Need for lairs can’t come as a sur­prise

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - AGENDA -

Mak­ing burial plans has be­come an im­por­tant part of peo­ple’s lives in their twi­light years as they want to en­sure cer­tain fam­ily tra­di­tions and per­sonal pref­er­ences are fol­lowed.

Pick­ing a burial plot near to loved ones who have passed away al­ready is of­ten a key part of plan­ning a fu­neral and offers a sense of re­as­sur­ance and peace.

This is not as straight­for­ward as it might seem given the find­ings of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by The Press and Jour­nal.

The sad fact of the mat­ter is that grave­yards across the High­lands and north-east are fast run­ning out of land for burial plots. It means that some peo­ple are now pre­vented from pay­ing for a burial lair in their cho­sen spot and might have to set­tle for a ceme­tery fur­ther away from their own com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies.

Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion in

The P&J, which con­tin­ues this week, has dis­cov­ered more than 150 ceme­ter­ies with fewer than 100 lairs re­main­ing – and some are down to 10. Since de­tailed sta­tis­tics about death rates are eas­ily avail­able, this trend can­not come as a sur­prise to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

One older cou­ple told The P&J how they were blocked from buy­ing their own burial land near their de­ceased rel­a­tives as space ran out.

Ex­ten­sions to grave­yards are tak­ing place here and there, but there is too much uncer­tainty, in­con­sis­tency and a hand-to­mouth feel about fu­ture coun­cil strategy.

“One cou­ple told how they were blocked from buy­ing burial land near­rel­a­tives as space ran out”

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