Mapping Your Cemetery: Tips for Dealing with Non-Existent or Inaccurate Maps

After more than twenty years working with cemeteries to simplify record-keeping and streamline everyday tasks, our mapping experts have successfully transferred data to CIMS from a wide range of maps. From a cemetery office nearly losing paper records in Hurricane Katrina, to centuries-old hand-drawn maps and incomplete digital records, our team has seen it all. No matter what your situation is, hope is not lost! We will meet you where you’re at and work with your team to take your cemetery maps and records to the next level. If your records are not helping your staff run the cemetery smoothly, or you don’t know where to begin embarking on your journey to clean up your maps, this blog outlines a few tips to help you get started.

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CIMS 4.0: What’s New?

Keeping software up to date is important for retaining functionality and improving the user experience. The CIMS team is dedicated to developing cemetery management solutions designed to meet the challenges faced by modern cemeteries, backed by the latest technologies. That’s why we’ve rewritten the entire CIMS code base — over 1.2 million lines of code! This new update addresses several pain points and introduces a few new functions, all while retaining the cemetery management features our customers know and love. In addition, this update will make it easier for us to continue to improve the software in the future. All clients were migrated to the new version on December 12th.

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An iPhone and iPad display CIMS Light and CIMS Gold cemetery software.

What's the difference between CIMS Light and CIMS Gold?

Too often, inaccurate records and unreliable maps stand in the way of what cemeterians do best: serving families and providing comfort. That’s why cemeteries around the world are implementing cemetery software that streamlines record-keeping and mapping processes.

In this post, we take a closer look at two CIMS cemetery software products: CIMS Light and CIMS Gold. We’ll break down their key features and outline the big differences between the two popular software products.

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Considering cemetery management software? Start here.

Using a combination of paper maps, various records, and aging logbooks can make daily cemetery tasks feel more like a never-ending maze than, well, routine operations.

You empty every cabinet, trying to find lost files.

You pour over competing records, hoping to determine which is correct.

Maybe you even curse whomever kept the cemetery’s books 100 years ago.

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The sun sets behind a row of trees at a scenic cemetery. A laptop and iPhone display digital maps of cemetery grounds.

How to Convince Decision-Makers Cemetery Software Matters

Every so often, unfortunate cemetery errors make the news. While these mistakes aren’t common, the headlines cause a stir in local communities and across the deathcare industry.

Grieving family shocked to find someone else buried at their gravesite.

Burials exhumed after cemetery mistake.

Cemetery sells same plots to multiple families.

These situations are traumatic for everyone involved. Families are distraught. Communities are outraged. Cemeteries search for answers.

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What Is Cemetery Mapping?

Cemetery managers wear a lot of hats.

One day cemetery maintenance takes priority. The next: comforting grieving families.

Through it all, one task never changes. Cemetery managers are always responsible for keeping valuable cemetery information safe and secure. They protect historical deeds, contracts, and records. They preserve financial and personal documents. And of course, they maintain what is arguably the most important cemetery document: the cemetery map.

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