Cemeteries

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We will remove items:

  • Stuck in the ground or placed around a grave 
  • Not in a permanent cemetery-approved vase or core hole attached to a headstone or marker 

Examples

  • figurines 
  • floral arrangements 
  • flags 
  • stuffed animals 
  • fences 
  • objects on easels, stands or poles 
  • memorial stones or rocks 
  • containers that may, in any way, deter normal mowing and trimming operations
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  • All funeral services are to be conducted between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. and must arrive at the cemetery no later than 3:00 p.m.
  • Office hours are for appointments for funeral arrangements only: 9:00 am -3:30 pm. 
    1. Cemetery visiting hours: sunrise to sunset. 
  • Appointments are REQUIRED for funeral arrangements. Call ahead at 757-441-1752.
  • NO WALK-IN SERVICES are available. Please refer to our Burial Search for grave locations or download our grave location app below or call 757-441-1752.
  • Face masks are REQUIRED in all City of Norfolk Cemeteries offices, and are to be worn outdoors during funeral services, cemetery events, and workdays, with 6 ft. of social distance maintained.
  • Bathrooms at the Riverside cemetery office location are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Calvary & Elmwood Cemetery Offices are closed until further notice. For inquiries, please call 757-441-2654.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • COVID-19 Updates
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The Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries is dedicated to preserving the memories of the people of our community and the rich history of our city. We provide service that is sensitive to the needs of families and are ever mindful of the eternal bond between the city and the families whose loved ones are memorialized within the cemeteries.

Let’s work together to preserve our cemeteries! If you see any form of vandalism or any activity that feels out of the ordinary, please call 9-1-1. 

ATTENTION: Play of Pokémon Go is prohibited in City of Norfolk cemeteries. Players will be asked to leave the grounds.

Maintenance

We are currently working on a 14-21 day mowing and trimming cycle, on a rotating schedule through all 8 city-owned cemeteries. Please note that staffing, weather, and funerals dictate this schedule; therefore, the schedule may change.

Arranging & Conducting Funeral Services

  • Appointments are REQUIRED for funeral arrangements. Call ahead at 757-441-1752.
  • The Bureau of Cemeteries will not use tents for services until further notice. 
  • Face masks are REQUIRED in all City of Norfolk Cemeteries offices and are to be worn outdoors during funeral services, cemetery events, and workdays, with 6 ft. of social distance maintained.
  • During funeral arrangements, we can only serve one family at a time in our offices with a limit of three family members present. 
  • Funeral Assistance from American Rescue Plan for Virginians Who’ve Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19. More information can be found HERE.

Cemetery Etiquette

When planning your visit, please observe the following:

· There is a 15mph speed limit within cemetery boundaries for the safety of our pedestrians.

· There are multiple funeral services and graveside visits daily. People are there to mourn and visit loved ones. Please maintain a respectful distance and observe the solemnity and privacy of service or visit in progress.

· Remember that a cemetery is a place of respect and reverence, not a playground. Refrain from running or playing on or around grave markers.

· Review the guidelines for the display of flowers, decorations, and other ornaments (PDF). A copy of the floral regulations is available at each cemetery office.

Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Conservation Info

Find information HERE for events, volunteer opportunities, and conservation information.