Burial and grave choices

'In Memory of' Scheme - plaques, benches and trees 

The memorial plaques and benches service will resume on 6 July. We would like to apologise for the distress this service temporary suspension may have caused and thank you for your patience. 

Purchased graves

The grant of exclusive right of purchase to a grave space or cremated remains plot is purchased at the time of the interment. These rights give the grant owner the right of burial in a specific grave space and also gives the owner the right to allow further interments in the grave (space permitting). It is possible to have two burials in one grave space. Cremated remains may be interred in either a full size grave space or in a cremated remains plot. For further information please contact the Cemeteries Team.

Unpurchased graves

Where the grant of exclusive right of burial is not purchased, the deceased will be interred in a grave space with unrelated people. There are no memorial rights with unpurchased graves.

Lawn grave

Most of our new sections are designed as a lawn section meaning that the memorials are restricted to headstones only which are fixed onto a concrete beam that runs along the head of each row. We welcome individual choice regarding type of stone and inscription.

Traditional grave

There are a few of this type of grave still available in the older sections in our Cemeteries other than Long Ditton Cemetery which is a Lawn type Cemetery.  On a traditional grave, full kerb memorials are permitted. There is usually an increased cost due to the maintenance of the memorial and the cost of removal and replacement following a subsequent burial.

Child grave

There are sections within the cemeteries especially for the interment of children. Alternatively, family grave spaces are available for the subsequent interment of the parents in the same grave.

Cremated remains plot

In the cremated remains sections, you can purchase a cremated remains plot which can accommodate up to two interments of cremated remains. A tablet only, no more than 18" square may be placed on the plot.
Alternatively, you can purchase a full size grave space and inter up to six sets of cremated remains. It is also possible to inter both full burials and cremated remains in a grave space together. 

Natural burial area

There is a natural burial area located within Long Ditton Cemetery on the boundary of Stokes Field. This area is managed as a meadowland where wild flowers and existing mature trees grow in order to encourage wildlife. Certain regulations apply to the natural burial area, please ensure that you and your family understand these before choosing this option.

Buying a grave space

The term "buying a grave space" is often used and can be misunderstood. You do not actually own the land itself. The ownership of the cemetery land remains with the Council. What is actually being purchased is the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial in a grave space for a term of 99 years. As a registered owner of the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial, you have the automatic right to be buried in the grave. You may also allow others to be buried in the grave (space permitting).

If you would like to purchase the Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial, please contact the cemetery office. You may choose to meet the Cemetery Custodian who can show you the available grave spaces. There may be an additional charge if a grave space is selected out of rotation.

Please see a full list of our fees and charges.


Anyone wishing to arrange for the removal of buried remains, including cremated remains will need to apply for an exhumation licence and/or a Bishops Faculty.

For further information, please view our guidance notes. Application forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice or by calling 0203 3346390 or 0203 3346388 or by emailing coroners@justice.gsi.gov.uk.

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