A. The cost varies greatly from a single in-the-ground burial site to a four grave family plot. Other costs related to burial costs are interment fees (opening and closing of the grave), headstones, memorials, and merchandise. Prices are also subject to change. Please contact the office for more information. Appointments are highly recommended for at-need and pre-planning purposes. The Catholic Cemetery Association of Peoria ("CCA") accepts checks, cash or credit cards. Financing is also available.
A. A ground burial requires a casket and vault. In a typical ground burial, the Mortuary usually handles arrangements for the vault. However, Lawn Crypts are also available through CCA. In 2009 CCA requires that all cremation burials be placed in an Urn Vault.
A. If a burial is what we consider an AT-NEED, that is a death has occurred and no burial site has been arranged, we request payment in full for the site and grave opening 48 hours before the day of burial. Pre-planned purchases have a variety of payment plans available.
A. Normally, the first contact is with the mortuary. They in turn will contact the Cemetery. Remember, the CCA requires a 48-hour notification to dig a grave site; all Monday funerals must called in to the office by 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Under normal circumstances, the mortuary handling the deceased notifies the cemetery of the pending services and dates.
A. The CCA prepares the ground for burial, and if needed, erects a tent for shelter during the committal service. After the family leaves, the groundskeepers fills in the grave, restores the ground and places any flowers left from the service on the grave site.
A. Depending upon the weather, grass is sown as soon as reasonable. The ground will settle some, especially after the first rain. Burials during the winter season are not sown until spring.
A. Relatives of the deceased may plant flowers in the area measuring no more than 12" on the burial side of the headstone. (See regulations for further details.)
A. Live flowers will remain as long as they remain healthy. Decorations other than flowers may remain as long as they retain their attractiveness and are not an obstacle to maintenance. All decorations are removed during the month of October.
A. Direct all questions through the main office at 309-691-5889.
A. Headstones, or Monuments are available through CCA, and private Vault & Monument Companies. Under most circumstances, the Monument purchased through CCA will be less expensive, and of the utmost quality.
A. There are restrictions on the size and type of headstone that will be allowed for a grave site. These vary, depending upon the cemetery and location of the burial. In the older cemeteries, a headstone may be up to 12" high. In the newer cemeteries, some areas only permit a flat stone. Please contact the office for the specifics related to each cemetery.