A graveside service can follow a traditional funeral, can precede a memorial service, or can be a stand-alone event. The service will be held at the graveside. In general, graveside services tend to be a more intimate gathering, with less people and fairly brief. They still can include all the elements of other funerals, including readings, poems, tributes and if required prayers.
Cemetery Chapel and Burial.
Many cemeteries have Chapels, and these can be used. It means the weather does not impact on the celebration in the same way. The service takes place in the Chapel before moving to the graveside for the burial. Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to give you more advice on which cemeteries have Chapels.
Eco Friendly and Green Burials.
Woodland burials are increasingly popular. They offer an ecological alternative to traditional burials. The land is managed with the environment in mind and the land is reverted back to woodland or meadows. Instead of a traditional headstone, sometimes a tree is planted with a plaque and environmentally friendly coffins made from materials such as bamboo, wicker or cardboard are used. There are a number of sites in Cornwall including: West Penwith Woodland Burial Place, near Penzance. Pentiddy Natural Burials, near Pensilva, Bodmin Moor. Pontsmill Green Burial Cemetery in Par. Penmount Natural Burial Ground, Truro.