If burial is the preferred choice, you can advise us whether this will be a new or existing grave. For new graves the main decision is which cemetery to choose. If you do not already have a family grave we can advise where new graves are available, either in a church or council cemetery or a natural burial site.
Places of burial
A burial can take place in a churchyard if the person who has died is a local parishioner. In some areas, churchyard burial space may be limited or even full. We can liaise with your local priest or minister to confirm the right to be buried at your local churchyard.
Most cemeteries are non-denominational so you can have most types of service or ceremony. The local authority or a private company may own the cemetery, and fees may vary. Some cemeteries will allow graves to be purchased in advance.
Natural burial site
Often set in meadows or woodland areas, their focus is preserving the natural beauty of the environment and encouraging native wildlife and flowers. Natural burial grounds require all coffin contents to be natural and biodegradable and do not usually permit traditional headstone markers, with the aim that eventually the grave is reclaimed by nature. Some sites may allow a tree to be planted or a temporary grave marker, whilst others prefer a natural, biodegradable marker or no marker at all.
Types of graves
A single, double or triple depth grave may be available, dependent on the burial ground conditions and local regulations. A double or triple depth grave may be required if more than one member of the family is to be buried in the same plot.
If a grave is already in existence or is perhaps part of a family plot, you will need to provide the deeds of the grave. We can arrange with the churchyard, cemetery or burial ground for the grave to be reopened and the headstone removed before the burial takes place.