The Right of Purchase for Burial Rules

The East Union Lutheran Church and the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery Care Standing Committee established the Right of Purchase for Burial rules on January 30, 2005. The Right of Purchase for Burial rules include:

Eligible Purchasers

Members

In the context of these rules and regulations, a member will be defined as having reached the age of consent, 18 years of age. Any East Union Lutheran Church MEMBER may purchase one or more Right of Purchase for Burial for himself/herself, his/her spouse, his/her life partner. Any East Union Lutheran Church member who loses a child tragically may purchase a Right of Purchase for Burial for that child.

Former Members

Any East Union Lutheran Church FORMER MEMBER may purchase one or more Right of Purchase for Burial for himself/herself, his/her spouse, his/her life partner.

Single Grave Purchases

Only single grave (one or two) may be requested in granting the Right of Purchase for Burial. All graves must be designated.

Fees

Members

Any East Union Lutheran Church MEMBER may purchase each single Right of Purchase for Burial including perpetual care for a $400.00 fee.

Former Members

Any East Union Lutheran Church FORMER MEMBER may purchase each single Right of Purchase for Burial including perpetual care for an $800.00 fee.

Transferability

The purchaser of the Right of Purchase for Burial may at the discretion of the Cemetery Care Standing Committee change a designation as long as it remains within the immediate family of the purchaser (immediate family is defined as children and/or their spouses.)

Leaving the Church

An East Union Lutheran Church member who leaves the church and transfers their membership will give up their Right of Purchase for Burial and a credit receipt will be given to that member. Should that member decide in the future that they want to be buried at East Union Lutheran Church they may repurchase the Right of Purchase for Burial at the current prevailing member price less the amount on the receipt. If the original sites are not available, new sites will have to be chosen.

Reclaiming Unused Graves

The East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery Care Standing Committee retains the right to reclaim unused graves.

  • Resale availability is first provided to the spouse or life partner of the initial Right of Purchase for Burial designate.
  • A Right of Purchase for Burial designate may return the Right of Purchase for Burial without reimbursement to the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery Care Standing Committee.

Monuments and Markers

Monuments and markers will be set in concrete with an extended base for easy mowing.

Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers

An individual with a Right of Purchase for Burial in the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery or their immediate family will secure prior permission to plant trees and/or shrubs from the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery Care Standing Committee.

 

The East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery Care Standing Committee can and will order the removal of shrubs and/or trees if same do not enhance cemetery appearance.

 

Flowers may be planted by monuments and markers. However, plant care remains the planter's responsibility.

 

All artificial decorations (plastic flowers, etc.) in the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery will be removed by the provided within two weeks after initial placement.

 

Special Rules

 

Above Ground Burial

 

Above ground burial in the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery is prohibited.

 

Cremation

 

Cremation remains in the East Union Lutheran Church Cemetery are acceptable.

 

Any combination of one casket and one or two cremation receptacles may be placed within the dimensions of a single grave. However, each Right of Purchase for Burial must be purchased (individually) according to the aforementioned fee schedule (SEE fees).

 

Vaults

 

Vaults constructed from concrete or equally durable substance are required with each casket in the East Union utheran Church Cemetery.