Opening & Closings of Graves

Opening & Closing Fees
  • Cremation Over 1 Year of Age (Monday - Saturday): $150
  • Grave Marker (Shaulis Road Only and Includes Installation): $255
  • Opening or closing for Any Individual Over 1 Year of Age (Monday - Saturday): $575
  • Opening or closing for Any Individual Over 1 Year of Age (Sundays and Holidays): $775
  • Opening or closing for Baby Up to 1 Year of Age: $100
  • Sunday Cremations and Holiday Cremations: $250
  • Thaw Charges for Cremation: $150
  • Thaw Charges for Regular Burial: $150
Services Fees
  1. Funeral Services: Black Hawk County General Assistance will provide assistance for funeral services in the sum of $1,000. This includes individuals of all ages.
  2. Cremation: Black Hawk County General Assistance will provide assistance for a cremation in the sum of $1,000. This includes individuals of all ages.
  3. Transients: Black Hawk County General Assistance will provide assistance for funeral services of nonresident indigent transients in the sum of $1,000 who do not have legal settlement in another county. If applicant has legal settlement in another Iowa county, applicant will be referred to the General Assistance Director of the County of settlement.
  4. Cemetery Arrangements: Black Hawk County General Assistance will only assist with the opening and closing of the grave if the burial takes place at the Shaulis Road Cemetery. Black Hawk County will also provide a grave marker at the Shaulis Road Cemetery. If the deceased has a lot in another cemetery, the family is going to be responsible for the cost to open and close that grave.
  5. Cemetery Arrangements outside of Shaulis Road Cemetery: Black Hawk County General Assistance will make an exception for individuals, who by their practicing faith are not allowed to be buried in a secular cemetery. If presented with clear and convincing evidence of this fact, the Black Hawk County General Assistance Director may allow reimbursement of the Opening and Closing of Grave fees previously outlined.