The Cemetery Department is responsible for the operation of Forest Dale Cemetery on Forest Street and is charged with maintaining the Salem Street and Bell Rock cemeteries. Burials at Forest Dale Cemetery are restricted to persons who have been residents of Malden for at least five years at the time of their death.The Cemetery Department is currently working on a system that will enable the public to have on-line access to a listing of persons buried at the Forest Dale Cemetery.
The Board of Trustees approved the construction of grave sites at Forest Dale Cemetery and has voted to pre-sell a minimum of 50 grave sites in the new section using a lottery system. In order to qualify, you must be a current resident of Malden for the last 5 years and have to have lived in the City for 40 years (the 40 years do not have to be consecutive). You may submit your name for the pre-sale lottery by sending an e-mail email@example.com or by letter addressed to the Forest Dale Cemetery, 150 Forest Street, Malden, MA 02148....
The perpetual care fee, which is paid when a lot is purchased, includes the following services which are the responsibility of the cemetery staff: lawn cutting, leaf removal, snow clearing from cemetery roads, trash removal, removal of funeral flowers, filling new graves and seeding. Cemetery staff is not responsible for maintaining anything planted on graves.
The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; the Cemetery is open Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. to sunset.
In order to be buried at Forest Dale Cemetery, you would have to have been a resident of Malden for the previous 5 years. In the event you have an existing grave site with spaces still unoccupied, we allow 1 full burial in each grave along with 2 cremations (no Malden residency required for existing grave sites).
We are currently finalizing our computer system to allow on-line access to this information. Until then, please e-mail Michelle Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bushes are no longer allowed to be planted and flowers can only be planted 12" in front of your stone.
The Board of Trustees is currently working on new Rules and Regulations to be ready some time the end of Summer 2010.