What type of grave should I have?

Written By

Paul Fisher

Using knowledge gained from over 15 years of direct experience from within the funeral industry and from his formative years watching and learning from his grandfather who was also a funeral director, Paul Fisher answers some of the most frequestly asked questions posed to him and the team. If you have a question you would like to ask you can contact us here, send us a tweet @_ivanfisher or call us direct.

When arranging a funeral that will conclude with a burial, naturally, a grave will need to be prepared.

A single depth grave is a grave that has been prepared for one burial only. No further burials will be able to take place in a single depth grave.

A double depth grave is a grave that is prepared deep enough for two separate burials to take place in the same grave space. When the second interment takes place, the grave is re-opened. The coffin will be interred into the grave one above the other, not side by side.

We would always suggest that a double depth grave is prepared, even if you think that it’s unlikely that anyone would want to use the second space. Life can bring unforeseen changes and it’s better to keep all options open, just in case. There is often no difference in cost for either option.

In some cemeteries, graves can be prepared much deeper and can sometimes accommodate four or five interments, but this is a rarity nowadays and clarification before you make any assumptions should always be sought from the relevant authority.

When a grave has no room for any further interments, most cemeteries and churchyards will allow interments of ashes to take place in the grave space but again, it’s always worth checking that this is possible before you make any firm plans.


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