** LATEST INFORMATION **  UPDATED: 24 MAR 2020 – 11:22AM

On March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. The Baker Administration also issued a list of designated businesses and organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that shall continue to operate brick and mortar facilities during this two-week time period

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services/download

Cemeteries and crematories are included on this list. During this time, Forest Hills Cemetery will continue to provide the essential services of burials and cremations.

The Baker Administration Order issued on March 23rd limits gatherings to 10 people during the state of emergency, a reduction from the 25-person limit established in an earlier order. This includes community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, and any similar event or activity that brings together more than 10 persons in any confined indoor or outdoor space. All cemetery burial services are now limited to 10 people.

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We will continue to update this page with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.

 

UPDATED: 18 MAR 2020 – 4:01PM

  • The Cemetery itself will remain open during usual hours, which is currently 7am to 6pm.
  • The Main Office is closed to the public. Access is restricted only to those families who need to purchase a grave for an imminent burial and those funeral directors who are retrieving cremated remains. When meeting with a counselor to purchase a grave, only two individuals are allowed to attend the sales appointment.
  • The Columbarium is closed for visitation until further notice.
  • Burials are taking place as scheduled. Please note that attendance at burials is limited to 25 people, as per the Executive Order issued by Governor Baker.
  • We are requesting that all family members remain in their cars until the casket has been placed at the gravesite and the Cemetery personnel have left the area. The graveside service will then take place. In order for the lowering of the casket to take place, all family members must leave the grave site and return to their vehicles.
  • Niche placements have been suspended until further notice.
  • Cremations are taking place as scheduled, although viewing into the retort has been suspended until further notice.
  • Chapel services have been suspended until further notice.

 

UPDATED: 17 MAR 2020 – 11:07AM

The office is temporarily closed to the public due to the Coronavirus. If you need a grave for an impending burial, please knock. Otherwise, all cemetery business must be conducted by phone. (617) 524-0128. Thank you for your patience.

Please visit our website again to check for updates before planning a trip to the Cemetery.

We will continue to update this page with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.

 

UPDATED: 13 MAR 2020 – 4:17PM

The Forest Hills Cemetery is closely monitoring the corona virus situation and is following the recommended procedures outlined by the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health.

GROUNDS:  The grounds remain open to the public from 7am to 6pm.

MAIN OFFICE:  We strongly encourage families to contact us by phone (617) 524-0128 or email FHCBoston@gmail.com as most business can be conducted without an in-person visit.

SALES:  All sales appointments should be booked in advance. We are limiting each sales appointment to 2 people. Additional family members are welcome to accompany us to potential grave or niche visits, but the office visit itself is limited to 2 people.

BURIALS AND CREMATIONS:  We will continue to perform all scheduled burials and cremations.

CHAPEL SERVICES:  Memorial services in the Forsyth Chapel have been suspended until further notice.

Please visit our website again to check for updates before planning a trip to the Cemetery.

We will continue to update this page with announcements about any further changes to our daily operations.