A: In many cases memorials are established for the placement of ashes. However, it is not essential for ashes to be present in order to have a memorial.
Some families opt to retain the ashes at home or scatter them at a place of significance. In these instances the physical memorial itself provides a place of focus for future generations to visit and a site of genealogical importance.
Some families opt to divide the ashes into several smaller urns and distribute them amongst family members. In these instances families often opt to place a portion of the ashes at the memorial location.
A: The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is committed to maintaining its cemeteries and memorial gardens to a high standard. Following an extensive community consultation exercise, a revised policy was developed in 2011.
We thank our visitors for observing the conditions described in the policy.
Whilst artificial tributes do have an environmental impact and the placement of fresh tributes is preferred, the Board recognises that many families prefer artificial tributes and, as such, their placement is respected as being an integral part of the grieving process.
When placing new tributes, we would ask that plastic wrappingbe removed and withered/weathered tributes be placed within one of the rubbish bins located throughout the cemeteries.
The Flower and Ornament Policy can be downloaded here. Alternatively, please contact Client Services on 1300 793 109 if you prefer to have a copy mailed to you. For more information about the Flower and Ornament Policy Review, click here.