Cemeteries are places of remembrance. They are places of peace and reflection and also culturally significant. Within the framework of local self-government, the municipalities have the obligation to create cemeteries for their inhabitants if there is a need for this. Churches, parishes, religious and ideological communities and other bodies under public law can also establish cemeteries. Basically, all cemeteries offer both earth graves for coffin burials and urn graves. Both can be distinguished in each case into row graves with a fixed duration, which cannot be extended and are occupied in turn, and election graves (choice of location and extension possible). The municipalities must provide row graves for their inhabitants. Whether election graves are made available is decided by the municipality according to the local conditions. In many cemeteries, new grave forms are now made possible, e.B. tree graves in cemeteries or in quiet forests, lawn graves, partly as anonymous graves, horticulturally maintained graves, Muslim grave fields. Scattering of the ash is not possible in Rhineland-Palatinate.
In the event of death, the relatives, usually with the help of an undertaker, shall arrange for: Issuance of a death certificate by a doctor within 36 hours notification of the death to the registry office in whose area of responsibility the death occurred, at the latest on the third working day following the death; Identity card of the deceased, birth, marriage or divorce certificate must be presented Selection of a grave site at the cemetery administration of the chosen burial place Application for the burial permit to the competent regulatory authority of the place of burial Transfer of the deceased by a funeral home, which either takes the deceased to the burial place on the day of the earth burial or to a crematorium for cremation. The burial or cremation takes place in principle at the earliest after 48 h and within ten days after the onset of death. For the burial of the urn, the crematorium may only hand over the urn filled with the ashes to the cemetery administration or the undertaker. The urn can also be sent to the cemetery administration of the burial place on request.
Further information can be obtained from the local regulatory authority responsible for the place of burial (Verbandsgemeinde, large city belonging to the district or district-free city) and the cemetery administration of the burial place If a burial outside of Rhineland-Palatinate is desired, please also contact the competent authorities there.
Law on cemetery and burial services in Rhineland-Palatinate (BestG) State Ordinance for the Implementation of the Funeral Act (BestG-DVO) Cemetery statutes of the municipalities Statutes of the municipalities on cemetery fees § 28 to 30 Civil Status Act
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