Frequently Asked Questions

How large can my urn be for a niche wall interment?

A single urn can measure 10.5″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″

Two urns can measure 10.5″ x 10.5″ x 6″

 

How do I find a grave?

There are several ways to locate a loved one.

  • Utilize our burial search tool found here
  • Visit our office M-F 8am – 4pm and speak with any staff member
  • Call (530) 756-7807 and we can provide you the location over the phone
What is Gallery 1855?

Gallery 1855 is a highly respected gallery featuring a number of internationally recognized artists each year.  Located on the historic grounds of the Davis Cemetery District it was named Gallery 1855, in honor of the first recorded interment.

The gallery is open weekdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm, and the public is always warmly invited to meet the artists on the second Sunday afternoon of every month between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

How do I purchase a marker / monument for a grave?

You will work with a local monument company to design a marker. There are several monument companies in the area that have done extensive work at our facility. A complete listing can be found here.

Do you offer a payment plan?

No, the Davis Cemetery District is not able to offer a payment plan. There are however several lenders who can fund funeral and burial expenses. Please speak with your bank or search lenders online.

What are my choices for above-ground burial?

The Davis Cemetery District offers two above-ground interment options. The first is our niche wall which can hold up to two sets of cremains in a single space. The second option is our scattering garden. The District cannot accommodate above-ground casket interments.

What are my choices for in-ground burial?

The Davis Cemetery District offers a variety of in-ground plots for casket interment throughout our grounds, which can accommodate both casket and cremation burials. We also offer an area of smaller plots exclusively for cremation.

Can two caskets be interred in a single plot?

Yes, Companion burials, where two caskets are interred in a single plot, are becoming more and more popular. Almost all of our casket plots can accommodate companion burials.

What is a green burial?

Green (or natural) burial emphasizes simplicity and environmental sustainability. The body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable container or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault.

The body or container is lowered into the earth without the use of a burial vault. Earth is then packed directly around and over the body or container. The Davis Cemetery District places a thin concrete vault lid on the packed dirt above the body and then puts more dirt on top of the lid in order in ensure the site remains flat and stable for the weight of the memorial marker and of our mowers and other equipment.

The Davis Cemetery District offers the green burial option for either single or companion interment. In the case of a companion green burial, the District will use a separate vault lid on the packed dirt above each body.

Embalmed bodies and/or those in non-biodegradable caskets, such as metal, are not eligible for the green burial option. Green burial is not an option for the second interment into a companion plot in which a companion vault is already in place.

What payment options do you offer?

We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard.

How can I be sure my burial wishes will be followed?

Entering into a pre-need contract is the best way to assure that your burial wishes are followed. In the absence of this, clear, written instructions should be given to the person who will be responsible for your funeral and cemetery arrangements. In California, these written instructions are not legally binding. Under current law, the final decision will rest with your executor(s), even taking precedence over the nearest relative’s choice. It is important, therefore, to choose a person whom you can trust to carry out your wishes.

Do I have to use a funeral director?


California law permits people to look after all arrangements themselves, provided all legal requirements (permits, certificates, etc.) are met.

What will happen to the remaining interment spaces when I die?

Interment rights held by a person who dies become part of the estate of the deceased. It is, therefore, important to contact the Davis Cemetery District as soon as possible following the death of the interment rights holder(s) to establish signing authority relative to the future use of the interment rights. Certain documentation will be required, and since these vary according to the type of ownership and whether or not a will exists, a call to the Davis Cemetery District is most important.

May I sell interment rights to someone else?

No. The Cemeteries Act prohibits the private resale of interment rights. You may, however, transfer your interment rights to a third party. This would require you to surrender your Interment Rights Certificate to the Davis Cemetery District so that the transfer of ownership may be recorded.

If the interment rights holder chooses to sell his/her interment rights back to the District, the District will refund the original purchase price. For plots purchased in sections A-N, which were less than $500 at the time of purchase, the District will provide a flat refund of $500. Endowment care is non-refundable.

Please contact our staff for further details.

May I designate the future use of my interment rights now?

You may designate for future use of both interment space and inscription space on an existing memorial. Allocations may be changed or canceled at any time by the current interment rights holder(s). Again, any such allocation must meet the eligibility requirements as set forth in the California Health and Safety Code.

Can someone other than the interment rights holder be interred in a grave?

Yes. Anyone may be interred in any grave with the permission of the interment rights holder(s) provided they meet the eligibility requirements laid out in the California Health and Safety Code.

What is the difference between the various types of ownership?

Sole ownership means one individual, the interment rights holder, owns the interment rights. Upon the death of the interment rights holder, his/her estate retains ownership of the interment rights. Any future interments, transfers, etc., would require legal documentation to be filed at the Davis Cemetery office. Joint owners are two or more individuals owning interment rights. Upon the death of an interment rights holder, the surviving interment rights holder, his/her estate retains ownership of the interment rights. Again, any further activity with these interment rights will require the filing of legal documentation with the Davis Cemetery District. Legal requirements and the Cemeteries Act require us to obtain written authorization from the interment rights holder(s) for permission and/or direction before any interment rights can be utilized.

May more than one person own the interment rights on the same grave?

Yes, interment rights can be owned by more than one person. A second interment rights holder can be added at the time of plot purchase or at a later date.

May I leave a candle burning at the grave?

You are welcome to light a candle or incense while visiting the grave-site, provided you extinguish it and take it away with you. Please do not leave a burning candle or incense at the grave when you leave. An unattended flame poses a great safety hazard to both visitors and staff, as well as to the surrounding property. Glass and plastic candle holders left on the grave will be removed. Such items are easily broken and pose a safety hazard.

May I put flowers on my grave?

Natural and artificial flowers may be placed on graves providing appropriate containers and Agrosoke are used. Please use plastic containers, as glass or pottery is easily broken and becomes a safety hazard to both visitors and staff. Flower containers should not extend beyond the headstone area. During mild weather, district employees mow the turf areas at least once a week and must be able to operate the large riding mowers efficiently. This often means removing large floral arrangements that spill over beyond the vicinity of the monument. Please note that mosquito control regulations require that Agrosoke gel must be kept in all containers at all times. It lasts for more than a year and we will replace it when it needs to be replaced. You can get the gel for free from our office.

May I put a small hedge or fence around my grave?

Plants, fencing, or other perimeter markers are not permitted.

How soon after an interment may I place a memorial?

The memorial can be ordered as early or as late as you like however, we recommend waiting at least 2 weeks to give the ground time to adequately settle.

Are memorial markers required on a grave?

No. The Davis Cemetery District does not mandate the placement of a marker or monument on a grave site. In general we do not permit the placement of a marker or monument on a grave site until at least one interment has been done into the plot in question. Should a family choose to have a marker or monument installed on a plot, the District reserves the right to regulate the size and most aspects of how the monument is set. The California Health and Safety Code prohibits public cemeteries from participating in the sale of markers and monuments.

What is included in the interment fee?

The interment fee includes administration and permanent record-keeping (determining ownership, obtaining permission and the completion of other documentation which may be required, entering interment particulars in the interment register, maintaining all legal files); opening and closing the grave (locating the grave and laying out the boundaries, excavating and filling the interment space); leveling, tamping, re-grading and sodding of the grave-site; leveling and re-sodding of the grave after the earth settles. The fee also includes the use of chairs, canopy, podium, and AV needed for graveside service. Any other supplies/and or services which may be required at the time of an interment would be an additional cost.

What if I prefer casket burial, but my spouse prefers cremation?

A casket plot can accommodate both a casket and up to three sets of cremains. If the first to be interred is cremated, we do recommend the use of a cremation vault in order to protect the urn at the time of second interment.

How many cremated remains can be placed in a grave?

The Davis Cemetery District allows cremains to be placed in standard casket plots in addition to our cremation only plots. A casket plot can accommodate up to four sets of cremains and allow raised monuments to be placed. A small cremation plot can accommodate one set of cremains and is restricted to a flush marker. A large cremation plot can accommodate up to two sets of cremains and is restricted to a flush marker.

 

Is a casket required?

A casket is required for a standard burial. We do however offer a green burial option that does not require the use of a casket. Please see our green burial FAQ for additional details.

Does a body have to be embalmed before it is interred?

No, embalming is not a requirement in California. It is entirely your choice, and may depend on such factors as whether or not there will be an open casket with viewing of the body (currently NOT permitted on cemetery property); if the body is to be transported by air or rail; the length of time prior to interment, etc. Please note, if the family wishes to have a “green burial” we do not allow embalmed bodies.

What is the purpose of the Endowment Fee?

The Davis Cemetery District manages an Endowment Care Fund to ensure there will be resources available to maintain the cemetery in the future. The establishment and management of an endowment care program is mandated by the California Health and Safety Code. It is our objective to care for and maintain our cemetery in a manner in which the community can take pride. We set aside more than the minimum required by law, to ensure that essential services are provided at the standards you expect and to which you are entitled. Regular care and maintenance activities include: mowing turf, string trimming,  pruning trees and shrubs, repairing and expanding irrigation systems, roads and drainage systems, etc.

What is plot ownership?

When you purchase cemetery plots you are purchasing the right to designate who may be interred or entombed in the plot. The plot itself remains the property and responsibility of the District. A plot holder is often referred to as the interment rights holder. As the interment rights holder, you also have the right to place a marker or monument, the size of which is subject to District rules and regulation. All interment rights are subject to the cemetery rules and regulations, as well as the California Health and Safety Code.