The Souris-Glenwood Cemetery is owned by the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood; and is situated approx. 1 mile north of Souris, Manitoba, on the west side of Highway #250; in NE 04-08-21W. It is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk.
Permission must be obtained before anything can be buried, or permanently placed at the gravesite. Please contact the Municipality for additional information.
In the interest of the over-all appearance of the Cemetery, no person shall without the permission of the Cemetery Board remove, break or alter any tree, plant or other object.
Visitors are welcome seven days a week between dawn & dusk. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for the conduct of their children on the cemetery grounds.
Cars and other vehicles shall be driven with care, restricted to the driveway and to a maximum speed limit of 20 km/hr. Off-road vehicles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, etc. are not permitted.
Any person who disturbs the quiet and good order of the Cemetery by noise or improper conduct, or who violates any provision of these regulations, will be expelled from the Cemetery; and may be subject to further charges or expenses.
Sales, transfers, receipts, deeds, arrangements for interments, etc.; and general relations with the public will be provided through the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood.
Information on the plot locations and plot/columbarium niche sales and pricing is available from the Municipality office.
The Cemetery has two different sections available for the burial of your loved one: Old Section & New Section. Each plot is 4 ft. wide x 10 ft. long – west to east.
There are two costs to purchase a plot: the purchase of the site and a fee for perpetual care.
Purchasing of a Site/Lot:
The sale of gravesites is open to those that have chosen the S-G Cemetery as their final resting place.
The Municipality of Souris-Glenwood reserves to itself and to those lawfully within the Cemetery a perpetual right of ingress and egress over the lot(s) for the passage to and from other lot(s).
The funds from the sale of plots shall be used for the purposes of Cemetery grounds maintenance and repairs.
No monies will be refunded.
The fee of one lot (see the last page) shall be reviewed and set by the Cemetery Board.
When the Municipality agrees to sell a plot and receives payment in full, it shall deliver to the purchaser thereof a receipt; and a deed, which shall state the total consideration paid, the name and address of the owner(s), and the description of the plot or plots. The deed gives the plot owner(s) the right to use the plots for burial purposes only (human remains only).
Ownership of a gravesite can be transferred to a family member.
The lot owner(s) or heir(s) has the right to sell and transfer any unused/unoccupied lot(s), but no sale or transfer shall have effect until a transfer, approved by the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood, has been duly completed by the lot owner(s) setting forth the name and address of the transferee, a description of the lot(s) to be transferred and the date of the transfer.
Heirs need the approval of siblings to inter additional family members or to sell/transfer the plot(s).
If the gravesite is not going to be used by the purchaser or a family member, then it can be released back to the Cemetery Board, without a refund of fees, and will be available for sale again.
It would be appreciated if the member could discuss their needs with their immediate family and turn back any gravesites, which will not be needed.
If a plot remains unused for 100 years after original purchase, and no immediate heir(s)/ family member(s) can be located, the Municipality reserves the right to re-claim the plot. These plots may be resold or used as approved by the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery Board.
The perpetual care fee shall be collected at the time of the sale of the plot.
No monies will be refunded.
The purchaser will receive a receipt for the paid perpetual care.
The Municipality shall transfer to the Perpetual Care Trust Fund the sum equal to the perpetual care fees received.
The interest funds accumulated in the Perpetual Care Trust Fund may be used for the purposes of Cemetery grounds maintenance and repairs.
Perpetual care fees (see the last page) shall be reviewed and set by the Cemetery Board.
Burial is limited to human remains.
Four (4) burials will be permitted in one plot (one traditional & three urns or four urns).
Burial costs will be determined at the time of interment.
All fees charged in conjunction shall be paid at the office the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood.
The funds from the burial/interment may be used for the purposes of Cemetery grounds maintenance and repairs.
To enable locating urns in the future, a piece of high quality iron shall be placed above and directly over the urn, followed by the continuation of filling the opening.
Preparation of graves for a funeral will require a minimum of 48 hours (2 days) notice. Winter months (Nov. 1 – April 30) will require a minimum of at least 96 hours (4 days) notice.
Costs for each burial/interment (see the last page) shall be reviewed and set by the Cemetery Board.
Strictly no outside equipment permitted on cemetery grounds unless prior authorization by the Cemetery Board or Municipality, i.e. backhoe, crawlers, tractors, crane trucks, etc.
Contractors shall be held liable for any damage to property while working within the cemetery boundaries.
The contractor as under hire shall be responsible for the open and close of interment or disinterment.
Temporary markers are required.
The Municipality shall not assume any liability or responsibility for the loss or damage to, any marker or any part thereof, or any article of any type that may be placed with any marker and/or plot.
Monuments & Headstones
To reduce the possibility of improper placement of monuments and to facilitate documentation; no person shall install any monument(s) or memorial(s) without first notifying the Municipality and obtaining permission from the Municipality.
Upright, or flat, or raised, or none – it is your choice. Likewise, the style is up to you, and also whether or not to have any built-in receptacle for flowers, etc. Any and all headstones must be place completely within the boundaries of the gravesite, so that there is no overlapping of walkways or other graves. Also if there is more than one headstone for a grave, then they must all be placed together at the west end of the grave, still within its boundaries.
All monuments shall be constructed of durable material, i.e. bronze, granite or marble.
Permanent corner markers and foot markers are not allowed.
In the new section, all temporary markers or headstones must be placed on the 2 ft. x 4 ft. cement slabs provided.
The old section requires a uniform 2 ft. x 4 ft. cement base for headstones to be placed upon.
Headstones should have a minimum 3 inch margin from the edge of the base.
The Caretaker may remove any monument which has become unsightly, dilapidated or dangerous.
The Municipality shall not assume any liability or responsibility for the loss or damage to, any monument or any part thereof, or any article of any type that may be placed on any monument and/or plot.
Cement or Plastic Grave Covers
Cement or plastic grave covers are not permitted. Plot owner(s) who remove old and deteriorated grave covers will not be permitted to replace such cover.
The Caretaker may remove any grave cover which has become unsightly, dilapidated or dangerous.
The Municipality shall not assume any liability or responsibility for the loss or damage to, any grave covers or any part thereof, or any article of any type that may be placed on any cover and/or plot.
Maintenance of the grounds is done by hired staff – from May to October of each year.
The Caretaker shall be responsible for the appearance, improvements, care and maintenance, operation and supervision of the cemetery, the lots and plots therein.
The S-G Cemetery staff will mow the grass over graves and trim growth around the headstones, but is not responsible for tending to any existing flowers.
The Cemetery staff shall have the right to remove any broken material, excess growth, or other material which, in the opinion of the Head Caretaker / staff / Board members, is distracting from the appearance or the maintenance of the cemetery; or pose a hazard to staff or visitors.
The Board will ensure the grounds and amenities are maintained; including drainage, mowing grass, trimming & removing existing trees/shrubs on the grounds (not on the gravesites) clearing snow before burials, fencing, gates, buildings, etc.
The family is responsible for maintenance and repair, or replacement, of headstones.
At the time of interment, cut flowers, wreaths and floral offerings may be place on graves, but may be removed by the family or caretaker when the tributes’ condition.
Personal items or tributes (cut flowers, wreaths and floral offerings) may be placed at the Cemetery in such a way that does not interfere with the maintenance of the Cemetery and are placed on or after May 10th and are removed by October 15th each year.
Personal items or tributes may be removed by the caretaker when condition deteriorates and detracts from the beauty of the Souris-Glenwood Cemetery or interferes with maintenance.
Cemetery clean-up occurs twice per year; each May and October. All items, with the exception of headstone, must be removed from every grave in the cemetery: artificial flowers, ornaments, solar lights, plant hooks, stuffed animals, etc., must be cleaned off.
The Municipality, Cemetery Board, and staff is responsible for the care and maintenance of the cemetery, but is not responsible for loss of or damage to any marker, flower, holder, or any portable object place on any lot(s).
Family members should remove their personal items prior to the Spring & Fall Clean-up.
Clean-up occurs each May and October. All items must be removed from every grave in the cemetery: artificial flowers, ornaments, solar lights, plant hooks, stuffed animals, etc., must be cleaned off. Only headstones should remain.
The annual spring clean-up at the S-G Cemetery normally occurs each May 1 to 10. Clean-up is necessary to prepare for the visitor traffic that traditionally occurs around Mother’s Day weekend.
The annual fall clean-up at the S-G Cemetery normally occurs each October 1 – 10. Clean-up is necessary to prepare for the winter season and to reduce debris blowing around. Any items remaining will be considered abandoned, and surrendered to the Cemetery; and will be removed and disposed at the discretion of the Cemetery Board/Staff.
No GLASS objects, small potted flowers, etc.
The Cemetery discourages vases, ornaments, etc., unless they are secured to the headstone.
No large flowering plants or shrubs are permitted/All plantings are not permitted because it will eventually obscure and/or damage the headstone, and due to lack of maintenance.
A black earth base should be provided around plantings to facilitate mowing.
Weeding must be maintained by family.
No herbicide/pesticide chemicals are to be used without written approval from the Cemetery Board.
Yes, donations would be graciously accepted and very much appreciated.
Please think of the S-G Cemetery when suggesting “donations in memory of … “
The donation will be deposited into the Perpetual Care Trust Fund and will be available in perpetuity to care for the grounds. Donations may be made at the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood, Box 518, Souris, MB, R0K 2C0. And a receipt will be issued for taxation purposes.
Perpetual Care Trust Fund was initiated for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a perpetual maintenance fund for the care and maintenance of the S-G Cemetery. The interest earnings of the fund shall be used specifically for the annual care and maintenance of the cemetery.
Rates are subject to change without notice.
Please contact the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood for the current rates. Thank you.
Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to achieve the highest of maintenance standards for our beautiful and historic cemetery. For further information, please contact the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood. Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lisa Greig, Assistant CAO
Tel.: 204-483-5200 Fax: 204-483-5203
100 – 2nd Street South Box 518 Souris, MB R0K 2C0