Saying goodbye to a loved one is always hard, but having a dedicated resting place that family and friends can visit well into the future can be comforting.
The term ‘in perpetuity’ is often understood to mean that the maintenance of graves is the responsibility of the custodian (in this case, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust), forever. But did you know that the maintenance of grave sites is a shared responsibility?
In Victoria, a right of interment for a burial site is perpetual (ie. forever), while a right of interment for a cremation site is specified upon arrangement. For this reason, it is important that families and friends understand the tasks that may be involved in maintaining a memorial site.
For example, although our horticultural teams care for gardens and lawns, repairs to monuments and headstones remain the responsibility of the holder of the right of interment – an important role that is assigned when the grave or memorial site is purchased.
It’s also worth noting that even if there’s been damage to a memorial (ie. a plaque or headstone), our team can’t step in to repair them unless a replacement or repair has been ordered by the holder of the right of interment.