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Top Tips When Choosing A Graveyard

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There are several compelling reasons why you would choose to be buried in a graveyard as opposed to your private land. A grave may significantly affect the value of the property if your family needs to sell the property in the future. Besides, most local councils have a rigorous vetting process to ensure the grave does not contaminate groundwater sources or underground water and gas lines. A cemetery burial is an easy and convenient option since it allows family members and friends to visit your grave at any time.

So, how do you choose a graveyard? Below are some essential tips.


Look for a conveniently located cemetery. Typically, it should have a good access road and sufficient parking to ensure mourners have an easy time attending your funeral. Where would you want to be buried? Some people would want to be buried in their home towns. It allows friends and family to regularly visit their grave.


Visit the cemetery to examine its condition. You may want to avoid poorly kept cemeteries with overgrown grass, run-down pavement, broken fences and ruined facilities. Go for one with lush lawns, clean gravestones, wide driveways and adequate public amenities such as water, electricity connections and washrooms. Cemetery staff should be courteous to guests. 

Pricing, Terms and Conditions

Ask for a comprehensive quote of how much you will pay to secure a plot at the cemetery. Other than the plot, you may incur extra charges associated with digging, covering and maintaining the grave. Some graveyards will charge a small annual maintenance fee. Examine the terms and conditions of the cemetery. Some vital concerns should include:

  • Can you purchase more than one plot? It is a crucial consideration if you would want to buy a large plot where other family members can be buried.
  • Some graveyards may restrict specific types of natural and artificial flowers. Besides, you should also check the type and size of headstones allowed.
  • If you expect a large crowd during your funeral, inquire if there are restrictions on the use of public address systems.
  • If you intend to cremate your body, ask if you are permitted to scatter the ashes or plant a tree using your remains.

Available Plots

Check the location of the available plots on the cemetery. This is especially important if you would want your grave to be close to features such as bodies of water, trees or the cemetery's driveways. Plots located in steep areas may be prone to erosion.

When choosing a graveyard, examine its location, terms and conditions, pricing and the available plots.