Frequently Asked Questions

Does the cemetery sell flowers?

Lawnwood Memorial Park offers a variety of silk floral arrangements for placement on loved one’s graves or on the front of their niche or crypt. Flower’s by Ruby, our supplier, is based in Georgia and provides a quick turn around on orders that we may not have in the office. Ruby’s “stay in the vase” design ensures your flowers will survive even the strongest of wind storms. For your convenience, we also offer a number of different flower plans which allow you to pre-purchase flowers to be placed on your loved one’s grave either two, four, or six times a year. For more information about our floral offerings, or to see a demonstration of the “stay in the vase design” please contact the Lawnwood Memorial Park office.

When does mowing season start and end?

Mowing season begins March 31, and ends October 31 of each year.

All items placed on or around a loved one’s marker must be removed or placed inside the vase by March 31st each year. This is to ensure that your items are not damaged, and that it does not interfere with grass cutting. Loose items can be picked up and thrown by mowers, making them a hazard to visitors and staff.

Items not removed or placed in the vase will be collected by our staff and held for two weeks then discarded.

Why do Markers Turn Green?

The metal content of Bronze is a combination of copper, nickel, and sometimes other metals. Copper, as it ages, naturally turns green so the green you see is the natural aging process of the copper in your marker (similar to image at right). Some manufacturers use different levels of copper content and that can affect the process some. Also, the “shield” coating of most manufacturers seems to delay the process with some memorials place in the 80s still not having turned. In most instances, if you see rust on your bronze memorial, it is because the equipment used in processing the marker left behind shavings of steel which are rusting. Unless the bronze marker you have purchased contains trace amounts of steel, your memorial should not rust.

What does “Perpetual Care” mean?

Perpetual Care is a term which means that a cemetery has been legally established to take a percentage of the sale of property and place it into a non-revocable trust fund which can be used to care for the cemetery in the event the cemetery company goes out of business. This process in Georgia is governed by the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of 2000 which delineates that 15% of any ground burial space sold and 7.5% of any cremation or mausoleum space sold must be placed in a irrevocable trust fund held jointly by the cemetery and the Secretary of State. These monies must be accounted for in an annual report to the Secretary of State.

How Deep is a Grave?

The term “six feet under” used to be more accurate than it is today and it is believed that the depth was to keep animals from digging up the bodies of people who have been buried. Today, the best guide is that most graves are around 4 to 5 feet in depth so that the top of the burial vault is approximately 18-24 inches beneath the surface of the ground once covered. A reference used by gravediggers has been “a shovel deep and a pick wide.” Meaning that from the tip of the shovels handle to the top of the spade will account for the depth and a standard pick axe can be moved freely, without binding, along the entire width of the grave. When I first started working with the cemetery crew in the early 80s all graves in Lawnwood were dug by hand and took approximately 2-3 hours to be fully completed. Today, with the advent of backhoe equipment, it is much easier to dig the grave and only takes half of the time once required.