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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: March 8, 2010


Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) will hold a public meeting on cemetery registration and the Distressed Cemetery Fund on April 30 at 10 a.m. at the DPH training room in the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover. The Distressed Cemetery Fund provides for the improvement of conditions in distressed cemeteries and is administered by the Delaware Cemetery Board.

Under Delaware Code Title 29, Chapter 79A, distressed cemeteries are defined as "any land or structure used or intended to be used for the interment of human remains whereby the owner lacks sufficient financial resources for the maintenance or preservation of said cemetery as determined by the Board."

The fund assists individuals, groups and/or owners in maintaining and preserving cemeteries by making needed repairs and improvements and addressing safety and health concerns which they would not be able to do without these funds. Funding amounts range from $1,000 to $2,000. To qualify a cemetery must be registered with the State of Delaware.

For additional questions or to request an application, call (302) 744-4541 or e-mail

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.