Township of Severn owns, operates and maintains Coldwater Cemetery located at 12 Craddock Street in Coldwater. The monuments represent family traditions, regional symbols and the lifestyles of our community. Monuments range from early sandstone memorials to large rough blocks of granite and intricately carved headstones.

Burials and plots

Please contact us for information about burials and plots.

Fees

View the Coldwater Cemetery By-law for a full list of burial and plot fees. All care and maintenance costs are included with the burial and plot rates.

Single grave and plot fees for residents and non-residents:

  • $750 for a single grave (4' by 9')
  • $270 for an assisted cremation grave (2' by 2')

Columbarium fees:

  • $1,400 for the top row
  • $1,200 for middle rows
  • $850 for the bottom row

Interment charges:

  • $600 is the standard interment charge for a full burial
  • $150 for cremated or stillbirth remains
  • $200 for columbarium
  • $100 surcharge for interments in family plots

An additional $150 is charged for interments after hours.

Annual Decoration Day Service

On the fourth Sunday in June at 2 p.m., we hold an Annual Decoration Day Service at Coldwater Cemetery. View our community calendar for the exact event details. This is an honoured tradition in the community. Families and loved ones gather at the cemetery to pay their respects, tidy gravesites and place floral tributes.

Care and maintenance

We take pride in upholding the peaceful appearance of Coldwater Cemetery. Care and maintenance includes:

  • seeding and reseeding plots and lot surfaces
  • seasonal grass cutting and weeding
  • other maintenance (as required)

Please contact us for any care and maintenance issues.

Visiting hours and guidelines

You can't enter the cemetery grounds before 7 a.m. or after sundown, except police officers and employees of the Township of Severn. Please maintain a quiet reverence and respect for the other people visiting the graves of loved ones. Please abide by the following:

  • conduct yourself in a respectful manner at all times
  • no alcoholic beverages
  • no picnics
  • no pets

Cemetery FAQ

Review some frequently asked questions.

What kind of ornamentation is permitted in a lot?

Natural and artificial flowers within plastic or wood containers, solar powered landscape lighting and other items of tribute are permitted if placed within the upper portion of the lot. Candles, glass containers, free standing wreaths and hanging baskets aren't permitted. Ornamentation contrary to the dignity and decorum of the cemetery will be removed without notice.

When do I have to remove my wreath?

All wreaths must be removed by April 1 each year to allow for spring maintenance.

Can shrubs be planted on a lot?

No shrubs or trees can be planted.

Why was my ornamentation removed?

We're responsible for ensuring the cemetery is kept in a neat and orderly condition. When appropriate, we will remove unkempt, dying, or damaged ornamentation. We also remove all special holiday ornamentation one week after the holiday.

Do I own the land when I buy a lot?

No, you don't own the land when you purchase a lot. Instead, you purchase the right to be buried in the cemetery. This is known as Interment Rights.

Can I scatter cremated remains anywhere?

No, you may not scatter remains in Coldwater Cemetery. On private property, you must get permission from the landowner. You may scatter remains on Crown Land, including land covered by water, if it's unoccupied (e.g. provincial parks, conservation reserves and the Great Lakes). However, if there's a sign that prohibits scattering, then you can't scatter remains, even if it is Crown Land.

How much notice is required for interments?

We request five business days notice where possible, however the minimum is 24 hours notice of an interment. Please note that we won't conduct burials on Sundays unless ordered by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We also don't conduct burials before May 1 or after November 15 each year.

Can a memorial be placed anywhere on a lot?

Memorials should be placed near the monument so that it doesn't get in the way of grounds maintenance. Please contact us for details about the placement of decorations and memorials.

I'm making a family tree. What information can you give me?

Contact us and we can provide the information you would find on a monument as well as the location of graves.