Cemeteries

Calvary & Elmwood Cemetery Offices are closed until further notice, please call 757-441-2654.


COVID-19 Updates

We remain deeply committed to the health and well-being of our community, our guests and our associates. The Bureau of Cemeteries is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. We will continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations issued by Federal, State, and local health officials on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. Please check back daily for updates. At this time, we are operating as follows:

UPDATED Hours of Operation: 9:00 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Saturday

Funeral Services: See new updates below

  • Appointments are required to make funeral arrangements in City of Norfolk cemeteries. Please call 757-441-1752.
  • All cemetery offices are closed to the public except for families making funeral arrangements.
  • In support of social distancing and a limited workforce please observe a maximum 30-minute graveside/committal service.
  • Effective 7/1/20 UPDATE: To align with the governor’s Phase three directives for social distancing:
    • UPDATE: 250-person limit for graveside/committal services effective July 1, 2020
    • 3-person limit per family making funeral arrangements inside the cemetery office.
    • Only one family at a time will be served in cemetery offices.
  • To align with the Virginia Cemetery Association, the following will become effective as of Saturday, March 28.
    • Tents will not be used for services until further notice. The presence of a tent encourages people to gather under them and also provides additional surfaces where the virus may be transferred to family members as well as cemetery and funeral home staff members.
    • Chairs will not be put out at services until further notice. Chairs encourage people to sit shoulder to shoulder which does not allow for six feet of social distancing. Seating will be provided for people with specials needs.

Other:

  • Mail all contract installment payments (for all cemeteries) to Forest Lawn Cemetery at 8100 Granby St. Norfolk, VA 23505.
  • Summer landscaping maintenance will be affected due to Cemeteries staff working on a rotating schedule.
  • Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC) spring events are canceled until further notice. Updates available here.

Bureau of Cemeteries

The City of Norfolk has offered peaceful cemetery settings to area residents since 1825. Norfolk owns and operates eight cemeteries:

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

Cemetery maintenance is performed reverently and carefully and ensures the preservation of a valuable part of Norfolk’s cultural heritage. The Bureau of Cemeteries works diligently to preserve the natural beauty of our 350+ acres of green space in an urban environment while providing a place for generations of families to commemorate their loved ones.

Arranging & Conducting Funeral Services

 Our staff provides excellent customer service in a courteous and professional manner. We assist with arranging and conducting more than 850 funeral services each year. The Bureau of Cemeteries is also a valuable resource for genealogical information. We have staff dedicated to assist with genealogical research.

Some of our cemeteries offer grave spaces, ash niches for urns containing cremated remains, and mausoleum crypts. Forest Lawn Cemetery Community Mausoleum - Spaces Available. Others have no grave space left available to purchase but within these garden-style cemeteries, you will discover artfully crafted monuments with a bit of history inscribed. Diverse plant and birdlife thrives while mature trees and tended grasses invite a leisurely stroll. And, as always, all of our cemeteries offer endless opportunities for historical, artistic, and genealogical pursuits.

Cemetery Etiquette

City of Norfolk cemeteries are available as a community resource, offering visitors a place of serenity and beauty for quiet enjoyment (reflection). They are also where families have entrusted a safe and peaceful resting place for their loved ones. 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 a 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 on Norfolk Historic Cemeteries events, volunteer opportunities, and conservation information. 

Cemeteriescape Photo Contest 2020 has been cancelled.

Trying to find a grave location? Download the webCemeteries App

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