Cemetery

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Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery is one of the area's few that allow engraved memorial stones!

 
VISITING HOURS:

Open daily, weather permitting.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Nov. 1 to Feb. 28)

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (March 1 to Oct. 31)

 

CEMETERY OFFICE HOURS:

By appointment only.

Michael Brown, Cemetery Manager

(757) 422-1287

Email the cemetery manager

Interested in burial here?

Nearly 500 in-ground gravesites are available to all Episcopalians and others to purchase. The cemetery is currently undergoing an expansion to create another 1800 graves on the property to meet the burial needs of the community for the next 30 years.

 

Each in-ground burial site is limited to hold the remains of two persons, either:

  • Two cremated remains (cremains)

  • Two coffin/vault burials

  • One coffin burial and one cremain

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Current grave prices (2021)

 

We invite you to visit Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery and consider it as a final resting place for yourself or your loved ones.

 

IN-GROUND GRAVE

$1,300 - Eastern Shore Chapel Communicants


$2,000 - All Others

REMEMBRANCE GARDEN
(In-Ground Cremorial Units)

$2,850 - Cremation Single Unit, Small*
15″x21″, includes memorial stone
 

$2,900 - Cremation Single Unit, Large*
20″x25″, includes memorial stone
 

$2,850 - Cremation Single Unit, Infant or Child*

includes memorial stone
 

$1,000 - Random In-Ground with Memorial on Columbarium Wall

* price may vary by supplier

OTHER BURIAL OPTIONS

Columbarium Niche (for 2 cremains)

includes engraving fee

$1,150 - Eastern Shore Chapel Members

$2,200 - All Others

Cremation Niche Double Unit (for 2 cremains)

includes engraving fee

$1,150 - Eastern Shore Chapel Members

$2,200 - All Others

Note: At the time of burial, small fees are also charged for exact grave location, perpetual maintenance and opening/closing of the grave.

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Cemetery history

The Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery was established around 1900 on the grounds just north of the third chapel building which was located directly across the road from Naval Air Station Oceana. With the introduction of jet aircraft into the Navy in the early 1950s, it became necessary to extend the air station’s runways to accommodate them, and the chapel was dangerously close to proposed flight paths. After much deliberation, it was decided in 1951 to relocate the chapel and cemetery to its current location on Laskin Road.

Today Eastern Shore Chapel’s serenely beautiful cemetery is located on 8 acres of land adjacent to the chapel, amidst a profusion of laurel, dogwood, holly, pine, and oak trees. Our cemetery has not only the available in-ground space, but also a large columbarium and remembrance garden for cremains as well. In 1989, an Infant Memorial Garden and Cremation Garden were created and the first inurnments took place. In 2005, construction began on a columbarium and the first inurnments in the columbarium took place in June, 2006.

 

Pet Memorial Garden

The Pet Memorial Garden provides a quiet, peaceful place to lay your furry loved ones to rest. Instead of keeping a deceased pet on a shelf at home, this garden allows the pet to rest in nature, and gives the family the opportunity to formally remember them with a small service.
 

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This garden was the yearlong Girl Scout Gold Award project of ESC parishioner Delaney Brown, who completed 80 hours of service required for this award during her senior year of high school

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CASTING CEREMONIES

The garden is intentional spot to hold a "casting ceremony," which involves scattering a loved one's ashes as opposed to physically burying them. The bed of pebbles in the center of the garden is meant for this purpose.

SERVICES

Our clergy will provide a small memorial service for anyone who would like to honor their pet during a casting ceremony. The garden is open for all Eastern Shore Chapel parishioners and patrons of the cemetery.

 

MEMORIAL TAGS

The garden also comes with a memorial showcase, where family may purchase an animal tag to place inside for a nominal fee. The tag will list:

  • Pet's name

  • Date of birth

  • Date of death