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Interments

  1. The cemetery will be open for interments from sunrise to sunset daily with the exception of all Sundays, Saturdays and Holidays (legal).  When such delay will cause unreasonable hardship or inconvenience, interments may be made on Saturdays and Holidays at the rate stated in the Schedule of Fees.

  2. Where immediate burial is required by the Law of the State of Michigan or under the rules and regulations of the Board of Health, interments may be made on Sundays, but an additional fee will be added to the Saturday and Holiday interment charges and entrance to the cemetery will be allowed only to the hearse and vehicles in the funeral procession.

  3. All funerals on entering the cemetery shall be under the charge of the Sexton.

  4. Once the casket containing a body is within the confines of the cemetery, no funeral director nor his embalmer, assistant, employee or agent, shall be permitted to open the casket or to touch the body without the consent of the legal representative of the deceased or an order signed by a court of competent jurisdiction.

  5. Funeral directors, upon arrival at the cemetery, must present the necessary burial permit from the local health office.

  6. All orders for interments in lots must be signed by the owner of the lot or his legal representative.  However, when this is impossible because such person is absent from the area, telegraph permission will be accepted in lieu thereof.

  7. Lot owners shall not allow interments in their lots in return for remuneration of any kind.

  8. No interment of two or more bodies shall be made in one grave except in the case of a mother and child or two infants buried in one casket.

  9. Interment of three (3) cremains may be made in one grave, or one (1)  body and two (2) cremains may be made in one grave, provided that the monument be no larger than 42 inches in width.

  10. When an interment is to be made in a lot, the location of such interment shall be designated by the lot owner.  Should the lot owner fail or neglect to make such designation, the Village reserves the right to make the interment in a location designated by the Village.

  11. The employees of the Village of South Rockwood are the only persons who will be permitted to open graves with the following exceptions.                                                                                                  A.  When the Village is directed to make a disinterment  by order of a court of competent jurisdiction and a certified copy of such orders has been filed with the Clerk.                                                                                                                                           B.  When the Coroner directs the disinterment for the purpose of holding an inquest and has filed with the Clerk his signed authorization to release the body to himself and his lawful agents.  In such a case the disintermentmust be made by the coroner or his lawful agents.  Village employees will not be permitted to assist the Coroner or his agents.

  12. In order to maintain a high standard of care and to eliminate sunken graves cause by the collapse of wood boxes, it is required that all burials must be made in outside containers made of natural stone or of metal, or of reinforced concrete. All such containers must be made and installed at to meet specifications established by the Village.  Outside containers may be procured from any source provided they meet the established specifications.  When Village employees handle or install such containers, a reasonable charge will be made for such service.

  13. All charges for interment or services in connection therewith, shall be paid to the Sexton or at the Village Office, a receipt will be issued upon request.

  14. Payment of any and all indebtedness due to the Village must be made before interment will be made.

  15. The right is reserved by the Village to insist upon at least twenty-four hours notice prior to any interment and at least one week’s notice prior to any disinterment or removal.

  16. All interments, disinterment, and removals must be made at the time, and in the manner, and upon the charges fixed by the Village.

  17. Besides being subject to these rules and regulations, all interments, disinterments, and removals are made subject to the order and laws of the properly constituted public authorities.

  18. The Village will not be responsible for any order given by telephone or for any mistake occurring from the want of precise and proper instructions and to the particular space, size of grave, and location in a plot, where interment is desired.

  19. The Village will not be liable for the interment permit nor for the identity of the person sought to be interred.