Service Arrangements

In-Ground Burial

When making arrangements for in-ground burial, please contact the cemetery manager (sexton) as soon as possible to verify ownership/right to burial and grave space availability. Ownership must be established by submitting a copy of the Right of Interment (Deed). If you are requesting burial on a family plot the space must have been previously reserved for the deceased in writing, otherwise, lineage to the original purchaser must be established.

Once right to burial has been established and the service date and time have been confirmed with the Church and funeral home, notify the cemetery accordingly. At this time you may also make an appointment to visit the cemetery to complete the necessary paperwork and to submit payment. Payment in full is required before services can be rendered.

Vaults and monuments may be purchased through the cemetery. A vault is required for both full body and cremated remains burial.

Above-Ground Burial

When making arrangements for above-ground burial, please contact the cemetery manager (sexton) as soon as possible to verify ownership/right of burial. Ownership must be established by submitting a copy of the Right of Interment (Deed).

Once right of burial has been established and the service date and time have been confirmed with the Church and funeral home, notify the cemetery accordingly. If you are coming from out of town and the funeral mass has already occurred, simply schedule the Committal Service date and time with Leon. You are encouraged to invite a priest, deacon or seminarian to conduct the committal right. If you are unable to secure a minister for the service yourself, please notify Leon immediately; he will assist you in finding a minister. Please allow as much time as possible for this process.

Prior to selecting a casket or urn, please refer to the size restrictions as outlined in the Rules and Regulations for Cedar Grove Cemetery as published on this site. 

Trappist Caskets

Notre Dame Casket

Trappist Caskets, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, offers custom-designed Notre Dame caskets and urns in addition to its standard line of individually crafted caskets and urns.

As a work of the monks of New Melleray Abbey, Trappist Caskets are built on a long tradition that combines a reverence for nature with a preference of old-world craftsmanship. The self-sufficient Trappist tradition calls for each monk to labor quietly with his hands in support of his life of prayer and simplicity. The result - expertly crafted caskets and urns made from the finest walnut and oak available, much of it coming from the monastery's own award-winning forest.

When your loved one is put to rest in a Trappist casket or urn, the monks will say a mass in their honor, and a tree will be planted in New Melleray's sustainable forest as a living memorial. Each casket and urn is blessed by a monk prior to delivery.

Nd Walnoriz

If an immediate need develops, call Trappist Caskets at (888) 433-6934 and they will ship a casket or urn for next-day delivery anywhere in the U.S. If you prefer to plan ahead, please visit trappistcaskets.com/advanced-planning/  for an application. This allows you to make the decisions about your purchase ahead of time and locks in your price. You make the choices on your own terms and your family can find comfort in knowing that your wishes are being met.