Prior to the service

All relevant paperwork will be checked 48 hours before the service providing it is supplied to us on time. We will then allocate a grave plot.

The grave is dug 24 hours before the funeral is due to take place, unless there are health and safety concerns over:

  • soil type
  • weather
  • the grave being open over a prolonged period (over a weekend or bank holiday)

The location of the plot will be double checked against the information provided to us.

Day of service

The graveside will be dressed prior to the funeral service and soil box will be provided at the graveside.

We will provide an attendant at the graveside 15 minutes before the service is due to start.  They will collect the relevant paperwork and check the name plate on the coffin.

The attendant will stay a respectful distance from the graveside until the coffin has been lowered to the earth, at  which time they will discreetly retire from the service to give the mourners privacy.

The grave will be backfilled on the day of the funeral - as soon as the service has finished and the last mourners have left the graveside. If a family member would like to be present when the grave is backfilled please contact your funeral director.

The grave will be leveled off and turfed, unless conditions (such as frost) make the recovery of the turf impossible, in which case new turf or grass seed will be laid as soon as possible.

Flower tributes will be respectfully arranged on the grave once it has been backfilled.


You can apply for an exhumation licence through the Government.

Last updated 19 April 2023