Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a Trash Container?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery has a large trash container located behind the enclosure at the far southwest corner of the cemetery at the second turnaround. Unfortunately, we have to keep it locked because outsiders have a tendency to fill up the container as quickly as we can have it emptied. However, if you have small trash to discard, please place it in the trash container on the east side of the larger unit. This, in turn, will be dumped into the large container as it fills up. If you have a bag or bags of trash resulting from cemetery cleanup, please place them behind the trash container and we’ll move them into the bin.
Is there a Restroom within the cemetery?
We do have a unisex porta potty located behind the enclosure at the far southwest corner of the cemetery at the second turnaround.
What are the cemetery hours?
Pleasant Valley is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. However, we do lock the gates the day before, the day of and the day after Halloween from Sunset to sunrise. Note that the cemetery is patrolled by the Overland Park Police Department from time to time.
Entry from Hayes Street (East entrance — Sanford Gate
The main entrance to Pleasant Valley Cemetery is off 159th Street with the right turn only entry through the arch. This is an entrance, NOT an exit. You can exit via the far east road in the cemetery or through the east gate and onto Hayes Street out to 159th Street. Please note that all heavy equipment is prohibited from entering or exiting via Hayes Street and/or the East (Sanford) Gate.
What is the size of a lot?
All lots are 36 inches wide by six feet deep. Headstones for a single lot must sit on a concrete base that does not exceed 36 inches for a single lot and there must be a four (4) inch lip around the monument headstone.
Which side should the lettering be on a headstone?
We leave that decision up to the individual families. It is recommended that the detailed information be placed on one side and the family name on the other side. This makes it easier to locate a monument. Typically, the detailed information faces the closest road, but the center row can go either direction. Try not to place the monument so that you must stand on the gravesite of the individual you are visiting in order to read the detailed information.
Is there a particular reason for the placement of remains in a plot?
The headstone denotes just that, the head of the grave. All graves face to the east. Traditionally, the man is on the right and the woman on the left. However, that decision is up to the family.
How many spaces are there in a Plot?
Each plot contains five (5) 36-inch spaces running from south to north as you face east. Spaces are lettered A, B, C, D, E. There is a 36-inch walkway on the right of Space A and to the left of Space E. Spaces in Section 9 contain six (6) spaces per lot lettered A through F. Same walkway applies as above.
Is there still space left in Pleasant Valley Cemetery?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery is approximately two-thirds filled. The South area is platted, but not marked yet and we will need to add roads, water lines and trees. We do not anticipate needing that area for several years. The older sections of the cemetery are mostly sold, but we have many attractive lots left for purchase in the rest of the cemetery.
Do I pay any fees for Perpetual Care?
At Pleasant Valley Cemetery, perpetual care is built into purchase price of the lot. While we cannot predict the future, currently Pleasant Valley is in a very comfortable financial position in regard to perpetual care. Additionally, we are a Taxing District which would allow us to collect taxes to maintain the cemetery should we ever need it. Currently we have not asked for the tax to be collected and we don’t see a need in the immediate future.
Do you recommend any Monument Companies for the purchase of Monuments?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does maintain a list of monument companies that have done work within the cemetery. That list is located on this website under the Resources Tab. We don’t endorse companies, but provide this list as a reference tool for you to research. They all do excellent work!
Do you recommend any Funeral Homes for us to use?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does maintain a list of funeral homes that have done work within the cemetery. That list is located on this website under the Resources Tab. We don’t endorse any of these companies, but provide this list as a reference tool for you to research. They all do excellent work!
Can you bury double deep in a single lot?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does not offer the option of providing for two (2) regular burials in a single lot. However, you do have the option of having one regular burial and one cremation in a single lot or two cremations in a single lot. There is an additional charge of $300 for the second burial in a single lot.
Can I place two cremains in the same Niche in the Columbarium?
We do offer the option of placing two (2) sets of cremains in the same niche in the Columbarium for an additional charge of $300. If you do this, you need to be very careful about the selection of the two (2) cremains containers as the space is only 11 3/4 x 11 x 12 ¾ inches. If the second container will not fit, you will be required to purchase a second niche and there may not be one available near your original purchase.
Can I purchase a space “on time”?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does not have the option of offering a purchase “on time” or offering a payment plan. The reason for this is that we do not maintain an office and, therefore, do not have the capabilities of following up. However, we will allow you to select a space and put a 60-day hold on the space. After 60 days, the space goes back in the regular inventory and is available for purchase by the general public.
I would like to get involved with the cemetery. How do I do that?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does have a group called Friends of PVC who perform light general maintenance and landscaping duties. You work at your own pace and on your own schedule. You would be assigned a particular section to maintain and provided guidance on what tasks should and should not be performed. Pleasant Valley relies heavily on its volunteers and your help would be much appreciated. To join Friends of PVC, please contact Mike Flanagan at (913) 706-3766 — Cell or Mpaulf62@gmail.com.
I need to find the location of a loved one. How do I do that?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does maintain records, but because we do not have an on-site office, we can’t offer you that option on a routine basis. However, if you would call Mike Flanagan at (913) 706-3766 or send him an e-mail at Mpaulf62@gmail.com, he can generally get you the necessary information relatively quickly although probably not as quickly as if there were an on-site office. We do have an alphabetical list on this website under the Resources Tab that is updated annually in May. You can also go to www.findagrave.com.
Why do you remove all decorations twice a year?
Pleasant Valley removes ALL decorations from gravesites on the first non-rainy, non-Easter weekend in April and again on the first non-rainy weekend in October. This includes flowers placed in vases and/or on top of headstones. We do this in the spring to get rid of all the holiday arrangements and to prepare the cemetery for the Memorial Day decorations. In the Fall, we remove the spring/summer arrangements to allow for Fall and holiday decorations. If you have a particular decoration you wish to save, please remove it prior to these two weekends. Also, do not decorate prior to these two weekends or you run the risk of having your decoration removed. There is also an informal cleanup “around” June 15, but this is designed to remove ONLY decorations placed in front of or behind a headstone. We do this so that the mowers and trimmers can have an easier time and not damage decorations. At no time are mementoes removed unless they are in the way of the mowers.
Can I place decorations in front of or behind a monument?
We do allow for decorations to be placed in front of or behind a headstone between mid-April and mid-June. After that, they are removed to allow for the mowers to have an easier time mowing.
Why do you take down Shepard Staffs that are empty?
Any Shepard’s staff or flag holder without a flag are removed for safety reasons and liability. If you wish to maintain a Shepard’s staff, please make sure that you keep something on the staff or it will be removed. Also, keep flags on flag holders and see that they are in good shape and season appropriate. If not, they will be removed. When we remove them, they are placed in our maintenance shed and kept for six months and then donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Can I plant a bush or annual on a gravesite?
We do not encourage you to plant any bushes or annuals on a grave site as we do not maintain those plants and they grow wild and often unsightly. If we see this happening, we will remove the plant from your site. They can be planted ONLY if you maintain them vigilantly. However, this is NOT encouraged!
Can I place an in-ground vase in front of or behind a monument?
You cannot place an in-ground vase in front of or behind a monument at any time. If you do, we will not accept liability if it gets hit by a mower which often happens. In-ground vases may be placed on the right of left of a headstone if there is room. If you want a vase in conjunction with your monument stone, it is recommended that you purchase a non-metal vase that is permanently attached to the monument itself. Just do not exceed the lot(s) dimensions.
What are the options for placing cremains in a plot?
When you are ready to place cremains in the ground, you have three options:
- You can have a funeral home prepare the space for you.
- You can have Pleasant Valley Cemetery prepare the space for you. Check for costs.
- You can prepare the space yourself.
If you prepare the space yourself, we require a 25 x 25 x 25-inch space and you must return the ground to as close to its original look as possible. Also, you cannot do this yourself unless you first notify the cemetery that you are doing this and when.
Can I sprinkle ashes on a grave site in the cemetery?
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does not allow for the spreading of ashes on the ground within the cemetery. We have too much activity within the cemetery and find it to be a disrespectful practice to have mowers and individuals walking on cremains. If that is your wish, there are probably better places for this to happen.
How do I enter and exit the cemetery?
There is a right turn only turn from 159th Street as you are going east. You would pass through the arch. You can also turn on Hayes Street on the west side of Redeemer Church and proceed about one-fourth block and enter through the Sanford Gate.
To exit, you can take the last internal road on the east side and exit to the east on 159th Street. You can also go out the Sanford Gate onto Hayes Street and proceed north to 159th Street and turn left or right.