Who is responsible for the memorial?

The City of Arlington is responsible for maintaining the cemetery in a safe condition, you have a responsibility to maintain your memorial in a safe condition. If you fail to do this the cemetery staff may take action to make the memorial safe. Cemetery staff carry out routine inspections of memorials in the cemetery and when one is identified as being unstable and likely to fall and injure someone it might be cordoned off, laid flat or have a temporary support installed.

You will receive a letter in these circumstances and it will be your responsibility to arrange suitable repair. Should your memorial still be under guarantee the memorial mason will be responsible to carry out repair at no extra cost to yourself. Should you ignore the notice sent to you your memorial may well be laid flat and when the lease expires you will not be allowed to renew it until repairs are made. Should no repairs be carried out and after further notification the memorial may be lawfully removed from the cemetery.

Your memorial mason also has a responsibility to provide a memorial of merchantable quality and to erect it in a safe manner. You should insist that the memorial is erected in accordance with the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) Recommended Code of Practice and seek a guarantee from your memorial mason.

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1. I want to bury cremated remains into the grave. Why do I have to decide whether there will be any more burials before this can be done?
2. Why can't I have what I want on the grave?
3. What happens if/when all the owners have died?
4. Who is responsible for the memorial?
5. I am told the grave is for two people. There is only one person in the grave and I now want two more burials to take place in the grave. How does this work?
6. I own the grave. Can anyone else be buried in it if I don't want them to?
7. I've got a lawn grave. When will I be able to put a memorial onto it?
8. Can anyone witness the grave being filled?
9. I understand that some people wait while the grave is filled in. Why is this?
10. Are graves filled in straight after a funeral or are they left to the next day?
11. Why are there so many different types of graves available at some cemeteries?
12. It’s distressing to see the coffin go down so deep. Why are graves dug so deep?