When a grave is purchased, a Deed of Grant is provided with the name of the Registered Grave Owner. This is then registered in the cemetery records as the person owning the burial rights for the designated period, normally between 50 and 99 years.
The Grave Deed is an important document and must be produced when any future interment is required. It is vital that the Deed is kept safely so any delay in the internment can be avoided.
A permanent memorial on a grave, and the inscriptions on that memorial, can only be carried out with the permission of the Registered Grave Owner. When the Registered Grave Owner dies, the title of the grave passes to the executors or administrator of their estate. If no executor or administrator has been appointed the title passes to his or her next of kin.