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Burial is perceived as the 'traditional' form of funeral, typically related to those of religious influence, although these days, this certainly isn't the case. There are municipal or local authority cemeteries and several churchyards in the area. Some have a Service Chapel; others don't, which may mean you must decide upon a place of service before the burial. Often, people opt for a church service; however, all local Crematorium offers a 'Service Only' option, becoming a more widespread, non-religious alternative to a church service. There is a list of local cemeteries at the bottom of this page, although others may be available. Cemeteries are very different, unlike Crematoria, which has a standard charge regardless of where you live. Your local authority cemetery will provide a burial for a resident of the area at one fee, but double fees will apply if you fall out of the area. We will guide you as to the associated costs when making your arrangements.


There are two burial options: interment in an existing grave or purchasing a new grave.



There may already be an existing family grave with available space for further interments. We need to clarify with the Cemetery   Superintendent to acknowledge that the grave can still be used formally. Just because your family purchased the grave years before doesn't necessarily mean you can use it or have rights to it now. You may know that a family grave exists but is uncertain about its location. In such situations, we would ask who may have been buried in the grave previously and then search through the cemetery record archives to make a trace. Once the grave has been identified and the available space is confirmed, the Cemetery Superintendent will provide a status on the grave. You may have purchased the grave many years ago, and the Exclusive Rights of Burial have expired. As such, and before any interment can occur, the exclusive rights will need to be purchased before the burial can occur. Should a memorial be in place, our Monumental Mason will need to remove this before they can prepare the grave for burial. They will take the memorial back to their yard, where they will keep it until it is permitted to be placed back on the grave.



Portsmouth City Council does not require a grave to be purchased for burial. They have what is known as 'Common Graves', where people can be buried without purchasing exclusive rights. This can provide a more cost-effective option should finances be a deciding issue; however, if the grave is not purchased, the cemetery authorities have the right to bury other people. In addition, a Common Grave does not allow for any memorial, not even a grave marker, as you have no rights to the grave.


The Cemetery Superintendent will usually select a suitable grave when opting for a new grave purchase. However, if you prefer a specific grave location, the cemetery staff are amicable and willing to accommodate your wishes. When selecting a new grave, it will be necessary to decide at this stage if the grave is to be for one, two, or three interments. Single and double graves are freely available, treble graves are less available, and the depth, not width, determines the size of the grave.



Churchyard burials are now becoming few and far between. Most Churchyards are old, have been in existence for many years, and were only intended to serve small parish communities. As towns and cities grow and the population increases, space is not available in the main. However, more rural Churchyards still carry out burials, and we can offer you guidance on a local church to see if this option is possible. Although unable to provide space for full interments, many Churchyards can offer some provision for the interment of cremated remains. The church governs charges for interment within a Churchyard, which form part of the Parochial Church Fees, a copy of which can be provided on request.



Should you opt for 'Exclusive Rights of Burial', you will be entitled to place a new memorial once the twelve-month settling period has expired. We have a wide variety of memorials in all different shapes, sizes, and materials. You can view our Memorial Brochures by going to our' Download Section', which will indicate what is available.


Havant Borough Council 

Public Service Plaza

Civic Centre Road



023 9244 6019

Cemeteries in this borough include; Havant, Warblington and Waterlooville.

Fareham Borough Council

Civic Offices,

Civic Way,


PO16 7AZ

01329 236100

Cemeteries in this borough include; Wickham Road and Roman Grove.

Porthsmouth City Council

Civic Offices,

Guildhall Walk,



023 9282 2251

Cemeteries in this borough include; Kingston, Milton and Highland Road

Gosport Borough Council

High Street



PO12 1EB

023 9258 4242

Cemeteries in this borough include Annes Hill.

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