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Can the family dig or backfill the grave?

When a deceased person's body is to be buried in a cemetery, may family members assist in digging and closing the grave?


Generally in Australian Cemeteries, no.  Due to OHS requirements only properly trained and insured personnel approved by the cemetery can dig or backfill a grave.

For ceremonial reasons, the family may place a token (very small) amount of soil in the grave.  Families should  make arrangements prior to the day of the funeral.


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