We hope you will find answers to our most common questions below.
Yes, Mount Hope Cemetery is one of several Chicagoland cemeteries that are owned by a local, actively involved family. From the leadership to the employees, our goal is to provide as pleasant an experience as possible during a difficult time. Our focus is guiding a mourning family through the necessary steps of making the final resting place arrangements for a loved one and educating a family on available options to find the right choice for them when they want to plan ahead.
Every grave purchase has 15% of the sales proceeds placed in a trust fund, which is set aside for the maintenance of the cemetery. This includes grass-cutting, tree trimming, planting, landscaping, and maintenance of roads. Of that trust fund, Mount Hope Cemetery is not allowed to touch the principal. Only the interest is used to ensure the cemetery’s existence and care for generations.
The cemetery will fill in sunken graves with topsoil and plant and cut grass. It will not repair monuments, grave markers or memorials, unless due to our negligence, or plant flowers or ornamental plants.
When a person purchases a grave or space they own a right of interment, sometimes known as a burial right. This gives the lot owner the right to choose who will be buried in that space and we will honor their wishes even after their death. The land itself is owned by the cemetery and the cemetery rules and regulations must be followed.
Although one right of interment is often bought for one grave, it is possible to purchase a second right of interment for a single space. This must and can be easily done in writing before a person’s death. If not, having a second right of interment can be very difficult to accomplish and, in extreme cases, could even require a court order.
Mount Hope Cemetery is not responsible for vandalism, theft or acts of nature. Please always lock the doors to your vehicle when visiting a loved one and do not leave any personal items at a gravesite that cannot be replaced. However, we request that you report any suspicious activity to the cemetery office.
Memorials honor our family and friends and serve as lasting tribute to our loved ones. They provide a history of past generations for us and our ancestors, and they can provide a snapshot of a person’s life and loves. They remain the easiest way to pinpoint the final resting place of your loved one.
Cremation has become a popular choice for a number of reasons, however, there are still many decisions to be made. Cremated remains may be placed in a traditional burial plot or above ground in a mausoleum niche, and by making plans, you can make your burial wishes clear and lock in today’s prices.
A memorial is a personal reflection of a person’s life. Pre-Need Planning gives you and your family the time to reflect upon the memorialization that will be most meaningful, and by planning ahead the cemetery can offer you a payment plan. You can also secure today’s prices.
Please contact our Administrative Office at (708) 371-2818 if you have additional questions.