Grave digging and refill
Our staff will dig the grave on either the day before or the morning of the burial.
We return after the service to refill the grave.
For burials in graves that already have a monument, the ledger or cover will need to be removed to access the grave.
Council staff can remove and reinstall the ledger, but are not fully trained and equipped professionals. We take all care in handling ledgers, but do not accept responsibility for damage during the re-opening.
We can arrange for a monumental mason to re-open the monument, at an additional cost.
Mansfield, Bonnie Doon, and Jamieson cemeteries have small permanent shelters on-site.
We have grave-shoring equipment, and a pump to remove excess water from the grave. If it's wet on the day, we place straw at the bottom of the grave to hide the remaining water. We also place boards around the grave for attendees to stand on, reinforcing the ground and giving protection from mud.