Bureau of Cemeteries Important Information!

  • COVID-19 Updates 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Office hours are for appointments for funeral arrangements only: 9:00 am -3:30 pm. Cemetery visiting hours: sunrise to sunset
  • Appointments are REQUIRED for funeral arrangements. Call ahead 757-441-1752.
  • No walk-in services are available. Please refer to our Burial Search for grave locations, or download our grave location app below or call 757-441-1752.
  • The Bureau of Cemeteries will not use tents for services until further notice. 
  • Face masks are REQUIRED in all City of Norfolk Cemeteries offices, and are to be worn outdoors during funeral services, cemetery events and workdays, with 6  ft. of social distance maintained.
  • Bathrooms at the Riverside cemetery office location are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Calvary & Elmwood Cemetery Offices are closed until further notice. For inquiries please call 757-441-2654.

Trying to find a grave location? Download the webCemeteries App

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Funeral Assistance from American Rescue Plan for Virginians Who’ve Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19

FEMA has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance for Virginians who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. The funeral assistance program is part of the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden earlier this year.

Virginians should call FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday -Friday, 9 AM ET - 9 PM ET to apply. Relief up to $9,000 may be available. No online applications will be accepted. Multilingual services will be available. More information can be found HERE.

The City of Norfolk has offered peaceful cemetery settings to area residents since 1825. Norfolk owns and operates eight cemeteries:

The Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries is dedicated to preserving the memories of the people of our community and the rich history of our city. We provide service that is sensitive to the needs of families and are ever mindful of the eternal bond between the city and the families whose loved ones are memorialized within the cemeteries.

Let’s work together to preserve our cemeteries! If you see any form of vandalism or any activity that feels out of the ordinary, please call 9-1-1.

ATTENTION: Play of Pokémon Go is prohibited in City of Norfolk cemeteries. Players will be asked to leave the grounds.


Cemetery maintenance is performed reverently and carefully and ensures the preservation of a valuable part of Norfolk’s cultural heritage. The Bureau of Cemeteries works diligently to preserve the natural beauty of our 350+ acres of green space in an urban environment while providing a place for generations of families to commemorate their loved ones.

Arranging & Conducting Funeral Services

Our staff provides excellent customer service in a courteous and professional manner. We assist with arranging and conducting more than 850 funeral services each year. 

Some of our cemeteries offer grave spaces, ash niches for urns containing cremated remains, and mausoleum crypts. Forest Lawn Cemetery Community Mausoleum - Spaces Available. Others have no grave space left available to purchase but within these garden-style cemeteries, you will discover artfully crafted monuments with a bit of history inscribed. Diverse plant and birdlife thrives while mature trees and tended grasses invite a leisurely stroll. And, as always, all of our cemeteries offer endless opportunities for historical, artistic, and genealogical pursuits.

Cemetery Etiquette

City of Norfolk cemeteries are available as a community resource, offering visitors a place of serenity and beauty for quiet enjoyment (reflection). They are also where families have entrusted a safe and peaceful resting place for their loved ones. When planning your visit, please observe the following:

  • There is a 15mph speed limit within cemetery boundaries for the safety of our pedestrians.
  • There are multiple funeral services and graveside visits daily. People are there to mourn and visit loved ones. Please maintain a respectful distance, and observe the solemnity and privacy of a service or visit in progress.
  • Remember that a cemetery is a place of respect and reverence, not a playground. Refrain from running or playing on or around grave markers.
  • Review the guidelines for the display of flowers, decorations, and other ornaments (PDF).

A copy of the floral regulations is available at each cemetery office.

Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Conservation Info

Find information HERE for events, volunteer opportunities, and conservation information. 

Trying to find a grave location? Download the webCemeteries App

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