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For health and safety reasons and to avoid mistakes, all grave digging is undertaken by our nominated grave diggers.
The grave will be excavated between 4 and 36 hours before the funeral, depending on the weather.
The grave will not be left unattended when you have left the site until it is backfilled which will normally happen within two hours of the funeral having ended. The grave will be slightly mounded with the turf replaced.
Periodically graves will settle and extra soil will be added by the gravedigger to avoid a sunken appearance.
When a grave is allocated, we will define the location of the grave by the Area Name (e.g. Larch Glade) and the Plot Reference (e.g. M33); we also provide the measurements from the head of the grave to the nearest three permanent ground markers (e.g. C1 = 21.5m; D1 = 32.3m; D3 = 37.2m).
At any time in the future, you can simply use two long tape measures to confirm the triangulation measurements from the permanent ground markers to the head of the grave. If you need help doing this get in touch with us and will arrange for a custodian to help. Our grave location plans now include a QR code which can be scanned with a mobile phone or tablet and will guide you to the grave via map software on your browser.