The cost of a burial plot depends on a number of factors, such as location, your personal residential status and the type of burial plot you require. Non-residents often pay higher fees, and burial plots for cremated remains are substantially lower than traditional burials.
Below are a few details describing the various options you have and roughly how much they cost.
The Location of the Burial Plot
Some cemeteries, such as those in small parishes, will charge a relatively small amount for a burial plot for residents of the area – probably in the region of £800. However, non-residents can face significantly higher costs, potentially in the thousands.
Inner-city cemeteries inevitably cost more due to increased maintenance costs and a lack of available space. Still, residents can expect to receive heavy discounts if the burial plot is purchased in advance.
Type of Burial Plots
Some inner-city councils, such as the Greenwich council, charge up to £2000 for residents and £8000 for non-residents for the exclusive use of a plot with a memorial plaque. Prices for child graves are, on average, about a quarter of the adult price and ash plots average around £450
Most consecrated burial grounds – those without a specific religious affiliation – will charge similar fees but allow for the burial of followers of any religious faith.
Child burials are cheaper than adult burials because of the smaller size. There is also a compassionate element that takes into account the child’s age of death. Many councils and churches will bury resident children who are stillborn or died under a certain age (anywhere from age 5 to 16) for free. While the burial plot itself may be cheaper, there will still be maintenance costs and solicitors fees to consider.
Burial plots can also be purchased for multiple caskets. Single burial plots are the cheapest, as only one coffin will need to be buried; however, the law stipulates that you can bury 3 coffins in one plot. The additional costs involved cover the extra time it will take to create the plot, yet overall it is cheaper than purchasing 3 different plots. Expect to pay at least 50% more for a double casket and 75% more for a triple casket burial.
Other Fees to Consider
Many councils charge maintenance fees, lease fees and monument fees. These do not last forever and will need to be paid until the lease runs out. Leases can be extended and it is up to the family of the deceased to make the arrangements for this with the council. Maintenance fees will cover things such as grass cutting and insurance for the burial plot, but family members and deed owners will usually be responsible for maintaining gravestones and memorial plots unless agreed otherwise.
If you wish to maintain the grave plot but are unavailable to do so yourself, you may want to consider paying the church or council to maintain the plot for you. For a small fee lasting anywhere from 5 to 10 years, often costing more than the plot itself, you can pay to have the plot maintained with fresh flowers, fresh turf when needed, and the gravestone cleaned regularly and reinvigorated.