Frequently Asked Questions

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Cemetery FAQ

Why do people choose Spring Grove Cemetery or Oak Hill Cemetery when planning for the future and at the time of need?

Who owns Spring Grove Cemetery?

My loved one died in another state, but he owns property at Spring Grove Cemetery. How do we get him to you for burial?

We don't have a lot of money. Does Spring Grove offer any assistance or have a program for families who are low-income? 

Why do I have to use a burial vault in the cemetery? Is it required by law?

Do you have a Veterans cemetery section and to what funeral and burial benefits are we entitled? 

Can you make special accommodations with regard to my religious affiliation? Does Spring Grove have a Jewish section? Muslim section? Catholic section?

When I buy a space or lot, do I own the land?

How long do I own my interment rights?

Is there still land available for burials at Spring Grove Cemetery?

Can you place flowers for me at the site of my loved one if I cannot be there to place it myself?

 

Why do people choose Spring Grove Cemetery or Oak Hill Cemetery when planning for the future and at the time of need?
Reputation
Serving greater Cincinnati since 1845, more families have chosen Spring Grove than any other funeral and cemetery establishment. Thanks to its long heritage as a non-profit cemetery and the careful responsibility with which its endowment is managed, the property you purchase today will look just as beautiful tomorrow and in the decades ahead.

Spring Grove owns the Gwen Mooney Funeral Homes and manages Oak Hill Cemetery, so great care is taken to ensure that our cemeteries and funeral homes operate under the same high principles and values on which Spring Grove was founded.

Experience
We have been part of your community for over 160 years. Therefore, you can trust our staff of caring people to treat you with warmth and compassion when you need it most.

Convenience
We offer funeral services and products, cremation services, cemetery options, chapel options, and a reception center where friends and family can gather – all in one location. You are spared from spending hours on the phone talking with several different entities. In addition, we have two cemetery locations and two funeral home locations to best fit your needs.

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Who owns Spring Grove Cemetery?
Interestingly, no one owns Spring Grove. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum (its formal corporate name) is a nonprofit corporation originally established by an Act of the Ohio legislature in 1845. In Ohio, nonprofit corporations do not have owners or stockholders. Spring Grove, like other nonprofit corporations, is managed by a Board of Trustees. Spring Grove's Board members are unpaid volunteers and all are residents of the greater Cincinnati area. They elect the officers of the Cemetery and make policy decisions for the organization, much as a Board of Directors does in the case of a for-profit corporation. The remaining members of the Board of Trustees fill vacancies in the Board as they occur. Neither Spring Grove Cemetery nor Gwen Mooney Funeral Home is owned or controlled in any way by any national chain of cemeteries or funeral homes.

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My loved one died in another state, but he owns property at Spring Grove Cemetery. How do we get him to you for burial?
If you will not be having any memorial services in another state, Spring Grove’s Funeral Home can simplify the process for you by making all of the transportation arrangements for the transfer of your loved one from another state to Spring Grove for funeral services and burial. You only need to make all of your arrangements with the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home. Please call our funeral home, the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home at (513) 853-1035. We will arrange for you to meet with one of our funeral and cemetery advisors either by phone or in-person to make the arrangements to have your loved one transferred to Spring Grove for burial.

If you will be having church or memorial services outside of Ohio, you will need to contact the local funeral home in your town to provide you with the mortuary services that you will need. Your funeral home will then make arrangements to ship your loved one to our funeral home for burial at Spring Grove.

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We don't have a lot of money. Does Spring Grove offer any assistance or have a program for families who are low-income?
Spring Grove does not have a formal assistance program for low-income families. We make every effort to provide a wide variety of options for every budget. And when you plan in advance, we have many affordable payment options with low down payments. Contact us to meet with one of our advisors to discuss your special circumstances for further consideration.

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Why do I have to use a burial vault in the cemetery? Is it required by law?
Ohio State law does not require a vault or outer burial container. However, we require a vault at Spring Grove Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery to maintain the integrity of the ground and to prevent the ground from sinking. Ensuring that the ground stays level keeps the cemetery safe for staff and visitors. 

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Do you have a Veterans cemetery section and to what funeral and burial benefits are we entitled?
An honorably discharged veteran may be eligible for Veterans Administration Benefits which may include an American flag, a two-person honor guard at graveside to play taps and fold and present flag, possible reimbursement for a portion of the service and transportation fees, burial in any national cemetery, and a granite headstone or flat granite or bronze grave marker.

Spring Grove Cemetery does have a veterans section. A cemetery advisor can provide you with the detail and benefits for this section as well as assist you in making arrangements for a government marker.

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Can you make special accommodations with regard to my religious affiliation? Does Spring Grove have a Jewish section? Muslim section? Catholic section?
The Spring Grove Family welcomes all faiths and religions. Your advisor can assist you in arranging a funeral ceremony and final resting place that honors your affiliation. Our commitment is to provide you with quality services that are right for you, regardless of affiliation or non-affiliation.

We celebrate the ethnic diversity of our community by offering a wide variety of options to meet the special religious and cultural traditions of families. Whether your family wishes to observe longstanding traditions, create new rituals, or blend both together, our staff can help.

We've arranged services in our funeral homes, private homes, chapels, churches, temples, mosques, cemeteries, crematory chapels and other places meaningful to the person being honored. A funeral is more than a way to mourn a loss -- it is also a collective celebration of a life well-lived.

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When I buy a space or lot, do I own the land?
No. What you own is the right to determine who may be buried in your lot. These rights are called "interment rights." The land remains the property, and the responsibility, of the cemetery.

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How long do I own my interment rights?
You and your heirs will own the interment rights to your space forever. A percentage of the purchase price of each interment right sold is placed in a care and maintenance trust fund to underwrite this.

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Is there still land available for burials at Spring Grove Cemetery?
Yes. Spring Grove Cemetery has land available. As the second largest cemetery in the United States, Spring Grove is comprised of 733 acres. With almost 350 acres still undeveloped, Spring Grove Cemetery will have space available for many generations to come.

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Can you place flowers for me at the site of my loved one if I cannot be there to place it myself?
Yes, even when you are unable to visit the cemetery, you can make sure your love is expressed.
Our convenient Everlastings Floral Placement Program ensures that your loved one will be remembered with flowers on the special days you designate, or you may choose from one of our custom packages. For more information, visit our Everlastings Floral Program.

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Obituaries

George Grammas, 74
Born: Thursday, August 06, 1942
Died: Monday, September 26, 2016

Eugene Behrle, 99
Born: Sunday, February 18, 1917
Died: Saturday, September 24, 2016

La Devan "Devan" Johnson, 43
Born: Friday, February 02, 1973
Died: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Paula Dietz, 93
Born: Friday, October 20, 1922
Died: Friday, September 23, 2016

Arlene Falck, 52
Born: Wednesday, October 16, 1963
Died: Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Events

Oct 01Weekend Walkabout / October
Oct 02CASS 5K
Oct 05October Public Tram Tour
Oct 0911th Annual 'Cruise In' Car Show
Oct 16Autumn Color Walking Tour
Oct 18Grief to Peace / Spring Grove
Oct 25Grief to Peace / Tri County
Oct 30Public Tram Tour October
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Nov 10 - Nov 10Planting for Diversity