave. We locate and lay out the boundaries of the grave, excavate and fill the space. We also install and remove the lowering device, place and remove artificial grass at the grave site, level, tamp, re-grade and seed the grave site, and level and re-seed it again if the earth settles.

What is a Burial Vault?
A burial vault is the outside container into which the casket itself is placed. It is designed to protect the casket and keep the grave surface from sinking. Burial vaults vary and can be built of one or more of the following materials: concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic and fiberglass. Elmwood Cemetery requires the use of a burial vault.

May I Make the Necessary Arrangements in Advance?
Yes. You can make all arrangements in advance. Planning ahead lets you consider the options you prefer and make the decisions about your funeral, your cemetery arrangements and memorial. They will be meaningful decisions that will give you peace of mind, knowing that you have relieved your loved ones of the emotional and financial burden of having to make decisions in their time of grief. It's also a wise economic choice, because you purchase at today's prices, free from future inflationary pressures.

What Happens if I Buy Property at Elmwood in Advance, and Then Move Somewhere Else?
The professional staff at Elmwood can assist you in evaluating several options for the disposition of your graves, crypts or niches. They can also provide you with information on cemeteries in your new city of residence. The options range from structuring a donation of your graves to Elmwood, to assisting you in handling a resale of the spaces on your behalf, to actually re-purchasing the graves, crypts, or niches from you.

When I Buy a Grave, Do I Receive a Deed?
No. The purchase of a grave is really a purchase of the right to designate who may be buried in that grave, and what kind of memorial you want, subject to what the cemetery's rules permit. You're not really purchasing the land or the actual grave. They remain the property and responsibility of the cemetery.

What is Endowment Care?
Endowment care income, a portion of the purchase price contributed to a special fund, provides for regular care and maintenance of the cemetery, which can include mowing, regrading, planting and maintaining trees, roads, drainage and more. The minimum amount that can be contributed to the endowment care fund is usually legally mandated.

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