Burials

Pre-planning & Purchasing a Final Resting Place

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

To prepare in advance for the eventuality of death is not only proper forethought, but an outstanding act of consideration for every member of your family. Pre-arrangements lighten the emotional and financial burdens placed on loved ones in their time of need, while ensuring that your wishes are respected when you are gone.

Hamilton Cemeteries can help with your pre-arranged burial arrangements at any of our Municipal Cemeteries.

  • Our approach is pressure-free.
  • We offer hassle-free, no obligation consultation and provide full disclosure of property and service prices.
  • We have multiple pre-arrangement options, including an interest-free pre-payment plan.
  • Many of our products and services can be placed on a 12 or 24 month interest free plan.

Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries offers you the convenience of 68 City-wide cemetery locations; including 22 in which properties are still available. 

To learn more about our flexible payment plans and other pre-arrangement options, please call our Cemetery Office at 905-546-4704 to schedule an appointment with our Family Services Coordinator.

Steps to take to plan and pay for an interment

  1. Select a cemetery
  2. Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-4704 for an appointment with with our Family Services Coordinator
  3. Sign your contract at the Cemeteries Office at 777 York Boulevard, Hamilton
  4. Prepay for your property and burial fees

Burial, Cremation and memorial options at City of Hamilton cemeteries

Preferred single grave includes:

  • One grave for four people
  • Your choice of location within designated areas
  • The option to buy the grave "pre-need"
  • The option to buy on a pre-payment plan
  • Your choice of traditional casket burial or cremation burial

Two-grave lot includes:

  • Room for up to eight people
  • Your choice of location within designated areas
  • The option to buy the grave "pre-need"
  • The option to buy on a pre-payment plan
  • Your choice of traditional casket burial or cremation burial

Cremation urn garden grave includes:

  • One in-ground grave space for the cremated remains of two people
  • Your choice of location within designated areas
  • The option to buy the grave "pre-need"
  • The option to buy on a pre-payment plan

Cremation columbarium niche includes:

  • One above-ground columbarium niche space for the cremated remains of two people
  • Your choice of location within columbarium units
  • The option to buy the grave "pre-need"
  • The option to buy on a pre-payment plan

Memorial Bench

  • Remember your loved ones with a beautiful and durable bench that can be placed at any of our cemeteries.
  • You can include a 20.3 cm by 12.7 cm (8 inches by 5 inches) bronze plaque with up to three lines of specially chosen words that will commemorate the life of your loved one.

Memorial Tree

  • Honour your loved one with a tree. You can choose from a list of trees specifically chosen for their beauty and durability.
  • We will help you choose the best place for your tree.
  • You can include a 30.5 cm by 25.4 cm (12 inches by 10 inches) granite base for the 15.2 cm by 20.3 cm (6 inches by 8 inches) bronze plaque and up to three lines to honour your family name or loved one.

Payment options

You can pay using Visa, MasterCard, debit and cheques. We do not accept cash.

Call the Cemeteries Office at 905-546-4704 for current prices.

We offer:

  • A hassle-free, no obligation consultation
  • Full disclosure of property and service prices
  • Multiple pre-arrangement options
  • Interest-free pre-payment plans
  • All pre-need products and services on a 12 or 24-month interest free pre-payment plan

Fees for people who are not Hamilton residents

If you are not a City of Hamilton resident but have interest in City of Hamilton property, normal user fees apply. 

If you are not a City of Hamilton resident nor have any interest in City of Hamilton property, non-resident user fees apply. Non-resident user fees are an additional 25% on property purchases.