Artesia Cemetery District
Artesia Cemetery District

Call Us: (562) 865-6300    Email: service@artesiacemeterydistrict.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first thing to do when there is a death in the family?
Our recommended first step is to reach out to a funeral director/mortuary. Although you can always call the cemetery first, a call to mortuary will enable you to have a set time and date for the cemetery to schedule the service. View a list of local recommended mortuaries/funeral homes.

What mortuaries do you work with?
Our cemetery works with any and all mortuaries that are in all 50 states.

How do I make a purchase?
To make a purchase of a burial plot or niche plot, you must come into the cemetery office, either by appointment or as a walk-in during business hours and talk with someone in the office.

Pre-Need Purchases (before need) have a minimum requirement of paying the full amount of the plot. You also have the option for a pre-need purchase to use a cemetery payment plan. The payment plans have two options:
1. Down Payment - this plan requires a down payment of the current amount of our non-refundable, Endowment Care Fee. This plan is charged interest at a rate of nine percent (9%) per year.
2. No-Down Payment - this plan has no down payment and has an interest rate of twelve percent (12%) per year.

At-Need Purchases have no minimum requirements. At the time of need, you are expected to pay for the burial plot, the opening & closing of the grave, vault (unless you are purchasing from the mortuary), and endowment care fee. Other possible fees include: Weekend & Holiday Surcharge, Non-Resident Fee, Setting Marker Fee, Flower Vase, Late Hour Burial Fee, and Credit Card Usage Fee, and any other fees that may apply to your situation.

Why do I have to pay a Non-Resident Fee?
We receive a small percent of property tax paid by the residents of our district. If you live outside of the district, you need to pay a one time non-resident fee. Please use the District Map

Can I sell my grave to someone else?
No. If you no longer have a need for your grave, you have two options:
Option 1. You can sell the grave back to the cemetery. The current selling price is $500.00.
Option 2. You can transfer the grave to other family or your friends.

How do I sell or transfer my grave?
If you are selling a grave, you fill out a transfer form, and send it back to the cemetery. Once you send back this form, signed and filled out, you should receive a check within 30 days from receipt of your form. If you are transferring a grave to someone, you fill out a transfer form, and send it back to the cemetery. Once received and approved by the cemetery, the transfer takes place immediately.

Can I name family members that have the right to use graves that I have purchased?
Yes. You must fill out a Ownership Rights form and return it to the cemetery.

Do you accept double-depth burials? (Two Vaults in a single grave)
No. Due to the large amount of sand in our soil, we can only bury one vault in each grave. We can bury a cremation on top of a regular vault with permission of the owner. We also bury three cremations and/or small vaults in one grave. We also have niches for cremations.

Are headstones required at the cemetery?
We require headstones on all graves. We can recommend companies that can provide you this service. Upright Markers are allowed in the front area of the cemetery only.
Flower vases set in the ground are available and installed at the same time as the headstones.

Are you allowed to decorate your graves?
Decorating rules are outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery.

How can I locate someone buried at the cemetery?
You can use the Burial Search feature on our website for basic information. If you want more in-depth information, you can contact our office staff by phone or email us at service@artesiacemeterydistrict.com.