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Unit 2 – Burial in the UK

When a family decides that the chosen means of disposal is to be burial, there is often a plethora of different documents to be completed relating to burial authorities. When arranging a cremation, funeral directors can generally rely on the provision of statutory forms, or non-statutory forms of similar content and appearance. However, in arranging a burial, funeral directors are likely to encounter a wide variance both in paperwork and in practice.

Broadly speaking, burials are carried out in the following locations;

  • municipal (council) cemeteries
  • churchyards (of various denominations)
  • private cemeteries
  • private land, such as gardens or farms
  • at sea

The most common types of grave available for burial are:

Lawn graves (Lairs in Scotland)– where the space in front of any memorial is laid to lawn

Traditional graves – using a kerbset or coverstone covering the whole area of the grave

Bricked graves – where the interior is bricked and then capped, in some cases using a pre-cast trough. These are quite commonly used for Muslim funerals when burial is required quickly.

Mausolea – an above ground chamber where individual chambers can be purchased then bricked up when used. Or below ground chambers which are closed using slabs and cement.

Vaults – usually involving a memorial building sitting above a below ground burial space.

Woodland graves – Woodland graves can vary significantly, from existing woodland where graves are prepared around trees and simple wooden markers provided. to other sites, where a grave is prepared and a tree planted on it.

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