Cremation at Mount Auburn

In 1897 Mount Auburn began the first crematory in New England to be operated by a cemetery. The first cremation took place on April 18, 1900. In the succeeding years, over 60,000 cremations have been performed. The Crematory, now located adjacent to Bigelow Chapel, has been periodically improved as technology has advanced. It is connected to the historic Chapel that is frequently used for funeral and memorial services.  We now perform over 1,200 cremations annually. Each one is carried out with dignity and care. The remains can be interred here at the Cemetery or elsewhere.

Currently our Crematory is closed while Bigelow Chapel undergoes construction work which includes building a modern state-of-the-art crematory facility.  Read more >>

Understanding Cremation

For detailed answers to your questions, we recommend downloading our comprehensive brochure,

Understanding Cremation.  We also present an “Understanding Cremation” program several times a year.

Cremation information sessions will resume upon completion of our new modern Crematory in 2018.  Read more >>

The Service of Cremation

Mount Auburn is one of very few cemeteries with an on-site crematory. We provide a peaceful setting where family members can be present at the start of cremation if they wish. The Cemetery is sensitive to the traditions of all different faiths and can accommodate Hindu and Buddhist practices.

Currently our Crematory is closed while Bigelow Chapel undergoes construction work which includes building a modern state-of-the-art crematory facility.  Read more >>

Interment

There are many options for interment of cremated remains at Mount Auburn Cemetery, from in-ground burial to placement in an indoor niche or outdoor crypt.

Prices range from $900 to $4,000.

A Pioneer

Mount Auburn made history when it built its first crematory at the turn of the 20th century. Our current crematory facility, built in 1968 and put into operation in 1970, adjoins Bigelow Chapel.