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Monday–Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (excluding holidays)

105 Willow Grove Road, Shamong, NJ 08088

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The following rules and regulations have been adopted as a guide for the use and management of the Pinelands Memorial Park Cemetery.  The intent of these rules and regulations is for the protection of all parties.


7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Please Note: Any person found on the cemetery grounds at any other time will be considered a trespasser.


Plot is a grave, crypt or niche.

Single Plot is a single depth grave containing the remains for one person in a casket; and/or one urn; or two urns.

Companion Plots are two plots (side-by-side) that are sold together for a couple. Companion plots can be two plots side-by-side; or a single plot in which one casket and one urn are buried together; or two urns.

Family Plot is a row of six or more consecutive plots that are restricted to a group of persons related by blood or marriage.

Urn is a container used for cremated remains (must be correct size if for a niche).

Columbarium is a place with niches for funeral urns to be stored.

Niche is a space in a columbarium used or intended to be used for the inurnment of one cremated human remains.

Owner(s) is the person or persons to whom the Cemetery has conveyed a burial right or rights; or a person or persons who have acquired such rights by transfer in accordance with the rules of the Cemetery; or a person or persons who hold such burial right or rights by inheritance.

COIR refers to Certificate of Interment Rights

Cemetery refers to Pinelands Memorial Park or PMP.

Headstone is a memorial stone at the head of a grave (plot).

Marker is a granite, bronze or marble flat low headstone measuring 28”L x 16”W x 4” H (top of marker cannot be more than 1” above ground level) that is placed at the head of the grave/plot identifying the deceased.

Medallion a privately purchased metal memorial medallion that can be affixed to an existing flat marker identifying the grave as that of a Veteran


1. Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery and prices for burial spaces and services are recommended by the Cemetery Board and become effective upon final approval of the Shamong Township Committee.

The Cemetery may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right, at any time, with or without notice to plot/niche owners, to adopt new rules and regulations or to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation and/or article, section or paragraph in these Rules and Regulations. Special cases may arise in which the literal enforcement of the rule may impose unnecessary hardship. The Cemetery, therefore, reserves the right, without notice, to make exceptions, suspensions or modifications in any of the Rules and Regulations when, in its judgment, the same appear advisable, and such temporary exceptions, suspensions or modifications shall in no way be construed as affecting the general application of such.

2. The Cemetery retains to itself, for the benefit of all interment right owners, full and complete supervision, ownership, control and management of the land, buildings, improvements, roads, walks, utilities, development, books and records; and the full and complete authority, rights and privileges to make, change administer and enforce all rules and regulations and restrictions not inconsistent with the laws of the State of New Jersey.

3. All plots/niches in the Cemetery are sold in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of New Jersey and shall not be used for any other purpose than as a burial place of human remains. All plots/niches sold are sold with a permanent maintenance provision.

4. Plots/niches must be paid in full before a burial is made. Full purchase price must be paid, or approved payment plan, before a certificate of ownership (COIR) is issued.

5. The Cemetery issues to each owner of the rights of burial for its plots or niches a Certificate of Interment Right (COIR) describing the location; and naming the owner or owners of the said COIR location. The naming of more than one owner is indicative of joint ownership in common with rights of survivorship.

The issuance of such COIR certificate is the Cemetery’s sole form of recognition of ownership. Possession of the COIR by a person whom is not listed on the COIR is not in itself evidence of ownership. Purchasers of plots or niches simply acquire the right of burial.

COIRs will only be issued upon receipt of full payment of plot and any other required fees including, but not limited to preservation fund fees.

6. The owner of the COIR hereunder may dispose of same by will or, should the owner die in testate, such interment rights shall pass according to laws of this State of New Jersey provided. However, the Cemetery shall not be bound by such transfers unless and until an exemplification of record of same has been presented to it and such change has been recorded on the books and records of the Cemetery. Any plot or niche in which there are no burials or inurnments may be transferred to a new owner, providing the original COIR is submitted to the Cemetery together with proper transfer agreement, and upon payment of transfer fee in accordance with the Cemetery’s established schedule of charges.

7. In the event of loss or destruction of a COIR and upon the presentation of a written request, accompanied by a properly executed affidavit by the owner setting forth the circumstances of the loss or destruction and indemnification for the Cemetery, the Cemetery will prepare a duplicate Certificate from its records at a fee. Plot owners are prohibited from allowing interments to be made on their plots for compensation.

8. If a plot or niche owner sells or transfers title to his or her plot/niche, as provided by these regulations, he or she must pay all indebtedness due the Cemetery before such transfer of title will be allowed and a processing fee may apply.

9. All plot or niche owners are required to notify the Cemetery of any change of address. All Cemetery notices required to be sent shall be sent to the last recorded address and such notices shall be deemed adequate.

10. No person, other than employees of the Cemetery, shall be allowed to perform any work within the Cemetery without permission from the Cemetery.

11. The Cemetery shall direct all improvements within the grounds and upon all plots before and after interments/inurnments have been made herein.

12. Charges for work and services performed by the Cemetery or for materials purchased from the Cemetery will be at rates as approved by the Cemetery.

13. The Cemetery will take all reasonable precautions to protect plot/niche owners and their COIRs within the Cemetery from loss, damage or injury, but it shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury.

14. The use of the Cemetery land as a thoroughfare or cut-through road will not be permitted.

15. The right to use automobiles or other vehicles in the Cemetery is authorized solely and exclusively for transporting persons to visit burial plots. The speed limit within the Cemetery is ten (10) miles per hour. Parking and/or driving on any area other than the access road is strictly prohibited for purposes other than those approved by the Cemetery.

16. Bicycles, skates, skateboards, dirt bikes, quads, snowmobiles, motorcycles, horses, etc., may not be used on Cemetery lands except with the approval of the Cemetery. Animals are not permitted except for a registered certified animal companion which must be kept on a leash at all times.

17. Bringing alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs into the Cemetery or on Cemetery land is strictly prohibited.

18. The Cemetery shall have the right to enter upon or use any adjoining plot or plots to carry out its duties as to interments, inurnments, place markers, etc., without prior notice to the plot COIR owner.

19. No signs, notices or advertisements of any kind shall be allowed in the Cemetery unless placed by the Cemetery.

20. Peddling of any kind, or soliciting the sale of any commodity, other than by the Cemetery, is prohibited within the confines of the Cemetery and Cemetery land.


21. Interments/inurnments into a plot/niche are restricted to those entitled to burial therein according to these rules and regulations.

22. The Cemetery shall be in no way liable for any delay in the interment/inurnment of a body/cremated remains where a protest to the interment/inurnment has been made or where the rules and regulations have not been complied with; and further, the Cemetery reserves the right, under such circumstances, to refuse the burial at which time the remains become the responsibility of the funeral home director until the full rights have been determined.

23. The use of one grave space shall be limited to interments/inurnments as follows unless otherwise permitted by the Cemetery:
a) One (1) adult burial, or
b) One (1) adult burial and one (1) urn of cremated remains, or
c) Two (2) urns of cremated remains

24. All caskets must be buried in an outer container or receptacle of concrete or such other material which the Cemetery will deem to have comparable strength or resistance to deterioration. All urns buried below the ground require a cement vault or approved urn.

25. Funerals are to be completed at the Cemetery by 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and by 12:00 noon on Saturdays and certain Holidays (Note: After 2:00 p.m. M-F and after 12:00 noon Saturday/Holidays – additional fees apply). Funerals on scheduled Holidays are subject to additional fees. There will be no funeral services held on Sundays.

26. No disinterment will be allowed without permission of next of kin, the plot/niche COIR owner, the Cemetery and the proper authorities.

27. The Cemetery shall in no way be liable for any container, receptacle or urn of cremated remains placed in any plot or niche. A permanent type of urn or vault is required for ground interment of cremated remains. The scattering of cremated remains over a family lot is prohibited.


28. Items not allowed to be placed on a plot or niche area within the Cemetery include, but are not limited to, the following: shepherd’s hooks, windchimes, hanging baskets, decorative flags, standup decorations, real/fake flowers or plants, decorative rocks or stepping stones, pictures, fencing, curbing, borders or enclosures. No decorations of any type are permitted in trees, Cemetery plantings, attached or placed on columbarium or any other area of the Cemetery.

29. The Cemetery reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths or other decorations from plots/niche areas as deemed necessary.

30. Flags may be placed on graves on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Flag Day, and Veterans Day. Flags should be kept to 12” x 18” in size or smaller. Flags are subject to periodic removal at the discretion of the Cemetery.

31. Trees, shrubs and plantings are placed throughout the Cemetery by the Cemetery for overall beauty and serenity of the grounds. Individual graves or niche areas are not permitted to have trees, shrubs or plantings. Any such trees, shrubs or plantings may be removed by the Cemetery without notice to the plot/niche owner.

32. Glass is prohibited, at all times, in any/all areas of the Cemetery.

33. Devotional lights of any type are prohibited in any/all areas of the Cemetery.

34. The Cemetery shall have the right to remove all objects whose appearance and condition warrant removal and/or violate the Cemetery’s rules and regulations. The Cemetery also will not be liable for any object removed or lost by any cause.

Any holiday flowers, wreaths, grave-blankets, etc. placed on graves or near/on niches are subject to periodic removal at the discretion of the Cemetery.


35. The type and placement of all plot markers shall be uniform throughout the Cemetery and must be a FLAT marker only (granite, bronze or marble). The size of every flat maker must be as follows: Single Grave Plot (28” L x 16” W x 4” H); Double Grave Plot (36” L x 16” W x 4” H).  The top of all markers will be kept uniform throughout the Cemetery and will not exceed 1” above ground level.

35a. Headstones are permitted in Sections 2, 3 & 4 only, along the last six (6) rows in specified locations. Sizing restrictions are as follows:

Single Grave (plot) Headstone Marker should not exceed the following (including base): 34″ W (overall width) x 14″ D x 36″ H (overall height)
Double Grave (plot) Headstone Marker should not exceed the following (including base): 44″ W (overall width) x 14″ D x 36″ H (overall height)
36. The type and placement of all niche markers shall be uniform.

37. The Cemetery shall have the authority to reject any marker that, because of its size, type, design, inscription, quality, color or method of construction to be deemed unsuitable. The Cemetery reserves the right to prevent the placing of, or to remove, any marker or other objects that do not comply with the standards of the Cemetery.

PMP requires an approved grave marker permit before any grave marker can be installed.

38. No marker/memorial will be accepted by the Cemetery for installation unless a sketch has been furnished defining the dimensions, material content and lettering and permission of the plot owner or proper agent of the person having burial rights in the grave to be marked. All markers and foundations shall be placed by employees, agents or approved vendors of the Cemetery only.

39. All fees or encumbrances due on a plot must be paid in full prior to any memorial being placed on the plot, including any installation fee.

40. In the event a memorial is placed where it is necessary to remove it for an interment or disinterment, the Cemetery shall have the right to remove such memorial without notice to the plot owner.

41. The Cemetery may at its own expense, and without any liability, correct any error that may occur in the placing of a foundation or memorial.

42. Memorials shall be set in accordance with the general plan of the Cemetery. Not more than two (2) memorials may be placed on a grave, one at the head and the other at the foot, unless otherwise approved by the Cemetery.

43. No photographs or porcelain material may be incorporated into any headstone, marker or memorial. No protective glass or breakable material of any kind will be allowed on the headstone, marker or memorial.

44. All Veteran markers and/or medallions must comply with all Cemetery regulations and the ordering thereof is the responsibility of the next of kin. Installation fees may apply.