What to expect on the day – Burials
Thank you for making the funeral such a successful event – right down to the last little detail – and taking care of everyone on the day.
When you arrive
On arrival at the burial park, guests are invited to park their cars in the main car park. Parking for disabled drivers is available outside the reception building. A chauffeured electric buggy is available for visitors with limited mobility. If you think you will need one please let us know in advance.
The Gathering Hall or Woodland Hall Service
From the Gathering Hall, you will be able to see the funeral cortege as it arrives, as the hearse and any following limousines will drive into the courtyard between the Gathering Hall and the Woodland Hall.
If there is to be a service in the Woodland Hall, you will be invited to cross the courtyard and either precede or follow the coffin into the Woodland Hall, according to the wishes of the family. Once in the Woodland Hall there is a hearing loop facility and easy access for wheelchair users and this is where the memorial service will take place.
Getting to the graveside for a full burial
Once the ceremony is concluded, the coffin will be carried out of the glass doors and into the woodland at the front of the Woodland Hall and carried to the awaiting hearse, which will then be driven to the graveside (or as close as possible), followed by the mourners on foot or in the buggy.
At the graveside
At the graveside, there will normally be a short committal ceremony before the coffin is lowered to its final resting place. You can place flowers at the graveside if those are the wishes of the family but we ask that no cellophane or ribbon is included.
After the committal
Guests are then invited to return to the Gathering Hall or Woodland Hall if that has been arranged for the “wake” or celebration of life afterwards.
One of the team will be on hand to stay with the coffin until everyone has left the graveside.
Once the grave has been filled in (which can take between 20 and 45 minutes) any flowers accompanying the coffin will be laid on the grave and will remain in place until they deteriorate, after which they will be removed by the woodland team to keep the grave looking well cared for. You are of course free to return to the grave once it has been completely filled in to arrange the flowers as you would like.
Burial Park Etiquette
This private park is for reflection and enjoyment. All visitors are welcome but please abide by the few regulations we have specified in order to protect its natural beauty and in respect for those who are laid to rest here. Some key points are listed below. If you need clarification of any matters, please ask a member of the GreenAcres staff.
- Keep to the paths and do not stray or walk over marked burial plots
- Do not pick the wildflowers or fungi
- Keep children supervised at all times
- Temporary Funeral Director crosses are not permitted
- Only one memorial is permitted per plot
- Cut flowers may be left lying on the grave without any wrappings or ribbons or placed in the permitted wooden vases
- Only wooden vases may be placed on the graves. These can be purchased from the main woodland burials reception or a local woodcarver
- There is no planting of any description allowed by visitors in the woodland
- Graves are not to be shaped by wooden logs, flints or other materials
- Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the park, except in the single designated area in the courtyard
- Dogs should be on short leads and any mess cleared up
- No picnics or barbecues in the park are permitted
- No skateboards, roller blades, bicycles or any unauthorised motorized vehicle to be used in the park
- Cars parked at owners’ risk. The management is unable to take responsibility for cars and their contents
A copy of this information is downloadable as a pdf for you to email to your guests or we can supply printed with envelopes for you to post out.