Riverside offers families two types of grave sites for a ground burial intended for a casket (as opposed to a cremation burial). One will allow for a memorial stone that is flush with the ground and the second allows for an upright or a slant memorial stone. The difference will depend in which section of the cemetery the grave site is located. There is also a price difference between such locations. Please call the cemetery office for these prices as they are subject to change.
Once the grave site is chosen and purchased, the burial, also called an "opening," is the second of three costs charged by the cemetery. This is the same price for any casket burial throughout the cemetery.
A third cost is a "Saturday Fee" that can be avoided by scheduling the burial on a week day. All Saturday burials must be scheduled to begin at the
cemetery graveside no later than 12:30pm. A late charge will apply for each
30min interval thereafter for late arrivals.
Once the cemetery staff completes their graveside work of interment they will
depart and the family is free to stay as long as desired. The cemetery is
otherwise closed on Saturdays.
On the day of the burial, our sensitive and trained grounds personnel will have prepared the grave site to receive your loved one's casket. In addition the area will be draped with green carpet, and a lift device put in place to hold the casket during the graveside service. Once concluded, the grounds personnel will respectfully wait for the family to depart. If the family wishes to remain and observe the burial they simply need to let the funeral director know, who will alert our personnel who will then take over to ensure safety for those gathered and to accomplish the burial appropriately. The family may be asked to step back away from the site for practical safety measures as heavy equipment is often needed to be positioned close by.
It is important to know that when a family's grief is most sensitive in those first days immediately following a burial, it is also a time when the grave site will look it's worst. Our cemetery grounds crew will smooth the site as much as possible and will reposition any graveside flowers. Once the flowers expire they will be taken away. It can take up to a full year or more for grass to completely fill back in, in spite of our re-seeding the ground. In due time, it will recover.