Decoration Rules

 

ONLY LIVE CUT FLOWERS OR ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS

ARE ALLOWED IN AN APPROVED CONTAINER AT GRAVE SITES.

 

  • Live cut flowers or artificial flower bouquets, no more than 24 inches in height, are allowed in an approved container.
  • An approved container is one that is approved by the cemetery, it will be a unit manufactured for cemetery use, fitting in an in-ground sleeve and designed for the vase to be flush with the ground when not in use.
  • Flower containers attached to monuments must be approved before installation. 
  • Funeral flowers will be removed from the site when they become unsightly or after five (5) days.
  • Family monuments may have a stainless steel plant holder designed to hold pots or vases on the side of a monument as long as it does not interfere with the maintenance of the cemetery.
  • Small floral saddles placed on top of the monument are allowed as long as they are stable and do not interfere with the maintenance of the cemetery. Small plants may be in these monument pots or saddles only.
  • Individual or double markers may not have anything attached on them.

 

 

NO: Shepherd hooks, flags, crosses, beads, lights, statues, cards, balloons, pictures, plantings or anything else

NO: Marbles, stones, rocks, gravel or concrete in vases. 

NO: Taping, wiring, gluing or attaching anything to a marker or monument, in any manner, is prohibited.

No decorations of any kind are allowed at crypts or niches, except the day of the funeral.

No item may be attached to, or be on, any marker or monument unless approved by the cemetery.

 

 

St. Joseph Cemetery reserves the right to remove and discard anything placed within the cemetery that it deems not to conform to the rules of the cemetery. Any decoration or item that the cemetery deems as unsafe, faded, weathered or outdated will be removed and discarded. St. Joseph Cemetery reserves the right to remove and discard any item it feels is not in compliance with these written rules or, by St. Joseph Cemetery’s discretion, the item is not within the spirit of the rules or general principles of the cemetery as determined by the staff. 

 

Only cemetery staff or vendors with proper insurance and authorized by the cemetery are allowed do any work in the cemetery or to dig, install or apply anything in regard to cemetery property.

 

 

 

SPRING/SUMMER DECORATIONS

Spring and summer decorations may be placed starting the weekend before Easter Sunday.

 

 

FALL DECORATIONS/CLEAN-UP

Fall clean up begins October 15, at which point all decorations must be removed from the cemetery.

During fall clean up and snow removal, St. Joseph Cemetery and its staff will not

be responsible for any damage done to any vases, decorations or decoration stands. 

 

 

WINTER DECORATIONS/CLEAN-UP

Winter decorations may not be placed in the cemetery until the first weekend before Thanksgiving. 

Winter decorations, such as a wreath, no more than 36”, on an approved 3-point stand or strung to a monument or marker, may be permitted after fall clean up. Do NOT drive stakes or posts into the ground.

DO NOT put winter decorations out before the approved time, even if you see others doing it.

During winter burials and snow removal, St. Joseph Cemetery and its staff will not

be responsible for any damage done to any vases, decorations or decoration stands. 

Winter decorations should be removed by April 8.

 

 

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