Our policies and strategies

Outline of policies and strategies

This section outlines the policies and strategies we follow in Kingston Bereavement Services.

Charter for the bereaved

We have adopted the Charter for the bereaved issued by the Institute of Burial and Cremation Administration.

The charter is a commitment to improving the service by confronting rather than disguising the death experience. It defines the rights of every individual who experiences bereavement including the right to possession of a body and gives the bereaved greater influence over the arrangement of funerals.

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Your right to inspect facilities

We welcome anyone who wishes to inspect our premises and see exactly what occurs in the cemation or burial process. You can inspect by contacting us to make an appointment.

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Cemetery and crematorium regulations

These regulations are for the control and use of our cemeteries and crematorium. They include regulations regarding: interments, fees and exhumations; the purchase and transfer of graves; memorials and dimensions of memorials; the crematorium; and general regulations.

Download and read the full Cemetery and crematorium regulations

Protecting our environment

Biodiversity Policy

Cemeteries can support an important diversity of wildlife and in some cases act as a valuable refuges for rare or uncommon species particularly in the urban context. Many cemeteries are surrounded by inner suburbs and some are the last vestiges of what the countryside was like before the city. Kingston Cemetery opened in 1855 is no exception, it has been developed on what were previously the fields of Bonner Hill.

Download and read the full Biodiversity Policy

Environmental Guidelines

We take the environment very seriously and recognise the need to be environmentally aware in order to reduce costs and pollution, and to protect and nurture the wide variety of fauna and flora within our grounds which we believe enhances funerals.

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Lichen Policy

Many people are familiar with lichens, especially those found on tombstones and chapel and church masonry. This fascinating organism is not a conventional plant but is actually two 'plants' in one. The outer layer is fungus whilst the inner body is made up of algae. This document outlines how we undertake sensitive management of stonework and masonry to promote lichen conservation in Kingston Cemetery.

Download and read the full Lichen Policy