Cemetery Overview

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.

Services

Please contact the office 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 (excluding monuments)

Plot Purchase

Plot sizes are 4ft x 8ft. At minimum, a $1,000 deposit is required per plot; the remaining balance may be paid off monthly, but must be paid in full within one calendar year. Individuals are encouraged to visit the cemetery to select a plot(s). 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. Plots may be returned for a refund, less a $50 processing fee. A written statement of cancellation is required before a refund may be issued.
Pricing

Cemetery Plot: $3000
Deposit: $1000

Type Weekday Saturday
Grave Opening $1400 $2100
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.

Type Price
Wooden Cross & Name Plate $500
Wooden Grave Cover/Frame $300
Concrete Grave Cover/Frame $600
Synod Tax $50
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

Monuments

Monuments may be installed once a cemetery plot is paid in full or one calendar year after interment to ensure proper ground settlement. Please be advised that if a monument is installed prior to interment additional costs will be incurred at the time of burial (see pricing). Novo-Diveevo does not install monuments; plot owners must choose a monument contractor. Any and all arrangements with regards to monuments must be conducted through a monument contractor only and not with the cemetery. A monument in the shape of a cross is preferred. If another design is chosen, a cross must still be the focal point of the monument. Any photos or etchings must be kept to a minimum (no greater than 8 inches in height) and must not overshadow the cross (which should be at least 12 inches).

Grave Site Care

Currently the convent does not provide perpetual care for grave sites; however, the common grounds are maintained by the cemetery staff. In some cases the cemetery staff may need to remove objects that obstruct their ability to mow the lawn. We apologize for this inconvenience. It is the individual’s responsibility to care for their own plantings. Although trees and shrubs beautify a grave site, they can also damage nearby monuments. There is a significant deer population in the area and they tend to eat a lot of plants and flowers. Please consult the office prior to planting any large shrubs or trees. In addition, please consult the office prior to bringing in benches or any large objects intended for use at a grave site.

Effective October 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.