Who We Are

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A private cemetery since its beginning, MapleWood was established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan, a lawyer with a successful Chicago practice. He purchased its original 80 acres and received a perpetual charter from Illinois in 1861, and soon hired prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland to plan its park-like ambiance.

Services

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Crypt Burial

The concrete or stone chambers in a mausoleum, where the caskets are placed and sealed, are called wall crypts. Lawn Crypt. A lawn crypt, also known as an underground mausoleum, consists of pre-installed vaults that allow for single or double depth (stacked) burial in a cemetery lawn space.Learn More »
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Ground Burial

Humans have been burying their dead for at least 100,000 years. Burial is often seen as indicating respect for the dead. It has been used to prevent the odor of decay, to give family members closure and prevent them from witnessing the decomposition of their loved ones, and in many cultures it has been seen as a necessary step for the deceased to enter the afterlife or to give back to the cycle of life.Learn More »
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Floral Tributes

MapleWood Cemetery offers an option for annual care funds designated for special plantings, allowing the individualization of your loved one’s gravesite. Options includes ground coverings, special landscaping and flowers/plantings. Please contact the office for more information regarding special care funds.Learn More »
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Memorialization

Memorialization generally refers to the process of preserving memories of people or events. It can be a form of address or petition, or a ceremony of remembrance or commemorationLearn More »

Gallery

Long famous as the “Cemetery of Architects,” MapleWood Cemetery even owes its design and exceptional natural beauty to two 19th century landscape architects.