Monuments & Markers in 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 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.


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

If you know where you want a monument or marker installed, contact the monument dealer of your choice directly. If you do not own the property where you want the monument or market installed, you must show proof that you have permission from the owner to install a monument or marker. The monument dealer must visit the site to make sure there are no existing monuments or markers.

If you do not know where to install the monument or marker:

  • Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-2424 ext. 4704 for assistance; or
  • Email [email protected]

Before installation, you must sign a contract and pay all fees. The monument dealer often collects fees and writes the contract. When fees are paid, the City of Hamilton pours the concrete foundation for a monument or installs the marker.

Monument or marker fees

In addition to the monument cost, there are fees for:

  • Pouring the foundation for the monument
  • Care and Maintenance Trust Fund

Cost depends on the size of the monument. Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-2424 ext. 4704 for information.

In addition to the marker cost, there are fees for:

  • Installation of the marker
  • Care and Maintenance Trust Fund

Cost depends on the size of the marker. Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-2424 ext. 4704 for information.

Monument or marker restrictions

There are restrictions on the size and type of monument or marker that can be installed in cemeteries.

  • Restrictions depend on the location and the cemetery
  • Check the City of Hamilton Cemeteries By-Law (By-Law No. 12-151) for restrictions

Monuments, markers or mausoleums must be made of granite or other industry standard material that is free from defects affecting durability.

If you use bronze, it must:

  • Be used only for the fixtures such as doors, window grilles or statuary of mausoleums or for tablets attached to markers
  • Meet industry standards for bronze
  • Have true casting  without any sand-like roughness
  • Not be made of veneered marble, wood, iron or artificial stone

Inscriptions on a monuments, markers or mausoleums must:

  • Reflect the dignity and decorum of the cemetery
  • Not be on the back of a monument where monuments are located back-to-back
  • Only be on the back of a monument with advance written permission of the Director where monuments are not located back-to-back

Only one monument can be at the head of a single-grave in locations designated by the Director or a two-grave plot.