Holyhood Cemetery

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, Holyhood is a picturesque Victorian cemetery of narrow, winding paths, often ornate grave markers, graceful old trees, and flowering shrubbery.


584 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Contact Info

Phone: 617-327-1010
Fax: 617-327-0526

Gate Hours

During Daylight Savings: 7 days/week, 8:00am – 7:00pm
During Winter: 7 days/week, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Cemetery Map

Holyhood Cemetery Map

Hours & Holiday Schedule

Gate Hours

During Daylight Savings: 7 days/week, 8:00am – 7:00pm
During Winter: 7 days/week, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Office for both cemeteries is located at St. Joseph’s
990 LaGrange Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132

Holiday Schedule

Our office is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day*
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

*On Memorial Day weekend, our office is open each morning to assist families with grave locations and for Memorial Day Mass.


From I-95 / Rt. 128

  1. Take I-95 or Rt. 128 to Rt. 9 East 3½ miles to Chestnut Hill Mall on left.
  2. Take right at lights onto Hammond Street.
  3. Take 2nd right onto Heath Street.
  4. Holyhood Cemetery entrance is ¼ mile down on the left.

From Downtown Boston

  1. Take Storrow Drive west to the Kenmore Square exit.
  2. Take a left onto Brookline Ave.
  3. Follow Brookline Ave to the end.
  4. Take right onto Rt. 9 West, 4+ miles to lights at Hammond Street.
  5. Take left onto Hammond Street.
  6. Take the 2nd right onto Heath Street.
  7. Holyhood Cemetery entrance is ¼ mile on the left.

Cremation Burial Requirements

Please call the office by 10:00am one day prior to the burial. Our staff will take the required information over the phone, including:

  • legal name of deceased
  • address of the deceased
  • age of the deceased
  • date of death
  • location of grave to be opened for burial
  • family member requesting burial
  • family member’s address
  • family member’s telephone number
  • family member’s relationship to the deceased

Cremation burials are scheduled Monday-Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm, and for an additional fee, Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm.

Yes, the cemetery requires a permanent container which can be purchased from your funeral director. Cremations are released from the crematory in a temporary container which is not suitable for burial. A cremation liner can be purchased from the cemetery. This container is a basic white container which can be sealed by cemetery personnel on the day of burial.

Interment order signed by the owner or a direct heir to the owner. Cremation certificate released from the crematory with the cremation and sometimes taped to the cremation. Payment for the burial fee (check, cash or credit card).

The family is asked to gather at the cemetery office located at the main entrance at 990 LaGrange Street in West Roxbury, MA 15 minutes before the scheduled time. If the burial is taking place at Holyhood Cemetery, the family will gather at the entrance of Holyhood, located at 584 Heath Street in Brookline, MA.

When the family is present and the paperwork has been completed, you will be led to the grave in procession. The grave will be dressed and a table will be set up to accommodate the cremation urn. Once the family has completed the graveside service, the urn will be placed in the prepared burial spot.

St. Joseph Cemetery can help you schedule clergy with a nearby rectory. Please let the cemetery staff know at the time of scheduling the cremation burial.

Most graves at St. Joseph Cemetery can accommodate 2 cremations in addition to 2 full casket burials. To request information on a specific grave, please call the office at 617-327-1010.

Find A Loved One

Holyhood Cemetery Entrance

In the near future, you’ll be able to search our records for loved ones by plot owner and/or deceased name. But at this time, please call our office at 617-327-1010 so that we can help you find a loved one.


Making final arrangements is a rather simple process, but most people do it only once, so it’s understandable that you may not have all the facts you need to make informed decisions. For more information about what is involved and what your options are, please submit the form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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