What Some of Our Clients Have to Say:

I am very pleased to write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Thomas P. Daly from Cemetery Helpful Solutions. Since meeting Tom in 2007, he has always been a wealth of information regarding all aspects of the cemetery industry.

In the spring of 2009 the City of Fitchburg hired Cemetery Helpful Solutions to analyze our policies and procedures. Tom conducted an initial assessment and supplied the cemetery with direction with regard to our rules and procedures. His excellent grasp of laws and his ability to guide others have helped the City of Fitchburg cemetery department many times. His dedication to the industry is remarkable, he is just a phone call away and he is always willing to help. His uncanny ability to know what the client needs and give direction makes any issue so much easier to handle.

Last year I had the pleasure of working with Tom again on the master plan project within our existing cemetery. He evaluated new development opportunities, prepared a conceptual site plan, estimated the potential yield and sales life of the remaining areas, analyzed short and long term capital needs, conducted an infrastructure study and conducted a crematory feasibility study. Tom made the process very easy, he was clear with the information that he needed in order to complete the project. He has followed up numerous times since completion of project to see if he can be any help in our process to implement suggestions in study.

Tom is very talented cemetery consultant and I have no hesitation in recommending him highly.

Jaquelyn R. Poirier
Cemetery Superintendent
City of Fitchburg

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On behalf of the members of the Preservation Coalition, and our numerous preservation partners statewide, thank you for helping to make the 2013 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference a success

Your invaluable contribution strengthened the importance of collaboration essential for successful, community-based preservation projects. The 399 attendees, as well as 30 preservation students, benefited greatly from your insights and knowledge.

Again, thank you for your time spent in preparation, your contribution, and a job well done.

James Igoe
Preservation Massachusetts

Michael Steinitz
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Massachusetts Historical Commission

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I am writing to recommend Cemetery helpful solutions (CHS). I have used CHS for a master plan for the Town of Shrewsbury's cemetery department.

I have found Tom Daly of CHS to be very professional and knowledgeable in the cemetery industry. He has helped us with several tasks and has always completed them in a though and timely manner. His knowledge of state and national regulations and guidelines regarding the cemetery industry has been very helpful to us.

I would not hesitate to use the services of CHS in the future. Please feel free to contact me directly if you need further information. I am happy to recommend the services of Tom Daly. I can be reached at 508-841-8503 or via email

Angela Snell
Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Departments
Town of Shrewsbury

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The CHS consulting group, led by Thomas P. Daly, CCE, CCCC, provided a master plan for our cemetery in the fall of 2008. The plan carefully evaluated the issues along with preserving our historic features. A thorough and clear recommendation for the future of the cemetery was outlined for the next decade.

The CHS plan was extensive and creative in addressing usable land for alternative burial options, keeping in mind the maintenance of the properties. We do not hesitate to recommend Thomas P. Daly for his planning abilities, cemetery design and his creativeness.

Charles Helly
General Manager
Flushing Cemetery Association

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The purpose of this letter is to give some special recognition to Tom Daly, for the work he accomplished in getting Massachusetts cemeteries exempted from the recently implemented MGL c. 82A Sect. 1 so-called trench safety regulations. (this was brifly covered in last, August, 2008 MCA Newsletter.)

I don't know how this onerous regulation is being implemented and enforced in eastern Massachusetts, but it has caused considerable turmoil in western Massachusetts: For example, published three times in local papers since 3/01 implementation date as causing major problems for towns to offer permits (at $50/ each); though to no enforcement or inspection; and with considerable cost for compliance(1,000 pound weight, ¾" thick steel plates to cover trenches or continuous posting of police on overtime duty), ect.. There is little question that this new regulation could have virtually shut down cemetery burials; and , ultimately delayed and greatly increased burial costs, if Massachusetts cemeteries had to comply, on the same basis as other open site digging.

Well Done!!!!!, Tom. You have saved Massachusetts cemeteries from some major grief (no pun intended) in trying to comply with this very restrictive law.

P J Hamer
Wilbraham Cemetery Commission

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