Erie Cemetery Association employs a full time grounds crew at each of our three cemeteries. Their most important responsibility is to perform the work for each interment professionally, and to treat the families visiting the cemetery with care and respect.
Each crew is additionally tasked with the job of maintaining the cemetery property year round:
We feel fortunate to have such a hardworking crew at each cemetery.
Families are responsible for the upkeep of each grave. This includes keeping the headstones clean and in good repair, having them righted if they are heaved by roots or frost, and keeping any family-planted shrubs at the correct height and properly trimmed and weeded.
There are rules concerning what family and friends may place at the grave in remembrance or as decoration. Most of the rules exist to ensure that the cemetery is safe for visitors and grounds crew. Others exist to ensure that the overall appearance of the entire section and cemetery is pleasing and for the most part, not cluttered. You may download a one page summary below.
Read the second question below to learn the basics on "framing" a headstone with mulch.
Usually, the headstone is not sinking. In most cases, it’s the turf continuing to grow around a headstone that is staying right in place. What to do?
If these don’t address the situation, please call the office. If we cannot repair the headstone, we will refer you to one of the local monument companies who have specialized equipment for this type of work.
Whether or not you may plant at a grave is determined by a combination of factors, from the style of the headstone permitted at the grave to rules that are individual to the cemetery. Please read the one-page summary found below, and call the office if you are unsure. It’s always a good idea to get approval for your plans ahead of time.
Yes, each in-ground burial space may be decorated with one wreath, between Nov. 1 and March 31. This means one wreath at any given time — so you may place a Thanksgiving-themed wreath, then remove it for a Christmas one, etc. Wreaths placed in the winter months may be of natural or artificial materials.
Artificial flowers, wreaths or other décor are not permitted in the months when we mow — April 1 to Oct. 31. They can fall into pieces and damage mowing equipment. Decorative items, statues, toy, or anything breakable are not permitted.