Deciding between burial or 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.
The information below may help to guide your decision, however St Kilda's Cemetery’s experienced Client Services Consultants are on hand to assist you. One of the most important decisions you will make is deciding between burial and cremation. Many people state a preference for one or the other during their life. If you are undecided then here is an explanation of the options.
Please contact us to discuss your options or to arrange a meeting at the location of your choice.
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 St Kilda Cemetery there are a limited number of earth-graves to choose from given the historic nature of the site. It is important to select the desired location carefully as the area chosen will determine which form of memorial can be installed e.g. a plaque which sits flush with the ground 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 not available at St Kilda 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 enduring granite.
There are no mausolea within St Kilda Cemetery itself, however there are high quality crypt opportunities at other cemeteries administered by the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, including Cheltenham Memorial Park, Bunurong Memorial Park, Melbourne General Cemetery and Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
Choosing the right burial option
If burial is the preferred option, we encourage you to visit St Kilda 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.
Cremation involves placing a coffin or casket into a cremator.
Additional information about the cremation process can be found in FAQs.
St Kilda Cemetery offers a wide variety of beautiful cremation memorial options throughout our magnificent botanical gardens.
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.
Help to consider your options
If you are unsure whether to decide on burial or cremation, St Kilda 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.