Buying A Grave
Any adult living in the Hastings Borough Council area can buy a grave space for immediate use for half the fee charged to those living outside the Borough. They may also reserve the right to purchase adjoining graves but graves cannot be purchased to reserve.
Normally, your funeral director will help to make the necessary arrangements for buying a grave. Some people may want to make their own arrangements at the time of the funeral. You can organise this by directly contacting us. We will be happy to advise you. If you would like to view the section of the cemetery where the burial is to take place before the funeral, we will arrange for a member of staff to meet with you on the site.
The exclusive Right of Burial is sold for 50 years. These are known as 'purchased graves' and are renewable on expiry. The owner of the right of burial can decide who will be buried in the grave and memorials are allowed in line with our cemetery regulations. An unpurchased grave, sometimes known as a public or common grave, is where the right to burial cannot be bought and the council has total control of the grave. The council will decide who will be buried in the grave and this might not be members of the same family. No memorial rights exist on public graves so no headstone or other memorial can be put up.
There are several types of grave available including 'Traditional grave spaces' where the owner of the grave is able to put a full headstone on the grave after burial. All memorials of this type must be built on a concrete base or 'landing'. Lawn-type graves where the Council will maintain these special areas, at no expense to the grave owner. Please see the rules and regulations page for further information.
All headstones must be fitted by an accredited monumental mason, please see our list of all the accredited monumental masons for Hastings Cemetery.
After the burial, the grave is made level and grassed over except for an area one foot from the headstone which may be used as a garden plot. As soon as convenient after burial the Council will sow grass seed or lay turf over the rest of the grave area.
Cremated remains can also be buried at the Cemetery. There are five methods of disposal of cremation ashes at Hastings. They may be strewn communally in the Gardens of Remembrance or strewn in a 'designated place'.
Alternatively they may be placed in the lawn of the Gardens of Rest where a Memorial Vase at the Lawns edge can be released for a period of 15 years.
We also have a Woodland Walk in which they may be strewn upon request, with the environment as the only memorial.
In all of these cases above a memorial cannot be raised where the cremated remains are placed, only on the adjacent Memorial Wall overlooking the whole Garden of Remembrance. Please see our memorial page for all available memorials.
Ashes can be strewn or interred in a grave if you already have one in the cemetery or you can purchase the exclusive right of burial for fifty years in a cremated remains plot which will accommodate four or more caskets and at which a stone memorial may be raised.
Our cemeteries have consecrated (blessed as sacred) and unconsecrated areas where you can buy graves. The consecrated ground is consecrated by the Church of England.
Burial and cremation information