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Grave purchasing

How do I buy a grave?

You may wish to purchase a grave at the time when you are organising funeral arrangements. Your funeral director will usually help you to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave. Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements either before or at the time of a funeral. You can organise this by contacting the Bereavement Services Office.

How long can I buy a grave for?

In the cemeteries we manage, we offer several types of grave. The exclusive right of burial is sold for 50 years. These are known as 'purchased graves'.

Who can buy a grave?

Anyone can purchase the exclusive rights to a grave space. The fee is doubled for those not living in Eden District, unless the grave space is bought to be used for an upcoming funeral of an *Eden Resident.

*Eden Resident - Individual who had lived in the Eden District within their last 12 months. Please be aware, official checks can be made to confirm this.

When can burials take place?

See interment hours information for days and times interments can take place.

What types of graves are available?

Lawn graves

After a burial, the grave is made level and grassed turf laid back over. The grassed area will continue to be maintained by Grounds Staff. Grave spaces in these areas are available for up to three full burials at Penrith Cemetery. At Appleby Cemetery some double depth graves are available in one area and only single depth graves are available at Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill cemeteries.

Woodland graves

There are woodland burial graves available at Penrith Cemetery and Alston Cemetery. The graves are single depth only and permanent memorials are not permitted on the graves. For more information please see woodland burial area.

Children's graves

Half grave spaces are available for the burial of young children and babies at all of our cemeteries.

There is also a dedicated children's burial area at Penrith Cemetery.

Cremated Remains

Half grave spaces are available at all of our cemeteries. Up to four caskets of cremated remains can be interred in a half grave space. The exclusive rights to these graves may be purchased and a memorial may be placed on them.

There is a Garden of Rest at Penrith Cemetery where a single casket of cremated remains may be buried, or alternatively, ashes may be scattered. Areas within the Garden of Rest are not available for purchase so, as an alternative to placing a memorial, a commemorative bronze plaque may be purchased and placed on the Garden of Rest wall. For more details on a bronze plaque, please see memorial ordering.

Cremated remains may also be buried or scattered in an existing family grave for which the exclusive rights have been purchased.

What is the difference between unpurchased and purchased graves?

Unpurchased grave

An unpurchased grave, sometimes known as a rotation, public or common grave, is where the right to burial has not been purchased and we have total control of the grave. We decide who will be buried in the grave and this may not be members of the same family.

No memorial rights exist on public graves so, therefore, no memorial can be placed on them. This type of grave may be purchased if required. For more details please contact the Bereavement Services Office.

Purchased grave

At present a purchased grave is where the exclusive rights to the grave are granted for a period of 50 years. Grave rights purchased before April 2000 were purchased for 100 years.

Only the legal owner of the exclusive rights can be buried in the grave and give permission for other burials. Memorials are allowed on this type of grave, but this must be authorised by the legal grave owner and also comply with our Cemetery Regulations.

How much will it cost?

See Cemetery Fees and Charges information for costs of purchasing full and half space and old public grave.

What tributes can be placed on the grave?

If you would like to add a floral tribute to a grave you are welcome to do so. Floral tributes presented at the grave at the time of burial will be removed by cemetery staff for disposal after two weekends have elapsed since the burial. Other floral tributes may be placed on the grave and maintained by those visiting the grave.

Shrubs, plants, bulbs and trees may only be planted in the immediate surrounds of the memorial space, at the head of the grave.  These items may be pruned or removed by us if they are not maintained and kept within the footprint of the headstone base.

Christmas wreaths placed on graves will be removed by cemetery staff starting the second week of February.

See Cemetery Regulations for information on floral tributes and wreaths.

How are graves maintained?

Our Grounds Maintenance Contractor maintains the grassed areas in the cemetery. The grass is cut on routine cycles. The grass may not be maintained whilst there are floral tributes laying, or if there are items placed outside of the immediate surrounds of the memorial space.

The responsibility for the safety and upkeep, including repairs to any gravestone or memorial, remains solely with the grave owner(s).

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