Deaths, burials and cremations

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Transferring grave rights

You can transfer grave rights of a living person or a deceased person.

Grave rights of a living person

You should contact the Cemetery office if you wish to transfer the grave rights of a living person.

Grave rights of a deceased person – if there is a will

If the deceased owner left a will saying to whom the grant of exclusive right of burial should be passed, and if you are that person, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the grant of probate
  • an assent from the executor(s) of the will giving the grant of exclusive right of burial to you

If the deceased owner left a will – although not sufficient to merit a grant of probate application – and you claim the exclusive right of burial, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the death certificate
  • a statutory declaration detailing the relationship of the person claiming the right of exclusive burial to the deceased owner
  • a form of renouncement from all other people who would be entitled to claim the grant of exclusive right of burial

Grave rights of a deceased person – if there is no will

If the grave owner dies without leaving a will, we require:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the grant of letters of administration
  • an assent from the administrator(s) giving the grant of exclusive right of burial to you

If the estate is of insufficient value to merit application for letters of administration, we will need:

  • the grant of exclusive right of burial
  • the death certificate
  • a statutory declaration detailing he relationship of the person claiming the rights to the registered grave owner
  • a form of renouncement from all other people who would be entitled to claim the grant of exclusive right of burial

Statutory declarations must be witnessed by a commissioner for oaths or magistrate.

You should seek legal advice regarding your own circumstances and for completing forms.