Up until 1 August 2015, in accordance with South Australian legislation, all grave and memorial positions at Centennial Park traditionally carried limited tenure. Limited tenure Interment Rights for burial and memorial positions are issued for a set period. Once an Interment Right has expired, the expired position can be reclaimed by Centennial Park.
We make every effort to contact the Interment Right holder well in advance of expiry. Prior to the expiry of the Interment Right, a letter is sent to the Interment Right Holder. This becomes complicated if there has been a change of address and we have not been notified. Notification of expiry is also placed on the grave or memorial asking the Interment Right Holder or any other interested party to contact us. We also publish this information in The Advertiser.
Following these steps and after a minimum period of 2 years, if the Interment Right Holders cannot be contacted, ownership of the position will revert to Centennial Park, and they may be re-used in accordance with the Burial and Cremation Act 2013 and Regulations 2014.
The process of re-using a burial position is treated with the utmost dignity, care, and respect. Skeletal remains are carefully recovered from graves and are individually placed into ossuary boxes and re-interred at a lower depth in the same grave. In the case of cremated remains, they will be removed and re-interred at a dedicated unmarked location within Centennial Park. Interment Right Holders who do not want a position to be re-used can renew or extend the Interment Right.
We do understand the importance families place on having a position that is forever. As of 1 August 2015, we now also offer families the option of perpetuity, meaning a position can be purchased indefinitely.
To start a conversation on Interment Right renewals or planning, please call our team during office hours Monday to Friday on (08) 8276 6011, email us [email protected] or complete the form below for a call back.
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