A guide to buying a burial plot in a UK cemetery

A guide to buying a burial plot in a UK cemetery

When an Exclusive Right of Burial runs out, the owner of the burial may be required to provide paperwork, such as death certificates, birth certificates, and wills or deeds of grants over the grave, in order to demonstrate that they still hold the rights to the plot after the right has expired. If it is not clear who the owner of a burial ground is that contains a member of the family, the family members may need to come to an agreement as to who will be responsible for maintaining the plot.

When there is a strong demand for burial plots at a cemetery, “new” burials may be located in plots that were previously occupied by the remains of another individual. This often takes place after a period of at least seventy-five years during which the grave has not been used for a fresh burial. Because the casket will have decomposed by this time, a new burial can be dug on top of the old one, and any remains can be buried beneath the new grave.

What is a place to be buried?

A burial plot is an allotment of land within a burial ground, such as a cemetery, in which a deceased person’s grave is situated after they have passed away. Individuals or groups of people, such as a marriage or a family, may purchase a burial plot for their final resting place. In most cases, burial plots are not sold outright but rather leased for a predetermined amount of time instead. In the course of the lease, memorials such as headstones are typically set up on top of a cemetery.

What does it mean to have an exclusive right to burial?

The leasing of a burial ground for a predetermined amount of time is referred to as having a “exclusive right of burial.” During the time that the lease is in effect, no one else will be allowed to be interred in the cemetery plot, although it will run out at some point.

What time frame is encompassed by the Exclusive Right to Burial?

Although it is possible for the duration of time covered by Exclusive Right of Burial to be shorter, it often ranges from fifty to one hundred years. After this time period has passed, the grave owner has the option of renewing the lease for an additional charge. Before excavating a new grave in a burial plot after an Exclusive Right of Burial has expired, the owner of the cemetery will make an effort to get in touch with any next of kin or descendants in the family.

What exactly is a burial site in the woods?

A burial plot in an area of land that is dedicated for green burials is referred to as a natural burial ground, green burial ground, or woodland burial ground. A woodland burial plot, also known as a natural burial plot, is a burial plot inside that area of land. The practice of interment at a burial site located in the woods is typically only permitted provided certain conditions are satisfied, such as making use of eco-friendly coffins.

How much does it cost to buy a burial plot?

There is a wide range of prices for burial plots around the United Kingdom. The cost of a simple burial with a single level of depth can range anywhere from a few hundred pounds (in rural locations) to over ten thousand pounds (in London). Our guide to burial costs contains additional information about the costs that can be found there.

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