What to consider when choosing a cemetery

22 June 2023
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Choosing a cemetery is a deeply personal and important decision. It's a choice that comes with the responsibility of ensuring that the final resting place of a loved one is a peaceful and dignified one.

Whether you're pre-planning your own funeral arrangements or making arrangements for someone else, there are several factors to consider when choosing a cemetery.

In this article, we'll share some of the information we have gathered by helping thousands of families make this important decision.

Choosing the resting place of a loved one is an incredibly personal decision that will have a lasting impact on the memories and emotions of family and friends for years to come.

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How to choose a cemetery

When making this decision, it's important to keep in mind the wishes of the deceased, as well as the needs and emotions of the living. It's also important to consider practical factors such as cost, location, accessibility, and amenities.

Ultimately, the choice of cemetery should reflect the unique personality, values, and beliefs of the deceased and their loved ones. Whether it's in a natural setting, a traditional cemetery, a mausoleum, or a memorial park with native gardens and reflection spaces, you should choose a final resting place that provides comfort, dignity, and peace of mind.

Choosing a cemetery location

One of the first things to consider when choosing a cemetery is its location. This can be influenced by several factors, such as proximity to the deceased's home, family, or place of worship. It's important to choose a location that will be easy and comfortable for family and friends to visit and pay their respects.

It's also important to consider any emotional connections you or your loved one may have to a particular place. Perhaps the deceased had a special connection to a certain location or cemetery, or maybe there are other family members buried there. Emotions can play a significant role in the decision-making process, and it's important to choose a cemetery that feels right for you and your loved ones.

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Why consider environmentally sustainable options?

In addition, with sustainability and the environment becoming a more important factor, it’s a good idea to consider eco-friendly options. Natural or ‘green’ burials are quickly becoming a popular alternative as they incorporate sustainable materials that are biodegradable and kinder to the environment.

One option is Murrun Naroon within the beautiful Bunurong Memorial Park – a natural burial space that provides a sense of openness and a connection with nature.

Whatever your choice, it's important to take the time to research and explore all the available options. Talk to friends and family members, visit cemeteries in person, and ask questions of funeral directors and cemetery staff. By taking the time to carefully consider all the options, you can make a decision that will provide a sense of comfort and closure for years to come.

If you would like to enquire further about purchasing a space at any of our locations, please contact us through our online form or by calling us on (03) 8558 8278.

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