Fife Council carries out grass cutting over the growing season, usually March to October, and also weed control as required. Sometimes the weather and workload for burials can unfortunately affect our ability to keep to the programme but we will always try to catch up. However, if you have any particular concerns, please contact us to discuss further.
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Burial for different groups
A designated area within Dunfermline Cemetery is available for use by those who follow the Muslim faith. The graves have been laid out in order that the deceased, once buried, will face Mecca. After the burial, the grave is mounded for an agreed length of time before being levelled. Each grave receives one interment, which takes place (where possible) within 24 hours of the death. Some cemeteries also have areas designated for differing cultures and faiths including Roman Catholic, Coptic Church, Polish. Enquiries can be made through your funeral director on these.
Following the funeral, floral tributes will be arranged on the grave and left in place for at least three weeks. The council will then arrange for their uplift. If families wish to keep the condolence cards on floral tributes they should arrange for their collection within this three-week period.
Where special designs have been used (such as Gates of Heaven, Mum, Dad) and you wish to retain the frames, you should also ensure that they are removed from the grave within the three-week period following the burial.
If you intend to put any specially designed tributes back on the grave following the uplift of the remaining tributes, please ensure that they are positioned within the headstone area of the grave and are not encroaching onto the grass. This allows us to fully reinstate the grave and maintain the grass after the burial.
Replaced tributes should only be left at the grave until a headstone is erected or for a period of three months, whichever comes first. While we understand the distress the loss of a loved one and particularly a child causes, we strongly advise against the placement of mementos at graves. There is the possibility of theft and in time these items can become weathered and damaged. Wreathes and tributes placed in commemoration at Christmastime will be lifted at the end of January. Please ensure that any tributes that you wish to keep are lifted before then.
Following the burial there will be a period where settlement of the grave will occur. This can be due to many factors, such as settlement of the soil and weather conditions. We will repair any sunken lairs as soon as we become aware of it. If however, you have a grave that has not been attended to then please let us know so that we can reinstate it for you. Lairs will continue to settle years after a burial and the council will continue to carry out these repairs.
This can sometimes cause confusion and look like a burial has taken place in the grave. We do not open a grave for burial without the permission of the lair holder. However, we will not seek your permission to carry out reinstatement work, which could involve the turf being lifted from the grave, soil added to the grave and the area re-turfed. When the weather is particularly dry, the lair may be covered with a board initially, although it will have been back-filled. This is because turf will not survive if laid in dry conditions We always try to keep the period a board is in place to an absolute minimum.
Future use of graves
If there is an adjacent lair, it will become necessary at some point in the future for that grave to be opened. This will involve the placing of a soil containment box and walkboards on the lair in which you have the ‘Right of Burial’ for a short period of time. While we try to keep the length of time that this equipment is on grave to a minimum, please be aware that it is an essential part of opening a grave and is necessary without exception.
There are occasions where floral tributes and plants at headstones can unfortunately be damaged by rabbits or turf and headstone areas disturbed by molehills. We try to deal with signs of burrowing and make areas as secure as possible but in some cases, particularly rural cemeteries, these have to be accepted as an unavoidable part of the location. Back To Top