Cemetery Commission

The Cemetery Commission is responsible for selling plots in the cemeteries, making sure that the cemeteries are properly taken care of and keeping records of all that pertains to the applicable cemeteries; as stipulated by the General Laws regarding Cemeteries.

CURRENT COMMISSIONERS: Shirley Cooney (Chairperson), Debby Heinz and Laurie Church

MEETINGS: The Douglas Cemetery Commission generally meets once a month.  The date as well as the agenda can be found either on the bulletin board in the Municipal Center or on the town website. All are welcome to attend.

BURIAL INFORMATION:

Douglas Center Cemetery, across from the Town Common, is the only Town cemetery with plots for sale.  (Evergreen Cemetery & St. Denis Cemetery are not under the jurisdiction of the Town of Douglas Cemetery Commission)

Persons can bury up to 8 cremations per plot

The Commission currently sells double plots (8x10) at the cost of $1,000.00/each. Payment can be made to the Funeral Director handling the arrangements or you can send it to the Cemetery Commission, being sure to include an address so the deed can be mailed and a phone number. The mailing address is: Douglas Cemetery Commission/ 29 Depot Street/ Douglas, MA  01516

Unless being handled through a funeral director, a plot cannot be opened without presenting the Commission with the deed to the plot or a court order.

Anyone interested in Green Burials can contact one of the Cemetery Commissioners listed below or your local funeral director

If you are interested in purchasing a plot, contact John Furno by calling 508-479-0135 to set up an appointment to view available plots.

CEMETERY MAINTENANCE:

Lawn Mowing

Grub Control

Seeding

Fertilizing as Needed

*Water is turned on in April and shut off in October

PLOT MAINTENANCE INFORMATION:

NO trees or shrubs will be planted at burial site.  If they have been planted , the Commission has the right to remove said trees or shrubs

Artificial or fresh cut flowers can be placed in an invertible metal vase at any time; but they must be discarded when dead, faded, broken or of a similar nature

Christmas arrangemets will be allowed from December 1st to December 31st ONLY

NO boxes, shells, stones, boulders, toys, metyal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, glass, urns, fences, wood or metal cases, baskets, temporary grave markers or similar articles, umbrellas, knick knacks of any kind or balloons are allowed at burial site at any time

NO eternal lights or lights of ANY kind at any time are allowed

NO fences, regardless of what type or material, are permitted at any time

NO holiday decorations are permitted

COMMISSION HAS THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANYTHING THEY DEEM TO BE INAPPROPRIATE

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions please feel free to call, Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00:

508-476-7558 (Shirley)

774-280-9565 (Debby)

508-259-7087 (Laurie)

Or send an email to: dougcemcom2015@gmail.com

If there is an emergency, please contact the funeral director handling the burial of the deceased.