Bereavement Services - Burial

Buying a grave, including fees

If you would like to buy a grave in an Isle of Wight Council cemetery it is a simple process.  We can allocate a grave to you in the cemetery of your choice, or for a fee we can arrange that you meet a member of the Bereavement Services team in the cemetery itself to select a plot from those available.  An application form will require completion by those to be registered as the owner/s of the grave and the purchase fee will be payable before you can be issued with the Deed.

Please book an appointment with us to complete this process, you can request an appointment using the online send a message to service form. Once we have received your request for an appointment we will contact you to arrange an appropriate time and date to meet.

Fees

View the current fees for buying a grave an Isle of Wight Council cemetery.

Rights of Burial

When you buy a grave in an Isle of Wight Council Cemetery you are buying the 'Exclusive Right of Burial', not the land itself; this right gives you the authority to consent to burials within the grave and to apply for the placing of headstones and memorials upon the grave for a period of 100 years.

Buying a grave in your name automatically gains you the right to be buried in the said grave.

The 'Exclusive Right of Burial' can be registered in as many names as you wish; if you are buying a grave for yourself, it can be a good idea to also add the name of the person who will be your executor or dealing with your affairs at the time of your death.

Transferring the Rights of Burial

Upon the death of the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial, the right should be transferred to a new owner to enable any future burials to take place or so that new memorials or additional work to existing memorials may be legally carried out.

The right will usually pass down the family line, with the widow/er or all children of the original owner being entitled to this right. 

The methods of transferring the right varies depending upon individual circumstances, however because it is considered a legal ownership the process may involve a solicitor or executor. 

Please book an appointment with us to complete this process, you can request an appointment using the online send a message to service form. Once we have received your request for an appointment we will contact you to arrange an appropriate time and date to meet.