Can I Arrange an Above Ground Burial Tomb?
Q.I do not wish to be cremated, and I do not wish to be buried in the ground. I would feel much more comfortable with a place in an above ground plot in a mausoleum, but I am struggling to locate one in the UK (preferably in N. Ireland or Birmingham, but will accept anywhere in the UK). Please advise me if and where this may be possible or if I need to arrange to have my body buried abroad.
I have noticed on some American sites that they will deliver single above ground burial tombs, can I be burried above ground in one of these within this country?
The best way to find out about burial options is to contact local cemeteries, burial grounds, crematoria and mausolea and simply ask what types of locations and plots they offer. Such locations are usually owned by a local council, religious group or may even be on private property so contacting relevant authorities is important.
As there are many different groups which oversee burial locations and options, it is important to remember too that guidelines may differ with each location so thoroughly interviewing a representative of the organisation is important when you are selecting a final resting place. Have your questions ready, both about the particular location and above ground plots in general, and don't hesitate to ask each representative about the idea of above ground plots throughout the United Kingdom. Cast your net as wide as possible and follow any leads that may come up.
Taking a historical approach may also illuminate information about current mausolea and above ground plots. In Northern Ireland, for example, The Mausolea and Monuments Trust may be a starting point to find out about existing above ground structures. Though the Trust only keeps a gazette of structures up until 1939, it could be an important starting point for finding out about the history of mausolea in Northern Ireland that offers you insights into current situations.
Currently there are some above ground options available in the United Kingdom, especially in areas that serve ethnic and/or religious communities for which above ground interment is a traditional method of burial. Asking around about above ground plots, mausolea, tombs, entombment, vaults and burial vaults should elicit more information as these terms all refer to final resting places that are above ground. Speaking with members of churches, temples and synagogues who offer support and advice to the bereaved may also turn up information on above ground plots, as may contacting hospital liaisons or social services personnel who routinely work with the bereaved.
Finding an appropriate final resting place will likely take time, patience and a good deal of research but persevering will mean that you can feel confident in your plans and your future. Good luck.