Where Do We Start?

The Importance of a Master Plan

Cemeteries are developed unlike most other land uses. While commercial or residential projects are often planned in phases, the completion of those phases usually takes place over a generation or two. Cemeteries, conversely, may progress to a “build-out” over a hundred years or more. This long timeline spans many administrations and often a variety of viewpoints, priorities and visions. In that environment, a master plan is crucial in maintaining a course.

Prayerful Approach to Design

With more than 250,000 burials, it is one of the largest cemeteries in New York State. However, with the percentage of cremation interments growing rapidly in recent years, Lynn Sullivan knew the cemetery needed to respond to the change.

Cremation Gardens – Planning for the Future

Members of the Erie Cemetery Association, which operates Erie Cemetery, Laurel Hill Cemetery and Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery realized that Erie’s demographics are changing, and if its cemeteries were to be the final resting place for the families moving into the area, they would have to make some changes.

Your Cemetery’s Next Expansion – Lead Time is Priceless

Cemetery expansion used to be simple. As a non-typical land use, the ongoing development of cemetery land used to fly under the radar with very little interference from the public or surrounding municipality. Those days are over.

How (& Why) to Get Started on a Master Plan for Your Cemetery

There’s so much work involved in running a cemetery on a day-today basis, it can be hard to find the time for long-range planning, but it’s something you need to do. Here’s how to get started.

10 Tips on Cremation Garden Planning

Families who have the cremated remains of a loved one have several options when it comes to choosing what to do with those remains. One of those options is interring the cremated remains in a cremation garden. David G. Ward of Grever and Ward, a cemetery and design planning company in Orchard Park, N.Y., shares some advice on how to go about planning a cremation garden in your cemetery.

The Road Ahead

The past 25 years have brought more change to cemetery planning than the preceding 100. From regulatory requirements to evolving public preferences, cemetery land planners are reacting to a new set of conditions.

Creating a Cremation-Friendly Cemetery

When we began designing “cremation-only” sections or gardens 30 plus years ago, they were few and far between. But cremation gardens are now a part of most of the cemeteries we serve. Most importantly, they are often being highlighted and promoted instead of being quietly tucked away in some obscure, leftover site that is otherwise unusable.

Mausoleums and Niches

The 10th and largest community mausoleum in St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, N.Y., is about to open, and if Ed Horn has anything to say about the matter, another one will be constructed soon.

Springing Ahead- Cemetery Development

The past few years have been tough for many cemeteries. A combination of a poor economy with reduced sales and services has kept many cemeteries in a “wait-and-see” mode. The necessities of development and expansion have often been delayed, along with the introduction of new options and services.