The cemetery is just like another business that needs money to put up. However, the cemetery can work for as long as there is a place to bury the bodies. Once a person has bought a burial land, then they never move out of it.
How to keep the cemetery from shutting down?
- The very first thing which must be done for extending the life of a cemetery is to use every inch of it. Even the walkways must be used to expand the space.
- Another way through which cemetery can put up for long is by reusing the burial plot to bury more bodies. It is more like a lease on the burial land.
- Few other cemeteries, which are run by the Church of England, use a “dig deeper” strategy to make multistory graveyards.
- Another strategy to put the cemetery that is not filled up, but has a lack of money for its operation. Thus, a few parts of the money which people pay for the burial plot is a must be invested in a perpetual care fund. Invest wisely to use that money for the long term to pay the gardener and the caretaker of the cemetery.
What happens if the cemetery gets bankrupted?
If the process of bankruptcy starts, then the rest of the work at the cemetery comes to a halt. Thus, the maintenance of the burial land and the burying of the dead bodies won’t take place until the courts and the banks are working out on the property.
The people who have already prepared for the burial of their loved ones face a lot of difficulties. The burying can’t wait until the bankruptcy issue gets resolved; thus, they have to buy a new plot elsewhere. In some cases, the courts allow you only if you get some machinery to dig the grave, that they have already paid for in advance.
Rest, what happens entirely varies on the cases. In some cases, the local municipality takes over the management and control of the land. And in other cases, the current owner who is not economically stable may seek permission from the local municipality to repurpose or sell the property for commercial or housing use.
What happens after the burial plot is no more in use?
Ultimately, when the burial plots can no longer stay active, then these graveyards are mostly reused for other purposes. To get approval from the municipality requires repurposing agreement saying that, all the graves will be moved to a suitable location, first.
In cases when the burial plot is entirely abandoned by the owner and descendants of the people buried in there, then it is called as a historic graveyard. And, the owner is granted the right to sell or reuse the land for other purposes. This way, the owner has the right to choose whether they want to move the buried bodies anywhere else or not.
To build houses over former cemeteries, it is a must to first remove the bodies from under the ground. Thus, the real estate person must pay to get the graves removed first, to keep the prices of the houses built on top of the old cemetery.