Burials

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New full graves are available at Thornhill, Pantmawr and Western Cemeteries.

  • Graves can accommodate up to 2 coffin burials and 6 – 8 cremated remains caskets.
  • Grave memorials are lawn or traditional style.
  • Graves can be chosen, once the burial has been booked, by making an appointment by contacting us, otherwise we will choose a grave on your behalf.
  • Graves can be purchased for future use at any time by contacting us and additional graves can be purchased at the time of a burial booking if family members would like to be buried nearby in the future.
  • Cremated Remains graves are available at Thornhill, Western and Cathays Cemeteries. Cremated Remains graves usually accommodate up to four caskets and can be chosen as above.

Lawn graves

Lawn graves are available at Thornhill, Pantmawr and Western Cemetery and allow for a memorial to be placed at the head of the grave. The memorial must be no larger than 5’ high, 3’ wide and 12” from the front to the back. The main grave area will be grass seeded or turfed at the appropriate time, (please see our grounds maintenance information). No items are permitted on the grassed area of the grave, this allows for a high standard of maintenance on the section.  If you feel you will need to place a larger memorial and/or  items on the main body of the grave, a grave on the traditional section would be the better choice.

Traditional graves

Traditional graves allow for a larger memorial than a lawn grave. In addition to a headstone, this memorial could include a surround to the grave in the form of kerbs or edgings or a stone slab that covers the grave space. Alternatively, the grave space can be planted and maintained by the family. The graves on traditional sections are surrounded by gravel, there is no grass on these sections.

Woodland graves

There is a woodland burial area at Thornhill Cemetery where graves can be purchased for future use or imminent burials. The grass in the woodland is only cut a few times a year and is a natural, peaceful area. There are no headstones in the woodland area, only wood markers which are intended to break down over time and become part of the woodland floor.

Cremated remains graves

Cremated Remains graves are available at Thornhill, Western and Cathays Cemeteries. Cremated Remains graves usually accommodate up to four caskets and can be chosen as above

Re-open graves

Burials may be accommodated in graves that have been purchased in the past. Sometimes our records will tell us how much space remains in a grave but we don’t always have this information and would only find out by digging the grave for a funeral.

 

In order to use a grave that is already purchased, you must have the permission of the registered grave owner and should produce the grave deed. If the owner is alive, they must sign for the opening of their grave. If the grave owner has died, their nearest surviving relative needs to complete a Statutory Declaration, sworn under oath, in order to use the grave. Your funeral director can arrange this for you.

 

If there is more than one near relative of the same generation (e.g. grandchildren), one must sign to confirm that they have permission from the others to do so. If you are not sure who owns a grave or who should sign to open it, please contact us.

 

It is worth noting that grave ownership does not automatically pass to someone else when the grave owner dies, it can only be transferred by producing their will to us. If you need to do this, please contact us to make an appointment.