Serving our community for over a century, Kitchener Cemeteries offer families flexibility when making arrangements for loved ones. It is our priority to satisfy the diverse needs of our community.

If you have experienced a loss and are in need of immediate assistance we recommend you connect first with the funeral service operator of your choice. The funeral director and staff will be able to guide you through the process. When you are ready to choose a final resting place for a casket burial or for burial of cremated remains, please contact us.

At Kitchener Cemeteries, we offer a variety of services and supports to ensure your arrangements are coordinated with ease.These services include:

Burial and grounds services

  • Opening and closing of graves/niches and crypts with set-up for graveside services.
  • Regular grounds maintenance including the removal of existing private shrubs and repair of sunken areas.
  • Installation of new flowerbeds (as permitted – must have an upright monument).
  • Installation of flat markers.
  • Installation of concrete foundations (for upright monuments).
  • Ordering and installation of bronze plaques (where applicable).
  • Special affiliation with Bereaved Families of Ontario.
  • A tent provided for burials held at Williamsburg Cemetery (for casket burials only, not available during winter months).
Cremation services at Williamsburg Cemetery

Cremation in Canada requires the completion of an application for cremation, by the executor or next-of-kin. In addition, a burial permit and coroner’s certificate are required. Please contact your funeral  service operator of choice to obtain the correct documentation. A licensed funeral home or a licensed transfer service must be used to place the deceased in a casket/container, register the death and transport the deceased to the crematorium.

Please note, a licensed funeral home or a licensed transfer service must be used to place the deceased in a casket and transport the deceased to the crematorium.

About Cremation

Cremation is the process of heat (approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit) and by evaporation, the body is reduced to fragments of bones in two to three hours. For cremation the casket is placed in the cremation chamber free of handles and other exterior fittings. Caskets must be made of wood or other combustible material. Regulations require all deceased be received in a rigid container that ensures protection to health and safety of the crematorium operator and provides a proper covering for the deceased

When this part of the process is complete, crematorium staff carefully remove all recoverable cremated remains from the chamber. Any remaining metal particles are extracted with the assistance of a magnet or by hand. The fragments of human bones are then mechanically reduced into minute particles and placed in a sturdy container which is identified with the name of the deceased, the date of cremation and the name of the crematorium (Williamsburg Crematorium).

Cremation is not the final step. It is the family's responsibility to obtain a final resting place for these human remains.

Flowerbeds

Families who have purchased a resting place that permits an upright monument. Once the monument is in place on the concrete foundation you can request cemetery staff to prepare the flowerbed at no charge. Cemetery staff will cut the grass out the width and 15” out from your monument and will add soil. Families can then plant flowers in the space that has been prepared or you can purchase gardening services from the cemetery.

Please note, flowers with thorns such as roses or flowers that are intrusive such as “forget me nots” are not permitted. Also, shrubs are not permitted to be planted in flowerbeds. Private shrubs (miniature variety) can be planted beside upright monuments in approved cemetery sections. Please contact the cemetery office to see if your section is approved for private shrubs.

Flowerbed services

Various levels of flowerbed services are available to accommodate people's abilities and schedules. Whether you would like staff to prepare the bed for you to plant, trim existing shrubs or you would like cemetery staff to plant and maintain for the season on your behalf - we have a service that's suitable for you.

Please see below for our listing of 2019 flowerbed services.

If you would like to order a flowerbed you can submit an online order or contact us directly for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: The flowerbed services order form is closed for the season. Orders will reopen on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

Subscribe to the page below to be notified via email when the form becomes available.

Option 1 - install new flowerbed

Installation of a new flowerbed (monument and foundation must already be in place). Sod is cut out and soil is turned over to prepare the flowerbed for planting.

Cost: no charge

Submit an online order

Option 2 - preparation of existing flowerbed

Preparation of an existing or previously installed flowerbed. Soil is turned over and flowerbed lines re-established.

Cost: $32 + HST

Submit an online order

Option 3 - prepare/plant/maintain flowerbed

The flowerbed will be prepared, and seasonal annuals will be planted by cemetery staff. The flowers will be watered, fertilized and weeded throughout the season. In the fall the flowerbed will be removed and prepared for winter.

Cost: $156 + HST

Submit an online order

Option 4 - prepare/plant/maintain flowerbed with tulips

The flowerbed will be prepared, and seasonal annuals will be planted by cemetery staff. The flowers will be watered, fertilized and weeded throughout the season. In the fall the flowerbed will be removed, tulips bulbs will be planted (to bloom the following spring), and prepared for winter.

Cost: $212 + HST

Submit an online order

Option 5 - prepare/plant/maintain flowerbed with winter wreath

The flowerbed will be prepared, and seasonal annuals will be planted by cemetery staff. The flowers will be watered, fertilized and weeded throughout the season. In the fall the flowerbed will be removed, tulips bulbs will be planted (to bloom the following spring), and an artificial wreath on a tripod stand will be place on the grave for winter.

Cost: $260 + HST

Submit an online order

Option 6 - watering and fertilizing

The customer supplies and plants the flowerbed and cemetery staff water and fertilize throughout the summer season. Please note that if you have ordered option 3, 4 or 5, you do not also need to pay for watering. It is included in the option. 

Cost: $74 + HST

Submit an online order

Option 7 - removal of flower or shrub

In both instances the flowerbed and shrubs are removed, filled in with soil and top dressed with grass seed.

Cost: no charge

Submit an online order

Tulip bulbs for sale

Tulip bulbs are available for sale at the beginning of June each year. 

Cost: $4 per two dozen

Please contact us to have your name put on our tulip request list. We will contact you when bulbs are available.

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