ARRANGING A FUNERAL
Many families choose burial for personal preference, family tradition or religious reasons. Some people also like the idea of having a permanent place where they can go to be in close proximity to their loved one.
If burial is your preferred option, your main decision is which cemetery or churchyard to choose. Please be aware that not all cemeteries and churchyards in our local area have room for further burials.
Whether you choose burial or cremation is completely your own choice, though around 3 in 4 funerals use cremation in the UK today. This is for a number of reasons, though it’s worth noting that cremations tend to cost significantly less than burials.
Local Authority Cemeteries
There are a number of Local Authority Cemeteries in our local area. The availability of grave spaces is regulated by the Council who run the cemetery, and they all operate a resident/non-resident system of charging for the purchase of a grave and the cost of opening a grave. Typically, fees for non-residents of the council area – whether it be a parish, district or borough, are charged double the fees paid by residents, although in some cases the differential is higher.
When arranging a burial in an existing grave, we need to establish the current owner of the grave – either by production of the Grave Deed or a search of cemetery records. Some Local Authorities insist that, where the grave owner is deceased, the grave is transferred into the ownership of the person arranging the funeral.
Deighan’s can advise you of the procedures required.
There are still a number of Churchyards within our area where burials can take place.
The regulations relating to Churchyards differ from Local Authority Cemeteries, and are governed by the Church in your area. Due to lack of available space, burials in some Churchyards are only available to residents of the parish.
Burials: things to remember.
If you choose burial for the deceased person, you must find a plot. Remember that:
– You can only lease a burial plot, not own it. However, you will be given the option to ‘top-up’ the lease at regular intervals. Depending on your local authority and place of burial, leases on plots and can last up to 50 years or more.
– You’ll need a grave deed for the deceased, showing that they’re entitled to a grave in a churchyard, cemetery or elsewhere. The deed is obtained when you purchase “the exclusive right to burial” from the cemetery or burial grounds.
– If the deceased didn’t live in the area that they wish to be buried in, the plot may cost more. This is called a non-resident pricing policy, this policy and the associated cost will differ from local authority to local authority.
– Most cemeteries are non-denominational, so you can hold most types of service in their grounds.
– Cemeteries vary in how they allow graves to be marked, for example some cemeteries may only allow you to place only one movable vase or memorialisation on the grave. If you want to use lots of decoration on a grave you may have to reconsider your cemetery choice.
– People can also be buried on their own land. There are some rules but not as many as you might think.
You may wish to give additional consideration when deciding on a final resting place, and it is worth asking yourself these questions to help you make the right decision.
– Is there a grave of any other family member that I wish to use?
– Do I want the burial to be near to where the person lived?
– Do I want them in a cemetery or churchyard?
– Will I want a memorial to visit in the future?
– How far will I want to travel to visit a grave?
– Do I want to visit a grave?
– How often will I visit the grave?
Grave tending service
For those who may not be able to visit the grave as often as they would like, Deighan’s offer a professional Grave Tending Service.
We are here to help
If your unsure, we’ll be happy to run through the various options. For more information and advice please contact us.