A burial – or interment – is the human ritual of placing the deceased into a burial plot in the ground, or into an above-ground structure such as a crypt, vault or mausoleum. The coffin or casket is lowered into a burial plot, and the gravesite is covered with soil once the funeral service is over. For a burial service you will need to decide on a coffin or casket, and the preferred location of the burial plot. If a burial plot hasn’t been previously purchased your cemetery of choice will need to be contacted and an appointment made to select a resting place for your loved one. Alternatively, if a plot has already been purchased we will liaise directly with the cemetery to arrange for the burial to take place on the day of the service.
Below we outlined some tips that may assist in choosing your cemetery or burial site:
Usually, families already have loved ones interred in a particular Cemetery. If this is the case, contact that cemetery and organise an appointment to see them.
By making the appointment, this gives the Cemetery a chance to offer the different options that they have available that may suit your needs. If the family already owns a site check to ensure that the grave can be reopened.
In the event that there are no family buried in a particular cemetery, the nearest geographical cemetery is usually chosen. Southern Cross have strong relationships with all the cemeteries we deal with.
If you already have a burial site, or one has been chosen – this is when the funeral arrangements can be started. Southern Cross Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer your enquiries.