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. Today, the Cemetery performs 1,200 cremations each year.
Mount Auburn has recently completed an ambitious and exciting project to build a new, state-of-the-art Crematory adjacent to Bigelow Chapel.
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.
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.
Burying Cremated Remains
Mount Auburn offers many options for burying cremated remains, from in-ground burial to placement in an indoor niche.
Learn more about our current offerings.
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.