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Frequently Asked Questions

Ground Burial:
What goes into the grave opening cost?
How do I know the Park will be maintained in the future?
When can the memorial be placed on the grave?
Can I purchase a grave marker from the cemetery?
Can I buy a memorial online?
Does the memorial go on the head of the grave?
What are the flower regulations in the memorial sections?
Can I plant flowers and shrubs?
How long does it take before grass is planted on the grave?

Mausoleums:
What is a Mausoleum Crypt?
When I visit can I view my loved one?
When can I visit?
How can a Mausoleum Crypt be as affordable as earth burial?
Do I have to pay all at once?
What types of Mausoleum Crypts are available?
Can Cremated Remains be placed in a Crypt?
How can I visit the mausoleums at Franklin Memorial Park?

Cremation:
What is cremation?
Do I need to use the services of a Funeral Director for cremation?
Is a casket required?
What may I expect to be returned to me from the crematory?
Who performs the cremations?
How do I know I am getting the "right" cremated remains?
Are all the cremated remains returned?
What do I do with the cremated remains?

Ground Burial:

What goes into the grave opening cost?
A full explanation is available in our brochure, It's More Than Just Digging the Grave.

How do I know the Park will be maintained in the future?
There are two reasons that you can help you rest assure that the park will be maintained in the future?

  1. The design of the Park (no headstones) allows for very efficient operation and maintenance procedures.
  2. The Park operates under a Certificate of Authority Granted by the State of New Jersey. This assures that adequate monies are placed in an irrevocable trust to maintain the cemetery in the future.

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When can the memorial be placed on the grave?
The memorials are placed directly on the graves. This can only be done after the grave is finished settling. This settling may take between 6 months to 1 year depending on the weather, grave depth and location of adjacent burials.

Can I purchase a grave marker from the cemetery?
No, New Jersey State law prohibits cemeteries from selling memorials. Only Funeral Homes and Monument companies may sell memorials.

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Can I buy a memorial online?
Yes, but we will not receive and offload memorials shipped directly to the cemetery.
You need to arrange for a local company to receive it and then deliver and offload it at the cemetery.

Does the memorial go on the head of the grave?
No, memorials are placed at the foot of the grave.

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What are the flower regulations in the memorial sections?
Only fresh cut flowers are permitted during the grass cutting season which is usually between Easter to Thanksgiving.  All dead flowers are removed prior to cutting the grass. This allows us to keep the park looking its best.

Only artificial flowers are allowed during the winter months when we are not cutting the grass. Glass vases and candles are prohibited for the safety of our staff.

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Can I plant flowers and shrubs?
No, planting is not permitted.

How long does it take before the grass is planted on the grave?
This can vary widely depending on the time of year the burial occurred, the depth of the burial and weather conditions after the burial takes place. We seed graves in the spring and the fall. You may rest assured that our grounds crew is keeping in eye on all the grave sites and will seed at the appropriate time.

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Mausoleums

What is a Mausoleum Crypt?
At our cemetery it is a poured in place, steel reinforced, ventilated, sealed chamber for the entombment of casketed remains.

When I visit can I view my loved one?
No, after each entombment the crypt space is sealed.

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When can I visit?
We suggest visiting our park between dawn and dusk. Mausoleum owners receive a key to the building to allow visitation when the office is closed.

How can a Mausoleum Crypt be as affordable as earth burial?
Once purchased only an opening/closing fee is required at the time the space is used. If you compare this to the cost of graves, burial vaults (which must be purchased at the time of need), grave opening/closings, grave markers and installation fees often times Mausoleum entombment is less costly. If purchased in advance it is almost always less costly.

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Do I have to pay all at once?
No, there are many financing options available for before need purchasers.

What types of Mausoleum Crypts are available?

  • Single Crypt
  • True Companion – Accommodates two entombments in a head to head configuration.
  • Side by Side – This crypt has a large “double door” allowing for a larger inscription.
  • Triple Crypt – Like a true companion only longer.
  • In and Over- This is a side by side crypt with no wall separating the caskets with a single crypt front.
  • Family Room – This is a prestigious area dedicated for the use of one family.
  • Garden Crypt – A crypt located on the exterior of the mausoleum.
  • Chapel Crypt – a crypt located inside the mausoleum.

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Can Cremated Remains be placed in a Crypt?
Yes, this often happens when one family member chooses cremation and the other chooses entombment.

How can I visit the Mausoleums at Franklin Memorial Park?
We hope you will find solace on our beautiful grounds and in our Mausoleum. Visiting hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Owners and immediate Family members may request a key to visit during the day and on the weekends. Please take your time and be respectful of others. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • To help maintain a dignified atmosphere and care for our marble and granite, we ask you to refrain from using tape, glue, wire or adhesives of any kind on the crypt fronts.
  • Balloons are prohibited.  
  • If you need help placing a flower, please stop by the office and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.
  • Absolutely no live flowers are permitted in the mausoleum – no flowers in pots on the floors or sidewalks in and around the mausoleum, and, no water in the vases. Only artificial flowers are permitted in the vase.
  • Please size all arrangements so they will not infringe on the adjacent crypt fronts. 
  • ALL ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE SEASONAL ALL OUT OF SEASON ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE REMOVED.
  • Please do not burn candles of any kind.
  • No smoking.
  • To help us save energy, please turn off all lights when exiting the building.

Thank you for your cooperation in these matters. Together we can maintain a dignified memorial to our loved ones.

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Cremation

What is Cremation?
Cremation is the reduction of human remains through high heat and flame to bone fragments.

Do I need to use the services of a Funeral Director if I choose cremation?
Yes, the use of a licensed Funeral Director is required for cremations performed in New Jersey. The funeral director is a trained professional who provides a very definite service for the family. The funeral director picks up the body at the place of death, provides proof of proper identification, completes all legal documentations prior to cremation and also assists the family in honoring the loved family member or friend.

Is a casket required?
A casket for cremation itself is not required; however a suitable cremation container is necessary to provide dignity and to protect the crematory staff.

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What may I expect to be returned to me from the crematory?
After the cremation all non combustible materials are separated from the cremated remains. The remaining bone fragments are then taken to the processor station where they are further reduced to particles the size of sand. They are then placed in a black plastic urn and white cardboard box. This packaging complies with the Transportation Security Administration and may travel internationally.

Who performs the cremations?
We do not use subcontractors to operate our crematory. We currently have 5 certified crematory operators on staff.

How do I know I am getting the "right" cremated remains?
Upon arrival at the crematory the funeral director presents the cremation authorization form and New Jersey transit permit to the crematory staff. A staff person then enters the information into the crematory log book and assigns a cremation number and stainless steel identification tag with a unique number for that cremation. This tag and paperwork accompany the remains though out the entire process and is returned to the family attached to the cremated remains.

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Are All The Cremated Remains Returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing equipment, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

What do I do with the cremated remains?
Please view our helpful brochure, If Cremation Is Your Choice ... What's Next?

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