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Bureau of Cemeteries
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.

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.

Norfolk City Cemeteries Annual Spring Clean Up
All grave decorations will be removed and discarded on March 1, 2019 to include the following items:  

• All figurines, floral arrangements and lawn flags
• Objects on easels, stands or poles
• All memorial stones or rocks
• Containers that may, in any way, deter normal mowing and trimming operations
• Any item not specifically designed and manufactured to be inserted and displayed in a Cemetery-Approved Container

Only those floral tributes appropriate to the spring and summer seasons and in Cemetery-Approved Containers will remain. Anyone wishing to save their arrangements should remove them before March 1st.

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

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. The Bureau of Cemeteries is also a valuable resource for genealogical information. We have staff dedicated to assist with genealogical research.

Some of our cemeteries offer grave spaces, ash niches for urns containing cremated remains, and mausoleum crypts.  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 bird life thrives while mature trees and tended grasses invite a leisurely stroll. And, as always, all of our cemeteries offer endless opportunity 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. Maintain a respectful distance.
  • People are there to mourn and visit loved ones. Observe the solemnity and privacy of a service or visit in progress.
  • Avoid crossing directly across a gravesite and restrict walking to roadways or lanes when possible.
  • Remember that the 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 display of flowers, decorations, and other ornaments

Special Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Conservation Info
Please click here for information on Norfolk Historic Cemeteries events, volunteer opportunities, and conservation information.

New Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum - Spaces Available

Contact Us
Ted Dudley
Bureau Manager

238 E. Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, VA 23510