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Can the family dig or backfill the grave?

When a deceased person's body is to be buried in a cemetery, may family members assist in digging and closing the grave?



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Generally in Australian Cemeteries, no.  Due to OHS requirements only properly trained and insured personnel approved by the cemetery can dig or backfill a grave.

For ceremonial reasons, the family may place a token (very small) amount of soil in the grave.  Families should  make arrangements prior to the day of the funeral.

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