BURIALS AT CHILTERN
“For such a sad occasion it was perfect. It was such a wonderful memorial service in a perfect setting”
Burials at GreenAcres Chiltern
At GreenAcres Chiltern, we do things differently. Ceremonies at our beautiful parks are planned so that there’s no rush and no time pressure. We’ll work with you to help find the perfect way to remember your loved one.
You can arrange a burial at any of our six parks – with or without a funeral or memorial service. It doesn’t matter what your faith, beliefs or cultural practices are, you can celebrate the life of the person you love in the way that’s best for you. Each of our magnificent Service Halls has a unique ambience; a perfect combination of music and lighting, surrounded by a beautiful natural environment
You can choose a plot in any of our burial areas within the woodland – from Acorn Glade, Moss Grove, High Oaks, Foxglove Walk to Valley View – depending on what suits you best. Burial fees vary, depending on the service and plot location. But our park is open to everyone – irrespective of the size of your budget.
Prestige options are available for families wanting a prime park location or something more personal and exclusive such as burial in a woodland glade, Labyrinth or beneath a family tree.
You can also arrange to place a memorial to your loved one in one of our parks.
All GreenAcres parks offer:
- Full burial service
- Direct burial without a service
- Graveside service
Visit our cremations page to find out about ash interment or scattering at a GreenAcres park.
Traditionally, a full burial service includes a funeral ceremony in our Service Hall followed by a graveside burial. Most people find that a one-hour service is sufficient for their needs, but you can book extra time if you wish. Audio-visual tributes are included in the cost of the service.
Funeral Director fees are not included in our prices. For details on pricing options please speak to a member of our team of specialists.
Selecting a prestige option means you can lay your loved one to rest in an exclusive area of park that offers privacy for mourners and visitors without having to worry about the lease. These burial options are leased for the life of the park. Following are some of the prestige options available at Chiltern. Please book a visit to our beautiful park, one of the friendly members from our team of specialists will be available to show you around.
Woodland glades are where families can be remembered together. Our natural glades can accommodate burials and/or ashes. They are secluded, ‘carved out’ pockets around our woodlands that are carefully prepared for you to evoke a feeling of greater privacy and exclusivity.
A Family Tree offers burial or scattering plots/areas around an established tree. Single or multiple plots can be sited carefully around the root system of a tree to avoid damaging it. This option creates a distinctive, special, and reflective contents for families to come together to remember.
A labyrinth is a sacred pathway, where we can appreciate that what looks like an end point can also be a starting point. It unites families with nature and reminds us about the twists and turns of life. Plots are marked out on the outer edge of the labyrinth and can be memorialised with a wooden post.
My husband’s funeral took place during lockdown. There were only six people present – myself our daughter, her husband and 3 children. We all came from one household. The team were very accommodating in allowing us to sit near each other and in recording the service so that my daughter in New Zealand could also
A survey of over 2,000 UK residents has revealed that 29% of the population have discussed death and their funeral preferences more frequently with loved ones compared to before the coronavirus pandemic, demonstrating a shift in attitudes and openness when discussing the end of life.
The survey, commissioned by GreenAcres, the award-winning cemetery, and ceremonial park group, was designed to highlight the importance of families having appropriate support in place to manage end of life, death, and living with grief.
However, the results also highlighted some clear differences across both gender and age. 52% of women said they did discuss death with those closest to them, compared to only 36% of men.
Although 43% of respondents have either discussed some ideas or would like to share their thoughts, only 24% have shared detailed preferences for funeral arrangements with loved ones.
Those aged 35-44 felt most strongly that they didn’t know how to approach the topic of death, and one in four people have never discussed death with their loved ones, and don’t plan to.
Andy Tait from GreenAcres said:
“After the incredibly tragic experiences that so many people have lived through over the past 18 months, it’s perhaps not surprising that more and more of us have started to open up a conversation with our loved ones about death. For so many people, it can be an incredibly difficult topic – nothing can prepare you for how you might feel when someone close to you dies, whether it’s expected or not. It can feel overwhelming, devastating, and strange, all at the same time. There are lots to organise, and it can be difficult to know where to start.
“For many people, talking about death and individual preferences can be a taboo subject, but by sharing our wishes, it can take the stress and worry away from the people you love the most when it’s their turn to make the arrangements.
“Our survey highlights an encouraging shift in behaviour and openness, but also demonstrates that more needs to be done to normalise these important conversations and provide people with the support they need to not only discuss death but also living with grief.”
As part of its ongoing support to help people speak more openly about death, GreenAcres has launched a new partnership with a leading bereavement charity, The Good Grief Trust, to open a series of pop-up cafés across its UK parks for bereaved local communities and families.
Designed to offer an umbrella of support to local communities, the Good Grief Cafés at GreenAcres are run by trained Good Grief Trust volunteers who have all been bereaved themselves, to connect and signpost people to services across the country and help them find a way forward.