Burials 2019-07-29T08:45:30+00:00

Just a short note to thank you sincerely for the excellent funeral service you were able to conduct for my mother. The team was very professional and caring, and the day was relatively stress free, thanks to your efforts. Thanks again for a job well done.



The burial process begins with preparation of the body. As with cremations, tributes can be left in the coffin. The coffin is then taken to the cemetery (sometimes it is taken to another venue first for a service eg a church or chapel). At the cemetery a graveside committal takes place and the coffin is lowered gently to rest. Once the family and attendees leave, the cemetery organises for the grave to be filled. Any flowers left by the family will then be placed on the grave and left there until such time as they are in poor condition. At this time they will be removed and disposed of.

The “ownership” of the plot, known as a Grant of Right of Burial, remains in place for 25 years. After this time the owner loses the right to make changes to the grave or headstone, either by way of adding inscriptions or placing another person in that grave. However, after paying the relevant fee, that Grant of Right of Burial can be purchased for a further 25 years and the tenure begins again. Failure to re-purchase the Grant of Right of Burial does NOT give any stranger the right to purchase it. That land remains sacred to your family and will remain undisturbed.

In Western Australia the cemeteries are controlled by one of two authorities. Shire owned cemeteries are controlled by the local council, and they have their own fee structure and rules regarding burials on their sites. The four main metropolitan cemeteries, however,  are controlled by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB). These cemeteries (Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Karrakatta Cemetery, Fremantle Cemetery and Rockingham Regional  Memorial Park) have fixed fees attached, and slightly different rules governing them. Your funeral director is aware of the requirements and paperwork required and will guide you through this part of the process.

Assisting You With Complimentary Services

Naturally, there are many other aspects that need to be considered when organising a funeral for your loved one. At Hetherington Funerals, we can assist you in organising all or some of the following complimentary services according to your wishes.

  • Paperwork, Permits & Certificates
  • Selecting a Coffin or Casket
  • Funeral & Death Notices
  • Monument Works at the Cemetery
  • Embalming or Body Prep
  • Viewings
  • Chapel or Church Services
  • Catering
  • Clergy or Celebrant
  • DVD Slideshow
  • Music
  • Professional Video
  • Mourning Coach