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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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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.

"My sister was the person who was contacted as she was taking care of initial arrangements. That is why I wasn't contacted, not because I was overlooked or no one cared."

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November 2020

"Thank you for helping me during this difficult time."

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October 2020

"We live out of state. Considering this and that we could not meet in person before or after the service, everything turned out remarkable well. Thank you."

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September 2020

"Everything from the initial contact to the day of the burial all went as planned."

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July 2020

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