Burying ashes in a grave or in your garden
If you are thinking about burying the ashes of someone who has been cremated, you may have some questions about how it all works. How does burial of ashes differ from burial in a casket? How can the burial of ashes in an existing grave be arranged? What is the average cost of burying ashes? We will answer several questions here…
The law on burying ashes in a grave
Burying ashes in a grave is very common and quite easy. Legally speaking, when ashes are interred in place, the steps are the same as for the burial of a body, with fewer rules about placement and depth.
There is a bit of paperwork involved: Although the funeral home or cemetery should help you with this step.
When you are burying ashes in the cemetery you must purchase the“exclusive right of burial“. If you plan to do this on private land, you will also need to obtain the landowner’s permission before proceeding with the process.
Or if you scatter ashes instead of burying them, you don’t need any paperwork, just the owner’s permission.
Burying ashes in your garden
Burying ashes in the garden of your home can be a very personal, flexible and economical alternative to a traditional funeral.
You could, for example, arrange a direct cremation without a funeral and then hold a private service at your home when you place the ashes in their final resting place. Or, you could bury the ashes after a funeral as part of an intimate memorial gathering with friends.
Some practical details, apart from the paperwork:
- How deep should cremated ashes be buried? There are no specific rules about this, but it is a good idea to bury them at least one meter deep.
- What type of urn do you need? If you think you might need to move the ashes later, a waterproof container may be best. However, if not, consider a biodegradable urn: these can be made of paper, cardboard, sand and even salt, among other things.
- Do I have to ask any government agency? No, unlike the burial of a body, you do not have to consult with the government or the Environment Agency.
- One thing to remember when you bury the ashes in the garden is that if you move and do not take the ashes with you, you may not be able to get permission to visit the grave. Be careful!
- It can be difficult to know what to do when burying ashes in a garden to commemorate the occasion. A good idea is to give everyone present a small envelope of wildflower seeds to scatter on the grave.
Burying ashes in a cemetery
Cemetery land is essentially rented. You purchase an “exclusive right of burial” which says that only you can decide who can be buried in that grave for a set period of time (usually 25-100 years). Once the time is up, a reminder letter will be sent to the owner of the exclusive rights of the opportunity to renew.
If the exclusive right of burial is not renewed, the person buried there will not be moved. But any headstones in that plot could be removed, and other people could also be buried in that land.
If you are the sole owner of an exclusive burial right, you may want to take steps to make sure it goes to the right person after your death. You can:
- Transfer or share ownership of the exclusive right of burial during your lifetime.
- Leave instructions in your will as to who should get it.
- Do nothing and understand that ownership of the exclusive right of burial will be passed on to your next of kin. This is usually your spouse, if you have one. Otherwise, it could be shared equally among your children.
If you have inherited an exclusive burial right along with other family members, and you are planning the burial of ashes in an existing grave, you will need the permission of all other owners. This can be a problem if space is limited. However, there is also the option of spreading the ashes on the garden.
How much does a place in the cemetery to bury ashes cost?
To find out the price of a plot in your chosen cemetery, you should contact them directly, you should be able to find a price list on their website.
In addition to the burial fee, you can expect to pay:
- Around $20,000 pesos for a cremation with a funeral home ($ 6,499 pesos with Boinita ).
- Garden maintenance.
- The urn containing the ashes.
- Memorial tablet or plaque.
Prices can be quite different depending on your area! Therefore, it is best to contact suppliers directly to obtain a quotation.
We hope this article will help you in the process of burying ashes. If you have any questions, we’re here to help!
Remember that Boinita is a Simple Cremation Service without a Funeral Service with the guarantee of the best price and service.
At Boinita we can take care of the cremation of your loved one. Then, once we have returned the ashes to you, you can arrange a simple memorial service that is perfect for you and your family.
For more information about our service go to http://boinita.com
Boinita offers Single Cremation services without a Funeral Service, with a fixed price and 24-7 customer service. Boinita is located in the metropolitan areas of Aguascalientes, Cancun, Hermosillo, Merida and San Luis Potosi.