Are burial plots available?
Yes. As of the summer of 2010, there are over 1,300 burial
plots available for sale.
What is the cost of a burial plot?
At the present time (fall, 2010), the cost of a plot is
Is perpetual care included in the
price of the plot?
Yes. Perpetual care is provided by the cemetery's staff as
part of the purchase price.
Are there groups of plots available?
Yes. Although the number and availability change from time
to time, there are generally from two to six contiguous
plots in various locations within the cemetery.
Are there restrictions on who may be buried in The Grove
No. The cemetery is non-sectarian and places no restrictions
on who may become a plot owner or who may be buried there.
Race, color, creed and gender are not factors relating to
the ownership of a burial plot.
Does the cemetery accept for burial the remains of someone
whose body has been cremated?
What hours is the cemetery open?
In general, the cemetery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. However, it is recommended that before making
a trip to visit the cemetery, it would be wise to call
the office at (203) 787-1443 to verify the visiting hours
for that day.
Is the cemetery open to visit as a place for personal contemplation
Yes, by all means. And there are many who live or work in
the area who visit the cemetery on a frequent basis for just
such a purpose.
What is the relationship of the cemetery to Yale University?
None, except that a number of Yale alumni and members of
the 'Yale Family' are buried in the cemetery.
Does an individual have to have been connected to Yale in
any way to be buried in the cemetery?
No, absolutely not.
Does an individual have to belong to any historical organization
or genealogical society to qualify for burial in the cemetery?
No, as noted earlier under the answer about restrictions.
Are military funerals permitted in the cemetery?
Yes. Many military funerals are held in the cemetery each
year. Very often such burial services are accompanied by
a gun salute as well as the playing of taps provided by
local Armed Forces personnel. Arrangements for military
funerals are made through the offices of the Funeral Director
selected by the family.
Who manages the cemetery?
Each owner of a burial plot is termed a Proprietor of The
Grove Street Cemetery. There is an elected Standing Committee
of the Proprietors consisting of ten individuals whose
responsibility it is to oversee the operation of the cemetery
as well as to supervise the management of its finances
and its endowment fund to ensure the continued fiscal soundness
of the cemetery.
Please consult the Rules of the Cemetery Grounds document for additional information.