Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Posted on September 8, 2019 by Jennifer Mele under All Cemeteries, Cemetery Clean-up Announcements, Clean ups and Decorations

The Fall general clean-up for our cemeteries and lots will begin on Friday, November 1, 2018 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before Nov. 1st.

Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new seasonal decoration may be left providing the decoration is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. All other decorations will be removed during the cleanup. The cleanup of all cemeteries takes some time, and depending on weather and the number of burials, may take a week to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves.

Operations employees are instructed to leave any permitted seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time.

In addition, the cemetery conducts a cleanup of Christmas decorations beginning January 15, time and weather permitting.

Read more information regarding decoration regulations in Albany Diocesan Cemeteries.

Christmas clean-up starts: Jan. 15

Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!

Annual clean-up dates start:
 Jan. 15,  Apr. 1,  Nov. 1

2 Responses to Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

  1. Avatar Fred Simon says:

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to start the cleanup a week AFTER Nov. 2. All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2) are traditional days for Catholics to honor our beloved deceased and decorating their graves on those days shows our respect and love for them. Yet we are asked to remove decorations BEFORE those days. To me this just doesn’t make much sense.

    • Avatar Jennifer Mele says:

      Mr. Simon,
      Thank you for your suggestion. Nov. 1 has been the designated start of our Fall clean-up for decades.

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