1/16/2019 7:27 p.m. There will be emergency demolition work that will begin tonight, January 16, beginning at approximately 8pm.  This work is to demolish the fire damaged building at the corner of Cambridge Street and Hunting Street. The demolition is expected to be completed by midnight, however, crews will be working into the early morning to secure and cover the site. No debris will be removed this evening. Residents can expect the area to be illuminated and noise from machinery conducting the work. The Cambridge Fire Department, Inspectional Services, and the Department of Public Works will be on scene. If you have questions about this emergency demolition, please call the emergency communications center at 617-349-3300. Since the building is unsafe it has be removed immediately. 

Cambridge Cemetary

Cambridge Cemetery Interment

Public Works

Cemetery staff are committed to providing excellent burial services and maintenance, and to providing sensitive customer service to families who are going through the process of planning a funeral.

Lots in the Cemetery are available only to Cambridge residents, wishing to make arrangements for the immediate burial of a Cambridge resident.

Additional Information

An order of interment must be completed, signed and returned to the Cemetery twenty four hours prior to burial. Funeral home directors will often coordinate this paperwork and other aspects of the interment process on behalf of families.

Tips and FAQs

Are concrete liners or vaults required for interments at the Cambridge Cemetery?

No, concrete liners or vaults are not required.

Are there any exceptions to the Cambridge residency rule?

Yes, if the deceased was in a nursing home at the time of death and their last address was in Cambridge before entering the facility, then they are eligible for a lot at the Cambridge Cemetery.

Can I purchase a grave before a death occurs?

Lots in the Cambridge Cemetery are not sold for future use. Lots are sold to persons wishing to make arrangements for the immediate burials of a Cambridge resident only. The above rule does not apply to lots previously purchased, in which case the owner of the lot may request that a person be interred therein whether or not they are residents of Cambridge.

The purchase price of every interment space and perpetual care on such space must be paid in full before a deed or certificate of ownership is issued, a burial made or a monument placed.

Persons whose names appear on our records as owners are recognized as owners of interment spaces and grantees and other owners are advised to record their ownership immediately with the Superintendent of Cemeteries.

All owners of interment space are advised to notify us of changes in address as all notices are sent to the last address on file and shall be conclusively presumed to be sufficient.

Can I purchase a grave if I don't live in Cambridge?

No, we only sell graves at the time of death and the deceased must be a Cambridge resident.

Do you have cremation lots?

Yes, cremation lots accommodate two cremation burials and are memorialized by a flat marker. Cremation lots are in-ground urn lots that will accommodate two urn burials. Memorialization on these cremation lots can be by flat markers only (no greater than 2' x 1' x4"), and there can be no planting on these lots.

As with other lots in the Cemetery, cremation lots will be sold only at the time of death and the deceased must be a Cambridge resident.

Does the Cemetery offer a payment plans?

No, all charges must be paid in full at the time of the burial.

Is there a separate section for Veterans?

Yes, there is a special veterans' section at the Cemetery. Authorization to be buried in this section must be confirmed by the City of Cambridge Veterans' Department.

What is the process for installing a monument?

A completed monument form and payment must be submitted. The monument order form can be downloaded, or obtained from the Cemetery Administration office and from most local businesses that sell cemetery monuments.

Once the monument dimensions and engraving work is finalized and approved, the monument company will forward the order form to the cemetery. The order form must be signed by the owner of the cemetery lot to be valid. All foundations must be paid for before monuments are set.

What type of planting can I do on a grave?

You can plant flowers in front of the headstone, out one foot and the width of the stone (no shrubs). See full planting regulations for more information.
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