Frequently Asked Questions
Are the cemeteries owned by the Town of Reading, or are they privately owned?
All four cemeteries in Reading are owned and operated by the Cemetery Division.
What hours are the cemeteries open?
Cemeteries are open from sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
Who can purchase a cemetery lot in Reading?
Current Reading residents only can purchase a cemetery lot. Please refer to the price list on this website for further information.
Can I plant flowers in the ground?
No, there is no planting in the ground in any of the cemeteries. You may place a planter no larger than the length of the headstone in Laurel Hill, Forest Glen and Wood end. In Charles Lawn a single pot of 8 inches or less is allowed.
Are there other restrictions for lot decorations?
Yes, there are no decorations allowed on top of the monuments. Religious items such as vigil lights and crosses are not allowed. Also hanging baskets, fences, stones, rocks, borders, bird houses, and glass items are not allowed.
How do I find information about family internments?
The cemetery internment records are available at the following link: Search Cemetery Records
How can I report stolen flowers off a grave site?
Stolen flowers can be reported to the Cemetery Office at the Department of Public Works 781-942-9086 and to the Reading Police Department 781-944-1212.
When do they remove Winter/Christmas decorations?
Winter/Christmas decorations are removed April 1st.
Is grave rubbing allowed in any of Reading's cemeteries?
No, grave rubbing is not allowed. The wax or marker material can get on the grave markers and can accelerate their deterioration.