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Have an earth burial carried out


Burial the deceased person is buried in the earth in a cemetery. Some sponsors of the cemetery also allow burial in a crypt or an above-ground grave building.

The Saxony-Anhalt Funeral Act does not provide for exceptions to the coffin obligation for earth burials. If the religion of the deceased person forbids burial in a coffin, some cemetery owners have developed solutions on how religious motives can be reconciled with the coffin obligation.

There are different types of tombs (elective grave, row grave, community facilities). The respective cemetery owner decides on the offer. An important difference between an elective grave and a row grave is that in the case of a row grave, an extension of the right of use is not possible and that row graves are usually more cost-effective. Also, only one person can be buried in a row grave at a time. Later dying relatives may therefore not be buried in this row grave, but must be buried in another grave.

The location and size of the grave, the rest period, the duration of the right of use, fees and other details (for example, grave care) are determined by the respective cemetery administration by statute (= cemetery regulations, cemetery fee statutes).

Note: Most of the formalities are usually handled by the commissioned funeral home. There you will also receive piety advice. Before commissioning, have the services and prices offered explained to you.

  • Conducting the post-mortem examination, this does not apply to miscarriages,
  • notarisation of the death,
    • in the case of stillbirths, the certification of the birth must be proven by a civil certificate before burial
    • in the case of miscarriages, a medical certificate must be provided showing the date, circumstance of the miscarriage and the name and address of the mother,
  • expiry of the waiting period or authorisation by the lower health authority to carry out the funeral before the expiry of the waiting period,
  • Acquisition of a right of use at a grave site.

Please ask your funeral home for further requirements.

  • Death certificate or proof from the competent registry office that the notarization has been deferred.

Please ask your commissioned funeral home or the community or church in whose cemetery the burial is to take place.

There are at least costs for:

  • the performance of the post-mortem examination (not in the case of miscarriage),
  • the notarizations,
  • the right to use the grave ("acquisition" of the grave site),
  • the coffin
  • the funeral home.

If you perform a funeral service, additional costs will be incurred, e.B. for the funeral hall, the person giving the funeral speech, hospitality, etc.).

The amount of the costs depends on the manner of burial and must be obtained from the funeral home commissioned by you and the owner of the cemetery where the burial is to take place.

If you are unable to afford the costs, please contact your responsible social welfare office quickly.

As a rule, a funeral may take place at the earliest 48 hours after the onset of death.

The burial should be carried out within 10 days of the onset of death.

The lower health authority (= district) can allow an earlier burial for religious reasons or order it for reasons of hygiene. It can also allow a later burial if there are no hygienic reasons to the contrary.

Contact the municipality or city where the funeral is to be performed.

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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