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Can I Arrange an Above Ground Burial Tomb?

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 16 Aug 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Burial Plot Above Ground Plot Mausolea

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?

(Mr alan bates, 31 December 2008)

A.

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.

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Rach - Your Question:
I want to know is there anywhere in Northern Ireland that you can be buried above the ground in a tomb. I would appreciate if you could give me any information on this.Thank you

Our Response:
We don't know of anywhere. Hopefully one of readers may be able to help.
FacingBereavement - 17-Aug-17 @ 1:40 PM
I want to know is there anywhere in Northern Ireland that you can be buried above the ground in a tomb. I would appreciate if you could give me any information on this. Thank you
Rach - 16-Aug-17 @ 12:59 PM
I went to a funeral in april of this year and was surprised to find above ground burials in Bedford Norse Rd Cemetery. Mausoleum as is the norm in southern Italy. Im looking for similar for my parents in North west England
starpop - 15-Jul-16 @ 8:06 PM
There is an above ground grave in Hemsworth cemetery in West Yorkshire. I am not sure what the rules and regulations are for them now as it is amongst some of the first graves placed there.
Faz - 3-Apr-16 @ 2:04 PM
Thanks for letting us know about this @Cemeteries.
FacingBereavement - 12-Jun-14 @ 12:33 PM
The London Borough of Bexley offer above ground interment in sarcophagi , with mausoleums to be provided from Summer 2014.
Cemeteries - 11-Jun-14 @ 3:40 PM
the have exclusive right to interment in mausoleain Peterborough council also wandsworth cemetery London many authorities provide these around 7000-8000+ you can contact c of e or catholic church /orthodox about interment within the church or a churchyard tomb/crypt
aahket - 15-May-14 @ 1:04 PM
Hi, I'm struggling to put a memorial cross on my mother in laws grave, my sister in law got the deeds in 1998, &lost them & she has also moved away, we don't have any contact through an argument many yrs ago, please can you advise if theirs anything we can do, the cross is 16 inches tall & a memorial vase is very small.
Ebony - 11-May-14 @ 8:06 PM
Hi, did you manage to find anywhere, I am searching fruitlessly at the moment, any help would be most appreciated.Kind regards, Jackie
Jackie - 2-Jan-13 @ 1:35 PM
Mr Bates did you find anywhere in ireland or england where you could be buried above ground?????
mouse - 28-Dec-11 @ 12:29 AM
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