A controversial cemetery policy proposed for a regional New South Wales town has sparked a debate about the way people should be allowed to grieve.

Lachlan Shire Council in the state's central-west is set to introduce new rules governing the presentation and use of ornaments on graves at the Condobolin Lawn Cemetery.

Under the planned policy, solar lights will be banned and there will be restrictions on the use of trinkets and flowers.

It has sparked criticism from some residents with family members buried at the site, who say it is too restrictive and would interfere with bereaved families.

Condobolin resident Debbie Larkin said the Lachlan Shire should reconsider the move.

"It's only a little town, everyone knows everyone, and to grieve... it's a very personal thing," Ms Larkin

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