Cemetery Guidelines

Our cemetery guidelines ensure peace and respect for all.

Please feel free to discuss them with any member of our Family Service staff should you require additional clarification or information. We hope they offer you meaningful guidance as we work together to maintain the heritage of Trinity Memorial Gardens now and for the future.

Trinity Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum Rules and Regulations January 2023

To maintain the beauty and dignity of our loved one’s final resting place, the Board of Directors of Trinity Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum has established the following Rules and Regulations. Please feel free to discuss them with any member of our Family Service Staff should you require additional clarification or information.

  1. The cemetery’s business hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. The cemetery’s visiting hours are from dawn to dusk.
  2. Graveside services may not exceed 45 minutes. 
  3. Any services or fees regarding an at-need burial must be paid in full prior to the internment service date. If the burial is scheduled for a Monday payment must be made by 12:00 noon on the prior Friday. Tuesday through Friday burials must be paid by 1:00 PM the day prior to the service. Saturday burials must be paid by 1:00 PM the Thursday prior to the service. Any and all products and/or services must be paid in full prior to being ordered/fulfilled. No exceptions.
  4. Given the number of loved ones in our care, and the number of visitors we have each day, the cemetery cannot and will not be responsible for the theft of or damage to personal items left on cemetery grounds. This includes the bronze vases on the memorials.
  5. Please use only the paved cemetery roadways when operating your vehicle. Parking or driving on lawns and/or service roads is prohibited. The posted speed limit while on the cemetery grounds is 15 miles per hour and is strictly enforced for the safety of our visitors.
  6. The use of breakable items (i.e., glass vases, glass containers, porcelain, etc.) is not permitted. Breakable items pose a serious hazard to cemetery visitors, our maintenance crew, and their equipment. For the same reason, we ask that you not use wire, wire pins, or make holes in the soil to secure flower arrangements, or to place rods of any kind in vase or at the gravesite.
  7. To maintain the beauty and dignity of the cemetery, the use of balloons is prohibited.  We also ask that no decoration be affixed to trees and or other structures and or left on mausoleum walkways.
  8. Any grave decorations are allowed outside the subsurface vase only from December 1 to February 1. All arrangements are put on grave sites at the property owners’ risk. Arrangements and/or grave decorations should not exceed 45 inches in height. Please do not hang items from your vase or face of crypt.
  9. While we recognize the importance and position of pets in many families, we ask that you respect the sanctity of the cemetery by not bringing them with you when you visit.
  10. All mausoleum crypts must be paid in full prior to an entombment.
  11. Hunting and fishing on the grounds is not permitted.
  12. Any outside purchased vault must be delivered to Trinity Memorial Gardens by 9 AM a day prior to burial. Monday services require delivery by the previous Friday at 9 AM.
  13. For insurance assignments at the time of need, a minimum contract total of $3,500.00 applies.
  14. Flower arrangements and other decorations left after a funeral service will be left in place for up to one week. After which time, any arrangements or other items will be removed by cemetery grounds staff.
  15. Outside of the designated period determined by Trinity Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, (see item 6) only fresh or silk flower arrangements are permitted in the sub-surface vase.  It is prohibited to place or attach any items to trees or any area on cemetery property.  The use of balloons as part of a memorial decoration may damage the memorial. Inclement weather and prolonged exposure to sunlight can distort the balloon and may cause permanent discoloration of the memorial.  For this reason, use of balloons as memorial decoration is at your own risk.
  16. Per Maryland Legislation SB0028 (Effective October 1, 2020), balloon releases on cemetery premises are not permitted.
  17. While we recognize that taste is an individual matter, we reserve the right to remove from gravesites any items which have deteriorated, which are contrary to cemetery regulations, or do not contribute to the beauty and dignity of the cemetery. We will not be held responsible for such items which may be removed.
  18. We recognize the importance of maintaining each grave site in the best possible condition. For this reason, we have a full-time grounds crew responsible for all ground’s maintenance. For your safety, we ask that you not perform any grounds maintenance yourself or retain others to perform it on your behalf. If the grave site of a loved one requires special care, we ask that you bring it to the attention of a Family Counselor member. The planting or altering of any area of any garden is not permitted.
  19. In order to maintain the park-like setting of the cemetery, only bronze memorials set flush to a granite foundation will be permitted for memorialization. The bronze must be ΒΌ” thick and the granite foundation must be 4” in thickness with a 4” border around the memorial. The edge must be finished with a razor edge cut (i.e., no rough edges) and must be Moonlight Grey in color.
  20. With the exception of mausoleum memorialization, you are not obligated to purchase grave site memorials and granite from Trinity Memorial Gardens. However, any memorial and/or granite not purchased through the cemetery will be installed only after approval of the Board of Directors, and an appropriate installation and Perpetual Care fee has been assessed. Manufacturer defects or any other damages on Memorialization obtained elsewhere will not be Trinity Memorial Garden’s liability unless blatant negligence can be proven. Property owners will therefore be responsible for contacting the outside dealer.
  21. Benches must have a seat, (4-0x1-2x0-4) supports, (1-0x0-4x1-2) and base, (5-4x2-0x0-4).  Benches are to be installed at the foot of the grave unless bench is purchased for Mausoleum and must be approved by cemetery management before installed. No granite vases or any other obstructions should be affixed to the bench for maintenance concerns.
  22. Any outside vendor cameos or any other permanent and/or semi-permanent items affixed to memorials or granite benches without prior written approval are to be pulled and discarded immediately and without notice. Trinity is not liable for any damages during the removal of said unauthorized items.
  23. Memorialization on our Mausoleum Crypt fronts are an exclusive design for Trinity Memorial Gardens, Inc. Therefore, all inscriptions, emblems must be purchased through the cemetery. Installation will only be performed by authorized cemetery staff.
  24. In COH Mausoleum Crypts and Faith Mausoleum Crypts only steel caskets are permitted, wood caskets are not.  Cremation Urns may be placed in a Single Mausoleum Crypt with a full casket through a second right of entombment; however, the Urn can only be 6” by 8” or smaller.
  25. To keep the Garden Mausoleum as safe as possible, flowers may be placed in a crypt vase (purchased through the cemetery). Flowers may be real or artificial. They cannot be taller than 12 inches in height.  They may not be placed in the cracks of the crypts or niches. Anything not in a crypt or niche vase will be removed by cemetery staff. It is prohibited to place or attach any items to mausoleum front plate.
  26. The installation of dedo (cameo) pictures, cornerstones, foot markers, and separate vases and/or memory lights on small granite pieces are no longer allowed in the cemetery due to maintenance concerns.
  27. Please do not bring food or other refreshments into the cemetery. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited.
  28. To avoid maintenance problems, 24x12 companion memorials will no longer be installed on a companion piece of granite at the time of the first interment. Until the second memorial is requested for installation, the first memorial will be placed on an individual piece of granite. When installation of the second memorial is requested, both memorials will be placed onto a companion piece of granite.
  29. A concrete, metal or fiberglass vault must be used for each interment.
  30. Transfers of cemetery property and the issuance of deeds can only be done during our regular business hours. It would be greatly appreciated, if you would call and schedule an appointment. Each transfer must be approved by the Board of Directors.
  31. Deeds are processed within 30-45 days of transfer or when the account is paid in full.
  32. Anyone caught stealing from grave sites or defacing cemetery property and/or grounds will be subject to criminal prosecution to the fullest extent allowable under the law.
  33. Solar Lights are allowed outside the subsurface vase from December 1 to February 1.  All artifacts placed at the gravesite are at the property owner’s own risk.  The Trinity Remembrance Cross is designed to be placed in the ground or in a flower arrangement.  Trinity Memorial Gardens will not be liable for any damage caused by attaching the light to a memorial.
  34. No burials on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or after 12:00pm on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve.
  35. This entire set of rules and regulations will be available upon request and subject to change without notice.

These Rules and Regulations have been created to help us keep our commitment to you and to provide quality Perpetual Care for your loved ones in their final place of rest. We hope they offer you meaningful guidance as we work together to maintain their heritage of Trinity Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum now and for the future.

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