Category: Cemetery Services

Cremation Burial Services

January 1, 2020

Thank you for scheduling a cremation burial service at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Below is additional information to help you prepare for what will happen on the day of the scheduled service.


A member of Mount Auburn’s staff will greet you and all other members of your group at our Entrance Gate. The procession to the gravesite will take place once everyone in your group arrives at the Cemetery. Cars will be parked as close to the grave as possible.


The cremation grave, approximately 12″ x 12″ x 18″ in size, will be covered with a decorative marble covering when the family arrives at the site. The earth that will fill the grave is nearby, covered under a cloth. A small table, set up next to the grave, will display the urn during the graveside service.

If the Cemetery has the urn before the burial, our staff will bring the urn to the gravesite and place it on the table once the family arrives at the burial site. If the Cemetery was not storing the urn before burial, the family or a funeral director, if one is assisting with the burial service, is responsible for carrying the urn to the gravesite.

The graveside service can be as formal or informal as the family wishes. Some services include remarks and prayers from a religious officiant, while others feature readings and remembrances shared by those attending the burial. The cremated remains are placed in the grave once the ceremony concludes.


Families may leave the area before or after the remains are placed in the grave. If a family does not want to witness the burial, our staff will place the urn in the ground and fill the grave after the family has left the area. When a family chooses to watch the burial, our staff will uncover the grave after the ceremony concludes. Families can place the remains in the grave, or watch as the Cemetery does this. If they wish to do so, families may also place a small amount of earth in the grave and then watch as our staff complete the burial.

Please complete the form below after reserving a date for the burial with our office. We will confirm the service details in advance of the burial.

Online Memorial Pages

May 2, 2018
Mount Auburn’s “community of the dead” now totals more than 100,000 people. Among those buried here are some of the men and women who have shaped our local, regional, and national identity: activists, authors, designers, inventors, scientists, and philosophers. Also buried here, in even greater numbers, are those important in our own lives: mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, daughters and sons, mentors and friends. With a new feature on our website, Mount Auburn has enhanced its mission to commemorate the dead using an online tool that celebrates the lives and preserves the memories of all who have come to be buried at the Cemetery. (more…)

About our Records Search

December 21, 2016
Enter the last name of the deceased in the “last name” field to start your search. To narrow your search, enter the first name or initial.


Click the “Search” button, to see a list of all matching names from our database, and their locations on the map. To see specific burial information for anyone in the list, click on the appropriate name and the detailed information will pop up on the map.

A Few Tips:
+ Try a partial name search, when spelling is not known.
+  If the death date shown in the results is the same as the interment date, we may not have the date of death in our records, and the interment date is being duplicated.
+  To search for all individuals buried at the Cemetery with a specific surname, enter only the last name into the form.
+  Did you find an error in our records? Please contact us at

Genealogical Research
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