Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is your contact information?
A: 234 Paramus Road
P.O. Box 21
Paramus, NJ 07653
Q:What do I do at the time of death?
A: First, you should contact a Funeral Director and advise them that you own a grave, crypt or niche
in George WashingtonMemorial Park.The Funeral Director will contact us to schedule the required services.
A complete order for Cemetery services must be received no later than 12:00 noon the day before the
interment.There are no interments on Sundays or major holidays, including New Years Day,
Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Services for cremated remains must take place between
the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Q:What are the hours of the park for visiting and office hours?
A: The park is open every day all year long from 8:00 a.m. until dark.
The office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
Q:When I purchase a grave, crypt or niche can I prepay the opening charge?
A: No. An opening charge may not be paid for in advance
Q:Does George Washington Memorial Park sell plaques or markers?
A: No. By law the Association is not permitted to sell markers or plaques.
You must contact a Monument Company.
Q:What happens if I cannot find my deed?
A: Copies of deeds are not kept by the Association.
If you cannot find your deed you may request a lost deed affidavit.
The cost of a new deed is $75.00 and the affidavit must be signed in front of a notary.
Please keep in mind we do not require the deed for burial.
The Association will require the deed in order to sell or transfer the interment space.
Q:Can I transfer my deed to someone?
A: Yes. Ownership of an unused site may be transferred.
All transfers must be made through the office of the Cemetery and are subject to approval of the
Board of Trustees in accordance with New Jersey Cemetery Law.
You may contact the Association office and complete instructions will be sent to you via mail.
You will need the oringial deed or certificate of ownership and afee is charged for all transfers.
Q:Am I required to purchase a concrete vault for burial?
A: George Washington Memorial Park does not require a concrete vault for burial.
If you choose to purchase a concrete vault you must do so through your Funeral Director.
Q:What can I do if I do not wish to use my grave at George Washington Memorial Park?
A: The Association will repurchase an unused site at a fixed price basis.
You can also sell your unused site privately.
For details, contact the Association office as all sales must be recorded with the cemetery.
Q:How long do flowers stay after a funeral?
A: Flowers stay for 3 days. The day of the funeral is Day 1 and they are removed on Day 3.
Q:Is the water available in the park all year long?
A: No. Water is shut off for the winter.
During the rest of the year water is available and water
spigots can be found along the road throughout the cemetery.
Q:How long does it take for the ground to settle after a funeral?
A: Depending on the season and mother nature a grave can take 3-6 months to properly settle.
Once a grave has settled we can seed the grave.
However we do not seed during the winter.
Q:Do you have a cleaning/mowing schedule? If so what is it?
A: Yes. Weather permitting the cemtery does follow a cleaning/mowing schedule throughout the
year except during the winter.
The following schedule indicates which day each area is cleaned and mowed:
Monday: Blocks AA, D, C, E, F, G, H, I & J
Tuesday: Blocks K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, CC, BB, JJ & KK
Wednesday: Blocks A, B, Z, X, U, S & T
Thursday: Blocks V, W, Y, GG, FF, EE, DD & Mall
Friday: Open Areas
We do not remove flowers or mow the week of a holiday.
Q:What can I hang on a crypt or niche?
A: You cannot hang, adhere, tape, glue or attach anything to a crypt front or niche front.
If anything is spotted it will immediately be removed as it risks damaging the shutter front.
Beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving you are permitted to bring a wreath to our office which we will hang.
Wreaths are not permitted on niche fronts as they will cover other niche fronts.
You may also purchase wreaths through the cemtery office for your convenience.
Q:What do I do when I have a complaint or concern?
A: All problems should be reported to the office of the Cemetery by phone, mail or fax.
Q:If I see rods or flags out on the cemetery grounds what does that mean?
A: If you see a flag or a rod around your grave, please do not remove it.
Flags indicate maintenance or seeding to be done in that area.
Rods are placed out before the winter time to assist our staff in locating areas when the ground is snow covered.
Again, please do not remove these and if you have a question please contact the office.
Q:How do I locate a loved ones grave, crypt or niche
A: If you visit the office Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
or Saturday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
we will give you specific directions.
Q:Does the cemetery sell flowers, decorations, etc.?
A: No throughout the year we do not sell flowers or decorations.
As a convenience we have started a Holiday Decoration Program.
Visitors can purchase holiday blankets and wreaths directly through our office to be installed by our staff.
Please contact us to receive information and pricing of our Holiday selections.
Q:What do I do if I notice burial activity near my grave?
A: Burial activity near your property may disturb the area.
Please be patient as our maintenance crew will service the area as soon as possible.
Q:Does the cemetery provide temporary vases?
A: Yes. Temporary vases are provided as a courtesy and availabe
in front of the main office as well as at each Mausoleum.
Q:What is perpetual care?
A: Perpetual care is the overall and general maintenance of the Cemetery.
This includes grass cutting, leaf removal, basic trash removal
and basic snow removal from roads. Perpetual care does not include personal requests,
damage or theft of decorations, plantings, memorials or resetting memorials.
Q:What is the opening charge? What does the opening charge include?
A: This is the labor charge associated with the actual interment or entombment.
Grave opening charges include the use of chapel tent, equipment,
greens, materials and tools. Grave opening charges are as follows:
Double Depth Opening - $1,340.00
Single Depth Opening- $1,275.00
A crypt or niche opening do not include the use of chapel tent and are as follows:
Mausoluem Opening Charge $900.00
Garden Niche Opening Charge $175.00
Interment of Cremains in Grave $785.00(scheduled service)-
$525.00 (without service)
Q:Why can't I plant shubbery or perennials?
A: Shubbery requires constant care and attention in order to be properly maintained.
Unfortunately, as families get older and move away the attention is no longer given and the shubbery becomes
unsightly and overgrown. Also the layout of our memorial park is not condusive to plantings as we would have to
remove shrubbery to make an interment.
Q:Why can't I place artificial Decorations?
A: Artificial flowers, toys, balloons or other manufactured items hinder maintenance, damage polished
surfaces of grave markers, crypt fronts and niches, and add dramatically to our disposal costs.
When found they will be removed. All decorations are left for one week following the holidays of Easter,
Mother's Day, Father's Day,
Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Flags are permitted the week of Memorial Day and are available at the office beginning the
Friday before Memorial Day.
Q:Do we have to be embalmed to be buried at George Washington Memorial Park?
A: No, however, embalming is required to be entombed in one of our above ground mausoleums.
Q:What should I do if my vase is missing or stolen?
A: Memorials are the property of the family and should be insured against damage of loss.
The family has the reponsibility of contacting the police to file a police report and
contacting a monument dealer to replace the vase.
Q:What is a Mausoleum?
A: A mausoleum is an above ground structure for the entombment of human remains.
Mausoleums have been used for hundreds of years.
Modern building methods permit constuction of enduring beautiful masoleums at prices
affordable to nearly everyone. The casket space is dry, vented, clean and securely sealed.
Q:Does George Washington Memorial Park have specific marker requirements?
A: Yes. George Washington has specific marker requirements regarding the size and color.
Please contact our office and we will be happy to mail or fax you these requirements.
Q:What should I do if my marker is damaged or stolen?
A: All markers are property of the family and should be insured against damage or loss.
Q:What should I do if the foundation on my bronze marker is damaged?
A: You should contact the office of the Association.
If the bronze marker is on a concrete foundation the cemetery will replace free of charge as they are covered
under perpetual care.
If the bronze marker is on a granite foundation the cemetery
will only replace with a concrete foundation.
By law cemeteries in the State of New Jersey are not permitted to furnish granite bases.
George Washington Memorial Park can provide concrete bases since they are poured integral to the marker.
Q:Why doesn't a granite marker have a foundation?
A: Granite markers are installed as is.
George Washington requires all granite markers to be 4 inches thick.