Deciding between burial and cremation

If arrangements have not been made, or wishes not expressed, one of the most important decisions you will make is deciding between burial and cremation.


Burial may refer to a number of different situations, however, in all instances, it involves placing the deceased within a coffin, casket or shroud.

Burial may take place:

Below ground level within an earth-grave

At Brighton General Cemetery there are a number of different earth-grave options to suit a wide range of preferences. It is important to select the desired location carefully as the area chosen will determine which form of memorial can be installed. These range from a plaque which sits flush with the ground, a headstone or a full monument that covers the total grave area.

Below ground level within a concrete lined grave

These graves contain a sealed concrete chamber below the ground that provides for two to be securely interred. In most situations a full monument, which covers the total grave area, is placed on top of the grave.

Concrete lined graves are currently not available at Brighton General Cemetery. If you are interested in this form of grave we recommend that you contact Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Above ground within a mausoleum crypt

Mausoleum crypts provide for above-ground interment within a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Crypts are generally designed to accommodate either one or two and are adorned with either marble or granite.

Choosing the right burial option

If burial is the preferred option, we encourage you to visit Brighton General Cemetery so that we can show you around our grounds and fully explain the various options and locations available. As this is a critical long-term decision, we want you to feel comfortable, knowing you have chosen the most appropriate style of burial, in an ideal location for reflection.

More information, please contact us or refer to burial options.


Cremation involves placing a coffin or casket into a cremator.

Additional information about the cremation process can be found in FAQs.

Brighton General Cemetery offers a wide variety of beautiful cremation memorial options throughout our historic cemetery.

Choosing an enduring cremation memorial in a not-for-profit, community based cemetery is a thoughtful decision, as it not only provides a poignant place for reflection now, but a tangible record for future generations.

For those who prefer to keep their loved one’s ashes in their safekeeping, we also provide a number of personal cremation memorials, including urns, hand crafted jewellery and exquisite LifeGem diamonds.

For information on the cremation memorial options available at Brighton General Cemetery, please contact us or refer to cremation memorial options.

Help to consider your options

If you are unsure whether to decide on burial or cremation, Brighton General Cemetery’s experienced Client Services Consultants are on hand to help and to arrange an obligation-free tour of our grounds. Please contact us for more information.

Contact Brighton General Cemetery

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