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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

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.

For all Cremation and Interment 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 10 people.
  • 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.

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

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
Phone 905-546-4704

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries is one of the largest municipal cemetery organizations in Canada, serving families for over 150 years (first burial was in 1850). We operate 68 cemeteries across the greater Hamilton area.

Cemetery Administrative Office:
Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
777 York Boulevard
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2A4

Phone: 905-546-4704
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

We encourage visitors to discover our cemeteries rich histories, witness the time-honoured ceremonies, take in the scenic landscapes and grounds, wander through the headstones and monuments, reflect on the names, and ponder their stories.

Plan ahead - We are here to help

Pre-planning brings special peace of mind to your family and loved ones. There are many benefits to pre-planning your cemetery arrangements. Traditional burial and cremation options are available with interest free financing. A no pressure approach to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. Learn more about pre-planning or contact our Family Service Coordinator at 905-546-4704

Stories in the Stones

Free Historical Walking Tours. Join us for these lively and informative tours, every Saturday at 11am from May until October. 

Cemetery locations

The City is responsible for the ownership and maintenance of 69 sites, varying in size from large municipal cemeteries to small family burial plots.

Many cemeteries now under the care of the City receive protection as a result of the Ontario Cemeteries Act which mandates a municipality to assume responsibility for any burial site that is not being maintained or is abandoned.