NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery

FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to provide for burial?
For decorated honorably discharged veterans, a copy of the last discharge document and a copy of the order awarding the decoration if it is not listed on the discharge document. Former prisoners of war (POW) must provide a copy of their last discharge document and an official military document that confirms their former POW status. An active duty statement is required for active duty personnel. Veterans retired from active duty are not required to provide documentation unless their military retirement has been combined with civil service retirement. In this case a copy of the retirement order and the last discharge document must be provided. Retired Reservists must provide a discharge document copy that verifies active military service for other than training purposes. A drivers license or utility bill may be used to verify state residency.

How do I make arrangements for burial?
Arrangements for burial in Doyle Cemetery cannot be made in advance. At the time of need, contact a local funeral home. While there, have the funeral director call the cemetery's interment office at (609) 758-7250 to request burial. Any required documents (see preceding answer) should be provided to the funeral director and faxed to the cemetery at (609) 758- 0169. The same procedure is followed if an eligible family member predeceases the veteran. Eligibility is based on the veteran's military service.

How do I get the casket or urn to Doyle Cemetery?
Generally, your funeral director will arrange transportation of the remains. All costs associated with the shipping and storage of remains is the responsibility of the next of kin. If the death occurred while on active duty, the appropriate branch of service will pay for all transportation costs. Cremated remains may be shipped by the funeral director or the next of kin, or may be brought to the cemetery by the next of kin at the time of interment. We recommend using the U.S. Postal Service when shipping cremated remains to the cemetery.

How much does it cost to be buried in Doyle Cemetery?
There is no charge for services provided by the cemetery including the preparation and maintenance of the grave site or a Government-provided headstone, niche cover, or grave liner. The next of kin may elect to purchase a private vault in place of those provided by the cemetery. Arrangements for these items must be made in advance.

What military honors are provided?
Military honors are provided to all veterans. Dependents without military service are not eligible for military honors.

How do I arrange for military honors?
The cemetery staff will advise the next of kin or the funeral director of the honors available and make arrangements once a request has been made. Cemetery staff may also arrange a military chaplain and schedule use of the chapel when requested.

If my spouse or dependent child should predecease me, can they be buried in Doyle Cemetery?
Yes. However, the eligible veteran will be required to sign a statement agreeing to be buried at their time of need in the same grave site. Continued on reverse side.

What is a grave liner?
It is a concrete container that the casket is placed in within a grave site. It is provided at no cost and is used to reduce the amount of grave sinkage subsequent to the interment. It is neither sealed nor water tight.

If my first spouse is interred in Doyle Cemetery and I remarry, can my second spouse also be interred in the same grave site?
The surviving spouse of an eligible veteran who had a subsequent remarriage to a non-veteran and whose death occurred on or after January 1, 2000, is eligible for burial based on his or her marriage to the eligible veteran.

Can I have a chapel service at Doyle Cemetery before the interment?
Yes, if requested in advance. Chapel services will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis by the cemetery staff at the time the burial arrangements are completed. Chapel services are conducted prior to the interment.

Can we use our family minister for the chapel service and at the grave site?
Yes. However, your family minister must keep the service within the scheduled time frame to avoid delaying the next scheduled service. If a long service is anticipated, it should be conducted in the family church or at the funeral home. Services should not exceed 20 minutes at the chapel. The cemetery staff can refer you to available clergy if needed.

If I am cremated, what military honors are provided?
There is no difference in the military honors provided for casketed or cremated remains.

If I am cremated, can my next of kin arrange for the interment without using a funeral home?
Yes. Your next of kin or their representative may call the cemetery's Interment Office at (609) 758-7250 to schedule a service.

Is a special container required for the inurnment of cremated remains?
No. The heavy plastic container provided by most crematories is acceptable for in-ground burial.

What is needed on the day of the interment service?
Family and friends of the deceased should arrive at the cemetery in their private vehicles, or in vehicles provided by the funeral home. These vehicles must be used to travel to the grave site or the columbarium for the service. The cemetery does not provide transportation. For the interment of cremated remains, the net of kin should arrive with the cremated remains, a cremation or death certificate, and a burial flag if military honors are being provided. Casketed remains brought to the cemetery by the funeral home in a hearse requires a transfer permit if crossing state lines. After eligibility is confirmed, how long will it be until the service can be conducted? In-ground burials average five to seven business days (excluding State holidays). Please note that requests for the chapel and military honors may cause the greater delay in scheduling interment services.
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