Cemeteries and burials service
Waveney District Council aims to maintain its cemeteries to a high standard and provide a final resting place for your loved ones in peaceful and attractive surroundings.
Choosing a grave
Waveney District Council's cemeteries offer various options. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the types of grave available and be sure to select the appropriate section of the cemetery. Please note that a wrong decision at this point could mean that you will not be able to have the memorial of your choice. More information about grave memorials
How do I buy a grave?
Your funeral director can help to make all the necessary arrangements for buying the rights to a grave, however some people prefer to make their own arrangements. We are happy to offer you any advice and assistance, or answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
What is it that I actually buy?
The payment for a grave is for the purchase of the Exclusive Right of Burial, which grants the person(s) named upon it the exclusive right to decide who may be buried within the grave for a period of fifty years. It also allows you to place a memorial upon the grave. A further period may be purchased if required.
Is it possible to buy a grave in advance?
Yes. This is fairly common when a family wish to have a grave close to another member of family, or if you are making your own funeral arrangements with a funeral director in advance (sometimes referred to as a "funeral plan"). We can select a suitable grave for you, or you can arrange to meet us in your preferred cemetery to view the options available to you.
How much does it cost to buy a grave?
The price for the Exclusive Right of Burial changes annually.
Do I have to buy the rights to the grave space?
No. There are a number of graves available in our cemeteries that may be used if you do not wish to buy the rights to a grave (these graves are known as "common graves"). However, it is worth bearing in mind that you will not be able to have a memorial or have any say in who else gets buried within the grave space.
Transferring the rights of a grave
If the owner(s) of the Exclusive Right of Burial is alive, this can be done easily with their permission. If the owner is deceased however, this can sometimes be quite an involved issue, and situations vary depending upon individual circumstances. Please contact us for details.
What happens if/when all the owners have died?
Ownership of the exclusive Right of Burial in a grave can be transferred from a deceased owner via that owner's estate. The means of transfer can be very complex and while there is a set procedure to follow, each case must be looked at individually. If you need to transfer ownership when all owners are deceased you will need to contact us.
Can cremated remains be buried within the cemeteries?
Yes. There are dedicated areas in our cemeteries, with smaller plots, for this purpose. Cremated remains can also be interred in a full grave space.
When can burials take place?
Burials can take place on any weekday, except bank holidays. Please talk to your funeral director or contact us to discuss any specific needs.
Are all the graves on consecrated ground?
Most of our cemeteries have grave spaces available in consecrated (blessed as sacred by the Church of England) and unconsecrated areas.
Dogs in Cemeteries
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Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management:
Suffolk County Council Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths (useful for copies of death certificates and records. Also necessary for registering a death):