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Cemeteries are places of remembrance. They are places of peace and reflection and also culturally significant. Within the framework of local self-government, municipalities have an obligation to create cemeteries for their inhabitants if there is a need for them.  Churches, parishes, religious and ideological communities and other bodies governed by public law can also establish cemeteries. In principle, all cemeteries offer both graves for coffin burials and urn graves. Both can be distinguished in fixed-term row graves, which cannot be extended and are documented in turn, and electoral graves (location selection and extension possible). The municipalities must provide row graves for their inhabitants. The municipality decides whether election graves are made available according to local conditions. In many cemeteries, new burial forms are now made possible, e.g. tree graves in cemeteries or in resting forests, lawn graves, partly as anonymous graves, horticulturally maintained graves, Muslim burial fields.  A scattering of the ashes is not possible in Rhineland-Palatinate.

In the event of a death, the following must be arranged by the relatives, usually with the help of a supervisor: Issuing of a death certificate by a doctor within 36 hours notification of the death to the registry office in whose jurisdiction the death occurred, no later than the third working day following the death; Identity card of the deceased, birth, marriage or divorce certificate must be presented Selection of a burial site at the cemetery administration of the chosen burial site Application for a burial permit from the competent regulatory authority of the burial site Transfer of the deceased by a funeral company, which either takes the deceased to the burial place on the day of the burial or for cremation in a crematorium. The burial or burial of the urn takes place at the earliest after 48 hours and within seven days after the occurrence of death. For the burial of the urn, the crematorium may only hand over the urn filled with the ashes of the dead to the cemetery administration or the funeral director. The urn can also be sent to the cemetery administration of the burial ground on request.



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For more information, please contact the local regulatory authority responsible for the burial site (association municipality, large county town or county-free city) and the cemetery administration of the burial site. If a burial is desired outside Rhineland-Palatinate, please contact the competent authorities there.
Law on cemetery and burial in Rhineland-Palatinate (BestG) State Ordinance on the Implementation of the Funeral Act (BestG-DVO) Cemetery statutes of the municipalities Statutes of the municipalities on cemetery fees Sections 28 to 30 Of civil status

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