Foreclosed Cemetery Ruling Gives Relief to Some Maryland Families

Burials approved for those who had pre-paid for services

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    Southern Memorial Gardens

    Some families waiting to put loved ones to rest at a Calvert County, Md., cemetery facing foreclosure can finally move forward. 

    Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk had its license revoked by the state after legal problems with the cemetery’s former owner.

    No Final Resting Place at Cemetery Facing Foreclosure

    [DC] No Final Resting Place at Cemetery Facing Foreclosure
    Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk, Md., is facing foreclosure and is being kept by the state from proceeding with burials. That's leaving some families who have already paid for plots without a final resting place for their loved ones. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011)

    A Calvert County judge ruled on Wednesday that those who pre-paid for a plot can proceed with burial plans, News4's Melissa Mollet reported.

    However, the complication for families is far from over.  The cemetery is not allowed to help with the burial process in any way, and those who were not able to pre-pay for arrangements are left trying to figure out how to proceed with their loved ones’ remains.

    Criminal charges were brought against the current owner and manager for trying to help families with burials before the license situation could be resolved.

    Southern Memorial Gardens is still working to resolve the foreclosure issue.  The cemetery is scheduled for auction at the end of the month.