Can you be Buried with a Loved One or Pet?

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Many people like the thought of being buried with someone they love, so you can both be at rest together. In some cemeteries you may notice that married couples are laid to rest together, or people are buried next to their parents. Now, it is also becoming a trend to seek a burial with a beloved pet such as dogs, cats or horses. After all, they are often just as much part of a family as your human relatives.

So the answer is yes – technically you may be able to be buried with, or next to, someone you love. However it depends on where you live, where you would like to be laid to rest and if there is space next to the person or animal you want to be buried beside.

Purchasing a burial plot

If you want to choose your resting place, then you need to look into buying a burial plot in the cemetery or location of your choice. Also consider whether you would like to be buried in consecrated ground, or whether you would like to be cremated and then have the ashes buried for a smaller plot.

Local councils deal with funerals and burials, so you should contact the relevant department in your council to look at the options available to you. They will inform you of ways to purchase a burial plot; sometimes this requires buying rights to land for a certain number of years which may need renewal. You can also enquire about purchasing multiple burial plots, so you can be buried with family members. There may be some rules and regulations to follow and you’ll have to give the name or names for each burial plot. It is unlikely there will be space next to a loved one who has already passed away unless you reserve it in advance.

Pet cemetery plots

Because more and more people are seeking to be buried with pets, some pet cemeteries around the UK are beginning to offer joint plots. Joint graves for animals and humans are now available but again it depends on where you live – there are limited pet cemeteries which offer this service. Once again it is worth looking up the options and contacting the cemetery directly to reserve the plots for all of your family members – including the furry companions.

Read more about arranging the funeral you hope for in our advice centre.


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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service

What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family

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