Greenfield Cemetery

The Town of Hempstead COVID-19 Burial Plot Gifting Program allows plot owners at the township operated Greenfield Cemetery to gift their unused burial plots to a family that experienced an unexpected or untimely death of a family member due to COVID-19.

If you are a plot owner interested in donating your plot to a family that suffered a loss due to COVID-19, or a family in need of a burial plot for a deceased family member, please contact Greenfield Cemetery at (516) 483-6500 or Greenfieldcemetery@tohmail.org.

More information on the program: https://hempsteadny.gov/press-releases/2484-clavin-council-members-enact-law-to-authorize-owners-of-greenfield-cemetery-graves-to-transfer-rights-to-grieving-families-of-covid-19-victims

650 Nassau Road
Uniondale, NY 11553

(516) 483-6500

Greenfield Cemetery is located in the center of the Town of Hempstead, sprawling across approximately 158 acres of land. Green lawns and well-attended memorials are shaded by lush trees and bordered by freshly trimmed hedges. All of the memorials are beautiful in their own way and range from old, weather-worn monuments to dignified mausoleums.

Greenfield cemetery plots and memorial spaces are reserved for Town of Hempstead residents only. All plots are affordable and well-maintained by the Town of Hempstead. Immediate service and personalized, thoughtful assistance are offered to the bereaved by the personnel at Greenfield. In order to purchase burial space, one must reside in the Town of Hempstead, and town ordinances concerning plot size and maintenance are observed.

Visiting Hours
Gates are open every day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Office Hours
Monday through Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sundays & Holidays: Closed

Resources


History

Greenfield Cemetery came into existence after the Civil War when Alexander Turnay Stewart, a prosperous and philanthropic property owner, began the development of Garden City into a show place.

At that time a cemetery was located in the center of the village but because it interfered with landscaping plans. Stewart offered the townspeople 20 acres of his own land in lieu of the 10 acres then in use and agreed to move those at rest.  Removal to Greenfield took place during 1869 and 1870.

Memory of the Civil War was still poignant and in 1888 the people of the Town of Hempstead erected a memorial within the grounds to honor servicemen who sacrificed their lives in the terrible conflict.

Planning

The peace of mind achieved by the purchase of memorial property far outweighs the reasonable expense and lifts the burden from loved ones at a most difficult time.  Through advance planning, decisions can be made calmly and wisely, without haste and free from emotional distress.  The thoughtfulness and consideration manifested by the purchase of a resting place always evokes words of appreciation from those making final arrangements.

Greenfield pledges to all families the sympathetic attention of its staff which is ready to help whenever needed.  The purchase of memorial plots can be made at Greenfield offices at 650 Nassau Road, Hempstead.  The office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.  The staff will act to ensure the safe and dignified rest of loved ones for all time.  All selections of Greenfield receive the same careful attention, including perpetual care.  Plots are offered for single, two, three, four, six and eight burials as well as for mausoleums and crypts.  Monuments are left to the discretion of lot owners and regulations are established to assure universal beauty and permanence.

Landscaping

To maintain the beauty of Greenfield, the planting of plants ad shrubs is permitted within the following guidelines:

  • Any and all planting must be approved by the Greenfield administration staff prior to installation.
  • A limit of two (2) shrubs will be permitted on any one (1) lot, and if a monument is erected on the lot, the shrub must be placed on either side of the monument or of the space allocated for the installation of a monument.
  • Boarders, hedges or any type of shrub or flower around any grave or lot and the planting of ivy, barberry or rose bushes are not allowed in the Greenfield.
  • Greenfield reserves the right to remove any tree, shrub or plant situated in any grave or lot which, by reason of its roots, branches, size, physical location or otherwise, is deemed by the Director to be detrimental to any adjacent grave or lot, avenue or walk, or which is unsightly, dangerous or inconvenient to pedestrians.
  • In section twenty-six A (26-A) of Greenfield Cemetery, no planting or artificial flowers of any type are permitted. Only fresh-cut flowers, placed in a vase at ground level in back of the marker will be permitted. Glass containers and vigil lights will not be allowed and if found on grave, contrary to regulations, they will be removed immediately.
  • The placing or installation of signs, boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, vases, wood or iron crosses, and similar articles upon or within graves or lots is prohibited, and the director may order the removal of any said articles. Vigil lights are permitted, subject, however, to owner’s risk of damage or loss.

Monuments and Headstones

Monument and headstones are permitted in the cemetery, subject to the following Guidelines.

Installation or removal of a monument, headstone or other memorial requires the written consent of the division of cemeteries.

Inscriptions upon monuments, headstones or other memorials must bear the family name which appears on the deed to the lot or grave on which the monument, headstone or other memorial is to be situated, except that the deed owner of such grave or lot may, upon his and her own election, and upon written notice to the division of cemeteries add an additional name thereon.

Inscriptions shall be in English letters, except that foreign inscriptions may be added, after approval is obtained, upon application containing a translation of the foreign inscription into English.

No monument, headstone or other memorial shall be permitted to be installed, unless any indebtedness against the lot or grave is satisfied and the lot or grave is under perpetual care.

Monuments, headstones or other memorials must be constructed of monumental granite of first quality or of an approved type from recognized quarries.

When requested, a certification or guarantee of quality with respect to the granite must be submitted to and filed with the division of cemeteries.

The number of monuments, headstones or other memorials shall be limited to the number of grave sections, as follows:

  1. Single-grave sections: limited to one monument or marker of a size not smaller than eighteen (18) inches or larger than thirty (30) inches in length and height, width to be in proper proportion with length, and to be located at the head of the grave with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick. With the exception of section twenty-six dash A (26-A) of Greenfield Cemetery, flush markers will not be permitted at the head of grave, nor will foot or corner markers be allowed, with the exception of governmental markers approved by the Director or his representation:
    • Only flush granite markers placed at the head of the grave shall be permitted in section twenty-six dash A (26-A) of Greenfield Cemetery, of one size only, namely, two (2) feet six (6) inches by (1) foot two (2) inches by four (4) inches.
  2. Two-grave sections: limited to one (1) monument, the base to be not smaller than two (2) feet six (6) inches and no greater than four (4) feet six (6) inches in length with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick; height to be in proportion, but not less than two (2) feet, nor more than three (3) feet. Two (2) grave markers (one on each grave) placed level with the grade are permitted. Flush markers will not be permitted at the head of the grave.
  3. Three-grave sections: limited to one (1) monument, the base to be not smaller than three (3) feet nor greater than six (6) feet in length, with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick, height of monument to be in proportion, but not less than two (2) feet six (6) inches, nor greater than four (4) feet. Monument of tablet type (no base) shall not be less than two (2) feet six (6) inches, nor greater than five (5) feet in length, with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick; height to be in proportion, but not less than two (2) feet six (6) inches, nor more than four (4) feet. Three (3) grave markers (one (1) at foot of each grave) placed level with the grade are permitted. Flush markers will not be permitted at the head of the grave.
  4. Four-grave sections: limited to one (1) monument, the base to be not smaller than three (3) feet six (6) inches nor greater than (6) feet six (6) inches in length, with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick; height of monument to be in proportion but not less than two (2) feet ten (10) inches, nor greater than four (4) feet. Monuments of tablet type (no base) shall be not less than three (3) feet, nor greater than five (5) feet six (6) inches in length, with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick; height to be in proportion, but not less than three (3) feet, nor more than four (4) feet. Four (4) grave markers (one (1) at foot of each grave) placed level with the grade are permitted. Flush markers will not be permitted at the head of the grave.
  5. Five-grave sections: limited to one (1) monument, the base to be not smaller than three (3) feet nor greater than six (6) feet in length, with a die at least eight (8) inches thick; height of monument to be in proportion, but not less than two (2) feet six (6) inches, nor greater than four (4) feet. Monument of tablet type (no base) shall not be less than two (2) feet six (6) inches nor greater than five (5) feet in length, with a die of at least eight (8) inches thick; height to be in proportion, but not less than two (2) feet six (6)inches, nor more than four (4) feet. Six (6) grave markers (subject to location and approval by the Director) placed level with the grade are permitted.
  6. On all individual multiple grave plots where there are no existing markers, all future markers must be placed level with the grade. Where markers presently exist on multiple grave plots, all future markers must be duplicates.

All monuments and markers must show lot and grave numbers on lower left corner, in three quarter (3/4) inch numbers, in a frosted panel.

Foundation specifications shall be as follows:

  1. Monument foundations shall be of solid masonry eight (8) feet in depth below grade. Headstone and grave marker foundation shall be of sold masonry six (6) feet or eight (8) feet in depth below grade, depending upon the depth of the first interment. The area of the foundation for monuments, headstones or grave markers shall be a size equivalent to the area of the base of the monument, headstone or marker.
  2. Foundations are to be installed at a time of year when frost will not interfere with the setting of the masonry.

Other than engravings on the monument, nothing extra shall be added or annexed to the monument.

In single grave sections where no path exists between monuments, all monuments must be set flush back to back.

Regrettably, some unscrupulous businessmen take advantage of a family in their time of grief. Among those are a few monument dealers who shortly after an interment, contact the family and indicate they represent or are recommended by Greenfield Cemetery. This is not true. Let us assure you that no monument dealer is connected with Greenfield Cemetery.

If you desire to purchase a monument we suggest that you very carefully investigate the company with which you consider doing business. Greenfield Cemetery permits monuments and markers to be installed according to our specifications and the wishes of the plot owner. A monument dealer has an obligation to work with us until the application is approved and the work completed. Sometimes we encounter monument dealers who do not fulfill this obligation leaving us with future problems.

Greenfield Cemetery does not authorize or allow anyone to use our name when soliciting business for monument work. We are, like you, very disturbed by this practice whenever it occurs. Together, with your help, we are determined to stop this fraudulent sales tactic. You can help by ascertaining the name and phone number of the dealer’s representative who contacts you. Please call us with this information so that we may take proper action.

Fees

Single Grave Burials

  • Single Grave- $2,000.00
  • Opening Charge Monday through Friday- $1,200.00
  • Opening Charge Saturday- $1,700.00
  • Burial of Cremains Monday through Friday- $400.00
  • Burial of Cremains Saturday- $700.00
  • Interment without 24 Hour Notice- $500.00
  • Standard Cement Liners- $600.00

(Prices subject to change)

A single grave has room for 2 interments; one (1) burial at an eight (8) foot depth and a second burial at a six (6) foot depth.  Also, if a family chooses, a third interment (must be cremated ashes) can be interred in the grave.

A cement vault or cement liner is required for all burials.  Arrangements for a cement liner can be made through Greenfield Cemetery at a cost of $600.00.

Monuments

Section 67 – All monuments must be the same size and shape (20”x10”x30”). The die must be 24” in height, 20” in length, and 8” in thickness.  Sides and top are to be rock pitched with a serpentine top. The base must be 24” in length, 6” in height and 10” in thickness. Sides and front must be rock pitched with smooth back. The die must be set flush with the back of the base. Monument must be placed at the head of the grave.

Section 72 – Monuments may have a minimum height of 18” and a maximum of 36”. The length of the monument also has a minimum of 18” and maximum of 30”. Monument must be placed at the head of the grave.

A monument may be erected at any time.  All monuments erected must have a deed owner’s name above all other inscription work.  All monuments must have enough room for all inscription work that corresponds with the interments in the grave. Example: If a grave is going to be used for 2 burials the monument must have enough room for 2 inscriptions. If the grave is going to be used for two burials and 1 cremains, the monument must have enough room for 3 inscriptions.

Greenfield Cemetery suggests when ordering a monument, compare prices of monuments with various monument dealers to get the best value for your dollar.

Planting

In single grave sections, a family may plant small low slow growing bushes to either side of the monument and may plant flowers within an 18-inch semi-circle in front of the monument.  Borders, hedges or any type of shrub or flowers around any grave or lot and the planting of ivy, barberry and rose bushes are prohibited.

The placing or installation of signs, boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, vases, wood or iron crosses, and similar articles on graves is prohibited.  Vigil lights are permitted, subject, however, to owner’s risk of damage or loss.

Double Grave Burials

  • Double Grave- $4,000.00
  • Opening Charge Monday through Friday- $1,200.00
  • Opening Charge Saturday- $1,700.00
  • Burial of Cremains Monday through Friday- $400.00
  • Burial of Cremains Saturday- $700.00
  • Standard Cement Liners- $600.00

(Prices subject to change)

A double grave has room for 4 interments (2 interments in each grave); one (1) burial at an eight (8) foot depth and a second burial at a six (6) foot depth.  Also, if a family chooses, a third interment (must be cremated ashes) can be interred in grave.

A cement vault or cement liner is required for all burials.  Arrangements for a cement liner can be made through Greenfield Cemetery at a cost of $600.00. 

Monuments

Section 84 – All monuments require 12” wide and 6” high bases. The length of the base may vary. All bases must have a smooth back and are to be set back to back on beamed foundation. The die can be any finish and is to be set in the center of the base. The size of the monuments can be from 3’ to 4’6” in length and 2’6” to 3’6” in height including the base.

A monument may be erected at any time.  All monuments erected must have the deed owner’s name above all other inscription work.  All monuments must have enough room for all inscription work that corresponds with the interments in the grave. Example:  If a grave is going to be used for 2 burials the monument must have enough room for 2 inscriptions.  If the grave is going to be used for two burials and one cremains, the monument must have enough room for 3 inscriptions.

Greenfield Cemetery suggests when ordering a monument, compare prices of monuments with various monument dealers to get the best value for your dollar.

Plantings

In double grave sections, a family may plant small low slow growing bushes to either side of the monument and may plant flowers within an 18-inch semi-circle in front of the monument. Borders, hedges or any type of shrub or flowers around any grave or lot and the planting of ivy, barberry and rose bushes are prohibited.

The placing or installation of signs, boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, chairs, settees, vases, wood or iron crosses, and similar articles on graves is prohibited. Vigil lights are permitted, subject, however, to owner’s risk of damage or loss.BBB

PLEASE NOTE:

Only upright monuments placed at head of grave will be permitted in this section 67, and must be one size only.

All monuments will be with a die and base. The die must be 24 inches in height- 20 inches in length- 8 inches in thickness. Sides and top are to be rock pitched, serpentine top, with smooth back.

The base must be 24 inches in length, 6 inches in height and 10 inches thick. Sides and front must be rock pitched with smooth back; the die must be set flush with back of base.

Foundation cost in this section is $436.00.


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