Burial or ashes placement

1. Overview

When someone has passed away and the family wishes the deceased to be buried, the funeral director will contact Council to make all necessary arrangements. The funeral director will book a date for the burial that is suitable to all parties.

Burials can be provided from Monday to Friday (excluding the Christmas period and public holidays) at 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:45 PM or 3:00 PM subject to availability.

On the day of the burial, Council will set up the grave site with a lowering device (for lowering of the coffin), carpets, chairs and a shade canopy.  Council's staff will set the grave site up to a high standard of presentation and will be happy to assist in any way possible.

2. Burial

Burial

Burial is a traditional form of interment which allows a family member to be remembered through placement of an individual plaque, headstone or monument.  Council provides burials in lawn, lawn beam and monumental graves. A relative of a deceased may be buried in an existing grave with the consent of the burial rights holder. Most new graves can be dug to a depth that will accommodate three burials and several sets of ashes.

Monumental or lawn grave

When choosing a grave site, it is important to consider whether a monumental or lawn grave will be required. A monumental grave will be in a separate part of the cemetery where monuments are permitted to be erected. These traditional graves allow the most scope to remember your loved one in an individual way.

A lawn grave it situated in a lawn section of a cemetery and is marked by a bronze, granite or marble headstone which is placed at the head of the grave. Lawn graves are the most popular form of burial in Moreton Bay Region.

Plaques

In the weeks following a burial, Council will contact you to arrange for a plaque to be made. The cost of a standard bronze plaque is included in burial fees, which are paid through your funeral director. Council's plaques are manufactured from high quality bronze and are available in a range of colours. You are not able to have more than one plaque, however you can order a plaque with detachable plates that accommodates two or three people. Emblems and photographs may be added to commemorate your loved one in a touching and personal way.

After the plaque is manufactured, Council will place the plaque on the gravesite or niche. Friends and family members are welcome to be present for the placement.

Application for memorial plaque cast bronze(PDF, 218KB)

Cemetery plaques fact sheet(PDF, 3MB)

3. Ashes placements

Council's cemeteries allow for ashes to be placed in a variety of columbarium walls, memorial gardens and other appropriate settings. Ashes are placed in cavities called a "niche". Most niches can hold only one ashes container; however, several cemeteries offer double (companion) niches, which can accommodate two containers. Ashes can also be placed in existing family graves with the consent of the burial rights holder.

Columbarium wall

Columbarium walls allow for ashes to be placed into either single or companion niches. A bronze plaque is placed over the niche to seal the contents.

Garden placement

Several cemeteries contain memorial gardens for placement of ashes. A bronze plaque is attached to the garden edge or a stone marker.

Application for placement of ashes and memorial plaque(PDF, 205KB)