The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Lauren Holstein

Somerset Hills Memorial Park and Mausoleum is committed to serving the needs of families as they find the final place of rest for their loved one. Located in Basking Ridge, the park-like setting in the rolling hills provide peace and serenity. Their dedicated Professional Family Service Counselors provide everlasting care as they guide you in making the choice that is right for you and your family as you visit and review mausoleums.

Since 1980, Somerset Hills Memorial Park has been specializing in ground burials, single graves, and family plots. They offer indoor and outdoor mausoleum crypts in various sizes such as single, double length, or companion. Cremation niches, an above-ground burial space, are available for the mausoleums. They can have either marble or glass fronts. The glass front allows the family to create a personalized memorial with a photo or special trinket. The outdoor niches come available in marble, bronze, or granite.

They have recently created the "Veterans Garden of Honor,” available for cremated remains to be placed in niches, benches, or garden spaces. Urn gardens, for the burial of cremated remains, are also available in a few locations throughout the cemetery.

“We encourage clients to come and take a tour,” says General Manager, Gina Walker. “Our grounds are beautifully manicured and maintained. As a memorial park, we do not have upright headstones, we allow only flush bronze markers, keeping with the natural landscape. Our mausoleums are constructed of the finest Italian marbles with bronze lettering on the fronts."

Somerset Hills Memorial Park is inclusive of all – including faith and pets. “We encourage our families to create a service that represents their loved one with music, reading, stories and even the family dog. Well-behaved pets are always welcome,” says Walker. Somerset Hills is also non-sectarian, serving all faiths and traditions. “We have two chapel areas that can be used at the time of need or later on for a memorial or anniversary service,” says Walker.

In a constant theme of embodying peace, respect, and dignity, the Somerset Hills Memorial Park is community inclusive. On the first Friday of every month, they host a Birdwalk. Attendees meet in the morning for coffee and treats before walking through the property guided by Randy Little, a local bird expert. Additionally, each December they work with Rolling Thunder Charities and bring Wreaths Across America to the cemetery. “This is a national program started at Arlington National Cemetery and has grown across the county. We invite family members and the community to join us in placing a wreath on every veteran's grave and mausoleum space. After the wreaths are placed, we gather in the chapel for lunch and friendship,” says Walker. Both events are open to everyone and free of charge. They also encourage the community to use their park as a safe place to walk, jog, or walk dogs.

Somerset Hills Memorial Park is also budget conscious. "We strive to offer our clients different options and price points. We also offer an interest-free financing program,” says Walker. Additionally, “due to careful management and planning, we can provide perpetual care and do not charge any fees for maintenance.”

Call today to schedule a guided tour with Somerset Hills Memorial Park & Mausoleum.