Oak Ridge Cemetery

Lashonda Fitch, Executive Director
A Department of the City of Springfield

 James O. Langfelder, Mayor

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Industry Definitions



  • “Box” means a grave liner or permanent outside container, consisting of a one piece box, and a one piece lid, which is not sealed.
  • “Burial” or “Buried” means the act or result of interment, entombment, or inurnment.
  • “Cemetery” means the burial park, for earth interments; the lawn crypts and community mausoleum, individual mausoleum, for crypt or vault interments; and the columbarium, or individual niches for cinerary interments. In these Rules and Regulation it specifically means Oak Ridge Cemetery.
  • “Columbaria” means a structure of vaults lined with recesses for cinerary urns.
  • “Contractor” means any person, firm, or corporation engaged in setting any vault or memorial, or performing any other work on the cemetery grounds, other than an employee of the cemetery.
  • “Cremation” means the technical heating process that reduces human remains to bone fragments, which occurs through heat and evaporation.
  • “Crypt” means a space in a mausoleum or in the ground where lawn crypts are placed of sufficient size used, or intended to be used, to entomb cremated or embalmed remains.
  • “Endowment Care Fund” means the trust fund established by the cemetery for the purpose of care and maintenance of the cemetery grounds and improvements thereon.
  • “Entombment” means the disposition of human remains in a mausoleum crypt or lawn crypt.
  • “Entombment right” means the right to place individual human remains or individual cremated human remains in a specific mausoleum crypt or lawn crypt selected by the consumer for use as a final resting place.
  • “Final Date” means the date of death to be added to a marker after burial.
  • “Grave” means a space of ground in a burial park used, or intended to be used, for the burial of human remains.
  • “Interment” means the disposition of human remains by earth burial, entombment, or cremation and inurnment.
  • “Interment right” means the right to place individual human remains or cremated remains in a specific interment space within the cemetery selected by the consumer for use as a final resting place, and subject to the limitations set forth herein.
  • “Interment services” means the opening and closing of a particular interment space.
  • “Interment space” means the particular grave, crypt, niche, or lawn crypt within the cemetery to which a particular interment right relates. An owner of an interment right does not, by virtue of such ownership, acquire ownership of the interment space or of any land or improvements within the cemetery.
  • “Inurnment” means placing cremated human remains in an urn and placing in a niche, or in the ground.
  • “Inurnment right” means the right to place individual cremated human remains in a specific niche selected by the consumer for use as a final resting place.
  • “Lawn Crypt” means a permanent underground crypt usually constructed of reinforced concrete or similar material installed in multiple units for the entombment of human remains.
  • “Lot” means the same as Plot.
  • “Management” means the Board of Managers and Executive Director of Oak Ridge Cemetery.
  • “Marker” means a memorial of granite and/or bronze and/or bronze on granite placed level with the grade.
  • “Mausoleum Crypt” means a space in a mausoleum used or intended to be used above or underground, to entomb human remains.
  • “Memorial” means a marker, monument, vase, crypt or niche name plate for the purpose of identification or in memory of the interred.
  • “Monument” means a memorial of granite that extends above the surface of the lawn and has a base and die.
  • “Niche” means a space used, or intended to be used, for inurnment of cremated remains.
  • “Outer burial container” means the rigid outer container used to surround a casket or a cremated remains container, and shall include the products commonly known as vaults and grave liners.
  • “Owner” means the owner of an interment right or rights within the cemetery, as reflected in the records of the cemetery.
  • “Plot” means space in the cemetery used, or intended to be used, for the interment of human remains. The term includes and applies to one, or more than one, adjoining grave and or space, one or more than one adjoining crypt or one or more than one adjoining niche.
  • “Space” means the space on a lot for the interment of one human remains.
  • “Urn” a tall, rounded vase with a base, and often a stem, especially one used for storing the ashes of a cremated person.
  • “Vault” means a permanent outside container of grade better than a two piece box, which is sealed.