Direct contact can be made with the appropriate local DGFirst office where advice and information can be given about the requirements and paperwork involved for an interment.
Dumfries and Galloway Council does not provide the services of a crematorium. Should it be required, cremation caskets may be interred in a burial ground in the same manner as a normal coffin interment. There are privately run crematoria at Collin, near Dumfries, Ayr and Carlisle.
All burials require a Verification Form to be completed. Where ground has been previously purchased and the lair certificate cannot be produced, the 'Certificate of Indemnity' must be completed to verify the right of burial. The Verification form should be returned to the local burial office at least 2 clear working days prior to the interment taking place to allow authorisation of the form and copies sent to gravediggers, undertakers/third party.
The following information is required:
On the day of interment the Certificate of Registration of Death or Cremation Certificate should be handed to the gravediggers (without this form the burial cannot take place).
As a general rule, a grave plot or lair can only be purchased at the time of interment. However, there are certain burial grounds where a 'Lair Option Scheme', or 'Pre-Purchase Scheme' is available.
An exhumation is the removal of a coffin or cremation casket at some point in time after burial.
Exhumations are rare, and in general use are only carried out in the following circumstances:
It is unlikely that a Sheriff would grant an exhumation order without good reason.
A senior officer of the Council will be present at all stages of the exhumation to ensure compliance with all terms of the exhumation order.
The Grounds Maintenance teams in DGFirst are responsible for around 200 churchyards, burial grounds and cemeteries, carrying out grass cutting and general maintenance to keep them tidy and in good order.