Questions about burials

Why have I only been sold the grave for a set period of time? - I want the grave forever!

The law stipulates that graves cannot be sold for more than 100 years and authorities cannot go against that law. However, the law does permit grant of ownership to be extended and some accordingly write to owners every five years offering the opportunity to 'top-up' their lease. In this manner, the grave can stay in the family for as long as they wish, though ownership will never be issued for more than 100 years at any one time.

Even where this topping up option is not offered, you (or your descendents/family) can renew the right at the end of the current lease.

It is important that the owner of the exclusive right of burial informs the cemetery office of any change of address otherwise correspondence on renewal will not be received. Similarly, should the owner die, the nearest relatives should contact the cemetery office to arrange for the ownership to be transferred and thus the interest in the grave can be retained indefinitely.