Burial in a Cemetery
Most burials take place in a Churchyard or Cemetery and you may already have an existing family grave. However, we will still need to check there is space available.
In this instance, the Funeral Director will need to see the exclusive right of burial, known as the deeds for the plot to assist in their arrangements. Remember, there will be fees for reopening an existing grave and amending the headstone.
The cost of a new plot varies from cemetery to cemetery across the country, and you buy the exclusive right of burial, most burial plots are sold on a system of leasehold of usually 50-75 years with 100 years being the maximum period of time. Your Funeral Director will be able to advise you on the local availability of plots and options.
Burial in a Churchyard
Churchyards are on consecrated ground and are slightly different. Every parishioner has a right of burial in their local churchyard, provided there is space available and the churchyard has not been closed for burials by Order of the Council. In addition, any person whose name is on the electoral roll of the parish at the time of their death also has a right to burial, as does any person dying in the parish, whoever that person is. Any exceptions to this must have the consent of the church authority whose decision is final, and some churches and parishes have their own slight variations (especially when it comes to memorial types), your Funeral Director will be able to advise you on the local availability of plots and options.
Burial at Sea
A less common option – speak to your Funeral Director or arranger for more advice.