How To Empty a Cemetery in Cities: Skylines

Emptying an existing cemetery in Cities: Skylines

One way to empty a cemetery is to build another cemetery in your city to transfer the deceased into. Or alternatively you could build a crematorium to process the deceased and remove them from a filled-up cemetery that way.

We’ll cover these options in a step-by-step process below.

This notification icon tells you that this cemetery is full and can no longer accept any more dedeceased / Cities: Skylines
This notification icon tells you that this cemetery is full and can no longer accept any more dedeceased.

Step 1: Build A New Cemetery or Crematorium

Before you can empty a cemetery, you’ll need somewhere to transfer the deceased. This will either be a new cemetery or a crematorium.

A crematorium is a more efficient long-term option since it processes the remains instead of stores them, so they won’t fill up. However, the crematorium isn’t unlocked until the “Big City” milestone. So another cemetery will be your only option until then.

Build another cemetery or crematorium (found next to each other in the healthcare build menu) / Cities: Skylines
Build another cemetery or crematorium (found next to each other in the healthcare build menu).

Ideally, you’d want the new cemetery or crematorium to not be too far away from the cemetery you need to empty.

This will facilitate a faster emptying process and prevent the hearses from causing traffic problems elsewhere in your city.

Make sure your new cemetery or crematorium has the water and power it needs to operate normally.

Step 2: Set the Building to Empty

Select the cemetery, then click on ‘Empty building to another facility’ (the icon with the up arrow).

Click this button to start the transfer process / Cities: Skylines
Click this button to start the transfer process
A hearse transferring remains to the crematorium / Cities: Skylines
A hearse transferring remains to the crematorium

This will start the process and soon you’ll see hearses bringing the remains to the new facility.

The cemetery’s info panel will also show you the decreasing number of remains stored in the old facility.

While the cemetery is emptying, it will not be operational; none of its hearses will be collecting the dead from your city.

Step 3: Resume Operations

This icon will tell you that your cemetery is done emptying / Cities: Skylines
This icon will tell you that your cemetery is done emptying.

Once your cemetery is done emptying, simply click on the button again (though this time it will say ‘Stop emptying’ and have a red cancel symbol across it).

This allows the hearses to resume normal operations and start collecting again.

Click ‘Stop emptying’ to resume normal operations / Cities: Skylines
Click ‘Stop emptying’ to resume normal operations

You can also stop the transfer process even before the cemetery is completely empty. The hearses will resume collecting bodies as long as the cemetery has some space available.

Liz Villegas

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