Graveyard Policy

Policy on Issuing of Graves

In September 2007 as a Parish, we set out to draw up a policy for the issue of graves in the second extension to the burial ground at Mount St Joseph’s (the old Orchard).

From that process of consultation it is clear that the vast majority of parishioners were in agreement with the suggested policy.

A copy of the policy has been sent to local undertakers who are responsible for advising their clients and for collecting the fee.

Thank you for your help and co-operation.

Issuing of Graves

1. Graves are for regular members of the Parish .
2. Only single graves will be issued.
3. Graves will only be issued on the occasion of death.
4. Single grave fee will be £100.
5. The headstone, which must face the path may have a vase incorporated into the plinth. However, no plants, shrubs, flowers or tress may be planted on the grave.
6. Grave surrounds of any kind are not permitted.
7. Excess soil must be removed and the grave re-sown with grass seed.

Explanatory notes

1. ‘Regular members’ refers to those whose main residence is within the Parish boundary.

2. ‘Single graves only’. Each grave will be able to accommodate three interments. Previous experience suggests that the practice of issuing ‘double’ graves on the occasion of a death can be wasteful of what has become limited burial ground, in the sense that expected future interments did not take place. A consequence of our mobile age is that families are less certain about where their children may eventually settle. If there is a clear need an arrangement can, of course, be made.

3. ‘No plants, trees or shrubs …..’ This is to facilitate unimpeded access for the grass cutting machinery that will be used to maintain the dignified appearance of the graveyard.

4. ‘Grave surrounds of any kind are not permitted.’ Graves of recently deceased and those who have died within living memory are exceptionally well tended. However, as can be seen in the older parts of the graveyard, families sometimes move away or die-out with no one left to tend the grave. Without ‘surrounds’ the maintenance of the graveyard will be more easily facilitated and there is the added assurance that future graves will always be cared for.
It is also timely to perhaps consider the expense of grave ‘surrounds’.
It is a practice which families should not feel obliged to follow.