Rules and Regulations

Cemetery Hours

Welcome.  The cemetery gates are open to the public from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The cemetery office is open Monday through Friday from 9-4 M-TH, and 9-1 FR.

Phone:  781-937-8297

Email:   [email protected]

 

Use of the Cemetery

Woburn has a long history of caring for its residents. From 1662 at the First Burial Ground, then 1794 at the Second Burial Ground, and continuing at Woodbrook since 1845, the City of Woburn provides a peaceful place of rest for its departed residents.  The facility is designed and managed as a respectful, contemplative memorial space for those interred here and for the families and friends who visit their loved ones.  We thank you in advance for your kind assistance in helping us to maintain a tranquil atmosphere for all.

  • Recreational activities and vehicles such as but not limited to bicycles, mini bikes, skateboards, snowmobiles, etc. are not permitted within the cemetery.
  • Vendors of any kind are not permitted.
  • With the exception of guidance dogs, as per City of Woburn ordinances, dogs are not permitted within the cemetery.

Subject to the orders of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners, the Superintendent shall have absolute charge of the cemetery, funerals, and is authorized to enforce the cemetery rules.

Burial Rights

In order to purchase a new lot/grave you must be a current resident of the City of Woburn.  Former residents who can verify that they were a Woburn resident for a minimum of 25 consecutive years, but have not been out of the City of Woburn for more than 10 years, can purchase one two-grave lot.  Proof of residency is required.

  • A current resident can purchase the rights of burial for no more than a total of four graves.
  • A qualified former resident can purchase the rights of burial for no more than a two grave lot.
  • Burial rights shall be permitted for human purposes only.
  • An interment order must be signed by the proper authority and presented to the cemetery at the time of burial.
  • Double interments are permitted in one grave, with additional endowment, where conditions permit, and only with the approval of the cemetery superintendent.
  • No more than six cremated remains shall be interred in one full size unoccupied grave.
  • No more than four cremated remains shall be interred in one full size occupied grave.
  • Owners of Woodbrook lots and graves or their heirs shall not sell or convey any right of burial to any person or persons. Should they no longer have use for a grave they can contact the cemetery office to discuss the possibility of a sale back to the city at the city’s discretion.

Flowers and Decoration of Graves

In order to respect the common use and appearance of the cemetery for all, and provide for the safe, and efficient, maintenance of the grounds the following rules apply to all cemetery areas with the exception of the flat marker section where no plantings are allowed.

We encourage the placement of potted plants, fresh flowers, baskets and cemetery logs on holidays such as Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or on days signifying a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.  Wreaths and sprays of evergreens are also allowed during the Christmas holiday season.

Flags may be placed at the graves by lot owners, veteran organizations, or other groups, however the Cemetery Department is not responsible for flags, flag holders, emblems, or other personal property left at the gravesites.  Please remove them yourselves for safekeeping.

The Cemetery Department will provide advance notice of seasonal maintenance with signs posted on the cemetery grounds of upcoming maintenance such as routine mowing, trimming, and leaf removal.  During these periods lot owners should remove any plants, flowers or other adornments on or around their lots for safekeeping.  Items left on lots will be removed by staff.

  • A small flower garden is permissible at the front of the base of any upright monument, 12 inches forward of the base only, and the length of the monument only.  Planting on the side or behind the base of the stone is not allowed.
  • Enclosures of any kind such as fences, hedges, ditches, pavers or curbs are not allowed.
  • Cement vases, urn boxes or containers of any kind for growing plants are not permitted.
  • No trees, shrubs or bushes of any kind shall be planted, pruned or removed without the consent of the Board.  Acting for the best interest of the Cemetery, the Board shall have the authority to prune, remove or transplant anything upon the lot when they consider such a course necessary.
  • The cemetery will not be responsible for trees or shrubs, which must be moved in order to make an interment.
  • Holiday decorations appropriate for a memorial cemetery are permitted, however they will be removed 10 days after a specific holiday, or when they become faded or unsightly.  If not removed by the family, the cemetery staff will remove them.
  • Christmas trees, live or artificial, and the decoration of any shrubs are not permitted.
  • Vigil lights and memorial lights or lighting of any type are not permitted on any grave.
  • Metal or plastic flower holders that hang from or attach to the monument including, but not limited to huggers/saddles are not permitted.
  • The placing of boxes, balloons, shells, pinwheels, toys, metal designs, ornaments, crosses, statues, chairs, settees, vases, glass, wood or iron cases and similar articles upon lots shall not be permitted and if so, the cemetery reserves the right to remove the same.
  • The Cemetery Commissioners shall have the authority permit proprietors to depart in special instances from the provisions of the foregoing regulations, in and only in cases where it clearly appears that the spirit and intent of the regulations will not thereby be violated. The Board’s approval will be contingent upon approval of the cemetery superintendent.
  • Any special requests must be approved by the cemetery superintendent.  No employee has the right to authorize any outside requests without the prior approval of the cemetery superintendent.  If the superintendent is not available all requests should be made at the cemetery office with the administrative assistant (AA).  The AA will contact the superintendent and get back to the person making the request.
  • The Cemetery Department shall not be responsible for any planting or decorations damaged by the elements, vandals, and thieves or by other causes beyond its control. Further, the department has the authority to remove flower designs, flowers, weeds, trees, shrubs and plantings of any kind, if in the judgement of the department they impede cemetery operations, become unsightly, dead, diseased, and dangerous or do not conform to the standard maintained.
  • The Cemetery will not be responsible for any lost or unclaimed items.
  • No outside contractors are allowed to dig any graves in City of Woburn cemeteries.

Burial / Entombment Pricing

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