In all cemeteries, graves are generally offered for coffin burials and urn graves.

Cemeteries are places of remembrance. They are places of peace and reflection and also culturally and historically significant.

In principle, both grave graves for coffin burials and urn graves are offered in all cemeteries. Both can be distinguished into election graves (choice of location and extension possible) and row graves with a fixed duration that cannot be extended.

If you have any questions about certain grave fields, the mention of the grave and/or field number is helpful for the processing of your question.

In the case of burial, the following must be presented: death certificate and notification of the death to the registry office in whose jurisdiction the death has occurred.
The following documents are required for this:

  • Death certificate
  • in the case of unmarried persons: birth certificate (born > 1958) or family book of the parents,
  • for married persons: family record book (born > 1958) or marriage certificate,
  • in the case of divorced persons: divorce certificate,
  • in the case of widowed persons: death certificate of the deceased spouse,
  • identity card of the deceased,
  • Death notice.

Cremations with urn burial (cremations) can be carried out in a cemetery or from a ship at sea. The following documents must be presented to the crematorium:

  • Expression of will,
  • Death certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Official medical certificate.

For the burial of the urn, the crematorium may only hand over the urn filled with the ashes of the dead against proof of a burial possibility. The burial of the urn must also be informally proven to the crematorium.
The urn burial may take place in a cemetery or at sea (sea burial). Sea burial is usually organized or carried out by the undertaker. When burying urns at sea, a minimum distance of 3 nautical miles from the coast must be observed. Water-soluble and biodegradable urns shall be used.


Further information can also be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Youth, Family and Senior Citizens of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (MSGJFS).

  • Funeral law
  • Gesetz über das Leichen-, Bestattungs- und Friedhofswesen des Landes Schleswig-Holstein (Bestattungsgesetz - BestattG),
  • Landesverordnung über die Durchführung der Leichenschau und die Ausgabe einer Todesbescheinigung (Bestattungsverordnung - BestattVO).

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  • BestattG
  • BestattVO

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