If cremation is chosen there may be a chapel service with a short committal service at the crematorium, or a church or memorial service before or after the cremation service.


The cemetery is generally administered by the local district authority. There are some private cemeteries in this country. They exist to serve the local population and usually allow for all denominations within the grounds, but not necessarily in the same area or plot.
Many churchyards are now becoming full, but within rural areas churchyard burials can still be commonplace. Burials usually take place within the grounds surrounding the church and are generally reserved for the parishioners of the church.

Natural, Green and Woodland Burials

A woodland burial ground provides a natural alternative to a traditional cemetery or churchyard.

The Natural or ‘Green’ burial occurs in a burial ground managed on ecologically sound lines to minimise environmental damage. The use of biodegradable, non-rainforest coffins or simple shrouds ensure the existing environment is protected.

Instead of a traditional headstone, graves are marked by wooden plaques. There is a focus on preserving the natural beauty of the woodland environment and encouraging native wildlife and flowers. Generally gravestones or permanent graveside memorials are not permitted.

There are a select few places around our coastline where burial at sea is allowed. Authority must be sought from government agencies.