Choosing to have a burial funeral for your loved one is the oldest funeral option. This practice dates back as far as 130,000 years, yet it remains a popular choice to this day. A burial service usually comprises of a main funeral service followed by a shorter ceremony when the coffin is placed in the ground.
There are three main places where a burial can take place. A burial can occur in a graveyard. This is also referred to as a churchyard. This usually occurs if the person who has died is a local parishioner. In some places, graveyard burial space may be limited or even full. This is something to discuss with local authorities.
A cemetery differs from a graveyard. A cemetery is simply a place where people are buried. On the other hand, a graveyard is an area linked to a church. Most cemeteries are non-denominational so you can have different types of funeral services or ceremonies as part of the burial. Some cemeteries will allow graves to be purchased in advance.
Natural burial sites are an increasingly popular alternative to cemeteries or graveyards. They are often set in natural, green areas, such as meadows or woodland, with a focus on preserving the natural beauty. This means that all coffin contents must be natural and biodegradable. Traditional headstone markers are also not usually permitted. This is so the grave can eventually be reclaimed by nature.
With each of these different burial grounds, you will have to also take into consideration the different legal requirements as well as the appropriate type of coffin or memorial marker. Here we have some links to resources that will guide you through choosing the right burial ground for your deceased loved one in your area.