The opening and closing fee (typically referred to as just the “opening and closing”) is a single charge that paid prior to any interment taking place whether it be in a niche, crypt or ground burial space. Included in this fee is the opening of the space, the basic service set up and the closing of the space.

To speak with one of our Memorial Advisors and schedule an appointment to tour available spaces, niches, and lots, please contact the cemetery office at 216-421-2665.

For more than 145 years, families and individuals have established thousands of private family lots at Lake View. Many of these lots were purchased with the intention of creating a legacy, through providing a place for family members to be buried together for generations to come. If you are a descendant of the original lot owner (purchaser) of a lot at Lake View Cemetery, you, your spouse, and your descendants most likely have rights of interment on that lot. If you are unsure about available space on a family lot, please contact the cemetery office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with establishing your rights of interment.

As a non-profit, non-denominational cemetery, we are the final resting place for people of all faiths and walks of life. Lake View was founded over 145 years ago to serve all citizens of Cleveland, and that continues to be an important part of our mission today.

At least one of the next of kin must come in (usually at least 48 hours in advance of the burial) for an arrangement conference. In this meeting you will go over all of the arrangements for the burial or placement of cremated remains with one of our Memorial Advisors. One of the next of kin will also need to sign an Interment Authorization, which is a form authorizing the cemetery to open a grave space and perform a burial.

In order for a burial to take place three basic things are required here at the cemetery. You must have a space, a burial vault and an opening and closing. All of these items must be paid in full prior to a burial taking place.

An endowment care fund was established long ago for the express purpose of taking care of the cemetery in perpetuity. This means that long after the last burial is performed here at Lake View, we will continue to care for our grounds perpetually.

A portion of everything you purchase made here at the cemetery is used to pay for the care and maintenance of the cemetery. So, by purchasing your merchandise here, you are helping to ensure that Lake View Cemetery is cared for forever.

Yes, we now have a line of caskets that are available on a pre-arrangement basis.

Yes you may- please contact our office for information on how to go about transferring property from one owner to another.

Ground Burial Space

We have a comprehensive rules and regulations handbook available in the cemetery office. For a brief summary of rules, click here.

Please call to speak with one of our Memorial Advisors who can give you a complete no-obligation breakdown of all costs.

When you buy space in the cemetery you are not actually purchasing the land, what you are buying is the right to be buried on the space- this is called an interment right.

Maintenance Plans and Horticulture

We have a full time horticulturist on staff here at the cemetery who can help design a planting plan that will suit the area of the cemetery where your lot is located.

You can ensure that a special level of care is given to your lot or monument by setting up an endowment today to take care of future costs. Contact our office and speak with a memorial advisor for current costs.


See our Temporary Stone Program – this will allow the grave to be marked while you are still deciding on a permanent memorial.

We have partnered with two different monument companies to provide for all of your memorialization needs. Talk to one of our Memorial Advisors to learn more about creating a meaningful headstone or monument for your family.

Payment Options

Yes, we have a section that is specifically designated for honorably discharged veterans. In this section, the space is provided free of charge for the veteran and the government provides a free headstone. The only costs left associated with a veteran burial are the opening and closing, burial vault and headstone foundation.

For those who choose to prearrange, we offer convenient payment terms, 0% interest and financing over as many as 48 months. Our financing is done all in-house so there is no credit check or health exam required.

Lake View does not have a specific program for low-income families, however we do offer a wide range of price points in an attempt to accommodate most budgets. Additionally, when you choose to plan ahead we offer convenient payment plans with 0% interest.