Chatham-Kent provides the Care and Maintenance of 65 cemeteries including 31 abandoned, 28 inactive and 6 active totalling 300 acres. Our cemeteries provide a peaceful setting for quiet remembrance and reflection. Visitors are welcomed daily from sunrise to sunset.
Chatham-Kent Cemeteries are the primary providers of public multi-optional burial site operations and maintenance within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The cemeteries, operating on a not-for-profit basis, deliver a limited range of services responsive to needs identified by the community.
Some of our historic properties are well known and frequently visited. Whether located adjacent to well-travelled roads or found well off the beaten path, these cemeteries are truly the history of our community and an important link to our past!
Generational Lot Use In Municipal Cemeteries
We can assist you with inquiries regarding generational grave use. If you would like to use heritage lots, or allow family/ friends to use your cemetery lots, contact us to learn more about facilitating the process. A complete explanation of requirements to use graves that you do not own or did not purchase can be found in the Interment Rights Policy listed in the "Downloads" area. Every situation is unique, and you are advised to seek legal advice should you wish to use graves purchased by someone other than yourself.
A Note To Visitors Regarding Lot Care
To enhance the natural beauty and serenity of the cemetery grounds, we ask that you respect the following:
- Borders, fences, stones or crushed tile etc. on lots are not permitted to ensure efficient maintenance of the grounds, safety, and decorum
- Flower beds may extend one foot in front of upright monuments only and should not exceed the width of the upright base. Natural mulch may be placed within beds
- No structures are permitted on any cemetery lot (i.e. benches, statues, posts, wooden crosses)
- Glass containers are not permitted on the cemetery grounds
- Artificial memorials, standing wreaths, and seasonal items may be placed on lots after November 1, and must be removed by April 1 to preserve the
appearance of the grounds. Cemetery staff will remove any items remaining on lots after April 1 at their discretion
- All plantings of trees, shrubs, etc. must be approved by the Cemetery Manager