In keeping with the intention of "returning to nature" and the early re-use potential, natural cemeteries do not normally have conventional grave markings such as As with graves, the niches may be assigned by the cemetery authorities or families may choose from the unoccupied niches available. Garden/rural cemeteries were not necessarily outside city limits. Decay and damage through vandalism or cemetery maintenance practices can render monuments and headstones either unsafe or at least unsightly. lawn cemeteries where the maintenance can be performed with a ride-on mower or lawn tractor. Another type of grave site considered for re-use are empty plots purchased years ago but never used. The re-use of graves already used for burial can cause considerable upset to family members. However, it is unclear if reusing cemetery land will be culturally acceptable to most people. Instead of letting natural burials permanently protect wild landscapes, others have argued that the rapid decomposition of a natural burial, in principle, allows for the quick re-use of grave sites in comparison with conventional burials. A mausoleum is commonly known as the permanent structure that holds full body entombments in openings called "crypts. However, people often wish to be buried in the same cemetery as other relatives, and are not interested in being buried in new cemeteries with which there is no sense of connection to their family, creating pressure to find more space in existing cemeteries. There are also stand-alone online "cemeteries" such as Traditionally cemetery management only involves the allocation of land for burial, the digging and filling of graves, and the maintenance of the grounds and landscaping. The above ground structures are referred to as mausoleums and columbariums. gravestone; grave rail. While some of these sites later grew into true cemeteries, many were forgotten after a family moved away or died out. There are a number of different styles of cemetery in use. Many cemeteries have areas based on different styles, reflecting the diversity of cultural practices around death and how it changes over time. In many cases, after a suitable period of time has elapsed, the headstones are removed and the now former cemetery is converted to a recreational park or construction site. The urban cemetery is a burial ground located in the interior of a village, town, or city. Therefore, it is possible that re-use could occur without family awareness. One of the key advantages of mausoleums is that they are considered to be a cleaner and dryer option than a traditional underground burial. When land within a city could be found, the cemetery was enclosed with a wall to give it a garden-like quality. In principle it would seem easier to "re-use" such grave sites as there can be no claims of As historic cemeteries begin to reach their capacity for full burials, alternative memorialization, such as collective memorials for cremated individuals, is becoming more common.
Many cemetery authorities find that their accumulated funds are not sufficient for the costs of long-term maintenance. One pragmatic strategy is to publicly announce plans to re-use older graves and invite families to respond if they are willing or not. Multiple burials is a consequence of the limited size of the urban cemetery, which cannot easily expand due to adjacent building development. For instance, many cemeteries in the southeastern United States were relocated by the Cemetery authorities also face tension between the competing demands of efficient maintenance with the needs of mourners. Another advantage is that mausoleums actually reduce the amount of land that is used for a burial and is therefore more ecologically friendl… A practical problem with regard to contacting families is that the person who initially purchased the burial plot(s) may have subsequently died and locating living family members, if any, many decades later is virtually impossible (or at least prohibitively expensive). e.g. Common practice in Europe is to place bones in an However, even when the cemetery has the legal right to re-use a grave, strong public opinion often forces the authorities to back down on that re-use. On the other hand, some families do not forget the grave but constantly visit, leaving behind flowers, plants, and other decorative items that create their own maintenance problem. This shortfall in funds for maintenance results in three main options: charge much higher prices for new burials, obtain some other kind of public subsidy, or neglect maintenance. All of these issues tend to put pressure on the re-use of grave sites within cemeteries. The intact or cremated remains of people may be interred in a grave, commonly referred to as Neolithic cemeteries are sometimes referred to by the term "In most cultures those who were vastly rich, had important Most others were buried in graveyards again divided by social status. Public attitudes towards subsidies are highly variable. The Rosary Cemetery in In the first 50 years of the 19th century the population of Legislative action was slow in coming, but in 1832 There are a number of different styles of cemetery in use. Today, it is not unheard of to discover groupings of tombstones, ranging from a few to a dozen or more, on undeveloped land. "Typically, lawn cemeteries comprise a number of graves in a lawn setting with trees and gardens on the perimeter. Its chronology goes from Prehistoric to Middle ages. Corpses were usually buried wrapped in cloth, since coffins, burial vaults, and above-ground crypts inhibited the process of decomposition.Urban cemeteries relied heavily on the fact that the soft parts of the body would decompose in about 25 years (although, in moist soil, decomposition can take up to 70 years).Many urban cemeteries are characterized by multiple burials in the same grave. These cemeteries were often not sectarian, nor co-located with a house of worship.