Before your arrival, the cemetery team will prepare the plot. Due to health and safety regulations, plots can only be dug by cemetery staff.
Cemetery staff will meet with the funeral director or a family member before the burial to pass on any health and safety issues, and ensure correct procedures are followed i.e. direction of casket, how the lowering device works.
If no funeral director is present, then a family member will need to make themselves known to cemetery staff for this briefing.
The funeral director or family member will then conduct the funeral and lower the casket when required.
Covering the casket
If family wish to cover the casket with soil themselves once it has been lowered, staff will need to be notified when they are ready start. Staff will remove any mats and/or lowering device and provide shovels.
The family will need to comply with health and safety regulations and direction from staff. Closed footwear is mandatory.
All our cemeteries have a large amount of rock in the soil and to keep fees lower, we do not buy soil to backfill plots. What has been removed during digging is what is used to cover the casket.
If backfilling by the family is not requested, staff will wait until all family members have left, then fill the plot in.