Yes, you may choose to have a church or chapel service in a familiar locality or choose one of our local churches or chapels which are very close to the meadow for a religious ceremony. Then continue with the service at the graveside or choose to have the whole service at the grave side. Further information is on our links page.
Yes, you can have the service of your choice. There are many Celebrants who will create a beautiful service to celebrate the life of your loved one before the funeral or after at a different venue. May be in a hotel, pub, village hall, even the family home or where ever you wish. Or completely hold the ceremony in the meadow. You or the family may feel confident to conduct the service yourselves.
Yes, we have a list on our links page of Celebrants we would recommend who have already conducted very special ceremonies.
We wish we could dig the graves by hand, tried it and unfortunately the ground is not easy to dig by hand, so we do use a small digger. We ourselves (Richard and Sarah) then fill the graves by hand as it is important to us to show total respect to the deceased. This makes a much tidier job and of course it keeps us both fit!!
The burial ground is not consecrated; we welcome any faith, religion or belief making it suitable for everyone. You are welcome to have a grave blessed by a minister of your choice if you wish.
If you would like your final resting place to be in our meadow, you are very welcome, no matter where you come from! You may consider having the main service near your home, which may be easier for most to attend because of a possible distance. Then just your immediate family and close friends attend your burial which your family may well find more private and easier to cope with. These could even be on different days.
No item of any kind should be placed on a grave, and any items found will be removed. This is to keep the fields looking as natural as possible. Also, such things would become possibly hazardous obstructions when we crop the hay in late summer.
Any kind of eco-friendly coffin or shroud can be used. Some local coffin producers can be found on our links page.
Not if you don’t want to. If you brief us in good time beforehand, we can arrange for your wishes to be carried out in your absence.
Anything! Traditional black or there may be a colour that your loved one liked? Perhaps a theme? Casual or formal, whatever suits. As it is a field we do advise you please wear suitable footwear, wellies or boots when wet.
Yes, as dog-owners ourselves we know they’re often much-loved members of the family. However, we do ask that they be kept on a lead at all times as we’re a working sheep farm with several other kinds of stock too.
Yes, and we encourage you to consider doing this especially when the field is full of colour.
The answer is no, but your loved one will need to be cared for between the time of death and the funeral.
Yes, there is a list on our information page of local funeral Directors that we recommend.
No, we aim to only do one funeral per day, we do not want you to feel rushed.
Anything! You can play cd’s or may wish to have a musical instrument played.
Yes, graves can be chosen from any part of the meadow but less so in the woodland.
Yes, if unoccupied, they can be purchased at today’s price.
No, just the exclusive right of burial which lasts for 100 years once occupied.
Yes, plots can be purchased in advance and at the current price. You can purchase them as single, double or in a family group.
Burial rights aren’t transferable, but you may sell your plot back to us at the price you paid for it, less an admin charge of £100.
None whatsoever. All maintenance etc is included in the one-off price.
Hay Meadow Burials has its own large parking area and further parking areas are available close by if needed. The gated entrance to the site will easily accommodate a hearse. There is a space exclusively for hearse parking. If you let us know beforehand, we’ll do our best to reserve spaces for anyone who is disabled.
You`re welcome to visit anytime during daylight hours.
Yes, but not artificial flowers, and all wrappings etc must be removed. Please see our terms and conditions.
Hay Meadow Burials is part of Busnant Farm which is completely and solely owned by Richard & Sarah.
Yes, it has always been our intention to be buried in our meadow so we can remain at the home we have loved.
If you are looking for help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone close to you, the Natural Death Centre Charity is there for you.
The above are examples of questions that we think you may ask us.
Please feel free to ask if you are not sure about something.
You may have a special wish or may feel unclear about something.
We are here to help.
Tel 01982 570701