Natural grey headstone in a cemetery.

The choice between burial and cremation can be a very personal one and may be influenced by many factors, including family tradition, religious or non-religious views or the wishes of the person who has died.

If you choose a burial, you'll 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.

Burial costs

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

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.