Why do people choose Glen Forest Cemetery when planning for the future and at the time of need?

Reputation: Serving Yellow Springs and Miami Township since 1823, more families have chosen Glen Forest Cemetery than any other and cemetery in the area. 

Experience: We have been part of your community for nearly 200 years. Therefore, you can trust our staff of caring people to treat you with warmth and compassion when you need it most.

Convenience: We offer multiple cemetery options. With six different sections and different price points, we believe families can choose a location that best fits their needs.

Who owns Glen Forest Cemetery?

The Miami Township Board of Trustees own the cemetery.

My loved one died in another state, but he owns property at Glen Forest Cemetery. How do we get him to you for burial?

If you will be having church or memorial services outside of Ohio, you will need to contact the local funeral home in your town to provide you with the mortuary services that you will need. Your funeral home will then make arrangements to ship your loved one to Glen Forest Cemetery for burial.

We don’t have a lot of money. Does Glen Forest offer any assistance or have a program for families who are low-income?

Glen Forest does not have a formal assistance program for low-income families. We make every effort to provide a wide variety of options for every budget. 

Why do I have to use a burial vault in the cemetery? Is it required by law?

Ohio State law does not require a vault or outer burial container. However, we require a vault at Glen Forest Cemetery to maintain the integrity of the ground and to prevent the ground from sinking. Ensuring that the ground stays level keeps the cemetery safe for staff and visitors.  

Do you have a Veterans cemetery section and to what funeral and burial benefits are we entitled?

An honorably discharged veteran may be eligible for Veterans Administration Benefits which may include an American flag, a two-person honor guard at graveside to play taps and fold and present flag, possible reimbursement for a portion of the service and transportation fees, burial in any national cemetery, and a granite headstone or flat granite or bronze grave marker.

Can you make special accommodations with regard to my religious affiliation? Does Glen Forest have a Jewish section? Muslim section? Catholic section?

The Glen Forest Family welcomes all faiths and religions. Your advisor can assist you in arranging a funeral ceremony and final resting place that honors your affiliation. Our commitment is to provide you with quality services that are right for you, regardless of affiliation or non-affiliation.

We celebrate the ethnic diversity of our community by offering a wide variety of options to meet the special religious and cultural traditions of families. Whether your family wishes to observe longstanding traditions, create new rituals, or blend both together, our staff can help.

When I buy a space or lot, do I own the land?

No. What you own is the right to determine who may be buried in your lot. These rights are called “interment rights.” The land remains the property, and the responsibility, of the cemetery.

How long do I own my interment rights?

You and your heirs will own the interment rights to your space forever.

Is there still land available for burials at Glen Forest Cemetery?

Yes. With the additions made to the cemetery in the last decade, Glen Forest will have space available for many generations to come.


With more and more people choosing cremation, Glen Forest has invested heavily in cremation options for our clients.

What is cremation?

Cremation is simply the process of reducing the human body to particles and bone fragments using high heat and flame. It is not the scattering or burying of the ashes, and it is not a type of funeral service.

How long does cremation take?

That depends on the weight of the deceased, but cremation usually takes between two and three hours.

How soon after death is the cremation carried out?

Usually within 3 to 5 days. State law requires that a body be held for no less than 24 hours before it’s cremated.

Do I have to order a casket for the cremation?

A). No, you don’t. State law does not require it. All that is needed is a rigid, combustible container, which is called an alternative cremation container.

What happens after cremation?

At the end of the cremation process, the bone fragments are processed to a consistent size and placed them into a temporary or permanent urn.

At some point you may want to consider the permanent placement of the ashes. We offer you several options, including communal or private inurnment above or below ground. 

What do the ashes look like?

Cremated remains (or cremains) resemble coarse sand. They range in color from white to gray. Cremains weigh between four and eight pounds.

What are the ashes put in?

Usually a sturdy plastic urn is used as a standard container. However, a variety of beautiful and personalized urns are also available. A variety of keepsakes and mementos are also available, some that hold a portion of the ashes.

How do I know I’ll get the right ashes?

All Crematoriums have strict procedures that all personnel must follow: only certified personnel can operate the equipment and everyone must use our positive identification system for the whole cremation process. Only one body is cremated at a time, in compliance with the law.

When do I get the ashes?

Once the ashes are ready, usually two to three days after the cremation, you will be contacted. At some point you may want to consider the permanent placement of the ashes. We offer several options, including communal or private inurnment above or below ground.

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