Ashes interment and memorial specifications

​​​​​Families have the option to be present for an ash burial or a Hamilton Park Cemetery staff member can inter the ashes in the absence of the family.

If a family wish to inter the ashes of a loved one, they need to make a booking with the cemetery office at least 24 hours in advance. On the day, the assigned plot will be prepared (dug) and dressed by cemetery staff prior to family’s arrival. Flower vases will be provided and alongside the plot will be containers of soil for the family to use to cover the ashes after the interment if they wish.

No staff will attend unless specifically requested by prior arrangement.

Following the interment and departure of family the plot and surrounding garden will be reinstated by staff.

If a family wish to have ashes interred, but not attend, they can arrange this either directly with cemetery staff or through a funeral director. Family may request the date on which the ashes are to be interred on their behalf and cemetery staff will inter the ashes on that date, provided it is not a Sunday or a public holiday.

Various ash interment areas, or memorial only options, are listed further down the page. Please refer to the brochure relating the appropriate ash interment areas for details on memorial options and plot management, which includes items that are not permitted to remain on the plot.

Bookings

Where possible bookings should be made at least 24 hours in advance and can be made either via a funeral director or directly with the Hamilton Park Cemetery office.

Monday to Friday the interments can be done between 9.00am and 3.30pm, whereas Saturday is from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

Any interment outside of these hours will need prior approval from cemetery management and may incur an after hours fee. 

For ash interments, the Ash Burial Warrant ​for (PDF, 169 KB) must be completed and received by the Hamilton Park Cemetery office at least 24 hours prior to the interment.

Authority to Open

For those plots that have already been used, or that are still unused more than three (3) months after the initial reservation date, an Authority to Open must be submitted to the cemetery in writing and signed either by the person(s) holding the Burial Rights to the requested plot, or their legally appointed representative such as an executor (proof of such will be required). Any questions concerning this Authority, please contact the Hamilton Park Cemetery office.

The Authority to Open form is page two of the above Burial Warrant. 

Application and Agreement for Exclusive Right of Burial

This form (PDF, 84 KB) is to be completed for the purchase of all new plots. It provides the opportunity for the family member who is arranging the burial and/or plot reservation to nominate another person to have the Exclusive Right of Burial or authority to the selected plot. Any questions concerning this Application form or Burial Rights, please contact the Hamilton Park Cemetery office

Web of Memories

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The Web of Memories, located to the left of the Chapel, has been developed for ash interments with a small upright headstone. Each plot allows for the burial of up to four sets of ashes, which are placed in the lawn directly in front of the memorial. One upright memorial is allocated to each plot.

For plot management information and memorial specifications see the Web of Memories brochure (PDF, 376KB).

The Garden of Remembrance

 

The Garden of Remembrance area is designed to provide options to inter ashes in a peaceful garden setting.

Each garden is named after a New Zealand native bird, and provides for the interment of up to two sets of ashes, which are placed in the garden directly behind the plaque(s) set on the surrounding concrete berm.

Fresh flowers only are permitted in the gardens and are placed in containers provided by the cemetery.

Tree Interment

Ashes may be interred under designated trees within this area, however as no memorial is permitted under the trees there are several other options for memorials for these interments. Refer to the Plaque Only Memorialisation options further down.

For plot management information and memorial specifications see the Garden of Remembrance Brochure (PDF, 488KB).

Granite Columbarium Walls

 

The central feature to the Garden of Remembrance are the granite walls which cater for the interment of ashes in a cylindrical niche. A bronze plaque is permanently secured over the opening at the time of interment for memorialisation. 

Garden of Memories

The Garden of Memories is located directly opposite our Chapel and has a formal walkway through flower gardens with a central fountain feature. With the exception of the areas listed below, the area is sold out.  

Fresh flowers only are permitted in the gardens and are placed in containers provided by the cemetery.

For plot management information and memorial specifications see the Garden of Memories Brochure (PDF, 744KB).

Tree Interment

Ashes may be interred under designated trees within the Garden of Memories, however, as no memorial is permitted under the trees there are several other options for memorials nearby for these interments. See Plaque Only Memorialisation further down.

Ash Spread - Garden of Memories

The Sunken Garden area within the Garden of Memories provides a secluded place surrounded by trees and gardens where ashes are spread. Memorialisation for this option can take place with the Plaque Only options provided below.

Plaque Only Memorialisation

The Plaque Only options provide for the memorialisation on a wall, a berm or in an outdoor book, for ashes that have been spread either in the cemetery or elsewhere, or have been interred under one of the designated trees in the Garden of Memories where memorialisation at the interment site is not permitted.

The granite, bronze or porcelain plaques are ordered by family directly with a manufacturer. 
  • Sunken Garden Memorial Wall - Porcelain plaques are placed on the brick wall of the Sunken Garden. These spots cannot be reserved in advance. 
  • Plaque only berm - Granite,  Bronze or Porcelain plaques are placed on the concrete berm surrounding the Sunken Garden on plots previously reserved by family or friends. Please refer to the brochure to clarify which plaque types are permitted along each stretch of the berms.
  • Outdoor Book of Memories - Laminate plaques are placed within this metal outdoor book based on the first letter of the deceased’s surname. To order a Book of Memories plaque please download the Memorial Book order form (PDF, 107 KB) and once completed, send with payment to the cemetery office.

See the Fees and Charges page for current prices.  

The Book of Remembrance

 

The beautifully crafted leather-bound Book of Remembrance provides family and friends another option to memorialise their loved ones. Entries are made only when requested and are hand written in stylised calligraphy.

The book is displayed in a viewing window at the administration office and pages are turned daily to display the names inscribed on the related day of the year. However, if the office is open, staff are happy to open the book to any page to allow visitors to see any entry date.

Costs for the entries are based on the length of inscription. The basic entry consists of the date of death, the name of the deceased and a maximum 36 letter inscription.  There is the option for longer inscription up to the maximum 100 letters, which does incur additional costs.

Please refer to our Fees and Charges for the basic costs and contact the cemetery office to discuss cost for longer entries.

To order an entry for this book please download the Memorial Book Order Form (PDF, 107 KB). Once completed send it, along with payment, to Hamilton Park Cemetery.

Returned Services Ash Interment

Ash Interment Gardens

                        

The Returned Services ash gardens provide for the interment of ashes of Returned Services persons' and their spouse or partner as a second interment.

The area allows for the memorialisation with an approved Veterans' Affairs plaque only. The plaque can be ordered either through the local Returned Services Association (RSA), a funeral director, or directly with Veteran's Affairs.

For plot management information and memorial specifications see the Services Lawn and Ash Brochure (PDF, 800KB).

RSA Memorial Wall - Memorialisation Only

 

This Memorial Wall has been provided by the Hamilton RSA for the memorialisation only of Returned Service persons who have been interred elsewhere. As a memorial only wall, it is not designed for the interment of ashes.

Please contact the Hamilton RSA to order the bronze strips and for further information on their criteria of eligibility for memorialisation on this wall.


 

Page reviewed: 08 Aug 2017 9:27am