About

At Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum in River Grove, Illinois, we provide distinctive burial options that preserve memories and history for generations to come.

Manicured cemetery grounds

Inside Elmwood’s well-manicured gardens lie traditional in-ground burial spaces, as well as above-ground entombment. Our mausoleum serves as a stately centerpiece for our grounds, finished in stunning stone that captures both the eye and heart.

Family estates offer an opportunity to give future generations a central gathering place to reflect on their heritage. We also offer burial of cremated remains, as well as scattering ceremonies after cremation.

Veterans memorial

Discover our Hellenic American Veterans Memorial, erected by the Hellenic Post No. 343 of the American Legion. Antique trees with seasonal foliage serve as a backdrop behind trimmed hedges, leading to a reflecting pond.

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We warmly welcome celebrants of all faith traditions to our on-site chapel. If you would like to arrange a tour of our grounds, or require immediate assistance with burial in River Grove, please contact Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum. It is our honor to serve you day or night.

History

The land that Elmwood Cemetery sits on was originally a Union Army Post which housed barracks for soldiers during the United States Civil War. Our Civil War Memorials, in sections 4 and 41, pay tribute to the sacrifice Chicago-area men made from 1861 to 1865. Erected in 1903 by the U.S. Grant Post 28 of the Grand Army of the Republic, the memorial is inscribed with the names of the 48 Civil War battles in which post members fought. A statue of a Union Army flag bearer stands atop the memorial. It is flanked on each side by a figure of a representative of the Union Forces: Calvary, Infantry, Artillery and Navy. A total of over 200 Civil War veterans are buried near the monument. The Washington Post monument sits across the street in section 41 honoring soldiers who fought for our country.

The River Grove train depot was constructed in 1887, making it possible for those in the city to visit what was then farm land and country. Nine years later in 1896, the land was made into a cemetery, then called Elmwood Cemetery after the 5 Elm Groves in the area. Elmwood Cemetery has served family of all faiths and nationalities with dignity and honor for over 121 years. We have families of German, Norwegian, Irish, English, Chinese, Korean, Slovakian and Bohemian decent, and Elmwood Cemetery has been the preferred cemetery for many generations of Eastern Orthodox families for over 90 years. We also serve the Greek, Assyrian, Armenian, Russian, Ukrainian and Serbian communities. In fact, many families have chosen our compassionate care and beautiful park for their loved ones for as many as 4 generations.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Since 2005, many of our customers have taken the time to tell us how we did each year via our Voice of the Customer program. Our star ratings and comments from families come directly from these surveys.

"Elmood cemetery is a home, clean and excellent service. I myself has chosen it my home if I died here in the United States. I told my husband my culture like flying demise body back to Africa for my case I want to be put to rest in elmood cemetery where my daughter is."

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April 2022

"Her friends commented that it was a beautiful ceremony"

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February 2022

"The burial was perfect. We were met at the gate and guided to the plot. A tent was set up and everything went perfectly. From initial contact to conclusion Sabrina & Acadeli were fantastic. Thank you so much"

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January 2022

"Once we left the cemetery, we were saddened to leave our loved one in the dark. We had to fly back to NY and it weighed heavy on our minds.Our contact at Elmwood, Maribel Enriquez said she would be happy to put a lighted cross for us if we so chose to. As of the writing of this comment, she was preparing to place what we sent. This has meant the wo

rld to us because we feel like our Aunt Anna is not alone."

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