5 Common Types of Cemeteries on Long Island


Choosing a cemetery that fits the needs of your family, while honoring the wishes of the deceased is important. Whether you are making arrangements for a loved one’s burial or pre-planning for yourself, there are several factors to consider.

Depending on the cemetery location, there may be many different regulations you will need to know before purchasing a headstone. Understanding the different types of cemeteries is important in making this decision. Here, we’ll explain the five most common types of cemeteries on Long Island.

This post has been updated as of August 2019, from its original publish date of February 22nd, 2016. It has been edited for consistency and updated information on our services.


What To Think About Before Choosing a Cemetery

Aside from the type of cemetery that you choose, there are some other factors to consider.

  • Differences in cost: burial and cemetery plot prices may fluctuate based on location and other factors
  • Visitation rules: some cemeteries may regulate visitation hours
  • Monument restrictions: cemeteries with less space available tend to have more headstone or space restrictions
  • Location: many families prefer to be at a distance that is convenient for visiting


1. Public Cemeteries

Public cemeteries are the most common type of cemetery. They tend to be owned by corporations, but can also be owned by individuals, and are for-profit. Because these cemeteries are public, there are no religious affiliations or strict guidelines that burials must follow. Public cemeteries are the best option when location is an important factor, as there are many available.

Headstone in Public Cemetery

There are also fewer cemetery monument restrictions, meaning that larger monuments are permitted.


2. Religious Cemeteries

Generally, religious cemeteries are owned by particular religious organizations. The organization may be as large as a Diocese, or as small as an individual house of worship. Religious cemeteries tend to have strict regulations for burial, and occasionally the headstone design as well.

Occasionally, there may be space regulations in religious cemeteries. However, many cemeteries open up new sections. In fact, St. Charles Cemetery recently opened section 44 to better accommodate the surrounding area.


3. District Cemeteries

Owned by the state, county, or district, these municipal cemeteries are also non-profit. While regulations vary based on the state and area, many are reserved for people with financial difficulties. Contacting your local town clerk or city hall is the best way to learn about district or municipal cemeteries.


4. Veteran or National Cemeteries

Veteran and national cemeteries offer a dignified resting place for people who have served in the military. The government will provide the headstone, cemetery plot, and ongoing maintenance at no cost. This respectful and reflective atmosphere makes a fitting resting place for those who have served the nation. These cemetery plots also accommodate family members like spouses, and perform memorial services to honor veterans.

Veterans Headstones in Cemetery


5. Green Cemeteries

Green and eco-friendly cemeteries allow people to be buried in the most environmentally conscious manner. In order to have the minimum environmental impact, these cemeteries require have biodegradable headstones and caskets. Taking these steps ensures that it follows sustainability guidelines.

Cemetery with bright green grass and trees


Quality Cemetery Monuments for Long Island and NYC

Our staff at St. Charles is fully knowledgeable about regulations and other cemetery considerations. Over the years, we have built and maintained great relationships with them to best accommodate you in the memorial process. We have over 60 years experience creating custom headstones for family members and their loved ones. Our goal is to simplify this process for you during this difficult time.