Frequently Asked Questions
We offer a large range of burial options, including full body and cremation options, which include, but are not limited to, traditional in-ground, crypt and Green Burial natural options. You can find the starting price points of these, and other options, here: https://www.holysepulchre.org/
Yes, we encourage everyone to pre-plan their final resting place. This would ensure that your end of life wishes are met and gives your family members peace of mind. We offer interest free financing and other payment options. Our knowledgeable, compassionate Family Service Counselors are here to make this process as easy as possible. Make an appointment to discuss what is best for you.
Service Fees are the costs of the opening and closing of a grave, crypt, or niche. Service Fees can also include the use of a chapel, tent and chairs. Service Fees cannot be paid until the time of need.
No. Since its inception in 1871, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery has been an independent entity, separately incorporated from the Diocese of Rochester. The same is true for our newest location, Ascension Garden Cemetery. Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries are governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
Yes, as an independent entity, Holy Sepulchre & Ascension Garden Cemeteries have planned ahead to ensure your loved ones will be taken care of into perpetuity. In fact, 10% of every sale is invested to care for the cemetery for years to come. Continual maintenance is included in every sale. In the future, if your location requires maintenance, please reach out to the cemetery. We will be happy to help.
No, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery is not full. We have several acres of undeveloped land and are continually adding to our availability, planning well into the future. We also have a second location near Mendon Ponds Park, Ascension Garden Cemetery, which offers the same burial options as Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, offering another option for the families we serve.
Yes, cremation has been an acceptable option for Catholics since 1963. The Catholic Church believes that the cremated remains should be treated with the same respect and reverence given to full casket burial. The Catholic Church instructs that cremated remains should be buried or entombed; scattering of cremated remains or keeping them at home is not considered to be the reverent disposition that the church requires.
We offer a large variety of options for cremated remains. Interior options include glass, marble or wood front niches in a Mausoleum. Exterior options include traditional in-ground burial, free standing columbaria, and natural Green Burial. Within each option, we offer more specific options to best meet your needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.holysepulchre.org/
We do not accept mailed cremated remains. It is best to work directly with a Funeral Home or local family member.
The purchaser or responsible party would be required to work directly with a monument dealer to edit an existing headstone, marker or monument.
Public Statement COVID-19
In response to the rapidly changing public health landscape and in the interest of focusing on the physical and emotional well-being of our team and the community we serve, we want to assure you the preventative measures we are taking:
- Our offices are closed, with the exception of scheduled funeral services and immediate-need services. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment for immediate-need only.
- Staff will be available to provide transactions over the phone.
- All of our shared surfaces are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day; including restrooms, front end, vehicles, offices, kiosks and all other common areas.
- Time off has been provided to our team and employees are encouraged to stay home if they, or a family member is sick, or if a young child is out of school.
- We have limited our services to a maximum of 50 people.
- We encourage the public to employ social distancing and to stay home if you, or someone in your household, doesn’t feel well.
- We regretfully have decided to postpone the Mass of Remembrance on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:30 AM at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. We will reschedule this Mass at a later date.
We are committed to providing a safe place to celebrate life everlasting. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at (585) 458-4110. We are here for you.