Burial

People are usually buried in a churchyard or cemetery, and you can choose between using an existing grave or buying a new one.

Burial plots

If there’s an existing grave (lair in Scotland) you’d like to use, we’ll need to see all the documents and deeds you have for it. We’ll then need to check that there’s space in the grave for this burial. Don’t worry if you can’t find the paperwork – we can help you. If you need to buy a new grave, your funeral director can help you with this. You might also want to consider buying or reserving another grave near to it for a loved one.

There are often fees for opening graves and replacing headstones. These charges vary by area but your funeral director will tell you exactly how much as soon as they have all the details.

Burial costs

If you opt for a burial, you will need to think about where this will take place.

  • Your local Funeral Director will help you check local regulations and availability. If you purchase a new grave some local authorities allow you to reserve or purchase a grave space next to the one to be used.
  • If there is a grave already in existence that you would like to use, perhaps part of a family plot, then we can arrange to use that. We will need the deeds of the grave or any documents relating to the grave. If these aren’t in your possession, we can help you locate them. We will also check that there is space for further burials.

Costs you need to consider for a burial might include: purchasing a new grave, reopening an existing grave and removal and replacement of existing memorials.

There may be a charge for the exclusive right of burial, which means no further burials can take place in that grave without your permission. In many areas, you must purchase this if you want to put up a memorial. We can advise you on local charges.

Alternative burials

You may choose to have an alternative burial, such as in a vault, burial at sea or in woodlands. At woodland burial grounds, instead of using headstones, your loved one can be commemorated by planting trees or putting up a simple wooden cross or wooden plaque.

Woodland Burials

Our Woodland Remembrance Grounds are areas of natural beauty where we offer personalised funerals tailored to your wishes.

They provide a unique way to say goodbye and celebrate the life of a loved one in natural surroundings. The peaceful grounds are a tranquil final resting place as well as a beautiful setting for visitors to spend time remembering their loved ones.
Each location has its own purpose built service centre which creates a warm and uplifting setting for services or catering on the day of the funeral. You have complete flexibility to create an experience that’s right for you and right for your loved ones.

Each offers a tranquil and uplifting place to have a service or to hold the reception after the funeral. Families can choose to have plot-side services in the grounds. There is a range of plots available among the trees and wild flowers, or families can choose to bury or scatter the ashes of a loved one within the peaceful grounds.

Green Funerals

As society becomes more aware of environmental issues we are likely to see an increase in the number of people wanting to arrange funerals which have a low impact on the environment. 

Requests for more environmentally friendly coffins manufactured from recycled or responsibly sourced materials are still very much in their infancy but are set to grow.

More on eco-friendly funerals