Volunteer East Lawn cemetery lacks city, county support

It’s not always easy for a local cemetery to stay alive.

Gravesites need to be maintained, bills need to be paid, and revenue relies solely on death.

Every active cemetery deals with difficulties, but for a board of less than 10 retirees, maintaining East Lawn Burial Park in Urbana is a grave concern.

“East Lawn, being the way it is, it’s independent of all that and solely on its own to support itself,” said David Short, a member of the cemetery board who has volunteered with it for seven years. “There was a time when people just abused the cemetery and got what they could from it.”

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