Why are cemetery regulations important?
Cemetery regulations set out rules governing what specific things are allowed in each cemetery. Each German state has its own laws regarding funerals, which include rules such as how to maintain road safety, as well as rules for protecting the soil, the environment, and reducing emissions. Other rules are set out by the cemetery itself.
What design guidelines need to be followed?
Regional traditions and requirements mean that different cemeteries can have very different rules. Including regarding headstone design. Cemeteries are public property, which means that you need permission from the cemetery administration or the local authorities in order to place a headstone. This is because the design and features of the graves must – in accordance with Article 8 of the Burial Act – reflect the dignity of the site and conform in appearance to the rest of the cemetery. A person planning a grave site, then, has only a certain amount of freedom regarding what it should look like, and the regulations usually guarantee that historical structures can be left in place. Please note that there is no single applicable set of rules, as each community or church is free to add their own regulations to those set out by law. Because of that, cemeteries usually ask applicants to provide specifications – usually in the form of true to scale technical drawings. Some information you might be asked to provide includes the material you wish to use, the dimensions, how it will be prepared, the borders, and the inscription including typography, symbols, and photographs.
To help you in this difficult time, we offer the option of downloading the required documents (technical data sheet and preview image) during the configuration process, so that you can submit them to the cemetery administration at your cemetery of choice. The amount of time it takes to check and approve these documents varies from region to region.
adieu headstones are not a replacement for permanent headstones made by a stonemason:
the regulations governing temporary headstones, such as those made by adieu, may in some cases be different from those governing permanent headstones. In this context, you may read about provisional wooden plaques or crosses that can be placed in the cemetery as a temporary solution for a specific length of time. They are usually then replaced with a permanent headstone. We recommend that you check whether or not your chosen personalized headstone can be placed in the cemetery of your choice or not. A simple phone call to the cemetery in question can often provide you with information on whether or not the materials you have chosen, the colors and the dimensions meet cemetery regulations. If there are any questions regarding our products, you or the cemetery administration should feel free to contact us.
Where do I find information on cemetery regulations, permission forms, and design guidelines?
Simply ask the relevant cemetery administration for a copy of the cemetery regulations and permission forms. You can often also find them available for download on city websites. You may have to pay a fee for the administration to issue the permission required to place the headstone. The cemetery regulations will also contain helpful information on important topics such as grave site maintenance, upkeep, switching headstones and the correct disposal of headstones.