Buying a grave

Your funeral director will help to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave, but you may want to make your own arrangements.

If you wish to make your own arrangements, you can organise this by directly contacting the Bereavement team who will help you to make an informed choice on the options available.

There are 12 cemeteries within the Kettering area. The cemeteries have consecrated and unconsecrated sections:

  • Consecrated - the ground is blessed according to the rites of the Church of England and is normally used by those of the Christian faith
  • Unconsecrated - the ground has not been blessed and includes plots for all other religious denominations such as Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist

There are various types of graves available:

  • Lawn - the grave is turfed over and a headstone erected with a stone base large enough to hold flowers or a wreath and are kept and maintained at no expense to the owner
  • Traditional - these are designed to allow the owners of the grave to erect a full memorial and surround on the grave after burial
  • Meadowland - is one way of helping to create a new area full of native meadow plants and encourage wildlife
  • Muslim burial - Rothwell cemetery has a dedicated section that has been laid out in conjunction with the Kettering Muslim Association

In the cemeteries that we manage, the lease period available for purchasing (for the exclusive right of burial) is 99 years. Residents of North Northamptonshire can purchase the exclusive right of burial for a grave space.

Last updated 19 April 2023