Please call or email the cemetery for information and appointments.
(April 2, 2020) In order to be in compliance with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25, the Arlington Municipal Cemetery will be implementing changes and requirements for conducting burials. Funeral Home and Cemetery staff play a critical role for families during this unprecedented time. It is very important that we follow guidelines and recommendations that have been issued.
For the time being, graveside services may only be attended by immediate family members of the deceased. The family members in attendance must maintain proper social distancing, defined by the Centers for Disease Control as staying six feet apart. Regulations require two cemetery staff to perform burials and the Funeral Director must also be present. The current limit of gatherings cannot exceed ten people, therefore, guests will be limited to the maximum of seven or less immediate family members.
At the graveside, we will set up only a small tent over the casket, in inclement weather. Family will be required to maintain the six-foot social distancing protocol. Plastic chairs will be provided, set six-foot apart. Lowering of the casket will be performed by Cemetery staff; attending family members will have a maximum of 60 minutes of personal time and then will be required to clear the grave site area for staff to perform the necessary steps to conclude the interment. We ask that family members wait at least one day before anyone comes back to the graveside to visit.
The Arlington Municipal Cemetery was formally plotted as "Harwood Cemetery" in 1903 and operated by a non-profit association. Adjoining property was purchased over the years and the Cemetery now encompasses 30 acres. The City of Arlington assumed ownership and operation in 1999. The Cemetery is self-supporting and does not rely on tax revenues for operation and maintenance.
Hours of Operation for Visitation
The cemetery is open year round (365 days) for visitation. The grounds are open from 8 a.m. to dusk. The gates are locked at dusk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets must be on a leash.
The grounds consist of thirty fenced and landscaped acres. Adult graves are located throughout the property. Babyland is reserved for infants. An urn garden is reserved for ground inurnments. Two niche walls are available for cremations.
Vaults, other burial containers, memorial benches and trees, and customized memorial headstones are available for purchase.
A percentage of all grave sales revenue is placed in an endowed care fund to ensure future care of the Cemetery. The Cemetery is actively maintained by full time office and grounds maintenance staff.
Pre Need Arrangements
Property and other items may be purchased in advance of need with a Certificate of Use issued to the purchaser.