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Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive at Lake View. If you would like to speak with a Memorial Advisor, we are here to help. Please call 216.421.2665 or contact us here.
What is an opening and closing fee?
The opening and closing fee is paid prior to any interment taking place. Included in this fee is the opening of the space, the basic service set up, and the closing of the space.
I know that I wish for my final resting place to be Lake View Cemetery. Now what?
To speak with one of our Memorial Advisors and schedule an appointment to discuss your options, please send a message or contact the cemetery office at 216.421.2665.
Do I need to buy a grave or lot, or can I be buried on an established family lot in the cemetery?
For more than 150 years, families and individuals have established thousands of private family lots at Lake View. Many of these lots were purchased with the intention of creating a legacy for family members to be buried together for generations. If you are a descendant of the original lot owner (purchaser), you, your spouse, and your descendants most likely have burial rights on that lot. If you are unsure about available space on a family lot, please contact the cemetery office and speak with one of our Memorial Advisors.
Who can be buried in the cemetery?
As a non-profit, non-denominational cemetery, we are the final resting place for people of all walks of life. Lake View was founded over 150 years ago to serve all citizens of Cleveland, which continues to be an integral part of our mission today.
Why do we need to come to the cemetery before a burial can take place?
At least one next of kin must come in (usually at least 48 hours in advance of the burial) for an arrangement conference. In this meeting you will go over the arrangements for the committal service with one of our Memorial Advisors. All service details will be confirmed, including the burial space, and any questions will be answered.
What things are required for a burial to take place?
In order for a burial to take place, three basic items are required at the cemetery. You must have a space, a burial vault, and an opening and closing. All of these items must be paid in full prior to a burial taking place.
What is perpetual care?
An endowment care fund was established with the founding of the cemetery for the express purpose of taking care of the cemetery in perpetuity. This means that long after the last burial is performed at Lake View, we will continue to care for our grounds perpetually.
Why should I consider buying my cemetery merchandise, like my vault, casket, and memorialization from Lake View?
A portion of every item purchased at the cemetery is used to pay for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. So, purchasing your merchandise here ensures that Lake View Cemetery is cared for forever.
Do you offer caskets?
Yes, we have an extensive line of American-made wood and metal caskets that are available on a pre-arrangement basis.
Our burial plans have changed, can we sell our property?
Yes you may. Please contact our office and speak to one of our Memorial Advisors for information on how to transfer property from one owner to another.
Where can I find a complete listing of your Rules and Regulations?
We have a comprehensive rules and regulations handbook available in the cemetery office. For a brief summary of rules, click here.
Where can I find out what the costs are for cemetery property and services?
Please call to speak with one of our Memorial Advisors who will give you a complete, no-obligation breakdown of all costs. You can also view our Quick Price Guide for more information.
When I purchase a space, what am I actually buying?
When you buy space in the cemetery you are not actually purchasing the land, you are purchasing the right to be buried on that space, referred to as an interment right.
What types of plantings are allowed on my lot?
We have a full-time horticulturist who can help design a planting plan that will suit the area of the cemetery where your lot is located.
What can I do to be sure my lot is taken care of after I’m gone?
You can ensure that a special level of care is given to your lot or monument by establishing an endowment today to take care of future costs. Contact our office and speak with a Memorial Advisor for the available options.
We just purchased a headstone for a loved one, how can we mark the grave in the meantime?
See our Temporary Headstone Program – this will allow the grave to be marked while the permanent headstone is being manufactured.
I have an idea for a unique memorial. What are my options?
We have partnered with two different monument companies to provide for all of your memorialization needs. Talk to one of our Memorial Advisors to learn more about creating a meaningful headstone or monument for your family.
Do you have a veterans section and discounts?
Yes, we have a section that is specifically designated for honorably discharged veterans. In this section, the space is provided free of charge for the veteran and the government provides a free headstone. The only costs associated with the burial are the opening and closing, burial vault, and headstone foundation.
Do you offer payment plans? Is there a credit check or health exam?
For those who choose to pre-arrange, we offer convenient payment terms, 0% interest, and financing up to 48 months. Our financing is done all in-house, so there is no credit check or health exam required.
Is there a program or assistance for low-income families?
Lake View does not have a specific program for low-income families, however we do offer a wide range of price points to accommodate nearly all budgets. Additionally, when you choose to plan ahead we offer convenient payment plans with 0% interest.
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