The Novo-Diveevo Cemetery is the largest Russian Orthodox cemetery outside of Russia. The cemetery provides a glimpse into Russian history. There are many prominent people buried among the nearly 8000 graves in the cemetery; Princess Vera Constantinova and Prince Georgy Constantinovich, niece and nephew of the last Russian Tsar; Father Seraphim Slobodskoy, author of The Law of God; Alexandra Tolstoy, daughter of author Leo Tolstoy; the wife and family of Baron Wrangel, and many others. We strive to maintain the unique style of a traditional Russian Orthodox cemetery. In keeping with Orthodox traditions, all graves and monuments are required to display a cross as the focal point. Only persons of a Christian faith are permitted to be buried within this cemetery.
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General Information: Orthodox Christian Burials
In the Orthodox Church, all important stages of a person’s life are sanctified through prayer. Of course, this also applies to the transition of the human soul from this temporal life to eternity. The service, specially established by the Church for parting of the human soul, is called an otpevanie or a funeral service. In the prayers of this important rite, people ask for forgiveness of the sins of the deceased, for their repose in the kingdom of heaven. The funeral service is also called minor canonization: the worshipers turn to God with the words “With the saints give rest …”, which means that we ask for the reposed to be among the saints…
Please contact the office or leave message below to make all arrangements for:
- Funeral Service (Otpevaniye) at Novo-Diveevo
- Burial arrangements and plot purchases
- Memorial Service (Panikhida) and Commemorative Prayers
- Grave site candle lighting
- Arrangements for grave site work care (excluding monuments)
- Monument Cleaning and Repair
Cemetery Plot: $3000
Minimum Initial Deposit $1500
*** Plot purchases by appointment only***
|Grave Opening with vault*||$2100||$2900|
* Vaults are not required, but additional burial expenses will apply. Contact the office for additional price quotes on services.
|Wooden Cross & Name Plate||$500|
|Wooden Grave Cover/Frame||$300|
|Concrete Grave Cover/Frame||$600|
|Existing Monument Surcharge||$300 – $2200 depending on monument size|
|Removal & Re-installation of borders and ledgers||$1080 – $3300 depending on type|
|Grave site Lantern||$85|
|Grave site Candle (for lantern)||$3.50|
Cemetery Rules and Regulations
- Only Orthodox Christians are allowed to be buried at the cemetery. The convent reserves the right to request proof of baptism, letter from parish priest or other church document verifying the person’s faith.
- An Orthodox Christian Funeral Service (Отпевание/Otpevaniye) must be held at the convent or any other Orthodox Christian church prior to the burial.
- The reposed cannot be cremated in order to be buried at the cemetery.
- One (1) Plot is 4 ft X 8 ft. A minimum $1,500 deposit is required per plot; the remaining balance may be paid off monthly, but must be paid in full within one calendar year from the date of the original deposit. Failure to pay within the allotted time may result in a full refund of paid funds and loss of plot.
- Plots must be paid off in full at the time of burial. Plot owners may not resell their plots; however, transfer of ownership to an immediate family member is permitted. A written statement of transfer must be provided to the convent office. Family members must be baptized in the Orthodox Christian faith.
- Monuments may only be installed once a cemetery plot is paid in full and a minimum of one (1) calendar year after interment (burial) to ensure proper ground settlement.
- A monument in the shape of a cross is recommended. If another design is chosen, a cross must still be the focal and central point of the monument. Any photos or etchings must be kept to a minimum (no greater than 4 inches in height) and must not overshadow the cross (which should be at least 12 inches). All other shapes and decorations are subject to approval from cemetery administration.
- The convent provides either a wooden or a concrete frame which is included in the burial costs. Any other or personal decorations, designs, frames, etc are not allowed without approval of cemetery administration and cannot exceed the personal plot space (4X8ft). Frames and borders cannot be bigger than 2.5ftX6.5ft.
- Trees, Shrubs, Benches and any other decorations are not permitted. Nothing at all can be placed on the plot unless it is paid in full. Failure to removed items within 1 month will result in their removal by cemetery workers at plot owner’s expense. Any items placed outside of bought personal plot space are subject to immediate removal. The cemetery staff may need to remove objects that obstruct their ability to mow the lawn or complete any other required work.
- Solicitation is not permitted at the cemetery. Please do not accept any services offered to you at the cemetery unless approved by the office.
Effective 2019 with the blessing of cemetery administration. Prices and rules are subject to change; we encourage you to consult with the office if you have any questions.
Inquire about plot purchases, grave upkeep, request for memorial services or other questions you may have about the cemetery.