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Aberdeen City Council is responsible for 17 cemeteries in Aberdeen. At present only Dyce, Newhills and Hazlehead Cemeteries have burial lairs available to purchase. It is possible to reserve a burial lair for future use at Hazlehead and Newhills Cemeteries. Contact Bereavement Services on 03000 200 292 for further information.
There is a 'Babies Section' at Hazlehead Cemetery for use of bereaved parents who have had stillborn or neonatal babies. Memorials for this section have been developed in consultation with SANDS.
The Jewish and Muslim religions have burial sections in Grove and Hazelhead Cemeteries respectively.
Cremated remains lairs: Cremated remains in a casket can be interred in lairs which are available in several of the City Council's cemeteries. Each of these lairs can accommodate up to two caskets. If a memorial headstone is required for the lair then it should be purchased from a monumental mason.
Family records: Aberdeen City Council can provide a search of burial ground records. A charge is made for the service. Staff are not always available and appointments are recommended.
New burial ground is available at Dyce (which is the only cemetery in Aberdeen where ground can be purchased outright for future use). Lairs in Newhills and Hazlehead can only be bought as and when required for immediate use or a burial lair can be reserved for 10 year periods by paying £100 then £100 every 10 years thereafter until the grave is to be used. At that point the amount you have already paid is deducted from the price of a lair at that time. Casket ground (for the interment of cremated remains) is also available in these cemeteries on a when needed basis.
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- Bereavement Services
Business Hub 3
Ground Floor South
Phone: 03000 200 292
Frequently Asked Questions
- What information do you need from me to let me know if there is still room in my family plot for further burials?
- Are there any restrictions on memorial inscriptions?
- Can a memorial be made of any material?
- Can I pass ownership of my lair to another person?
- Can I sell an unused lair back to the council?
- Can the title deed for a lair be transferred?
- Do all graves have to have a headstone or memorial?
- How can I buy a burial plot/lair?
- How can I obtain a plan of a cemetery?
- How do I arrange for a memorial bench in my local park/cemetery?
- Is there a difference between a lair and a grave?
- Is there a special burial area for babies?
- What can I plant on a grave?
- What guidelines are there for erecting a memorial/headstone on a grave?
- What happens if I or my family have not used a lair that we have bought?
- What is the maximum number of interments permitted in a grave?
- When I buy a lair, do I own the land that the grave is on?