Most people appreciate having a grave to visit, especially on anniversaries and holidays. A gravesite helps friends and family through the grieving process. Memorials or grave sites are also important for posterity to preserve the memory of family, friends and acquaintances who have passed away.
If there is not a family grave to be used, then a new grave site must be selected. We can help with submitting the necessary paperwork to the cemetery authorities (kirkevergen).
Everyone is entitled to a free burial in the municipality they live in when they die, if it is a single grave. A "free burial" is only free of charge for 20 years (compare funeral laws § 6 and § 19). If ashes in an urn are added to the grave within the span of 20 years, then the free grave period starts again.
After 20 years, the municipality may grant permission for others to be buried in the same tomb. The family can prevent this if they wish to do so by paying a fee when the free period is over.
The cemetery who is responsible for the free grave will give the survivors the opportunity to register the grave plot. The Church warden will send out a notice to the person in charge. The survivors need to register the burial plot within 6 months of burial. If registration is not completed within 6 months, then ownership of the plot reverts to the cemetery. It is the responsibility of the leaser to notify if their address changes.
No one could be buried in registered grave plot without the consent of the lessee. If party's consent cannot be obtained, the Joint Council of Churches will make decisions about burial.
Multiple coffin burials can be registered together in one burial place. Registering a burial can only occur in connection with a death. (The tomb that is used first in a burial is free for 20 years).
It is also possible to have an anonymous grave in a memorial or common grave. Anonymous graves do not have the names of the buried, and you do not pay for the grave or the funeral.
For memorials with nameplates, please contact us for more information.
See also: Law on cemeteries, cremation and funerals
(Hviding funeral home is not responsible for any inaccuracies in this source).