Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries Update on COVID-19


Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries remains available to serve families. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the families we serve, our bereavement partners and our dedicated staff.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, we want to reassure you that we have several ways to communicate, share information and provide cemetery services to you. We continue to adjust our operations to help reduce public interaction to do our part to slow down the transmission of this virus.

Our offices are open with no public access. Appointments are required and can be made by calling our office at 905-546-4704.

We currently are only meeting with families who are making cemetery arrangements for immediate burial arrangements. On-site services are focused on those required because a death has occurred i.e. Funeral Arrangements / Services / Burials / Necessary Deliveries.

  • Appointments will be required. When meeting with our Family Services Coordinator, please use safe distance protocols including no direct physical contact such as handshakes and observe a 6-foot distance whenever possible.
  • Masks or face coverings are mandatory while inside all facilities or while meeting with our Family Service Coordinator
  • Arrangements appointments will be limited to 2 individuals.
  • Payments for services are to be made by credit card or cheque only.

All visitors with appointments must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment health screening before entering. Copies will be provided.

The self-assessment health screening asks questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms, your travel history and whether you have had any close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone entering Cemetery Facilities is requested to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is available at each of the entrances

For all other requests (Pre-planning, memorials, inscriptions) please call the cemetery for assistance.  Some of these requests can be looked after through email or on-line meetings.

Our cemeteries remain open to families wishing to visit a loved one’s burial lot. Visitation guest gatherings will be subject to provincial gathering limits. Please note that all limits are subject to proper physical distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet being maintained.

During this period, we will focus on providing essential services, which means our top priority will be to those families who have experienced a death. For all additional inquires, please contact our office by email at [email protected]

Screening

All visitors with appointments must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment health screening before entering. Copies will be provided.

The self-assessment health screening asks questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms, your travel history and whether you have had any close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.Please visit www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus.

All visitors to our locations (with the exception of cemetery grounds) will be asked if you have any of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • New or worse cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Fatigue, malaise or headache
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate PPE?
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
  • Has a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home)?
  • Have you been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone in the last 14 days (and have not been tested or are not waiting for your result)?

If you answer YES, you will be asked to return home, self isolate and get tested for COVID -19. The appointment will be cancelled, and Cemetery arrangements will be made remotely.

For all Interment Services (Burial or Cremation)

  • Any person who is under self-isolation is not permitted to attend services.
  • Family arranged Graveside Services and gatherings must be limited to immediate family members and will be limited to no more than 5 people from the same household practicing physical distancing.
  • Family arranged interments – A contact list must be provided to the Cemetery Office for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes
  • Funeral Home directed Graveside Services and gatherings must be limited to immediate family members and will be limited to no more than 10 people practicing physical distancing. (Not including Cemetery or Funeral Home Staff)
  • We will encourage physical distancing and we ask that you avoid expressions of sympathy like handshaking, hugging and other direct physical contact with your guests.
  • We encourage families to include a message in their obituaries and notices that anybody who is unwell should not attend, and to limit physical contact
  • For lot interments, casketed remains will be placed on a cemetery device. Committal prayers will be completed, if requested, and thereafter patrons will be invited to leave - allowing our staff to complete the interment or burial.
  • Cemetery Operational Staff will only proceed to the interment site once all family members have left.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and adhering to these protocols during these unprecedented times.

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
Phone 905-546-4704

Long after the funeral ceremony is over, the memories of a special life live on.

Cemeteries are where lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible and love is undisguised.  Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries are a history of people; a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today.  A cemetery exists because every life is worth remembering - always.

We are here to help...

Every family’s goodbye is different, so at Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries we are dedicated to providing you an exceptional level of personalized service to ensure your arrangements will be as unique as your loved one. From cremation to burial, and to permanent memorialization in one of our cemeteries, we have the trusted experience to provide options that truly meet your needs. You can always expect thoughtful, caring, and affordable service. We can provide interest free payment plans with no administrative fees and our staff are not on commission, so there is no pressure sales. We’re here to help you navigate important cemetery decisions.

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Licenced Cemetery Operator
Licence No. 3275808-1
Bereavement Authority of Ontario

 

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Phone 905-546-4704
Email [email protected]