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FAQs

What is the first thing to do when there is a death in the family?
Our recommended first step is to reach out to a funeral director/mortuary. Although you can always call the cemetery first, a call to mortuary will enable you to have a set time and date for the cemetery to schedule the service. View a list of local recommended mortuaries/funeral homes.

What mortuaries do you work with?
Our cemetery works with any and all mortuaries that are in all 50 states.


How do I make a purchase?
To make a purchase of a burial plot or niche plot, you must come into the cemetery office, either by appointment or as a walk-in during business hours and talk with someone in the office.

Pre-Need Purchases (before need) have a minimum requirement of paying the full amount of the plot. You also have the option for a pre-need purchase to use a cemetery payment plan. The payment plans require a down payment of the current amount of our non-refundable Endowment Care Fee. The payment plans do not have an interest fee, but it does have a one-time $100 administrative fee.

At-Need Purchases have no minimum requirements. At the time of need, you are expected to pay for the burial plot, the opening & closing of the grave, marker setting fee, vault (unless you are purchasing from the mortuary), and endowment care fee. Other possible fees include: Weekend & Holiday Surcharge, Non-Resident Fee, Late Hour Burial Fee, and Credit Card Usage Fee, and any other fees that may apply to your situation.

Why do I have to pay a Non-Resident Fee?
We receive property tax paid by the residents of our district.  If you live outside of the district, you need to pay a one time non-resident fee. Please use the District Map

Can I sell my grave to someone else?
Yes you can, but all transfer paperwork must be completed at the Artesia Cemetery District office in order to be valid. Please keep in mind that before any grave is transfered to someone, the endowment must be paid in full.

How do I sell or transfer my grave?
If you are selling or transfering a grave, you will need to fill out a Transfer Form and pay the transfer fee at the Artesia Cemetery District office.  The Buyer and Seller must be present with their identifications.   

Can I assign family members to have the right to use the graves that I have purchased?
Yes. You must fill out an Assignment Form at the Artesia Cemetery District office with the identification of the owner of the grave.

Do you accept double-depth burials? (Two Vaults in a single grave)
No. Due to the large amount of sand in our soil and a high water table, we can only bury one vault in each grave. We can bury cremations on top of a regular vault with permission of the owner.  We also bury three cremations and/or small vaults in one grave. 

Are headstones required at the cemetery?
We require headstones on all graves with in the first 6 months of burial.  We can recommend companies that can provide you this service. Upright Markers are allowed in the front area of the cemetery only.
Flower vases set in the ground are available and installed at the same time as the headstones.

Are you allowed to decorate your graves?
Decorating rules are outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the Artesia Cemetery District,

How can I locate someone buried at the cemetery?
You can use the Burial Search feature on our website for basic information. If you want more in-depth information, you can contact our office staff by phone or email us at (redacted).