Monday, October 19, 2009
Notice that these gravestones are carved on the back side with a reminder to all that perpetual care is part of this plot of graves at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, New London, CT.
On plot cards for my family in another cemetery, perpetual care is listed with a dollar amount. Is this pro-rated for the particular year [or century]?
Gaylord Cooper, in his book, Stories Told in Stone, gives this definition on page 117:
"Guarantee of eternal cemetery upkeep; funds are collected and set aside; sometimes markers are placed beside monuments, or inscriptions added to stones, to denote payment has been collected."
Does perpetual care also mean that the gravestones are protected from removal? Does this mean that if the gravestones have fallen over or are broken that it is the responsibility of the cemetery to repair them?