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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 limited public access. We are currently only meeting with families who have experienced a death and require immediate burial arrangements. Should you find it more convenient or preferable, we can make arrangements by phone and email.

  • 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.
  • Arrangements appointments should be limited to 2 individuals.
  • Payments for services are to be made by credit card.
  • Planning Ahead (Pre-Arranging) - We are not scheduling appointments if a death has not occurred or is imminent at this time. You can contact our office by phone or email for a follow-up appointment at a later date to assist you with your pre-planning needs.
  • Cemetery grounds are open. You can visit a grave, limit to 10 people per grave at one time, please practice physical distancing while on Cemetery grounds.

For all Interment and Cremation Services

  • Any person who is under self-isolation is not permitted to attend services.
  • Graveside Services and gatherings should be limited to immediate family members and will be limited to no more than 50 people. All attending the graveside service must remain 2 meters apart, unless they are part of the same household.
  • 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.
  • There will be no witnessing of lowering the casket or urn for the time being.
  • Cemetery Operational Staff will only proceed to the interment site once all family members have left.

Screening

All visitors to our locations (with the exception of cemetery grounds) will be asked the following questions:

  • Do you have flu-like symptoms or any of the following?
    • New or worse cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever 
    • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada after March 13, 2020?
    • If a guest answers yes, they will be asked to return home. The appointment will be cancelled, and Cemetery arrangements will be made remotely.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and adhering to these protocols during these unprecedented times.
Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
Phone 905-546-4704

A list of events happening at our Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries.

Schedule of events


Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Part 2 - CANCELLED

Saturday, July 11, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: Hamilton Firsts Tour - CANCELLED

Saturday, July 18, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the many firsts of Hamilton, The first mayor, the first doctor, the first settler, and many more.

Historical Gate House - Open House

Saturday, July 25, 2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

An opportunity to explore the Gate House and a tour of historical Hamilton Cemetery.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Best of Part 1 & 2 - CANCELLED

Saturday, July 25, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour

Saturday, August 1, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

From fort to cemetery. Learn about the War of 1812 and the Fort at Burlington Heights.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Part 1

Saturday, August 8, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: The Firefighters Tour

Saturday, August 15, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about these local heroes who died saving our lives, homes, and our city, from devastating fires.

Stories in the Stones: Power of the City Tour

Saturday, August 22, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the “powers” that drive this city. Industry, transportation, crime and yes the power of love.

Stories in the Stones: The Masonic Tour Part 2

Saturday, August 29, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

A Da Vinci Code Tour? Learn about the Masons in Hamilton and their influence on the City. Secrets will be revealed.

Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour

Saturday, September 5, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Women have played an important part in the history of Hamilton.

Stories in the Stones: The Disasters Tour Part 2

Saturday, September 12, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn of events that tried to destroy our city. Disasters, demises, diseases, and yes disappearances.

Beyond A Goodbye - Meaningful Graveside Service

Saturday, September 19, 2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Beyond A Goodbye – How to create a meaningful graveside service is a unique display and experience at Hamilton Cemetery.

Stories in the Stones: The Past Mayors Tour

Saturday, September 26, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Who were these guys and what did they do for our city? Learn who lead us, when, and what happened in Hamilton on their watch.

Stories in the Stones: The Hamilton Women’s Tour Part 2

Saturday, October 3, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Women have played an important part in the history of Hamilton.

Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour Part 2

Saturday, October 10, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Continue the James Street North Art Crawl in the Hamilton Cemetery. Meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories.

Stories in the Stones: Power of the City Tour

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about the “powers” that drive this city. Industry, transportation, crime and yes the power of love.

Stories in the Stones: The Firefighters Tour

Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about these local heroes who died saving our lives, homes, and our city, from devastating fires.

Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour

Saturday, October 24, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

From fort to cemetery. Learn about the War of 1812 and the Fort at Burlington Heights.

Planning Ahead & Being Prepared Seminar

Thursday, October 29, 2020
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gage Park Greenhouse, 1000 Main Street East
Enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club
, Hamilton

Dinner & discussion series of planning ahead and being prepared.

Stories in the Stones: The Civil War Tour

Saturday, October 31, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Learn about Hamiltonians who went to war, survived and returned home. The Canadian history and involvement in the Civil War.

No Stones Left Alone Service

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Woodland Cemetery, 700 Spring Garden Road, Hamilton

A special remembrance service to honour our Veterans at the Field of Honour in Hamilton’s Woodland Cemetery.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour - Remembrance Event & Tour

Saturday, November 7, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.

Remembrance Day at Woodland Cemetery Field of Honour - Upper

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Woodland Cemetery, 700 Spring Garden Road, Hamilton

An opportunity to honour those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Stories in the Stones: The Veterans Tour

Saturday, November 14, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hamilton Cemetery, 777 York Boulevard
Across from Dundurn Castle
, Hamilton

Honour the men and women from Hamilton, who served from 1776 to the Korean War.

Remembering - A Holiday Memorial Service

Sunday, December 6, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Coach House at Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Blvd, Hamilton

A special way to remember friends and loved ones, our non-denominational memorial service features a special memorial tribute and a keepsake orname