Burial options | Brisbane City Council

Burial options

Brisbane City Council offer three types of burial sites at our cemeteries: lawn burials, lawn beam burials and monumental burials.

Lawn burials

Instead of traditional headstones, lawn grave sites feature bronze plaques on granite or concrete bases on the grave at ground level.

When visitors overlook a lawn cemetery, they see a panorama of lawn.

Remediated lawn burials

Remediated lawn grave sites are original lawn graves where a cement beam has been added at the end of the grave as a base for the plaque, rather than the grass. The remediated lawn graves are tidier and easier to maintain as floral tributes are able to be placed on the common cement beam rather than the grass. Funding is allocated each year to allow a lawn grave area be remediated.

Remediation projects have now commenced in lawns at Mount Gravatt, Lutwyche and Pinnaroo Cemeteries.

Lawn beam burials

Lawn beams are installed in all Council cemeteries when a new lawn area is developed.

In these areas, bronze plaques on sloped desk-style granite or concrete bases are placed on a common beam of concrete. There is an area to place floral tributes on the beam on either side of the plaque. It is not necessary for floral tributes to be removed for lawn maintenance. The lawn beam areas feature a neat and orderly grassed environment.

Plaques for lawn beam areas must be ordered through Council.

Lawn beam graves are available at Pinnaroo, Mount Gravatt and Hemmant Cemeteries, as well as the following historical cemeteries: Brookfield and Bald Hills.

When checking costs for lawn beam burials at historical cemeteries, please refer to 'Historical monumental and lawn grave' in the pricing table.

Monumental burials

Monumental burial sites are more traditional than lawn or lawn beam sites. These areas feature headstones made of granite, concrete, sandstone or marble. This type of grave site allows for individual expression, with the option for designs of cultural or family significance.

An authorised monumental stonemason must be engaged to construct the headstone. Council needs to give permission for the monument to be erected on the grave. The monumental mason you select to construct your memorial will apply for the necessary permit.

The construction and maintenance of the monument remains the responsibility of the burial rights holder and descendants.

Monumental graves are available at Mount Gravatt, as well as the following historical cemeteries: Bald Hills, Balmoral, Brookfield, LutwycheSouth Brisbane and Toowong.

When checking costs for monumental burials at historical cemeteries, please refer to 'Historical monumental and lawn grave' in the pricing table.

Historical graves

Historical graves (either lawn or monumental sites) are located in Councils nine Historical Cemeteries. These cemeteries are classified as historical as they were established in the 1800's, have limited or no space available for burials and are heritage listed. Only Toowong Cemetery still has a manned office and onsite grounds people. A mobile burial team and a mobile maintenance crew service the other eight historical cemeteries as required. 

Monumental burial sites are still available at the following historical cemeteries:

Lawn beam burial sites are still available at Bald Hills and Brookfield Cemeteries.

When checking costs, please refer to 'Historical monumental and lawn grave' in the pricing table.

Family grave re-use

Burials in existing family graves may also be available, where the grave still has space or the grave is considered full but the last burial was more than 30 years ago. Family re-use of graves is only available to direct descendants of the people already buried in the grave or those related to the burial right holder. To apply to re-use family graves, download and complete the applicable form.

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When a grave still has space for more burials, including ashes:

When the grave is full, but the last burial was more than 30 years ago: 

Completed forms should be signed and witnessed before a Justice of the Peace (JP) and returned by mail to the address on the form.

Where a grave is considered to be full, a test dig may be required.  A test dig fee will apply. If the grave requiring a test dig has a concrete or stone top, the family will need to employ an authorised monumental stonemason to remove the top so the test dig can take place. In the first instance, complete and return the Family re-use form and Cemetery Administration will investigate and advise of any further steps required.

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12 December 2018