The following rules and regulations have been adopted
as a guide to the use and management of the cemetery.
The rules and regulations will help protect all who
have interest here. All lot owners of interment rights,
visitors and contractors performing work within the
cemetery shall be subjected to said rules and regulations,
amendments or alterations as shall be adopted by the
Board of Directors from time to time.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Rules and regulations of the cemetery and prices
for burial spaces and services are made by the Board
of Directors, and become effective upon approval by
The cemetery may, and it hereby expressly reserves
the right, at any time, with or without notice to
lot owners, to adopt new rules and regulations or
to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation
and/or article, section or paragraph in these Rules
and Regulations. Special cases may arise in which
the literal enforcement of the rule may impose unnecessary
hardship. The cemetery, therefore, reserves the right,
without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions or
modifications in any of the Rules and Regulations
when, in its judgment, the same appear advisable,
and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or modification
shall in no way be construed as affecting the general
application of such.
2. The cemetery retains to itself, for the benefit
of all interment rights owners, full and complete
supervision, control and management of the land, buildings,
improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development,
books and records, and the full and complete authority,
rights and privileges to make, change administer and
enforce all rules and regulations and restrictions
not inconsistent with the laws of this State herein
this cemetery is located.
3. All lots in the cemetery are sold in accordance
with the provisions of the laws of the State of Michigan
and shall not be used for any other purpose than as
a burial place for deceased human beings. All lots
are sold with permanent maintenance provisions.
4. Lots must be paid in full before a burial is made.
Full purchase price must be paid before a certificate
5. Livonia Grounds Hours
April 1 - October 31
Monday-Saturday 8 am- 8 pm
Sundays & Holidays - 9 am - 8 pm
November 1 - March 31
Monday - Saturday - 8 am - 4:30 pm
& Holidays - 9 am - 4:30 pm.
Macomb Grounds Hours
April 1 - October 31
Monday-Friday 9 am- 4:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays - 9 am - 8 pm
November 1 - March 31
Monday - Sunday & Holidays - 9 am - 4:30 pm
Any person found on the cemetery grounds after
closing will be considered a trespasser.
6. The cemetery issues to each owner of lots, crypts
or niches a Certificate of Ownership describing the
location and naming the owner or owners of the said
location. The naming of more than one owner is indicative
of joint ownership in common with rights of survivorship.
The issuance of such Certificate is the cemetery’s
sole form of recognition of ownership. Possession
of the Certificate by a person whom is not listed
on the Certificate is not in itself evidence of ownership.
Purchasers of lots, crypts or niches simply acquire
the right of burial.
7. The owner of interment rights hereunder may dispose
of same by will, or should the owner die intestate,
such interment rights shall pass according to laws
of this State governing intestacy. Provided however,
the cemetery shall not be bound by such transfers
unless and until an exemplification of record of same
has been presented to it and such change has been
recorded on the books and records of the cemetery.
Any plot, crypt or niche in which there are no burials,
entombments or inurnments may be transferred to a
new owner, providing the original Certificate of Ownership
is submitted to the cemetery together with proper
transfer agreement, upon payment of transfer fee in
accordance with the cemetery’s established schedule
8. Lot owners are prohibited from allowing interments
to be made on their lots for compensation. Only veterans
and their spouses are permitted to be interred in
the Garden of Valor.
9. If a lot owner sells or transfers title to his
or her lot, as provided by these regulations, he or
she must pay any and all indebtedness due the cemetery
before such transfer of title will be allowed.
10. All lot owners are required to notify the cemetery
of any change of address. All notices required to
be sent, shall be sent to the last recorded address
and such notices shall be deemed adequate.
11. No person, other than employees of the cemetery,
shall be allowed to perform any work within the cemetery
without management approval.
12. The cemetery shall direct all improvements within
the grounds and upon all lots before and after interments
have been made therein.
13. Charges for work and services performed by the
cemetery or for materials purchased from the cemetery
will be at rates as approved by the Board of Directors.
14. The cemetery will take all reasonable precautions
to protect lot owners and their property within the
cemetery from loss, damage or injury, but it shall
not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury.
15. The use of the cemetery lands as a thoroughfare
will not be permitted.
16. The right to use automobiles or other vehicles
in the cemetery is authorized solely and exclusively
for the purpose of transporting person(s) to visit
burial plots. The speed limit within the cemetery
is fifteen (15) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving
on any gardens or grassy areas is prohibited. For
purposes other than those mentioned, special authorization
must be obtained from the cemetery.
17. Bicycles, skates, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses,
etc., may not be used on cemetery lands except with
the approval of the cemetery. Dogs are not permitted
except when kept on a leash or in a vehicle.
18. Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
into the cemetery is strictly prohibited.
19. The cemetery shall have the right to enter upon
or use any adjoining lot or lots to carry out its
duties as to interments, erection of monuments or
markers, etc., without prior notice to the lot owner.
20. No signs, notices or advertisements of any kind
shall be allowed in the Gardens unless placed by the
21. Peddling of any kind or soliciting the sale of
any commodity, other than by the cemetery, is prohibited
within the confines of the cemetery.
22. Interments into a lot are restricted to those
entitled to burial therein, according to these rules
23. The cemetery shall be in no way liable for any
delay in the interment of a body where a protest to
the interment has been made, or where the rules and
regulations have not been complied with; and further,
the cemetery reserves the right, under such circumstances
to place the body in the receiving vault until the
full rights have been determined.
24. The use of one grave space shall be limited to
interments as follows, unless otherwise permitted
by the General Manager or Superintendent:
a) One adult burial, or
b) One adult burial and one infant burial, or
c) One adult burial and one urn of cremated remains,
d) Two urns of cremated remains
25. No burial of a casket over three feet in length
will be made unless there has been provided an outer
container or receptacle of concrete or such other
material which the cemetery will deem to have comparable
strength or resistance to deterioration.
26. Funerals are to be at the cemetery by 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday and by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Cremation interments on Saturday must arrive before
27. No disinterment will be allowed without permission
of next of kin, the lot owner, the cemetery and the
proper authorities in compliance with Section 333.2853
of the Michigan Cemetery Law.
28. The cemetery shall be in no way liable for any
container, receptacle or urn of cremated remains placed
in any lot, crypt or niche. A permanent non-biodegradable
container is required for ground interment of cremated
remains. The scattering of cremated remains over a
family lot is prohibited.
FLOWER & DECORATION
29. The cemetery reserves the right to remove all
flowers, wreaths or other decoration from lots as
soon as they become unsightly. The grounds will be
cleared of decorations twice a year. Spring cleanup
begins March 1, and Fall cleanup begins October 1.
In order for a family to save any decorations placed
on a grave, the decoration should be removed prior
to these dates. New decorations may be placed beginning
April 1 and November 1 respectively.
30. Fresh flower arrangements are allowed on lots
in a permanent bronze vase or a disposable vase. Silk
flower arrangements are only allowed to be placed
in a permanent bronze vase.
31. Grave blankets and wreaths are allowed as winter
decorations from November 1 to the Spring cleanup
beginning March 1.
32. Items not allowed to be placed on a lot within
the cemetery include, but are not limited to, the
following: plants, plantings, shepherd’s hooks,
standup decorations, coping, curbing, decorative rocks,
fencing, hedging, grave mounds, borders, or enclosures.
No decorations of any type are permitted in trees
33. Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day,
the Fourth of July, Flag Day and Veterans Day. Flags
should be kept to 12” by 18” in size or
smaller. Flags are subject to removal by the cemetery
within ten (10) days of the holiday.
34. Trees and shrubs are placed throughout the cemetery
by the cemetery for overall beauty and serenity of
the grounds. Individual lots are not permitted to
have trees or shrubs. Any such tree or shrub not approved
by the cemetery will be removed without notice to
the lot owner.
35. Certain lots embrace a tree that may interfere
with burial space that otherwise might be used for
burial. In such a case the cemetery recognizes that
right to the retention of the trees as prior to the
right of use of such space for burial. Should any
such tree die naturally, the cemetery will remove
it at its own expense.
36. Glass is prohibited at all times.
37. Devotional lights of all types are prohibited
in the cemetery.
38. The cemetery shall have the right to remove all
objects whose appearance and condition warrant removal
and/or violate the cemetery’s rules and regulations.
The cemetery also will not be liable for any flower
or decoration removed or lost by any cause.
39. All memorials must be made of the highest quality
standard bronze approved by the cemetery.
40. The cemetery shall have the authority to reject
any memorial, which on account of its size, type,
design, inscription, quality, color and method of
construction is unsuitable for the particular lot
or grave on which it is to be placed. The cemetery
reserves the right to prevent the placing or to remove
any marker or other objects which do not comply with
the standards of the cemetery. Also the cemetery reserves
the right to require the purchase of any and all markers
from the cemetery or approved producers or retail
41. No marker will be accepted by the cemetery for
installation unless a sketch has been furnished, defining
the dimensions, material content and lettering and
permission of the lot owner or proper agent of the
person having burial rights in the grave to be marked.
42. All fees or encumbrances due on a lot must be
paid in full prior to any memorial being placed on
the lot, including any installation fees.
43. In the event a memorial is placed where it is
necessary to remove it for an interment, or disinterment,
the cemetery shall have the right to remove such memorial
without notice to the lot owner.
44. The cemetery may, at its own expense, without
any liability, correct any error that may occur in
the placing of a foundation or memorial.
45. Memorials shall be set in accordance with the
general plan of the cemetery. Not more than two (2)
memorials may be placed on a grave. One at the head
and the other in the center of the grave, unless otherwise approved
by the General Manager or Superintendent.
46. Photographs and porcelain material may be incorporated
into any memorial, upon approval by the cemetery.
No protective glass or breakable material of any kind
will be allowed on the memorial.
47. All entombments or inurnments in the mausoleum
must be performed by regular employees of the cemetery.
All bodies to be entombed in the mausoleum must be
48. Such entombments must be made in a casket understanding
the crypt dimensions are 2’8” wide by
2’2” high by 7’8” deep. All
caskets will be placed in protective outer enclosure
for the safety and sanctuary of the casket.
49. The cemetery will provide all inscriptions, lettering
or crypt plates on the crypt or niche fronts to ensure
uniformity. Either a floral tribute area or vase will
be provided for each crypt.
50. The cemetery reserves the right to limit floral
tributes. Only one floral tribute per crypt or niche
are allowed to be placed on the benches or other holders,
where provided. Floral displays, placed in a vase
affixed to the crypt front, shall be limited to items
of eight inches (8”) in height and six inches
(6”) wide. Also, only one floral tribute per
crypt or niche is allowed unless an additional vase
has been placed on the crypt or niche front.
51. The cemetery reserves the right to remove all
flowers, wreaths or other decorations from the mausoleum
as soon as they become unsightly. The mausoleum will
be cleared of decorations once a year. The annual
cleanup will begin March 1. In order for a family
to save any decorations placed in the mausoleum, the
decorations should be removed prior to these dates.
New decorations may be placed beginning April 1.
Winter holiday decorations will be removed in January
by cemetery personnel on a date posted at the cemetery.
52. Visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday from April 1 through October
31. Visiting hours are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays
and holidays from April 1 through October 31. Visiting
hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Saturday from November 1 through March 31. Visiting
hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and
holidays from November 1 through March 31. Any person
found in the mausoleum after closing will be considered
53. No decorative objects or photos may be affixed
to the crypt fronts by tape or other means. No toys,
glass containers, ceramic containers or objects or
the like shall be permitted in the mausoleum. All
such unauthorized items will be removed by the cemetery
54. All niche spaces in the mausoleum are intended
for an individual and/or double inurnment. A container
of suitable material is required. A permanent urn
approved by the cemetery must be used for all inurnments
in any niche with a glass front.