Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Burlington Cemetery

New Burlington Cemetery is located at the North West Corner of Mill & Springdale Road in Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. It is a very small cemetery. It doesn't have a date, but from my findings it looks like the oldest death was 1835. It is still active. I found one plot of a death this year. There was another plot with a husband and wife and the husband was deceased but the wife wasn't. It looks to be kept in good shape, but the funny thing is that I use to drive by this cemetery five days a week for about 2 years and I have never seen anyone in the cemetery. The chapel doesn't even have the name on it and it doesn't really look like it is used very often, which could be true since it is a very small cemetery. Some of the stones are in good condition and some of the older ones I could hardly read. Over all I suprised at the findings, I thought that the cemetery was inactive since I had not ever witnessed anyone in the cemetery. Below is the link of how I found the information about my cemetery.


This journey was great. I couldn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to because I was extremely under the weather. I was amazed at the different settings and designs displaced in the cemetery. I would have never thought that they had sections separated according to the way the plots are laid. I would say that I was most interested in the last area we visited that had the plots in a circular layout. This stood out to me because it was different than just the layout of rows as in the most of the cemetery. It also stood out because it was so uniformed but made up of different families with different professions or interest. It was also interesting to see the list of all the cemetery's presidents at the top of the hill. This was by far the best class so far.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

1. How are the locations of burial sites decided?
2. Who decides where a person’s deceased body will be buried? The family? The cemetery? Or both?
3. Are the family members able to put anything they would like on the burial plots, or are there limitations?
4. The graves sites for arranged for organizations like Deaconess for example, who are typical buried there? Any hospital staff? CEO’s? Board of Directors?
5. How often is the up keep on the cemetery done?
6. How does Spring Grove decide what trees/flowers they will plant?
7. How do they decide where to bloom the different trees/flowers? Is there any kind of direct organization for those decisions? Horticulture?
8. When people reserve land for their own and/or family burial sites or they limited to space and/or plots?
9. There was a section in Section 22 where there were about 10-15 plots with just names on them without dates. Are they left like that for a reason? Are they not deceased yet?
10. For the infant section, is it up to the family to decide whether they want to bury the infant near deceased relatives or in the infant section?
11. With the mausoleums where are the deceased bodies buried? On the inside? Underneath?
12. Are there any particular or special care given to the older plots or mausoleums?
13. Does the family have a choice to replace old plots?
14. As new ideas /themes evolve do they decide to expand and make new locations to carry out their new ideas?
15. Are the families of the deceased ones able to get inside the mausoleums whenever they want? Do they have their own keys?
16. Are the families able to help or give ideas for the landscaping and/or horticulture?
17. Once a site is picked and the deceased body is buried can a person be reburied in another section if the family wants the body moved?
18. How long do the plots usually last in good shape?
19. Can a family decide to add on to a particular grave site at any time after the plot is in place?
20. Does Spring Grove have a book of ideas to help with ideas for the plots?
21. Does Spring Grove have a gathering place for family members to mourn after a burial?
22. In Section 22, there was a burial site where a coffin was a plot, is the body still buried in the ground?
23. How deep are the bodies buried under ground?
24. Does Spring Grove replace broken plots due to nature damage?
25. Are families able to have mourning ceremonies in the cemetery any time they want to?